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#364590 LX100 - Underwater video shot on the Red Sea

Posted by kc_moses on 24 August 2015 - 07:22 AM

Congratulation for getting the LX100! I hope you enjoy it and replace your NEX5 with it. Do you have the dome port on? It looks quite wide.



#364382 how to DIY strobe floats from styrofoam ?

Posted by kc_moses on 18 August 2015 - 08:40 AM

Just use the information here:




Order the foam from here (choose Type H100): http://www.aircrafts...inycellfoam.php


I made my own float and spray paint them red, then use those strong vegetable (broccoli/asparagus) rubber band and tie it together :lol2:



#363495 Potential solution to shaky video footage?

Posted by kc_moses on 22 July 2015 - 09:20 PM

There are some news and update about the SteadXP, but it's a bit disappointing since it's going to be 6-8 months out:




(Warning: the interview is way boringly conducted).

#362165 Best of my dives in Mexico

Posted by kc_moses on 13 June 2015 - 06:13 AM

Nice work! Did you get a hang of the focus system behind the dome port on the LX100? I can't help but notice, there were a lot of divers!!! Flash everywhere, were you on liveaboard?

#362085 Sony RX100 IV 4K - Control Set?

Posted by kc_moses on 10 June 2015 - 06:30 PM

Are you using it for video or photo? If you're using it for video, the LX100 has advantage of more zoom range because of the crop factor so it's better for macro. You will also need to pay attention to the custom white balance of the Sony since they're known to have issue when come to custom white balance for video.


For photo, the LX100 has larger sensor, not sure what Sony's 1" stacked sensor translate to in term of quality. One thing to keep in mind is the RX100M4 is more expensive, the street price of the LX100 is $799 these days, $200 cheaper than the Sony. Other things like built in timelapse on the LX100 vs ND filter on the RX100?

#361311 Warna berwarna Raja Ampat by GH4

Posted by kc_moses on 19 May 2015 - 09:32 AM

Finally! There is another 4K diving video!!!! I was just wondering, there are so many GH4 shooters out there but I only saw EJ from Korea upload video in 4K. I guess you have been missing in action. The song is catchy, anyway you can add some tambourine track because it could really use one.

#360961 Nauticam Shogun Housing is here

Posted by kc_moses on 09 May 2015 - 05:59 PM

Are you comparing GH2 ISO 1000 with GH4 ISO800? I suggest you go find some ISO 800 4K underwater clip shot by GH4 and check out the noise (watch it in 4K monitor so you get the 1:1 result)


kkfok and I both confirmed that shooting 4K at ISO800 will have more noise, we both use LX100, I have shot with GH4 and it's the same problem:




The Ursa Mini is not the NEXT big thing, it's only months away, I'm not talking about GH5. My reply simply imply that RAW footage grade better then 10 bit 4:2:2 and the Ursa has it.


Bottom line if you're getting the result that you're happy with, just stick with what you have.


Also, check this out in term of 10 bit 4:2:2 vs 8 bit 4:2:0 grading:


#360784 Anilao Frogfish in 4K

Posted by kc_moses on 04 May 2015 - 09:06 AM

Thanks! There are a lot of frogfish in Anilao, I believe I saw all the color of frogfish in this trip. I saw the yellow juvenile frogfish but it got spoke back behind/under the rock by the divers before me so I didn't get to shoot it. To answer your question, those tiny little crawling thing are not nudibranch, I believe they're some sort of crab/bug. you can see them at 2:12 of this clip by Chris Parson:


#360779 Anilao Frogfish in 4K

Posted by kc_moses on 04 May 2015 - 06:58 AM

Alright, got the frogfish out of the way. I have to say, they're not my cup of tea, but I finally saw hairy frogfish!


Finding music for frogfish is tough, shooting them on wall dive is even tougher! I probably should have learn how to use the Zebra feature on my Panasonic LX100, many of these guys are white like a snow ball and being down in at least 40 feet deep, it's hard to keep the surrounding properly expose while not to blow out the white frogfish. I have a couple shot of black frogfish, but they didn't make it into the video because they really look like a clump of charcoal. Anyway, enjoy (Watch in 4K setting even if you don't have 4K monitor just so you can benefit from the extra detail):



PS: Looking back, I could have shoot the white subject in more flat profile and grade them later. But there is no Cine-D or Cine-V kind of profile in the LX100, will have to research and see how to make one up. Any critique/comment is welcome! I think I got low enough, what other angle would you shoot frogfish at? Didn't see them yawn or snatch a fish up for meal, it's a tricky subject to shoot.

#360590 Does my color right? Nusa Penida WA shoot with GH4

Posted by kc_moses on 28 April 2015 - 07:49 PM



Did you shoot custom white balance the whole time? The Manta ray clip sure doesn't look like it, while the other clips seems fine in term of coral color, but the blue water is on the purple side, and when looking at the diver's mask band, it appear you took the color too far.

#360480 Nudibranch of Anilao in 4K - Panasonic LX100

Posted by kc_moses on 26 April 2015 - 11:26 AM

It's my first time shooting with the Panasonic LX100, Nauticam CMC-1, first time to Anilao and second time shooting macro. I'm starting to accept the result especially I only have around 150 dives under my belt. I found that the more dive experience I have, the more comfortable I feel about getting close, slow down to think and adjust my camera setting (not having a big group of divers lining up or selfish dive buddy would help too!


I'm starting to get a hang of the editing portion too, music is always hard! Here is the result:



If you have 1080P display, watch in 1080P setting, then watch again with 4K setting, see if you can see the benefit of 4K. If you have 4K display, then of course watch it in 4K setting.


I output my final video to target of 80Mbps. A 8 minutes video is about 4.6Gb, it took about two hours to upload to Youtube and process. It's really hard for countries that do not have fast internet to provide 4K content. I don't know what's the final bitrate that Youtube produce, but if it's buffering right, the Youtube deliver quality is very close to my 4.6Gb mp4 sitting in my local hard drive.


Make sure you watch the whole thing!


As usual, suggestion, critique, comment are all welcome!



#360415 How important is underwater tripod?

Posted by kc_moses on 23 April 2015 - 06:40 AM

Here is another DIY solution for Macro. I doubt tripod is useful for wide angle, especially on wall dive.



#360113 Betty Bomber - Truk

Posted by kc_moses on 15 April 2015 - 12:03 PM

If 5DM4 has 4K, it will kill their XC10 since XC 10 price around 5dM3 or 5dM4, but 5dM4 has full frame sensor, interchangeable lens, takes photo.


Just read this: http://www.eoshd.com...with-canon-log/

#360037 Betty Bomber - Truk

Posted by kc_moses on 14 April 2015 - 08:39 AM

Nice work as usual Dustin! Like the different view of the plane. May be because I don't have knowledge of the plane, I think it would be nice to have divers around for scale reference? I mean the plane looks really big during the top down view of the plane at 2:45 but I have no idea how big.

#359833 Canon Cinema EOS XC10 4K Camera

Posted by kc_moses on 09 April 2015 - 08:19 AM


Not sure what muddled 1080p footage you are referring to, but footage from a 5d II or III isn't muddled.  4k does look nice sampled down to 1080p, but that doesn't make 1080p footage muddled.  To me, color is everything...It's what captivates the viewer, along with the subject being shot.  Detail is nice, but I don't think its lacking by any reasonable camera made in the last 5 years. 



I'm sorry, I need to clarify that. What I mean muddled is when watching 1080p footage on a 4K monitor. Just like SD/DVD get pixelated when watch back on a 1080p monitor.