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Nick Hope

Member Since 12 Sep 2004
Offline Last Active Aug 29 2015 10:09 PM

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In Topic: LOG Footage - Opinions on Underwater Use?

21 August 2015 - 10:12 PM

My general feeling, mostly from what I've read rather than done, is that the higher quality the format the captured footage is, the more worthwhile it is to shoot LOG. For example...


8-bit 4:2:0 - Not really worth it. Better to shoot nearer to your final look (but ensuring no more contrast, saturation or sharpness than your final look so that if anything you are increasing these a little in post rather than reducing them).


10-bit 4:2:2 - More worth it


12-bit 4:4:4 - Definitely worth it because you can do so much to it without noticeably degrading the quality


If you shoot wide-angle with a very flat profile in 8-bit 4:2:0, you risk more banding in the water when you add contrast and stretch out the mid-tones.


Having said that, if it's free when it comes out I might try it on my GH4 (internal recording) to see how it goes.

In Topic: Sony a7s and MWB

17 August 2015 - 09:16 PM

Point at the sun maybe? It might help in some cases. When I used to get MWB errors on my Sony Z1P when white balancing against the palm of my hand or something white (usually deeper than 20m), pointing at the sun would often let me get a successful white balance and get me out of trouble.

In Topic: 3 From Frederiksted Pier

11 August 2015 - 09:36 PM

Last one looks like a cowry to me.

In Topic: Sony RX100 IV 4K underwater video Taiwan

09 August 2015 - 01:06 AM

Very good leo999. Congratulations for the getting the RX100 IV underwater so quickly. It does a good job indeed. I really like that nudibranch at 2:52.

In Topic: 18 Years - A Story of a Broken Curse

06 August 2015 - 10:44 PM

Apparently it was director Charles Lewis who said "A dissolve (or any other transition) is just a cut looking for a place to happen."


In traditional editing "grammar", a dissolve signifies a lapse in time. This seems to be what Dustin is (successfully) conveying with most of those dissolves in the sketching sequence, but I guess some of them could be cleaner as a straight cut.


IMO dissolves also still have an occasional place for simply "smoothing things out", especially when limited by the nature of the footage. I have gone a bit to the opposite extreme these days, and use straight cuts almost exclusively, where actually the occasional dissolve might help.