The editing is the key, if you look at the "Angel of the Deep", at 1:49 and 2:32, any camera can get this kind of shot (DSLR, RED, Point & Shoot), there is nothing special about the color and composition on those specific frame/clip. At the end of the day, it's how you use the clips you shoot, put them together (with the help of appropriate music), and create the right emotion.
A couple years ago I was just obsess about 4K cameras, until recently I just starting to pay attention to use Premiere Pro properly, stop just using fade in fade out transition, try to do complex stuff. I have to say, having more than basic editing skill makes a big difference.
Thanks EvilOtter! The top side could be challenging since we never step on dry land. If there is one thing I learn: shoot all bunch of stuffs, tanks, mask, hose, wetsuit etc. When putting the video together, you never know if you need some fillter/transition clip!
I think it's very common/natural for people to curious about what other accomplished shooter used, and it always come across as the "easy way out". Just like in photography world that people always say "Full frame is best", hence it created this obsession of gear hog and constant camera upgrade.
Personally I don't care about what camera other people use, because I have my own set of budget, I have the GH4 and decide that the LX100 is better for me to use UW because of my budget, and my diving experience is more suitable for a more compact set up. These days I just focus on the quality of content and stuffs that I capture. I come to term that it's better for me to spend the money on more exotic dive trip instead of having nice gear but can't travel anywhere
The video about the Thistlegorm could be from 5DMark2. The person who shot it is "Henrik Jonsson", never heard of this person so he might hang around Scubaboard or some place else.
If there is one thing I have noticed, those who shoot really good UW video do not share what camera they use, how they get stable footage, they don't tell people if they use red filter or not. People ask questions in their Youtube/Vimeo page, the videographers do not response to question and only thanks for compliments. People who hang around here and share technical info are Panasonic and Sony shooters..... why?
If you have the option to shoot at 60fps, shoot at 60fps and you can always re sample to 30fps in post. Since storage media is not an issue for 1080p, 60fps is manageable. The advantage of 60fps and slow down to 30fps is so that you can "stabilize" your footage without scarify pixel (which happen when you post process to stabilize a video using rotate+zoom algorithm).
If you have an option to shoot 4K, by all mean shoot 4K, it makes your footage kind of future proof, and 4K gives you the flexibility to zoom and crop, especially for macro subject and output to 1080p. If you are shooting video for artistic reason, 4K is prefer because 3 years from now, people would still watch 4K content. If you shoot at 1080p, your content will become obsolete very soon, just like not many people is interested to watch DVD these days because they are only 740x480.
Got myself a FLIP5 Pro Package with SHALLOW, DIVE, DEEP, +15 MACROMATE MINI lens for my GoPro HERO5 Black.
Anyone got any recommendations on white balance settings? I've been using "native" quite a bit topside but that's quite a warm setting.
Also I've seen it suggested in a couple of places to use lights + CC filter with GoPros. Was always a no-no for my other cameras because everything goes red if you do that. Is this a serious recommendation?
Hey Nick, did you research on the Sony FDR-3000? I will be getting it. So far the general review said it's better than the goPro 5 because of the Optical IS, and the color. Even the Yi 4K+ is gaining popularity than the goPro. Inon have a lot of accessories for the Sony, so if it's not too late, check out the Sony.
Thanks for demonstrate the twist clamp spinning part, I was having hard time to understand without the video. Traditional clamp is what I would go since I can't afford a twist clamp, I wonder if there is way to 3D print a twist clamp
I tried the ULCS Tripod Clamp method and it's not good because the one point of attachment to the camera rig just way too easy to tip or flop around especially if your camera rig is not neutral.
The Xit404 is a good solution but it's also expensive because you have to choose a plate for your housing, so if you change housing in the future, you most likely won't be able to reuse the tripod plate.
Luckily Zen just came out with a universal tripod, it's a bit pricey, but it's a one time investment. As for leg, you can go all crazy up to using the Inon extendable carbon fiber arm.
EspenB, look into "Backbutton" focus. I shoot with Panasonic LX100, the camera is set to Manual focus but just turn one of the Fn button to initial focus. Before shooting, just press the Fn button to get initial focus, and focus peaking will still exist and you can start recording.
Guys, there is advantage of shooting at 60 fps (or 48 fps)! I have studied a lot of UW videos done by popular videographers, They incorporated a lot of slow motions, not only to create that "graceful" manta/shark glide by scene, but it's also to create the "stabilized" footage feel. If you shoot high fps and slow it down by 1/3 or 1/2, chances is you don't need to use Warp Stabilizer. If you force a 24 fps/30fps to slow down, you're introducing duplicated in between frames, which I think there is some not so desire effects.