7 Tips to Better Sony HLG HDR Footage

Custom white balance using the X-Rite color checker. This will give you consistent results. Unfortunately, Sony makes doing custom white balance much more tedious than it needs to be. ND Filters. In broad daylight, exposures can be in the thousandths of a second at f/9 or f/10. This might be fine for architectural or landscape… Read More

Revised Opinion of Sony’s Fake 8-Bit HLG

Since shooting HLG 3 and properly exposing, I’ve had to re-evaluate my attitude towards Sony’s implementation of HLG, also known as instant HDR. HLG requires no color correction, though it can still hold up to a very tiny bit of manipulation in post. The LCD on Sony’s a7 III is too dark even in the… Read More

Is Sony Video AF Broken with Latest Update?

Lloyd Chambers as well as some forum members over at DPReview say the latest updates have killed a7R III eye autofocus, so I was concerned about whether a7 III video autofocus might also have been affected. Anyhow, face detect AF seems to work the same as before: which is to say that if my chin… Read More

Sony, If You’re Listening…

In DPReview’s interview with Kenji Tanaka, VP and senior manager of Sony’s Business Unit 1, Digital Imaging Group, the executive candidly name-drops the now-legendary Blackmagic Pocket 4K (the ultimate expression of Grant Petty’s lifelong quest to bring filmmaking to the masses), which in itself is a bit extraordinary in a setting like this: and a… Read More

How to Upload Sony HLG HDR to YouTube from Final Cut Pro X in 2 Minutes

Note: Apparently, FCPX update 10.4.6 was supposed to finally address the stability issue that has plagued Final Cut for so long, whereby sharing to YouTube from within the app would inevitably fail; nevertheless, as of this writing, I still suggest making a master file. Update: Occasionally, my master files weren’t recognized as HLG HDR videos by YouTube… Read More