In one of Arri’s papers covering the basics of HDR, this stood out the most: Should I grade HDR or SDR first? There is no consensus in the industry yet, which color grading strategy is better. Both approaches are being used today by HDR productions. The advantage of first grading for SDR is that most... Continue Reading →
How to Stabilize Like a Pro
This is for the whiners complaining about the lack of IBIS on the GH5s. I'll stick with the GH5, thank you very much. https://youtu.be/DpbWhm17Xyw
How to Use the Ninja Inferno for Grading HDR Video in Final Cut Pro
Once you've set up your project in Final Cut Pro and installed Blackmagic Desktop Video on your computer, you're just about ready to grade HDR video using the Ninja Inferno as an external monitor. You'll probably want to edit your project in 1080p and export in 4K. Note: This section is a work in progress! I'm getting... Continue Reading →
Imagine a World…
Imagine a world where salespeople were well-informed and returned phone calls; where not all goods were grey market; a world with competent customer support; a world with functioning wifi that didn't drop out every minute of every day - and you'd begin to understand my predicament. I really wanted to post more workflows for editing... Continue Reading →
Speculation About the GH6 Runs Rife
The GH5 has hardly been out a year and the online community is already abuzz with wild anticipation - how will Panasonic's next flagship more closely resemble the Red Raven or Alexa Mini? I'm exaggerating of course, and I just might be able to understand all the speculation about the GH6 years ahead of its... Continue Reading →
Lacie 2TB DJI Copilot Boss: The Best Backup Solution for Videographers in the Field
For years I've kept an eye out for a dependable backup drive for use in the field that can ingest files via both SD cards and USB without the need for schlepping around a laptop. The 2TB Lacie DJI Copilot BOSS USB 3.1 Type C drive promises to do just that and a whole lot... Continue Reading →
HDR: Revised Cost Alert and Other Stuff
Any professional videographer shooting V-Log Lite or HLG with the GH5 should probably already own the Ninja Inferno anyhow, since it unlocks 4K 60p 10 bit. So if you already own an HDR smartphone, the investment required to begin editing HDR turns out to be a mere $145.00 for a converter. Nearly all NLEs now support... Continue Reading →
How to Enable Desktop Video Utility on a Mac
Before harnessing the power (!) of Blackmagic Design's UltraStudio Mini Monitor to edit HDR video using the Ninja Inferno as an external monitor, you must first install Desktop Video. However, after installation, you may discover that the device is not recognized when running MacOS High Sierra 10.13. Here are the steps you should take in... Continue Reading →
Say Your Goodbyes to SDR!
So basically, if you've got a camera that shoots RAW or LOG, for around the cost of the GH5s, you can get yourself a Ninja Flame or Inferno, a BMD UltraStudio Mini Monitor and the best 55" OLED TV on the market and begin creating and enjoying HDR videos that blow the socks off anything available today. What... Continue Reading →
When, Oh When, HDR?
What exactly is the point of advertising that the Ninja Inferno is also able to serve as a portable editing solution if the required converter costs triple or quadruple what you paid for the recorder/monitor itself? But that's exactly what Atomos is doing. I was on the phone with Atomos technical support in Melbourne this... Continue Reading →
Which Capture Device for the Ninja Inferno?
Atomos widely promotes their Ninja Inferno not only as a professional external monitor and recorder for cameras, but also for use as a portable editing and grading monitor - but information on exactly what connector is needed is both scarce and conflicting. I wrote Blackmagic Design and AJA last week, telling them I'd like to... Continue Reading →
The Point of No Return
Since uploading my first HLG HDR video to YouTube the other day and seeing those inky blacks and brilliant highlights, I'm hooked. There's no turning back. Granted, I didn't do any color correction, so the colors were off - maybe a touch cyan? - but overall, I was quite pleased with what I saw. Thrilled,... Continue Reading →
How To Upload HLG HDR to YouTube in Two Minutes
There are now one or two excellent online tutorials for grading in HDR for delivery to YouTube, however (1) they restrict the discussion to V-Log L; (2) the workflows are either in DaVinci Resolve or NLEs other than FCPX; (3) they require the use of expensive external monitors and (4) they're overly long and complicated,... Continue Reading →
Lumix GH5: Shooting Models at Night in 4K HDR
My very first HDR upload to YouTube. Should be viewed on an HDR television or smart phone. Expect workflow tomorrow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15VPpnGxG0E If your television does not show the following flags, you're not viewing in HDR. "Hold Me Close" by Ryan Andersen Creative Commons
Get Five More Stops of Dynamic Range from Your GH5 Today!
I know some think I've been going on too long about the GH5s, so this will be my last post about the camera. 😂 Many have already pre-ordered the GH5s for its increased low light sensitivity and supposedly greater dynamic range. Not a few of these filmmakers have owned the GH5 for less than a... Continue Reading →
GH5s Dynamic Range Controversy
Filmmakers are clamoring to see real world examples demonstrating the superiority in dynamic range of the GH5s over the GH5. Several have said they won't purchase the camera unless it delivers fourteen stops. Imatest would be definitive, as ‘real world’ tests aren't repeatable. And while Mystery Box, who were paid by Panasonic to promote the GH5s for... Continue Reading →
Lumix GH5: Shooting Models at Night
https://youtu.be/OQMlDPNcp98 "Hold Me Close" by Ryan Andersen Creative Commons
Wrapping Up ‘Shooting Models at Night’
GH5, Olympus 75mm f/1.8, HLG, ALL-Intra, 400Mbps, ISO 400
SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader
SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader/Writer When I purchased my MacBook Pro a year ago, it was pretty much impossible to find a USB 3.0 card reader, let alone one that included SDXC in their specifications - but at the time, there wasn't any hurry to purchase one anyway, since I always used the SD... Continue Reading →
Lumix GH5 Obsolete?
Lots of dire predictions of the imminent demise of the GH5 following rumored specs of the soon-to-be announced GH5s. Another wtf moment...