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SimonSpear

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#352997 Looking for recommendations for video tuition

Posted by SimonSpear on 27 September 2014 - 02:35 AM

My tips would be:

Dive and film as much as you possibly can. Edit & review to improve your skills and then do it all again! Nothing substitutes for practise. I've never done it but working as a resort pro for at least a couple of years is probably the best training you could wish for.

Listen and learn from everyone and then find out what works best for you. There are lots of approaches and methods to experiment with.

Don't confuse 'gearheads' with very little practical ability to people who really know what they are talking about! Basically always look at someone's work before you take what they say for granted...

There are very few people in the world who make their entire living from filming underwater exclusively for broadcast. Most will have some form of supplemental income from other types of filming or from other types of work/businesses.

Oh and don't forget to have an amazing life doing what you love!! :)


#350723 Upcoming Panasonic GH-4K

Posted by SimonSpear on 23 July 2014 - 01:45 PM

This clip was straight from the camera.  The codec is pretty robust so I'm sure you could make the turtle pink with green spots if you know how to do it, but why would you want to make it look like your eyes see?  If you want that there are plenty of less expensive cameras that can do it!




#350701 Upcoming Panasonic GH-4K

Posted by SimonSpear on 23 July 2014 - 03:51 AM

Some 4K underwater footage from the GH4.  
 
This was uploaded overnight on the slow hotel wifi so it is a bit short, but still I'm very impressed (obviously for the best quality playback select the 4K option, but some computers won't be able to handle it).
 



#349472 Upcoming Panasonic GH-4K

Posted by SimonSpear on 26 June 2014 - 08:46 AM

Thanks for posting that example!

Was that as far as you could push it? I had a brief play with some grabs and it looked like there was plenty more colour info even after Vimeo had crunched it up and spat it aback out again.

My GH4 arrives tomorrow - it was about the only one left in stock in the UK!


#348909 GH4 footage and rig pic

Posted by SimonSpear on 10 June 2014 - 12:41 PM

I saw what I was told to be a working pre-release Shogun this week and the image from the screen was insanely good.  Despite its large size in comparison to the GH4 and despite the additional cost of a housing I think it would make an amazing underwater monitor for all kinds of cameras even without its recording abilities. 




#348754 Fiji Highlights - PMW200

Posted by SimonSpear on 06 June 2014 - 07:10 AM

With all the talk these days of 4K this and 4K that I thought I'd better finally find a day or two to sort out and to edit some HD footage from the PMW200 that I shot in March 2013 in Fiji aboard the Nai'a.  50mbpsXDCAM422 looks lovely.

 

Fiji really is a wonderful place.  Highly recommended if you like healthy and colourful reefs!

 

 

 

 

 

 




#346580 Red Sea with Amphibico Genesis FS700

Posted by SimonSpear on 22 April 2014 - 03:23 AM

Yeah Babbacombe sounds good.  I think the cuttlefish can appear anytime from now through to June / July.   Just let me know when you have some dates and I'll see if I can make it.

Cheers, Simon




#346280 Red Sea with Amphibico Genesis FS700

Posted by SimonSpear on 15 April 2014 - 02:36 PM

Should just add that they don't really show any issue when using external lighting, so macro seems to work really well. It is ambient light work where the issues tend to occur.


#346255 Red Sea with Amphibico Genesis FS700

Posted by SimonSpear on 15 April 2014 - 06:00 AM

Thanks. 
 

Eager to get our Genesis somewhere a little more exotic, it's clocked up over 150 hours so far, but has yet to leave the confines of a swimming pool :(

 

If you look around the forum you can pick up a lot from here Stuart regarding the issues with it in the wild, but also happy to have a chat on the phone or over a beer even(!) so you don't go through all of the frustration that I did.  By the looks of it shooting ProRes definitely helps - be very interested to see how it performs when shooting RAW!

 

Cheers, Simon




#346117 BMPCC Underwater Test

Posted by SimonSpear on 13 April 2014 - 10:23 AM

Davide it is called cut and paste! :)

 

Please post some Norwegian footage when you can Espen!




#345991 BMPCC Underwater Test

Posted by SimonSpear on 10 April 2014 - 02:47 PM

I've gone through all the settings that I used when colour correcting the example video and I've listed them below.  I have a load of screen shots but the forum won't let me post them so I've put up a video so you can see the shot numbers.

 

 

Feel free to ask any questions.

Cheers, Simon

 

 

SHOT 1 - Magic Filter, 6-10 meters

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red 0

Shadow Green 0

Shadow Blue 0

Midtone Red 0

Midtone Green  0

Midtone Blue +28

Highlight Red +26

Highlight Green  0

Highlight Blue 0

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness -46

Contrast  +42

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 154

 

GAMMA

Gamma  10

 

 

 

SHOT 2 - Magic Filter, 15 meters

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red 0

Shadow Green 0

Shadow Blue +74

Midtone Red 0

Midtone Green  0

Midtone Blue +15

Highlight Red +49

Highlight Green  0

Highlight Blue 0

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness -24

Contrast  +45

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 115

 

GAMMA

Gamma  10

 

 

 

SHOT 3 - Magic Filter, 15-20 meters, 1600 ISO!

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red 0

Shadow Green 0

Shadow Blue 0

Midtone Red 0

Midtone Green 0

Midtone Blue 0

Highlight Red +38

Highlight Green  +3

Highlight Blue 0

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness -10

Contrast  +18

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 160

 

GAMMA

Gamma  10

 

 

 

SHOT 4 - Magic Filter, 5 meters

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red 0

Shadow Green 0

Shadow Blue 0

Midtone Red 0

Midtone Green  0

Midtone Blue +10

Highlight Red +35

Highlight Green  0

Highlight Blue 0

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness -35

Contrast  +42

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 100

 

GAMMA

Gamma  10

 

 

 

SHOT 5 - Magic Filter, 7-10 meters

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red 0

Shadow Green 0

Shadow Blue 0

Midtone Red 0

Midtone Green  0

Midtone Blue 0

Highlight Red +19

Highlight Green  0

Highlight Blue +24

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness -23

Contrast +37

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 129

 

GAMMA

Gamma  16

 

 

 

SHOT 6 - Magic Filter, 10-15 meters

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red 0

Shadow Green 0

Shadow Blue 0

Midtone Red 0

Midtone Green  0

Midtone Blue +20

Highlight Red +23

Highlight Green  0

Highlight Blue 0

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness 0

Contrast  +46

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 147

 

GAMMA

Gamma  10

 

 

 

SHOT 7 - URPRO Green Water Filter, 15 - 20 meters

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red 0

Shadow Green 0

Shadow Blue 0

Midtone Red 0

Midtone Green  0

Midtone Blue 0

Highlight Red +92

Highlight Green  0

Highlight Blue 0

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness 0

Contrast  0

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 135

 

GAMMA

Gamma  14

 

 

 

SHOT 8 - Magic Filter, 10 meters

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red 0

Shadow Green 0

Shadow Blue +52

Midtone Red 0

Midtone Green  0

Midtone Blue +25

Highlight Red +42

Highlight Green  0

Highlight Blue 0

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness -39

Contrast +17

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 200

 

GAMMA

Gamma  10

 

 

 

SHOT 9 - URPRO Green Water Filter, 10 meters, VIDEO Profile

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red +43

Shadow Green 0

Shadow Blue +25

Midtone Red +13

Midtone Green  +3

Midtone Blue 0

Highlight Red +32

Highlight Green  0

Highlight Blue -4

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness -40

Contrast  +6

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 100

 

GAMMA

Gamma  10

 

 

 

SHOT 10 - URPRO Green Water Filter, 10 meters

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red 0

Shadow Green 0

Shadow Blue 0

Midtone Red 0

Midtone Green  0

Midtone Blue 0

Highlight Red +30

Highlight Green  0

Highlight Blue +6

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness -21

Contrast  +4

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 100

 

GAMMA

Gamma  10

 

 

 

SHOT 11 - URPRO Green Water Filter, 5 meters

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red  0

Shadow Green  0

Shadow Blue  0

Midtone Red  0

Midtone Green  +5

Midtone Blue  0

Highlight Red +31

Highlight Green  +2

Highlight Blue +7

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness 0

Contrast  +24

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 172

 

GAMMA

Gamma  13

 

 

 

SHOT 12 - Magic Filter, 5 - 10 meters

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red 0

Shadow Green 0

Shadow Blue +25

Midtone Red 0

Midtone Green  0

Midtone Blue +49

Highlight Red +23

Highlight Green  0

Highlight Blue 0

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness -37

Contrast +41

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 100

 

GAMMA

Gamma  10

 

 

SHOT 13 - Magic Filter, 10 - 15 meters

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red 0

Shadow Green 0

Shadow Blue +22

Midtone Red 0

Midtone Green  0

Midtone Blue +22

Highlight Red +10

Highlight Green  0

Highlight Blue 0

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness -48

Contrast  +32

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 100

 

GAMMA

Gamma  10

 

 

SHOT 14 - URPRO Green Water Filter, 15 meters

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red +7

Shadow Green +8

Shadow Blue +17

Midtone Red 0

Midtone Green  +25

Midtone Blue +21

Highlight Red +45

Highlight Green  +2

Highlight Blue 0

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness -5

Contrast  55

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 180

 

GAMMA

Gamma  15

 

 

 

SHOT 15 - URPRO Green Water Filter, 15 - 20 meters

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red 0

Shadow Green 0

Shadow Blue 0

Midtone Red 0

Midtone Green 0

Midtone Blue 0

Highlight Red +92

Highlight Green  0

Highlight Blue 0

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness 0

Contrast  0

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 135

 

GAMMA

Gamma   14

 

 

 

SHOT 16 - URPRO Green Water Filter, 7 - 10 meters

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red -2

Shadow Green 0

Shadow Blue +4

Midtone Red +1

Midtone Green +3

Midtone Blue +4

Highlight Red +31

Highlight Green  +4

Highlight Blue 0

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness -32

Contrast   +25

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 172

 

GAMMA

Gamma    10

 

 

 

SHOT 17 - Magic Filter, 10 meters

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red 0

Shadow Green 0

Shadow Blue 0

Midtone Red 0

Midtone Green   0

Midtone Blue +26

Highlight Red +27

Highlight Green  0

Highlight Blue 0

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness -36

Contrast   +33

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 156

 

GAMMA

Gamma   10

 

 

 

SHOT 18 - Magic Filter, 15 meters

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red 0

Shadow Green 0

Shadow Blue 0

Midtone Red 0

Midtone Green   0

Midtone Blue +9

Highlight Red +28

Highlight Green  0

Highlight Blue 0

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness -4

Contrast   +36

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 200

 

GAMMA

Gamma  13

 

 

 

SHOT 19 - Magic Filter, 15 meters

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red 0

Shadow Green 0

Shadow Blue 0

Midtone Red 0

Midtone Green  -5

Midtone Blue +9

Highlight Red +28

Highlight Green  0

Highlight Blue 0

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness -17

Contrast    +40

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 200

 

GAMMA

Gamma   13

 

 

 

SHOT 20 - Magic Filter, 15 meters

 

COLOUR BALANCE

Shadow Red 0

Shadow Green 0

Shadow Blue 0

Midtone Red +4

Midtone Green  0

Midtone Blue +9

Highlight Red +28

Highlight Green  0

Highlight Blue 0

 

BRIGHTNESS & CONTRAST

Brightness 0

Contrast  +36

 

FAST COLOUR CORRECTOR

Saturation 200

 

GAMMA

Gamma 13

 
 



#345877 BMPCC Underwater Test

Posted by SimonSpear on 08 April 2014 - 01:56 PM

Some of the tutorials you can find for free are insane, but there is a lot of chaff around too so thanks for the link. I've penciled in a Training day again for Friday so I'll watch it then!


#345839 BMPCC Underwater Test

Posted by SimonSpear on 08 April 2014 - 05:31 AM

Also just noticed the embedded file is only playing a 720p.  If you want to watch 1080p apparently you need to go to YouTube?

 

I can put an ungraded 1080p file onto Vimeo and allow downloads if you want to have a play around.  It would have to be H264 though rather than the original ProRes, so I doubt you'd get anything like the flexibility you'd need when grading. 

 

I can probably make a couple of ProRes clips available for download though - let me see....




#345818 BMPCC Underwater Test

Posted by SimonSpear on 08 April 2014 - 01:05 AM

Hi all

 

Here is an example video from a quick 3 day / 8 dive test I did with the BMPCC / Nauticam last week. 

 

 

 

 

I spent the dives mainly playing around with settings to see what worked best and I've done a full review so if you have any questions please feel free to ask.  

 

Also here is an video showing a comparison between the ungraded / graded video.

 

 

 

 

Cheers, Simon




#344840 BMPCC underwater filming setting

Posted by SimonSpear on 22 March 2014 - 02:01 PM

I'm going to be using the BMPCC next week and I don't want to promise but I should have time to both finish off my BMCC review and add this one too.