August 29, 2014, 10:15:59 PM

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - cayenne

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 81
1
Video & Movie / Re: My latest Cooking Video
« on: August 20, 2014, 10:39:16 AM »


I"m trying to start to research a new set of sticks that has the ball (half ball?) type base that the video head connects to, so that you can set up and then adjust level....not sure what to get as that I"m just starting to look.
I can spend some $$, but not a ton....

C

This:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/554093-REG/Manfrotto_438_438_Compact_Levelling_Head.html

Might make your exsisting sticks more video friendly without buying a whole new set of legs.

If you have the budget, I cannot see past Sachtler ACE video tripods.  The Medium MS version (mid level spreader) works on all terrains, has the half bowl, but uniquely at the price point, a properly variable counterbalanced head.

I cannot overstate how essential a counterbalanced head is, or how easy it makes camera movements.

With the ACE you set the balance up with locks opened.  Find your middle point (very long video plate provided).
Lock.  Set your spring weight.  Set your resistance level (stepped, so that pan and tilt can have exactly the same resistance)

You touch the camera you get a movement.  You don't touch the camera. You don't.  Absolutely effortless movements with superlative ramping.

You'll ballk a little at the price at first, especially if you are used t buying stills tripods, but I guarantee you it is 3x 5x 10x the tripod you would get from any other manufacturer at the same price.

The head is fantastic. If you shoot video it's what you need.

The 438 leveller will kill your levelling frustrations in the meantime...

Thank you for the reply and suggestions.

Is this the unit you're talking about ?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/822102-REG/Sachtler_1001_Ace_Fluid_Head_with.html

I currently have the Manfroto Manfrotto 502 Video Head, which uses the 504 plate system for QR.

Would this work with the Sachtler?  I ask because I also have this same video head/plate system on my slider, as well as my Manfrotto video Monopod....I'd hate to have to redo the plate system at this time, etc...

Thank you so much in advance for the input and information!!!

C

2
Video & Movie / Re: My latest Cooking Video
« on: August 19, 2014, 02:18:22 PM »
Coming together well.

Couple of well inteded obverstations..

1. Ditch Resolve.  You don't need it.  Not with your camera.  Not for this kind of project.

Get a grey card.  Fix it going into the camera.  Easier. Cheaper. Looks better.

2. Profile shot in kitchen is not level.  Get a wee hotshoe spirit level.  Very minor distraction.  But the difference between the top pro stuff and good amateur stuff is probably 2 or 3%, you have the kit.  Watch your level.

3. You could make more of the ingredient graphics.  Apart from the lift at the end this could be a still with gfx overlay.  Make more of the perspective of the lens.  Crash tilt or Pan into.  Crash zoom into.  It's too static. 
Bring in the ingredients one by one.  Maybe add a little jitter in Ae.  Look for interesting fonts on something like dafont.

Look at this video for basic but more interesting captioning style, nice font that isn't part of the stock package, but free for non commercial use via dafont, and a little jitter.. dead simple.

http://youtu.be/JAaGKMMTksU

O0h!!
Thanks for the suggestions!!

Yeah, the level thing is a problem, my current set of sticks really doesn't have a level bubble on it or easy way to adjust.

I"m trying to start to research a new set of sticks that has the ball (half ball?) type base that the video head connects to, so that you can set up and then adjust level....not sure what to get as that I"m just starting to look.
I can spend some $$, but not a ton....

C

3
Video & Movie / Re: My latest Cooking Video
« on: August 18, 2014, 03:41:06 PM »
Schweet!  I would love to be able to make a video half that good!  I can't wait to give those recipes a whirl!  :D

At time index 1:50 you can see the light modifiers in the background, if that matters.
During the close ups of adding ingredients at 6:50, the lighting shifts slightly.
Love the time lapse segment, esp where you added the little extras like the spinning salt box, etc.

Next time, give the dog the first manhattan and he'll probably be out for the duration.   (Kidding, LOL!)  :P

Thank you VERY much for the response!! Greatly appreciated.

Yeah, I"m a one man show...lighting, camera, etc....so at times I forget to double check for the lights, etc.  I'll try to be a bit more vigilant in the future.

C

4
Video & Movie / Re: My latest Cooking Video
« on: August 18, 2014, 03:39:32 PM »
Nice work, you've improved quite a bit since the last video I saw. Intro is very cool. I still think using Resolve on DSLR footage is incredibly unnecessary, especially if it's giving you issues and not coming out right. You can only do so much with compressed 8-bit 4:2:0 footage and I think doing it with FCP would de-clutter and speed up your workflow. But hey whatever works for you, keep up the good work!

Hey, thanks for the compliment!!

Well, thing is, I've gotten VERY used to the controls on Resolve...I cannot seem to get FCPX's weird little color changing paradigm to work just quite right, and the other day for some reason in FCPX I could not get the scopes to come up.

But if I keep having the problems...I'll have to deal with it maybe. I might try to start learning Premier Pro, which I have...and see if that and speed grade work for me. If nothing else, always a good thing to learn new and different tools!!

Thank you!!
C

5
Video & Movie / My latest Cooking Video
« on: August 18, 2014, 11:57:37 AM »
Hi Folks,

Whew...been a long time since I posted last, been a busy year.
I just posted my latest YouTube episode of my cooking video series:
CWI: Cooking While Intoxicated.

I think I'm surely but slowly making progress in composing, lighting and editing.

This was shot on my 5D3, I used a Rode Videomic on camera and this was the first time using the Rode smartLAV hooked to my iPhone in my pocket for better sound.

I ran into hiccups with my usual workflow...due to versions of FCPX going to latest version, and having to run on Maverics (upgrade, ugh), and also with Davinci Resolve from 11beta to regular v11.

Anyway, this was also only my 2nd dive into try to use After Effects in a meaningful manner, I used this for the time-lapse segment at the end, and also for the motion tracking parts where I attacked ingredients graphics.

Anyway, I had a LOT of trouble with color, for some reason, Resolve now...shows one thing on its screens but when rendered, it looks MUCH lighter on any other playback system and I cannot figure it out. I have to really overdo things in resolve with a final node at the end of each clip to overdo saturation, etc...to get it to look normal in FCPX or even just paying quicktime on my desktop.

ANYWAY...with all that, I am happy with this result....and do check out the outtakes/bloopers I added on after final credits, I didn't color correct those, so you can see how the shots look coming out of my camera Flat using Marvel's Cinestyle.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated!!

cayenne

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTA9yQrAwQM

6
Like cayenne, I've been umming and ahing about Magic Lantern... finally took the plunge on ny 5d3 following the instructions above. Simple! Then once installed, you switch on live view, then press the delete button to bring up the ML menu and select which modules you want to activate.

I'm looking at trying some nightscapes and maybe star trails, so the programmable bulb timer and intervalometer will be invaluable. :)


WOW…too cool!!

I"m contemplating this myself for my 5D3 over the holiday weekend.

PLEASE…post back your experiences and thoughts on your new ML install and using it!!!

Thanks in advance,

cayenne

7
Hello all,

I'm getting ready to bring in some 5D3 footage I shot for the first time, using the 30fps frame rate, this was to match other video cameras on the shoot, guessing they were shooting 30fps.

I'm about to bring it into Davinci Resolve Lite, and I learned in the past, especially with Resolve and FCPX roundtripping workflow…that the 5D3 does not in fact shoot 24fps, but it shoots 23.976fps, and Resolve is VERY sensitive to this….took me forever to figure that roundtripping problem out.

With 24fps from the 5D3, I make sure on Resolve and FCPX both that they work with and out put to 23.976 so that it works.

So, with that being said….on the 5D3, is 30fps == 30fps  or is it something like 29.xxx  fps in reality?

Thank you in advance,

cayenne

8
Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 07, 2014, 02:06:13 PM »
... And I bought my wife a new laptop this week, so if she catches me, I'm okay.  I'm guessing she tracked your big whites, though, I know my wife sure did!

That's a good strategy! I did that with an iPad last year ;)

What preserves my marital harmony is restricting gear purchases to extra money I make from consulting, workshops and photo gigs (my part time business stuff). Separate cards and bank account = no arguments.

That said, I'm really starting to question myself on any new gear purchases. I feel I hit the plateau on quality per dollars spent a while back and I really need to stop worrying about gear limitations and shoot at every opportunity. Spending money on travel and workshops (experiences) makes more sense to me at this point than more/better gear. GAS is a hard habit to break, though!

Seems to me that ditching the wives would be the cheapest option of all….err…well maybe the cheapest would be just NOT getting married in the first place.

At best, I only live with them from time to time, kinda of like leasing with an option to buy.
I can buy and do what I want…and I don't have to sign over half my belongings when I decide to trade up to a newer model of girlfriend.

;)

9
I'm really thinking about trying this.

Is there now a better, straightforward, one stop to find it…guide to installing Magic Lantern on a 5D3?

Last time I started looking into it, I found out of date guides, wrong versions….and read through about 300 posts on the forums and I still didn't really feel safe in trying to install this.

So, does anyone have links to a simple at least fairly up to date install guide with steps laid out 1,2,3,4…n?

Last time I was reading through, I thought about disarming a bomb with instructions like.

"Ok, now…find and cut the green wire…"

BUT FIRST……

:D

C

It was pretty.straight forward now that the boot flag issue has been resolved.

1) set camera back to factory defaults
2) remove battery grip if installed.
3) format SD or CF card in camera
4) remove card and install in computer
5) download ML for 5diii and unzip all files into the root folder of card including the .fir file. (maintain same folder structure as supplied in the zip file)
6) insert card back into camera and install the firmware using the Canon firmware update menu option.
7) when prompted power off camera and power back on

Viola!

I haven't tried it yet but to permanently uninstall and revert the boot flag back to original just reformat the card with the uninstall ML option.

Im getting ready to upgrade to the latest ML version so ill give the uninstall option a try before i upgrade...though technically not necessary.  But im curious how seemless the uninstall is and wether or not it gives me back the improved wake up speed.

Thanks..is there a good URL for the official steps..what files to get, etc for the 5D3.

I'd just like to have the 'official" steps so that if something did come up, I could post to the forums and say "I did steps #4 and things went bad"….

Thanks,

cayenne

10
Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 16, 2014, 03:47:28 PM »
I'm about to put my 50L on Ebay.... and it has nothing to do with this new 50mm Art.

I took my kids to Flower Field in Carlsbad yesterday. I carried A7r + FE 55mm. With Eye-focus feature in A7r, compose the shot is so easy. At wide open, I couldn't miss a shot. However, the Bokeh is not smooth as my 50L.

Bottom line is, I'm willing to trade that bokeh for light weight ;)

What's your asking price on the 50L?

:)

Asking price is $1599 ;D....just kidding. I'm not in the hurry to sell my 50L, maybe not at all.

Current market only has few f1.2 lenses with AF. If the new Sigma is REALLY that good, then I don't mind adding a 3rd 50mm lens to my bag. At this moment, I strongly believe I have enough weapons to fight most challenging photography battles - from super sharp to smooth Bokeh etc... ;)


LOL..ok.

So far…best prices on good condition used 50L's I've seen are in the $1250-$1295 range…..slightly more for refurbe from the Canon site from time to time….

I gotta see how much tax I gotta pay first….no word from CPA yet, so, maybe I don't owe….

C

11
I'm really thinking about trying this.

Is there now a better, straightforward, one stop to find it…guide to installing Magic Lantern on a 5D3?

Last time I started looking into it, I found out of date guides, wrong versions….and read through about 300 posts on the forums and I still didn't really feel safe in trying to install this.

So, does anyone have links to a simple at least fairly up to date install guide with steps laid out 1,2,3,4…n?

Last time I was reading through, I thought about disarming a bomb with instructions like.

"Ok, now…find and cut the green wire…"

BUT FIRST……

:D

C

12
Just installed on 1.2.3.  So far works perfectly.  Little complaints from me other than the slow start up time after sleep.

Messin around with Dual ISO now.

Does the slow start up time after sleep go away after you remove the ML from the camera?

I'd heard that was a problem with the former version on the 5D3….that it set the boot flag perm. and long sleep times wouldn't go away even when ML was removed.

I know on this they say the boot flag situation is fixed, but wondering if sleep/boot times return to normal once you remove ML?

Thanks in advance,
cayenne

13
Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 11, 2014, 10:29:49 AM »
I'm about to put my 50L on Ebay.... and it has nothing to do with this new 50mm Art.

I took my kids to Flower Field in Carlsbad yesterday. I carried A7r + FE 55mm. With Eye-focus feature in A7r, compose the shot is so easy. At wide open, I couldn't miss a shot. However, the Bokeh is not smooth as my 50L.

Bottom line is, I'm willing to trade that bokeh for light weight ;)

What's your asking price on the 50L?

:)

14
I tried magic lantern before on the 5D3 , the bootflag thing was terrible, it made your camera boot up slow even if you took the card out.

This new version is great, you take the card out with magic lantern on,put another card in and the camera wakes up instantly.

I really like the dot tune as well, done all my lenses, +15 on a canon 300mm f4 IS  ;D

That is fantastic news!!  I've been waiting on this to try ML out on my 5D3.

I'm likely gonna let it mature just a 'tad' longer...since this is a new version working on the newer Canon firmware.

Like with most things on this level, I rarely test the water with BOTH feet.

;)

15
Just installed on 1.2.3.  So far works perfectly.  Little complaints from me other than the slow start up time after sleep.

Messin around with Dual ISO now.
Dang, was hoping that would be fixed.

Can you confirm that the slow wake times go away after you remove ML?

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 81