I was really pushing the limits on this topic recently and had to learn quite a lot of new things in order to really grasp what is going on here and there…
Now starting to nail how the
from camera ->MLV->raw2dng->Resolve->Render Proxy->Premiere+EDIT->export FCP XML SEND->Resolve COLOR Return-> FCP XML roundtrip ->Render colored->Re-open in Premiere->final render
process is going and no need to wander around, thus started to expand on beyond the basic color correction concepts, but in overall I start to be satisfied with this part as for more significant end results a real professional coloring work is required, which is not the purpose this time, but to reach the camera’s utmost potential. The process will be exactly the same with the 5D mk III, just less anti-alias, moire and more detail – and the resolution is still 1728×972, instead of 1080p thus there is even a bit of upscale going on…But it’s quite alright…
Especially since themagiclantern-Nightly.2014Oct08.7D203 update – there are no pink noised frames at all – and now with using 16 bit maximized DNG export – I can manage to have beautiful takes!
Also investigated a lot about Black magic cameras and also the HDMI recorders such as Ninjas - some things were promising but now I am clear that I would not need HDMI recorder for the 5D Mk III for now.
Even checked out a LOT of tests, reviews on different cameras, DSLRs, mirrorless ones – I am not impressed with the Sony aS7 – beyond that it is still ‘usable’ on 50k ISO, it’s image world is not for me anyway – it is so washed out and also on GH4 – it is good but somehow I am not impressed either – maybe about the 4K’s downscaling sharpness de-moire feature only but for now I do not go into that game. And it’s also a matter of taste, not of which is ‘better’.
Also I started to be aware that the Canon C100 has image what I LIKE better than even the 5DmkIII’s – but only in bright light! In darker scenes I still see the 5D mk III as greater – and also considering the price/performance ratio here.
And I’ve just became aware of that on the photo world, the Nikon D810 is really outstanding in many ways – especially in dynamic range I am unsure about it’s video – as the D800 was not really close for the 5D mk III in video in terms of noise.
Plus just realizing that the 7D mk II will still be more noisy and less brighter than the 5D mk III(even regardless of DxOMark - that is too technical, and the previous Nikon’s review I’ve linked is also too ‘less’ technical anyway) – it was quite obvious that for low light, the newer 7D still won’t be ‘THE’ beast…
But also I must admit – all of these are just crumbs picked up from all over others publications, mostly by not ‘professionals’ – I am quite comfortable on relying on things what I find out myself – I was skeptical even about the existence of the Great Pyramid in Egypt until I did not touch and climb into it with shaking legs and had to conclude that it actually exists.
And also the most important factor is that: THE CONTENT IS KING. Thus expanding with THIS BOOK: STORY right now by Robert McKee.
In every way – just seeing older films – for instance the first seasons of 24 – some of the images of the downloaded over-converted format’s are noisy and dull – while the story brings me in, engages, entertains and in those moments who cares about a little noticeable vignette, a ‘nervous bokeh’ or some sort-of-un-organic noise in the dark areas while the story is much more grandiose?
I push myself to actually show up some test footages at least within these ‘ranting’ posts – and I have quite some as I did a lot of tests with the MLV RAW and DaVinci Resolve – Premiere CC roundtrips. Here is one simple take:
Meanwhile I am still finding the grab on the freestyle video clips for the dancing gala I’ve recorded and had some edits and now switched music and re-cut it and working on specifying the transitions and learned a LOT about using the different kind of editing keyboard shortcuts in Premiere CC, such as:
|Track Select Tool||A|
|Ripple Edit Tool||B|
|Rolling Edit Tool||N|
|Rate Stretch Tool||R|
These are really unique and there is situation for each to be really handy and I am becoming more and more comfortable to switch and use these naturally while editing.
This brings up the same point as I’ve wrote about before – that the computer is becoming the bottleneck of my efficiency thus now re-engaging to plan the next high-end PC configuration on which I will migrate my workstation to be, hopefully in this year already.
I’ve investigated that too already – and the DDR4 is something cool yet it is still not worthy of the amount they ask for it in Hungary in terms of price/performance ratio with the apparently quite impressive 6 Core i7 5820 processor- at the moment for me at least…
And I find it to be really impressive that my current configuration(which has made by a musician friend, Viktor) being more than 4 years old and still kicking ass in terms of being a great workstation for music and video as well just as I expand on higher video standards – the amount of data the machine requires to process is slowing me down and to give myself the favor to prevent staring render progress bar streaks – I will be needed to get something more recent technology to work with to be able to expand more on practical efficiency and overall quality and reliance/consistency.
So after all – I shot quite some MLV RAW recently – not as I have so much spare time, just as I move through the capital of Hungary, the visually so diverse and stimulating Budapest, it is easy to just record something – now already started editing 3 clips(one city traffic/trains/metro atmosphere, one ducks in park, one thermal spa), some of them are 3-5 minutes long – now using Avid DNxHD 220 10 bit 4:2:2 for final Return from Resolve rendering but will test more.
One more thing: what I see – with MLV RAW instead of H264 video, the rolling shutter is more prominent – and the sensor seems to be more sensitive to wobbling/shaking.
It might be the 7D’s CPU overload – will optimize it’s usage next time(that is awesome with Magic Lantern – I can turn off features – and profile CPU/card Read/Write usage and actually test what has it’s price while recording)
I see now the end of the first quest of RAW workflow tunnel – at least for a while and will push the limits for do something more creative than just random shots around…
Especially, as seeing the ‘issues’ what people become furious about the camera’s apparent disadvantages – these also could be used for creative/artistic purposes…
This was just fun at the end of the day:
That’s why I’ve shot yesterday a lot of MLV RAW for instance with the Nifty Fifty – I like it’s center softness at f1.8 and how it behaves with focusing/out of focus areas etc…Just it really needs effort to use it appropriately as it’s physical build is not for precise manual focusing.
Hey, I’ve just found an other 30GB MLV files shot with a tele lens from the work office’s rooftop! Will check it out later, I have priorities to remain consistent within – so that is all for now…