Shock! Video Is Sony’s Biggest Opportunity

Kenji Tanaka, VP and Senior General Manager of Sony's Business Unit 1, Digital Imaging Group, in his interview with DPReview’s Barney Britton, affirms that video is among the company’s greatest opportunities and that demand worldwide for video is strong. Better late than never! Where do you see Sony’s biggest opportunities in today’s market? Video is... Continue Reading →

Sony S-log2 + Athena LUT

I still see lots of YouTubers grossly underexposing their S-log footage, which leads to a bunch of noise to deal with in post. Here's an example of a correctly exposed clip along with a screen grab from the same video on YouTube. Incidentally, prior to Athena, whether shooting Cine2, HLG or S-log, previous LUTs required... Continue Reading →

Leeming LUT Pro ‘Athena’

Alongside the newly released Pro II LUTs, Paul Leeming has also given us Athena LUTs, which he says "are a brighter version of Pro II, designed around placing middle grey (also known as 18% grey) at the 50% IRE level after the LUT has been applied, while retaining the same perfect colorimetry". Both Athena and... Continue Reading →

The Canon R5 Is On My Radar

As a videographer, the R5 has me intrigued: flippy screen, great ergos, 10-bit log, Canon color, Dual Pixel AF, IBIS, internal RAW, outstanding lenses, UHD 120fps, along with an ND filter adapter for EF lenses, a huge one for filmmakers... Even more so, as Canon’s knocked it out of the ballpark with their recent releases,... Continue Reading →

Asus PA32UCX Discontinued

It looks as though the Asus PA32UCX has been discontinued - just one year after its release! - leaving budget filmmakers without an alternative to the Pro Display XDR ($7,500.00 with stand, non-glare screen and AppleCare), though I can’t say it’ll be missed. Asus has some of the worst after-sales support I’ve ever experienced and... Continue Reading →

Switching to Google Chrome

First, it was QuickTime. Then, bye bye Final Cut Pro. Now, it's time to say good riddance to Safari. YouTube videos just look that much better in Chrome. What's next - getting a PC? hehe [Update 25.6.2020] I just learned that iOS 14 will support YouTube's VP9 codec. All I can say is, it's about... Continue Reading →

DaVinci Resolve Tips For Beginners

Here are three tips for setting up Preferences for those just starting out with DaVinci Resolve. Go into Resolve Preferences to enable UltraStudio 4K Mini. Check Live Save and Project Backups to safeguard your work. Sign in to your YouTube or Vimeo account.

Working With Leeming LUT Pro in DaVinci Resolve

Once you've added your LUT folders in Resolve, applying LUTs to your clips couldn't be any easier. SOOC Node #1 Leeming LUT Pro. Right click on nodes to reveal menus. Leeming LUT Pro Node #2 Leeming LUT Pro Quickie Neutral Film Leeming LUT Pro Quickie Neutral Film Node #2 Reduce Contrast Reduced Contrast

Switching to Resolve!

After months of agonizing, I finally broke down and hired a professional calibration technician to adjust my LG OLED C7, calling the very first name that popped up in a Google search for Ho Chi Minh City. The price was steep - $300.00 - but the quest for perfect color has become a crazy obsession.... Continue Reading →

Magical: Leeming LUT Pro + RocketStock LUTs

Here are a few screen grabs from a recent project, shot with the Sony a7 III, FE 85mm f/1.8, Cine2 and graded with Leeming LUT Pro and RocketStock LUTs. Straight out of camera. Waveform (Luma). RGB Parade. Vectorscope. Leeming LUT Pro, pulled down shadows, boosted saturation. RocketStock LUT (Korben). RocketStock LUT (Arabica). RocketStock LUT (Fusion).... Continue Reading →

Project Screen Grabs

All shot with the Sony a7 III and 85mm f/1.8, ISO 100, sharpening at -7. I was working in ultra-harsh lighting from around 9:00 - 10:30AM, no reflector. Since I'm having serious banding issues because of YouTube compression, it's going to be a while before I sort it out and upload. This also happens to... Continue Reading →

Is QuickTime Broken?

Whether editing in Final Cut Pro or viewing clips in QuickTime, my videos appear washed out and greenish-tinged, whereas watching with VLC player, they look pretty much like what I'm seeing when using my LG OLED television as a grading monitor. It should be noted I'm looking at the screenshots full size in a completely... Continue Reading →

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