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#383502 GoPro HERO5 underwater

Posted by kc_moses on 24 April 2017 - 05:06 AM

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.

#383395 Anyone happy with their TriPod?

Posted by kc_moses on 21 April 2017 - 05:41 AM

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 :D

#383322 Anyone happy with their TriPod?

Posted by kc_moses on 19 April 2017 - 05:13 AM

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.


This is the one you probably want:

#382234 Panasonic GH4 Settings for Underwater

Posted by kc_moses on 14 March 2017 - 05:19 AM

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.

#380307 Panasonic LUMIX GH5 for underwater video

Posted by kc_moses on 06 January 2017 - 06:02 AM

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.

#380266 Panasonic LUMIX GH5 for underwater video

Posted by kc_moses on 05 January 2017 - 05:59 AM

My wish list:

6. AutoISO in Full Manual Movie Mode
7. Aperture / Shutter values shown if using A/S modes (currently does not)

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Richard, Auto ISO feature is available even in manual shooting mode, Panasonic DO listen to their end users!!!!


Watch the whole video, and it makes the $2K price tag justifiable for all the features it has!

#378342 GoPro Karma v. DJI Mavic - opinions from the perspective of the underwater ph...

Posted by kc_moses on 01 November 2016 - 07:11 AM



#377396 Olympus for video shooter?

Posted by kc_moses on 26 September 2016 - 05:12 AM

I don't see Olympus in the video discussion in the past mainly because there were only doing HD, now that they have 4k, what's the interest level on Olympus 4K shooting? Does it has better color than Panasonic? I know their IS is the top of the industry, so that itself could be a good reason to switch over from either Panasonic, or even for Sony people. Am I missing something? Here is the promo:


#377225 Panasonic LUMIX GH5 for underwater video

Posted by kc_moses on 20 September 2016 - 05:25 AM

The 4K 60fps on the GH5 is only 8-bit. I was just thinking about it yesterday, Panasonic should have just give us H.265 in addition to H.264. This is so that user can shoot 4K at 60fps using H.265 without the bottleneck of memory speed and storage capacity. I would think H.265 would take off end of this year or 2017.  I'm going to wait for GH6, by then, it would be either 6K, or 4K 60fps (or 90fps), or HDR 4K?

#376651 Canon 5D Mark IV.....

Posted by kc_moses on 02 September 2016 - 10:02 AM


Who's buying it for video?

#375905 Diving in Borneo

Posted by kc_moses on 08 August 2016 - 05:23 AM

If you want to dive Borneo, Sipadan is the "must go" dive destination. It's not as good as before, but still good. Just a heads up, you may see a lot of mainland Chinese tourists there. There isn't any pelagic diving in Sipadan, the chances of seeing whale shark is very rare. The Barracuda vortex (it's what makes Sipadan famous) is very very rare now. In Sipadan, school of jack fish is quite common, so is bumper head parrot fish. White/black tip sharks are common too, turtle is almost everywhere, in one dive I saw 10 turtles.


If you want to dive in Sipadan, the budget dive operator to use is "Seaventure", they're oil rig turned into dive resort, they have dormitory for people who're on the budget, the food is great. One thing you have to know is when you dive in Sipadan area, you only go to Sipadan 1 or two days, the rest of the trip are diving in Mabul/Kapalai, which is sandy bottom and mostly for macro stuff.


I also recommend switch things up, go dive with "Scuba Tiger", they're budget dive operator in Semporna area, which is 30 minutes away from Sipadan/Mabul/Kapalai. They have dive package that will bring you to east side of Borneo such as Bohey Tulang, PomPom island etc. These area are more for macro diving, but the beach and water are gorgeous. If you stay with Scuba Tiger, food is not included, you have to go eat at a cafe near by, or go to town to buy your own grocery. They have laundry facility, so it's a true budget place.


I came back from my Borneo/Sabah trip in March, here is the video that I made:



#373788 Beautiful Sabah - My latest project

Posted by kc_moses on 20 May 2016 - 05:52 AM

I finally finished my latest video project to pay tribute to my home state of Sabah, Malaysia. Many westerners known the place as "Borneo". The famous diving destination is Sipadan.


Detail of the equipment I used is in the Youtube description:




#367805 Encoding 4K videos

Posted by kc_moses on 02 December 2015 - 08:20 AM

Premiere CC now support H.265:



#367760 Making The Leap To 4k Pro. Please Help.

Posted by kc_moses on 01 December 2015 - 08:43 AM

Well, looks like this is a good deal:




The only drawback is the 14-42mm lens is not fast. From what I read, the 14-42mm is just as sharp as the Panasonic 12-35mm, just that the 12-42mm is slower. This package save you a lot, the WWL-1 is normally $1000, the camera body is normally $1200, the Flexitray set up is normally $270, the body housing is normally $1600.

#367580 Making The Leap To 4k Pro. Please Help.

Posted by kc_moses on 27 November 2015 - 07:01 AM

On the other hand, with the LX100 you need to use a port system with a short port that has a smaller zoom range. It lacks the Sony's 1080p120fps mode and its HRF mode (really nice 240fps and more specialized 480fps and 960fps) It also doesn't have a pop-up flash and the housing is significantly bigger. And, perhaps less important for underwater footage, but the RX100IV has a log mode, whereas the LX100 doesn't. 



Yes, there is no perfect camera out there. The initial discussion of this thread is "leap into 4K" so 1080p features are not really that relevant unless we're having a discussion solely about RX100 vs LX00, which there is plenty of videos in youtube to show that. BTW, LX100 is now $699 at B&H, that's a whole lot of bang for the bucks.


Log, yeah, it's another big discussion. Do you want to endure the work flow of color grading? What is the quality after grading (trying to grade a 100mbps 8-bit 4:2:0?) For log, it's best to go ask those GH4 shooters. From what I have seen, log and color grading is ok/good with the Atomos Shogun as the GH4 put out 10-bit 4:2:2 4K. Gearbow would also need to find out if his clients would want log video.