a7s III HDR10 Grading Breakdown

Grading tools in Final Cut Pro may be seriously limited when compared to DaVinci Resolve but that doesn't mean there's not a whole lot that can still be done to improve the look of your videos. Up till now, I haven't done any grading of my HDR videos at all (apart from neutralizing the green... Continue Reading →

ProRes 422 or HEVC?

In our untiring commitment to being the ultimate resource for those seeking factual information on uploading HDR videos to YouTube, we’ve added another comparison that aspires to settle the question: should you be transcoding XAVC S-I to HEVC or to ProRes 422 when uploading to YouTube? This 10-second clip took 83 seconds to finish processing... Continue Reading →

a7s III Slow Motion Sample Footage

This morning when I woke up I was greeted with a brainless comment on one of my YouTube videos basically saying that Sony colors suck and that the Venice is the only Sony camera with decent colors. I promptly deleted the comment, but rather than making another rant video, I thought I'd just upload a... Continue Reading →

BMD UltraStudio 4K Mini Fan Noise

Some have complained of fan noise from the UltraStudio 4K Mini, so I'm sharing a recording of the sound, first from right up against the unit, then after sitting at my desk just a couple feet away. Compared to my MacBook Pro and LaCie hard drives, the unit is virtually silent. Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K... Continue Reading →

S-Log3 or ProRes RAW HQ?

This is just a superficial comparison between Sony a7s III S-Log3 and ProRes RAW HQ. Because I was recording them simultaneously, one internally, the other to a Ninja V, I had to settle on a compromise exposure. For S-Log3, I normally use the camera's own zebras set to custom 2 lower level 94% and for... Continue Reading →

Tip for Better Color

After spending an extra hour correcting the green tint on my latest video, I thought I'd try out a tip from Gerald Undone that he posted on Twitter the other day. Video coming shortly!

Big Sur: UltraStudio 4K Mini Glitchy

After installing Big Sur (at last, Safari 4K HDR!), the dreaded spinning beachball of doom appeared anytime I tried doing anything at all in Final Cut Pro 10.5. Unplugging my UltraStudio 4K Mini, things returned to normal, so I was certain the device was the culprit. I'd already updated to the latest 12.0 beta firmware,... Continue Reading →

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