Since we picked up a set of Nanlite Forza LED monolights and started grading ProRes 4444 in DaVinci Resolve Studio 17, it’s like we’re dealing with a completely new camera altogether! Skin tones are the most accurate we’ve seen from any mirrorless camera and the image quality rivals that of cinema cameras costing thousands more.… Read More
Our stab at doing a focus breathing test failed miserably, but gives us a pretext to share some screen grabs demonstrating how to expose ProRes RAW HQ.
The secret is to (a) shoot ProRes RAW HQ; (b) use the false color of the extraordinary Ninja V as a guide; (c) avoid the false colors bright orange and red; (d) transcode to ProRes 4444 in Apple Compressor; then (e) grade in DaVinci Resolve Studio. The shadow, midtone and highlight wheels of Final Cut… Read More
There can never be too many blog posts on exposing for HDR! False color is a practically foolproof method for determining exposure for HDR. Avoid bright orange and red – colors that indicate overexposure. Although the tee shirt looks completely blown out on our reference display, after reducing exposure with the global wheel of the… Read More
For a long while now, we’ve been keenly aware that highlights in skin tones and light-colored fabrics have been difficult if not impossible to recover in post, leading us to re-examine our ETTR method. After watching a video by Gerald Undone, we tried using two zebra settings, aiming for an ETTR of only +1.66 stops… Read More
Part I: Project settings Part II: Color correction Part III: HDR Palette, project render settings Part IV: RAW Part V: Addendum Exposure is critical. Avoid blown-out highlights and overexposed skin at all costs. Transcoding ProRes RAW to ProRes 4444 in Apple Compressor.
In the video, we demonstrate one way to create depth and contrast for HDR in a hopelessly cramped living space (16 m2) using lighting modifiers – specifically the Nanlite Projection Mount and Aputure Lantern Softbox – along with the Nanlite Forza 300 and Forza 60. We’ve spared no effort in order to get the most… Read More
Now that we were able at last to get our hands on an Arca Swiss QR plate and SmallRig swivel and tilt monitor mount for the Tilta a7s III cage, we’ve got a very portable setup leaving us no more excuses not to shoot RAW with the Ninja V. So in the coming months, expect… Read More
Of the hundreds of videos on YouTube promising to demonstrate the spectacular new features in DaVinci Resolve 17, nearly all are in low dynamic range. It’s our belief that those who’ve only watched the LDR tutorials are really being deprived of understanding just how powerful new tools like the Color Warper and HDR Color Palette… Read More