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All new Sony EX1 picture profile for cinematic look!

After working with the EX1 and a whole range of DOF adapters, i’ve gradually revised my “Marvels Picture Profile”.

UPDATED march 31 2011! To watch the award winning short movie shot with this EX1 picture profile, go here: Free Fall (2010) – HD on YouTube 

 

 

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UPDATED may 14 2010!I have updated the profile after shooting for a few weeks, with and without the Tiffen T1 IR filter. I have also altered the detail settings, for use with a DOF adapter.
I’ve shot two short movies, two documentaries and two musicvideos in 2009 with this combo and have drawn many conclusions from editing the resulting footage. I’ve switched to shooting with the NanoFlash 4:2:2 digital recorder this year and i’m gearing up for a feature film production that will be shot 100% with the EX1&Nanoflash. As with my latest short “Vrije Val” (formerly known as Birth of a Song), Barry Johnson of Weta Digital has assisted with the creation of an all new “Marvels Picture Profile for Cinematic look”. And it’s absolutely totally different from any profile i’ve found on the web so far!

Taken into consideration were the results we had with previous profiles and shooting modes in 2009, the endless measurements Barry and i have taken from the raw material, the uniform color corrections i had to make to the EX1 footage and the endless discussions we had regarding filmlook, bokeh and detail. My objective was not only creating a film look to my taste, but also minimizing noise while retaining the beautiful EX1 detail – something you’ll need if shooting with a DOF adapter, and losing some of the typical Sony EX green hue and focussing on human skin color reproduction.

The following is the result and with confidence our definitive picture profile for future productions!
No CC, only black and contrast adjusted.  Unfortunately, some detail gets lost in the conversion.
Used Carl Zeiss 50mm 1.4 distagon lens at f4.0 with the profile below & cinegamma 1.

Remark: your’e looking at picture-settings that are tailored to my personal taste, with post-processing in mind. I’ve been able to use shots right out of the camera without the need for CC, but it does ask for contrast adjustment to taste.

Marvels 2010 Cinema PPs:

Update may 14 2010 -> Profile optimised for use with the Tiffen T1 IR filter:

  • 1920 x 1080, 24p
  • Shutter 180 degrees
  • Color Matrix: FL Light
    • level +8
    • phase 0
    • R-G 0
    • R-B 5
    • G-R -6
    • G-B +8
    • B-R -15
    • B-G -9
  • Color correction: off
  • Detail: On   (this is for use with a DOF adapter only, else set to OFF )
    • Level: -8
    • Frequency: +80
    • Crispening: +30
    • H/V ratio: -10
    • White limiter: 80
    • Black limiter: 80
    • V DTL creation: Y
    • Knee apt level: 0
  • Skin tone detail: off
  • Gamma: Cine 1, level 0
  • Black: -1
  • Black gamma: 0
  • Low key sat: -15

Update may 14 2010 -> Standard profile:

  • 1920 x 1080, 24p
  • Shutter 180 degrees
  • Color Matrix: Standard
    • level +4
    • phase 0
    • R-G 0
    • R-B 5
    • G-R -6
    • G-B +8
    • B-R -15
    • B-G -9
  • Color correction: off
  • Detail: On   (this is for use with a DOF adapter only, else set to OFF )
    • Level: -8
    • Frequency: +80
    • Crispening: +30
    • H/V ratio: -10
    • White limiter: 80
    • Black limiter: 80
    • V DTL creation: Y
    • Knee apt level: 0
  • Skin tone detail: off
  • Gamma: Cine 1, level 0
  • Black: -1
  • Black gamma: 0
  • Low key sat: -15

Regarding detail: i want to bring out fine detail without halos. The detail settings above give a very unobtrusive sharpening of the picture, for use with DOF 35mm adapters. No halos, no sharp black or white edges. Noise reduction through crispening. Update may 14: the crispening setting of -20 in the previous version was a typ0, should have read +20 and is now adjusted to +30.

Regarding the colour matrix adjustments: the matrix corrections in the first profile are to compensate for the green hue the IR filter casts, even after taken a white balance. I use the fluorescent light matrix, simply because it does exactly two things to the picture (and in measurements) that this specific camera demands; it remove the “green Sony hue” and it is the lowest-noise matrix. It shifts the colour balance towards red/magenta, removing the green hues and preventing your cast from looking terminally ill.

Regarding the gamma settings: read my recent article on the subject (two articles above this one). I use Cine 1 gamma almost exclusively because it’s clearly the most lownoise gamma. I sometimes use Cine 4 indoors with low / existing light. Again, use the workflow i suggest in my recent article on adjusting Gamma on a per-scene basis.

Thanks to Alister Chapman for pointing me to the new matrix correction. Please take a moment to visit his great website: http://www.xdcam-user.com/

Please feel free to test and experiment with this profile and use this messageboard to comment.

Cheers!

Martin Beek


12 Responses to “All new Sony EX1 picture profile for cinematic look!”


  1. 1 David Esp
    November 29, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Likewise I use EX3 CINE4 for indoors low-light, but (from bad experience) it seems best to aim low in face exposure, e.g. 50 or 60% IRE not 70 or 80%. The consequence of the higher exposure is “pasty-face” syndrome, where detail is lost (not practical to fix in post when only 8 bits resolution). The reason is made apparent in Serena Steuart’s graphs of gamma response: http://exposureroom.com/members/Serena/articles/post/196/. So I will aim lower from now on!

    I often use Tiffen T1 so will try out your Matrix settings for that. Do they work equally well in all colour temperatures?

    I wonder, what happens about Infra-Red when using a 35mm adaptor (e.g. Letus)? Ever tested for that?

    Cheers,
    David

  2. July 29, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Anyone Posting any EX1 looks on here lately??

  3. 3 marvelsfilm
    August 8, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Hello Michael.

    I have sold the EX1 last year, so nothing new here. I must say that, before that, w’ve used it over a year without changing the PP. We we’re totally satisfied with it’s look.

    Martin

  4. June 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Your style is really unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this page.


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