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Using Red Footage in Premiere and Lumetri
This is a very short post to cover a few points about using the new Red Pipeline footage (IPP2) in Premiere Pro CC. The approach here is one of many and i’m not sure if it’s even the best way to go about this, but right now it works and i’ll try to explain why.
January 17, 2017
The Truth about LUTs
LUTs have been seen as the holy grail and the very embodiment of the devil itself. The truth, as always, is somewhere in between. This post will attempt to show you what a LUT does and when it doesn’t do it very well.
March 26, 2016
LumeCube LED Lights
I happened upon these little lights and out of curiosity ordered a couple. There are a number of small battery powered LED lights out there now, at a variety of price points. My go to light is an Area 48, which is stunning light in terms of quality, flexibility and, sadly, cost. I also have a small LED panel from Aladdin as well as a bi-flex lite panel, both of which i really rate.
March 17, 2016
A year has passed
A year has passed since we last updated and in that year the world has seen the escalating drama of the refugees right on their doorstep. The biggest displacement of human wave since WWII.
November 1, 2015
Sony a7s Exposure and Noise Workflow with UHD and Odyssey 7Q Plus
Is it always better to record the A7s via 8 bit UHD and downsample for HD delivery? Or is the in-camera scaling of the 4K sensor for HD, via the built in XAVC codec just as good?
February 10, 2015
Area 48 Remote Phosphor Light Review
This has been my favourite light since i got it at the beginning of the year (actually last year now, how time flies). Review done.
January 25, 2015
Sony A7s - how to expose - cine or log?
We’ve a bunch of exterior shoots coming up and i’ve been seriously considering the A7s over the FS700 because if it’s size and the fact that it can be rigged and gimballed easily.
January 8, 2015
Inside cDNG Files
DNG, a digital negative, was designed to hold the RAW sensor data from your camera. This post is specifically focused on the RAW data from the FS700 via the Odyssey 7Q. Both the 2K and 4K RAW but should apply to other cameras.
July 31, 2014
The Joy of Pickups
One of the truly rare joys of being an indie is that when you view your cut and decide that you could do with one more scene or reaction shot there, you simply pick up the phone, pick up the right lights, get your kit out and dress your living room appropriately.
February 28, 2014
Camera Rigs with Tilta, Lanparte, Movcam
Camera Rigs, Man Cages, Man Handles, whatever you want to call them, we all need them. Lets get away from the obvious question of why most camera manufacturers cannot design an ergonomic camera in the first place and seem to think that square bricks are the way forward, and jump straight into some of the options we’ve looked at, used and moved on from.
February 2, 2014