After I installed the new firmware 1.5 on my Pocket Cinema Camera, I shot some footage to check how this little camera can hold up the image in different scenarios. Coming from a Sony FS700 (without raw) I decided to shoot some scenes where I usually have to stress the 8-bit codec with artefacts, banding, etc.
First scene (dark mood):
Handeld with small Rig
19mm Sigma 2.8 Lens (no aperture control!)
Mostly shot with 800ASA, the last pictures with 1600ASA and a bit of Neat Video to reduce the noise
Shot on tripod with lots of extension tubes for macro
Helios 44M2 (M42 Leica Mount)
Pentacon 29mm 2.8
Sadly, I underexposed these shots about two stops - fixed it in Davinci Resolve, used a bit of Neat Video, too
Shot at 800ASA
No noise reduction!
Tokina 11-16 (stopped down to F6.3)
Samyang/ Rokinon 35mm 1.5 Cine Version
Samyang/ Rokinon 85mm 1.4
Heliopan Vario ND
I tested out different LUTs from Vision Color Osiris in Resolve.
Cinema DNG -> Davinci Resolve 10 Lite -> ProRes Proxy
Premiere XML -> Davinci Resolve 10 Lite -> ProRes 4444 & XML
Premiere -> ProRes Proxy -> Vimeo (Philip Bloom method, thanks btw!)
German Luxury Tuner DMC is well known for it's Lamborghini Tuning. This trailer showcases the companies latest Styling Package for the Lamborghini Aventador, called "Molto Veloce". It's a combination of aerodynamic Carbon Fiber parts (diffusers, lips, spoilers), exhaust system of Titanium and a 900 HP Engine Performance upgrade.
This is a subtle regrade but also looks different as I have spent a lot of time fine tuning the shots within Premiere CC and Warp Stabilze (but used in the tiniest amount mostly using position which keeps some of the wobble and shakiness and loses that shifting warping perspective) I did lots of experimentation to make it still look like handheld and this is the 2nd version I have uploaded as the 1st one looked too "warpy!"
It's also uploaded in ProRes Proxy, which actually was around same size file as my high bitrate H264. The H264 couldn't handle the fine detail but the prores proxy did and Vimeo's conversion holds that.
I prefer it and am much happier now. I didn't need to do much for the night stuff as I had the Zacuto Marauder rig for that so was much steadier! USE A RIG! Always better to stabilise when shooting. FIx in post is never fun. On the eye I had no choice unfortunately.
Music courtesy of The Music Bed. Holly Maher "Hiding Place"
ProRes HQ version downloadable from the review post on my website: gopb.co/pocket
Filmed on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
With the lovely actress Kate Loustau @kate_loustau
All shots on the London Eye filmed in "stealth mode" No rig and one lens. The SLR Magic 12mm F1.6 with a Schneider Optics Variable ND
Shots at Waterlook Bridge shot with the Samyang/ Rokinon 35mm F1.4 and Metabones Speed Booster for MFT Nikon Mount. I used the Zacuto Marauder RIg to get fluid handheld motion. Much better!
St Paul's Cathedral shot filmed with the Leica 90mm F2 on a tripod!
A huge thanks to actress Kate Loustau who I asked if she wouldn't mind letting me film her for a few shots to test out the Pocket Camera for my review in exchange for dinner. If she had known she probably would have preferred to have gone hungry!
The London Eye is ridiculously strict about what you use camera wise in the capsules. Multiple lenses, tripods, video camera are a big fat no. Had many a...disagreement in the past :)
This was filmed for Part 2 of my Blackmagic Pocket Camera Review which is almost finished in edit. Part 1 is done but I can't export it due to major computer issues. I shall keep trying!