1. ***To really get an idea of the noise levels, download the original file!!! Vimeo pretty much removed all of the noise that was inherent in the footage.***

    As I tried different picture profiles, I found that I liked the out-of-camera look of picture profile (henceforth shortened to "PP") 5, even though PP7, which by default uses s-log 2, gives a greater dynamic range. As I looked at the raw files, I was shocked at how much noise appeared in the black areas of the image while using s-log2; the noise wasn't nearly as apparent while using pp 5, which uses a "Cine" gamma setting.

    So I set up a Lowel Rifa softbox as key light and a Lowel Pro light as a hair light and filmed some very simple tests between these two picture profiles. The tests start at ISO 4,000 because the s-log 2's base ISO is 3200, and also because I accidentally set the camera at ISO 4,000 for the first clip. So that's where it starts. I tried to keep the exposure constant as I brought the ISO up, and the settings used are included in the video. I basically brought the image as bright as I could without the zebras (which were set at 100) showing up at all.

    Shot on Sony a7s using a Metabones EF to E-mount adapter MkIII and Sigma 50mm 1.4 with no filters.

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  2. Test footage shot in Slog2, edited and graded in FCPX.

    Coming from a Canon setup, this little camera from Sony is big step forward for me. I wanted to get to know the A7S a little better and walked across the old part of Sai Kung, close to where I live. After working with the footage, I could quickly see that my steady cam operation needs practice and the A7s produces very clean files in the dark. Neither came as a surprise :)

    Sony A7S
    Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8
    Metabones Mark III Canon lens adapter

    Music: Blondino - Mon amie

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  3. Image test with the Sony A7S. Shot at SLOG2/S-Gamut at 3200 ISO, +2.0EV.
    Graded in Resolve with ImpulZ LUT Kodak 5203 (FC) for SLOG2 (F55).

    # vimeo.com/103097236 Uploaded 93K Plays 46 Comments
  4. I tested the sony time-lapse app today. Brilliant straight out of the camera. no editing or grading. Very impressed.

    Music by: Pavel Dovgal - 05 Faust

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  5. As I try to get more and more from the Sony A7S, I learn more and more.

    And I've found that using Kholi's modified PRO picture profile, slog2 as the gamma, and use filmconvert in post that you can get beautiful results.

    The big secret I feel is to use s log2 on the camera and the color matrix of PRO, not S GAMUT. Thanks to Kholi, he lead me to better color thru the pro matrix, even though the other pro sony video cameras use s gamut. Much more pleasing than the S gamut color setting in terms of skin tone and saturation.

    Here's the cooking ingredients to put into the menu:
    Slog2 PicPro from Kholi -
    Black Level: 0
    Gamma Slog: 2
    Black Gamma > Range: Middle , Level: -3
    Knee > Mode: Auto , Auto Set > Max Point: 95 , Sensitivity: Mid
    Colore Mode: Pro
    Saturation: +8
    Color Phase -2
    Color Depth > R+1, G-1, B+2,, C-2, M-1, Y-3
    Detail > Level, -5 Adjust > Mode; Manual, V/H Balance: -2, B/W Balance Type3, Limit: 0, Crispening:0, hi_light Detail: 0

    White balance > Manual > Grid setting B 1 (one to the left)
    You don't have to follow it perfectly, but overall it can get to some stunning results.

    And the secret to any log recording is post.

    And I'm the biggest fan of the Film Convert program to process the film - filmconvert.com. This is my secret weapon. Download and play with the different camera profiles. Then save the new files.

    I used Film Convert Arri Alexa Log C profile for grading. FilmConvert setting is Arri Alexa as the camera. logC. film stock is Fuji Film 8543 Vivid. color 93. curve 100. size 35mm full frame. grain 0.

    it can be a little too punchy in places, but overall gives a nice creamy look. the banding is interesting. it doesn't really bother me too much. I think shooting to 4:2:2 on the external recorders will help with this. The whole 8 bit vs 10 bit thing isn't as big of a deal as most people think. I've used 8 bit for so long and have graded fine off of it. 10-bit is a modern camera thing!

    I like it better than the sony f55 lut fiilmconvert has - has more creaminess.

    When you go to edit, remember to add some pretentious classical music. And a sunset shot!
    That's pretty much it - it's pretty simple to make this camera shine - and I'm excited more and more to see everyone's results.

    Please ask me some more questions! Lets make the imagery out of your new camera as good as we can! I really believe in this camera.

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