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A thread for anyone interested in working with video in any form – narrative, documentary, videography or what have you. Discussion of technique, links to your own actual work and so on is preferred – we’re not here to spoon feed you. Ask on the thread. fuck
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Cameras: (Amazon prices, body only)
$150: EOS-M – Cheapest Canon you can get for Magic Lantern. Good feature set, good enough image quality (720p Raw, Soft 1080p/24p). Needs adapted lenses.
$450: – Very strong low cost performer. Better 1080 than EOS-M. Ergonomic quibbles. Using a generic mirrorless cage helps.
$500: A6000 – Same image and interface as A5100, but with a viewfinder and a hotshoe. Same ergonomic problems as A6300.
$600: G7 (with kit lens) – Slightly nerfed 4k compared to GH4 but 4K, good image, solid body.
$980: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera – Difficult to work with, but excellent 1080 image.
$995: Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera – Difficult to work with, accessories a must, but has 13-stops dynamic range and 1080 image. Great for drones.
$1000: A6300 – Extremely versatile at price, beautiful 4K at 24p and 30p, softish but usable 1080 slow motion at 120fps, no pixel binning, SLog 2 and 3, usable footage even at 12800 ISO. Battery life, Ergonomics, and menus are all still bad though. Possible overheating issues and very poor rolling shutter.
$1000(used): Samsung NX1-– Bad news: It’s a dead mount with no live EF adapter, only dummy adapters. Also its discontinued. Good news: most samsung lenses are very good and pretty cheap for what they are, and its a great camera to use vintage/manual glass with– mirrorless means easy adapting. The *really* good news: It downscales from a full sensor 6K readout, and has canon-level skintones/color science. Its Gamma DR flat profile grades very nicely though. Has mild in-body digital stabilization for when you’re in a pinch, and does real DCI standard 4k. 120fps 1080p is better than that of the a6300, has a fantastic interface, headphone monitoring (with half-decent pre-amps!), and an incredible EVF & LCD. Doesn’t overheat either. Great through 1600 ISO, good through 3200, unusable past that. In short: recommend this to someone who can’t quit canon– its the closest look they’ll get to it.
$1300: GH4 – Flexible, VLog for $100 more, shoots 4K and 96fps, though anything above 60fps will look pretty bad for this camera, god tier battery life.
$2200: A7s – God tier low light performance. Full sensor image readout, comes with SLOG2 support. Adapted lenses pretty much a must. Very bad rolling shutter unless shooting in S35 (crop) mode.
$2510: C100 – Great ergonomics in a pro body; great image. Lots of technical limitations, but all-round very solid.
$2800: Blackmagic Cinema Camera – More capable, larger version of the Pocket Cinema Camera. Same drawbacks.
$3000: A7sII – Same as above but with internal 4K 30p recording, 120 fps 1080p in crop, in-body image stabilization, 8-bit makes S-log useless, not to mention S-log3 is bugged with no fixes in sight, avoid at all costs, go for the FS5 instead.
$6000: FS5 – Get this if you want to do any decent video. Covers pretty much everything you want to do without having to accessorise your shit (much). Slap on a lens, maybe with an adapter if that’s your thing and you’re golden. Super 35 sensor, 10-bit 422, records to SDXC cards, electronic ND filters, fast/slow motion, 240fps, no menu diving, comfy ergonomics, lightweight, small, SDI-out, XLR jacks, decent battery life, the list goes on and on.
Remember that you also need to factor in the cost of…
Common recommendations for starter glass are: Vintage FDs, Nikkors, M42s, Sigma 18-35 1.8
Sharpness/resolving power matters less for video, though acutance/microcontrast remains important. Things like focus breathing, focus ring smoothness and parfocality become important factors.
General Starter Gear:
Tripod: ($120), VT4000 ($150), Secced ($300+fuck Chinese Sachtler knockoffs)
Follow Focus: DP500IIS, DP3000 ($150, to be paired with shoulder rigs)
Microphone, TRS: VideoMic ($150), VideoMic Pro (w.) ($200)
Microphone, XLR: AT875 ($170)
Audio Recorder: DP500IIS($200, best paired with a USB power pack)
(http://provideocoalition.com/pvcexclusive/story/helpful-ways-for-cinematographers-to-get-a-grip-on-lighting-part-4 Start with part 2 and work backwards)
Free Audio Assets:
Video Editing Software:
AVID (Good for features/series, subscription is monthly basis)
Adobe Premiere (Good for corporate/effects heavy client work and short films, be careful of plans, there are shady sales tactics)
Autodesk Smoke (Unless you are also a 3d artist, probably better to go AVID or Premiere)
DaVinci Resolve (Free colouring software/ingestion software)
Final Cut (Mostly Defunct, X is basically iMovie with a new skin and branding.)
Windows Movie Maker (Baby's first editing software, avoid unless you have literally no other option)
If you have access to lynda through a school email or something, that’s a decent resource. If your public library system isn’t shit you might be able to access lynda with your library card number.
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