Early in the morning of Sunday the 2nd of June 2013, at 5:15am to be precise, I was rudely awoken by the sound of this helicopter flying overhead and then landing within 50 meters of my house. One of my neighbours had gotten unwell. I quickly put on some clothes and grabbed my GH2 and was just in time to film the take off from really close by.
Patch: Driftwood Cluster-X Slipstream-2 (50Mbps)
Shutterspeed 50; Framerate: 25fps; Lens: 14-42mm kitlens
Stabilized using After Effects'Warp Stabilizer; extra MBLooks added for contrast and clarity
Rendered out at 8Mbps mainly for ease of upload.
A little test of an old Tokina lens I had on my analogue Nikon F301. Fitted to the GH2 with an adapter ring. This was filmed at full zoom 210 x 2 = 420mm. Lens resting on my knees. I put it through After Effects warp stabilizer at the default settings. The aperture was at about f22 because I didn't have my ND filter with me.
Shutterspeed = 50, Framerate = 25fps ISO = 200 WB = sunshine
Hack: Driftwood Cluster-X Slipstream-2 @ 50Mbps
Filmed in Delfzijl, The Netherlands. I bet you can find the exact location if you do some detective work with Google Earth :p
I finally got my own GH2 on the 3rd of march 2013 and this is my first test footage. Taken in a little village near where I live in The Netherlands. The Lumix is hacked with a patch I designed myself. It's called 'EdEditz Double Decent' because I just doubled the default parameters, including the GOP sizes and the results are really decent. And I find this more than sufficient for my needs. An 8 gig class 10 card will last for about 20 minutes and the image is as crisp and color rich as you may expect from this camera. I'm over the moon for finally being able to say I'm a GH2 owner :)
I'm glad I got rid of my Nikon D5000 which is worthless for video.
Delfzijl is a little town in the north of The Netherlands. It's where I live and when I woke up today I found the place deserted. So I set out to discover what happened....
Mocha Pro v3 for tracking the buildings.
Photoshop CS6 for making the matte replacements for the demolished flats.
After Effects CS6 for compositing, using Trapcode Mir for one of the flying objects and the built in 3D camera tracker to composite in the flying objects.
Premiere Pro CS6 for final editing, color grading (with Magic Bullet Looks 2) and audio editing, using
royalty free sounds from VideoCopilot's Pro-Scores and Magix Soundpool
You may find the color grading somewhat over the top but I assure you I did that deliberately; it's become a bit
of a house style for me and I really like it a bit over the top.
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First signs of a rain front moving in on Delfzijl, The Netherlands.
999 pictures taken with a Nikon D5000 using a 16-85mm lens set at 16mm.
1/500 at f/13 taken at 4 second interval. Playback at 24fps 720p
This video was made with the 'ImagesToVideo' free software.