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  • @HitFilmer128619 I think you'd be pretty happy with one of the new BMPCCs. It's going to be a pretty sweet camera, especially for the price. Black Magic has an ace in the hole called the DaVinci team. They've been doing color since it cost $180,000…
  • Did you use the same white balance setting, or did you use auto white balance? What's the scene like?  Are you able to share some frame grabs?
  • I've been summoned! I think you nailed it, @Triem23. @HitFilmer128619, it requires less extra stuff than you'd think. Basically, lenses, power, and recording media (this is Black Magic, not Red). Red sells you a brick. Black Magic sells you a came…
  • You should be able to get rid of your noise problems with proper exposures, but as you improve your skills, you'll definitely want to upgrade to a camera that you can grow into... Black Magic, Kinefinity, Apertus... Until you run into a Venice, wh…
  • If you can, you might as well go for one of the BMD monitors, unless you really want to push it for an Inferno or something (but those are pricey). The BMD monitors are quite good and double as recorders, so you'll have a winner when you get tired o…
  • @Triem23 I've never been impressed with the sound of the H6, and I haven't heard an H5. The h6 sounded thin and a bit flat, but I'm used to recording with Sound Devices recorders and listening to Bang and Olufsen speakers or headphones.  
  • The histogram isn't bad if you know what it's telling you and how to use that information. It doesn't unfortunately tell you all that much though; it is truly a poor tool for obtaining consistency exposures across several shots.  I'm a fan of false…
  • @Triem23 Yes, those are good prices... and they'll all blow away any hybrid wannabe cinema camera short of a GH5 or A7s, though the A7s is really at its best when combined with an external recorder.
  • He got more right than wrong. I use histograms (plus the traffic light indicators on my Red)  to check for clipped highlights or crushed shadows instead of zebras. Spot metering is the best way to go if you don't have a monitor with false color. Or …
  • If you're limited to $500, you're most likely going to get the best value by hunting for a used Black Magic Pocket Cinema camera (original model). The Gh5 is a great camera, and I'm pretty sure that the new Pocket Cinema camera will be also, but bot…
  • Zoom H4n is renowned for being a piece of junk. Its popularity is mind boggling, since you'd think that the people who made it so popular (musicians) would have some interest in sound quality, so clearly most musicians are hiding their lack of talen…
  • Also, if you want a shallow depth of field for a shot in order to guide the viewer's eye, then you either need to use less light or add an ND filter to darken the image so that you aren't FORCED to stop down. Sometimes you WANT to stop down because …
  • Not at all. A small patch of bright light will show as a spike because it's a small patch of bright light in your scene. Why would that be bad?  
  • ND filters change the levels for every part of the scene by the same amount. If an ND filter alters anything other than to shift the histogram to the left (assuming that's the only change) then it's doing something wrong and you probably should have…
  • He's just trying to put a name to a logo. If you want to make great films, study photography first. The underlying principles are the same. And if you're a Fool of Thurds type, throw it out and pretend that it doesn't exist. It's one of the worst …
  • Most people either give up or pretend that their crap is great rather than asking these questions and learning how to get better at their craft.  
  • As far as noise, yes.  Chased is almost done. We're awaiting a final update from audio so that I can kick of the Big Render (tm) (it's a 90-minute film shot in 8K, so it's a brutally long render). After that we'll quality check it, update the color…
  • "Shooting static is boring and it makes uninteresting shots though. " False. That's what people who have no understanding of visual arts might tell you, but it's still false. If it were true, no one would have ever been able to sell a single print,…
  • Don't ask me how many times I wished we could afford a Condor while shooting Chased... We did have one day when we were shooting a scene in an open field in the middle of the day. The light looked terrible... so we had two sections of scaffolding s…
  • That's why the smart ones only shoot with the camera static at first. When you can get that right consistently, then you'll have the foundation you need to get it right with the camera in motion. It does get more complicated, since you now have to a…
  • @Triem23 "Finding skin tones with a Histogram isn't usually feasible." Not quite... but it does take some ingenuity. A light meter would be the easy way, but I mentioned a way above that can get you in the ballpark without having to buy more toys.
  • " And the ideal exposure should be displayed on the histogram as a nice rise and drop, showing a full range. Right? " Well, no. That will almost never happen in the real world. That concept of the "ideal" exposure is based on the idea that every sc…
  • That's not a good practice for exposure. First off, remember that where the peaks are is largely irrelevant; the important things to note are where your skin tones are, where your highlights are, and where your shadows are. If you're shooting at ni…
  • @Triem23 that's a clever approach! And it works surprisingly well. I've used similar tricks.  
  • What sort of camera are you using, what is your recording format, and what does your histogram look like? Odds are you're just pushing the camera beyond its capabilities... but it's also possible that there's a way that you can avoid or prevent the…
  • As an acquisition format, you really want to stick ProRes/DNxHD or Cineform or raw. H.264/h.265 are bad for post (that's why they're called delivery codecs and not mezzanine codecs).  Remember, HEVC = h.265. Great delivery codec, very bad for editi…
  • JMcAllister  I figured it was implied that I'd be in favor of a vote by casting a vote, but I'll vote in favor of a vote also It's just a bummer that HitFilm has support for 8K but I can't import my 8K footage into it 
  • I'll vote for Red IPP2 support again  
  • Construction lights work surprisingly well. The only thing they're not good for is impressing clients, so no big loss there. They're mostly tungsten based after all... and so are most Arri and Mole-Richardson lights, except for their big mammajambas…
  • Audio plugin support would provide a means for using Izotope's plugins, Eventide's plugins, Universal Audio's DSP accelerated plugins, etc...