Posts Tagged ‘indie

22
Apr
15

“Marvels Cinestyle for Canon cameras” page has been updated

I have updated the Cinestyle page with new download links and extra info.

You’ll find it at the top of this blog under “marvels cine for canon dslr“.

Another good read on the subject is “Installing Canon Picture Styles for Dummies” (no offence ūüėČ

Do not forget to read the original article (with the Phil Holland tests) “Finally,¬†the new marvels cine profile 3-x for canon dslr“.

Cheers!
Martin.

25
Oct
14

I downgraded from Red Scarlet MX to Blackmagic Production Camera, but it feels like an upgrade!

Martin Beek https://livecrew.nl I’ve thought long and hard about my next move, camera-wise.¬†My Red Scarlet MX was eligible for upgrading to an Epic for 9000US$, or upgrading to a Scarlet Dragon for¬†9500US$. I paid a small fortune for¬†my Scarlet and adding another 9 grand meant that¬†i could’ve better bought an Epic in the first place. IMHO, not much of a deal or “gesture” to Scarlet owners.

I¬†decided eventually to sell the Scarlet now it’s still worth a few bucks. Emphasizing on “a few”.
I had to let it go a few weeks ago for 7200 euros including a cage, Redmote, two 64gb SSDs, 5″ LCD, sideSSD, etc.; the complete scarlet package plus tophandle and cage. That amount of money is peanuts, but hey, you know that it devaluates starting day one.

I decided to “downgrade” to a 3000US$ Blackmagic production camera, forMartin Beek https://livecrew.nl https://livecrew.nl/martinbeek¬†having a camera around the place and have something to play with during the fall and winter. Bought myself a great Sigma 18-35 1.8 zoom and a cage with handles¬†plus three 500GB SSDs. Still had enough money left to buy some extra audio gear, Vmount batteries and pay a few months¬†of¬†mortgage for the house!¬†ūüėČ

I thought i’d bought Martin’s next plaything and considered¬†it to be a downgrade just to please my desire to own a camera.
I was almost shocked to learn that the 3000$ silly looking package produced way sharper and detailed images that my Red scarlet ever did! It has roughly the same dynamic range and s/n ratio, but seems to reveal much more micro-detail instead of bags of noise when blowing images up to 200%. VERY VERY IMPRESSIVE!

https://livecrew.nl/martinbeek Martin Beek https://livecrew.nl I shoot 24p¬†exclusively in 4K on any camera – i rent highspeed cameras when i need them. So the Blackmagic production camera is a gift from heaven to indie filmmakers. For the price of renting a Red (don’t you ever think of buying one!) you can buy two¬†or three BMPCs !!! ¬†And, just to make this clear, i am not paid of sponsored by BM to tell you this! ūüėČ

I’ll definitely shoot my next feature on multiple¬†BMPCs, i swear!

Cons?

  • It needs bags of light (so buy a speedbooster or <=1.8 lens)
  • 400 ASA natively:¬†use a ND filter and don’t switch to 200ASA (limiting DR)
  • 800 ASA is too noisy, just stick with the 400 ASA and crank the¬†exposure up¬†in post; it’ll look great!
  • No white balance. Just a range of Kelvins to choose from. Shoot a color card or WB¬†card and adjust in post.
  • Internal battery wears down just below one hour. Buy one medium sized Vmount battery and you’re good for hours.
  • The BM CINEMADNG Raw codec is HUGE and will slurp your precious SSD gigabytes before you know it.
    BM HAS to device¬†a way to adjust¬†the compression level of the codec or come-up with something new, because this data-rate is outrageous. Recording just¬†12 minutes on a 500GB ssd is something i can NOT live with. Imagine shooting a feature film with this…¬†My storage and backup costs would go through the roof! The Red Scarlet recorded 34 minutes of full 4K with low compression (1:6) on a 64GB ssd !

DSC_0133Pros?

  • Lightweight form factor, though very well build metal design – feels solid
  • Record prores and raw (Cinema DNG)
  • Super 35mm large sensor, great filmic shallow DOF with the right lenses
  • Comes with a fully licensed version of DaVinci Resolve (including dongle)!
  • Very nice skin color representation and silky smooth light¬†transitions (just a personal / subjective opinion)
  • Low (audible) noise
  • full Canon EF lens communication and LANC (BeBop lanc controller will even control focus)
  • 4K SDI out
  • 12-35 volt input, so hookup any juice¬†that doesn’t kill you ūüėČ
  • Easy operation, easy menu’s

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My next project…¬†Taking¬†a scene shot with my Scarlet, and repeating it with the same lens on the same location and under the same lighting conditions and show you the difference!
Shooting some hi-contrast winter footage with the BMPC!

Cheers!
Martin.

02
Feb
11

Our latest short “Free Fall” now full length and HD on YouTube

Youtube has updated our account to “no limits”, so we at Marvels Film were finally able to upload our 43 gig, 25 minute, 1080p short movie “Free Fall” (Dutch: Vrije Val). Winner of the Audience Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Movie Awards 2010.

Free Fall is a short silent movie Рmusic only Рabout HIV, Aids and prejudice. For this indie production we used a mix of Sony PMW-EX1 with RedrockMicro DOF adapter,  PMW-EX3 and Canon 7D footage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ6i-_bQcgI&hd=1

Website: www.vrijevalfilm.nl (English and Dutch)

IMDb:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3727391/

30
Jan
10

DollyTrax camera dolly – January Hardware Testdrive

It has been delayed a few weeks, due to bad weather and illness. But here it is:

Hardware Testdrive: DollyTrax camera dolly system

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