So I finally embrace the LUT and want to try the cool LUT I just found here but the Speedgrade manual and Adobe help aren’t exactly helpful. What is a LUT? This Wiki will explain it.
After playing around in various forms, a restart and lots of worthless Google searches I stumbled on the solution by accident. In the lower left corner, click on the + icon to open a menu and select FILM and choose LUT.
This will allow you to select the LUT you have downloaded, is available as a default or something you have created in another application.
If you are looking to try out a LUT without paying, try out the Instagram looks I found here.
I get a lot of questions about filters from students and other professionals. In the early days of shooting digital with a Sony PD150 I used a 1/4 BPM (black pro mist) to take the digital edge off of the video. Here is a comprehensive video testing out the current offerings of Tiffen in a formal test. Check it out.
Tiffen 4K Diffusion Test – 1080P from The Tiffen Company on Vimeo.
Happy New Year!
I came across this video this morning. I had thought of making a how to video for the C47, but never did. Well now I there is this, though we could have used a demonstration too.
What is a C47 & what’s it for? Filmmaking Tutorial from Darren Levine on Vimeo.
It has been a busy and productive year for Little Tree Films and myself. We worked on some fun projects for Shriners Hospitals for Children – Twin Cities and shot a couple of weddings and did a spot for Edgewood. I worked on a project that took me to Pittsburgh and Phoenix in the same week. I also shot for Victory motorcycles in the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats. I did some more work for Best Buy with my friends at 1 Light Films. I finished out the year filming a performance of the Nutcracker done in Burlesque.
Next year we hope to expand the business and work on more fantastic projects. Hopefully we’ll see a HELIX and Sony Fs7 join the stable of gear. And we look forward to the cool toys that haven’t come out yet. See you next year.
So we just finished up a mini doc about my perspective on film. The catalyst for the project was to create a 2 minute doc about something you are passionate about to win a Sony FS7. It turned out really well. Please check it out.
I’m sure I’ll post more about the Helix soon. The Helix is a stabilizer designed and built by Letus. They came to be during the 35mm adaptor fad. They made a quality product and have continued to make accessories for the changing market. I first saw a clip about the Helix at NAB and thought the design idea was cool. They center the lens for 360 degree rotation. It has a flat base so you can set it down. It is designed to be a camera stabilizer not a helicopter gyro. Anyway, I got to try one out today at Cinequipt. Just a couple of minutes and my first impression is sold. The Ronin is great, but much heavier, difficult to hold for long periods and just not as refined. I’ll be putting in an order soon.
This just came today.
It is the Metabones Speed booster ULTRA Canon EF to Sony E mount lens adaptor. I’ll be testing it out on an FS700 this weekend. I was impressed with the speedbooster before and the Ultra promises to have increased corner sharpness and less vignetting. Sounds good to me.
What a cool format that was gone before it had a chance to really be fully embraced. Just today ARRI announced a digital Alexa 65 with a huge sensor requiring lenses with a large image circle. Borrowing from still photography they’re calling it medium format. Rental only at a substantial rate I imagine. It’s just cool to know that that camera exists. Fascinating article published in Film & Digital Times.
After waiting for a very long time the 50mm has arrived. Rokinon has a nice set of affordable primes. The 35mm is and 85 are great. The 24mm is acceptable on the 5D full sensor. But that 50 was really what was missing. This looks like a really good one. Looking forward to trying it out on a shoot tomorrow.
Sure enough, Sony announced a new camera, but it wasn’t a replacement for the FS700, but another variation on it. The PXW-FS7 has fantastic specs including 4K UHD, slow motion up to 180 FPS and a more ergonomic design. After toiling for a few days and thinking about how much I had been using the FS700, it was decided that this would be the next equipment purchase for our company. Move aside stabilizers and sound equipment, the FS7 has been ordered.
Here is the cheesy promo video for the camera: