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#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.  




#340601 Disturbing Video - Underwater Twerking!

Posted by SimonSpear on 13 December 2013 - 03:15 PM

:)  It is very rare to get THAT narked at 1.5m LOL




#339483 Disturbing Video - Underwater Twerking!

Posted by SimonSpear on 15 November 2013 - 03:48 AM

Shark Cage Style!

 

 




#339385 Blackmagic Cinema Camera housing by Nauticam

Posted by SimonSpear on 13 November 2013 - 02:22 AM

Hi Espen

 

I recently took the Nauticam BMCC prototype to film Great Whites at Guadalupe and I've just posted a short comparison video between the BMCC and PMW200.  (This You Tube version is pretty blocky and the banding is pretty bad, but I'm re-encoding and I'll upload another version when I can and also upload to Vimeo).

 

 

I'm still writing down my thoughts on the BMCC.  I only had the equipment in the water for a limited time in not what you would call 'normal' dive conditions, but I guess in summary I really liked the Nauticam Housing, but had some reservations about the camera for underwater shooting. 

 

I think if you have the ability to shoot 100% in RAW and the time/budget/proficiency for RAW post production then some of my fears would be overcome, but that shouldn't be dismissed lightly in terms of the amount of work that is required.

 

I'll post the full write up just as soon as I've finished.

Cheers, Simon

 

 




#338809 The Triangle

Posted by SimonSpear on 30 October 2013 - 05:36 AM

Great viewing Dustin.  Really impressed with how much you are still pulling out of the 5D2!  The colours looked almost 444! :D

 

Cheers, Simon




#336098 Sony FS100 white balance at depth

Posted by SimonSpear on 21 August 2013 - 02:41 AM

I feel sorry for amphibico, they must have spent some serious money on the Genesis housing line & looks like very little return.

That's a shame because I was hoping the FS700 was going to be a great camera:(

 

I feel some sorrow for Amphibico about the FS100 housing because they would not have known initially about the issues (assuming they didn't learn from their previous experience with the NXCAM range which has since come to light), but I have absolutely zero sympathy with them with regard to their subsequent handling of the situation or for the FS700 housing.

 

To recap from day 1 I had issues using the Gain control which was advertised accessible through the pistol grips when it was not.  Also as I was one of the first people to get the FS100 housing underwater I reported back to them in detail the issues that I had encountered with the camera, which they basically ignored and showed zero interest in finding out more about.

 

If you look back through this thread you will see comments from Amphibico from fairly recently where they are still claiming the poor results are due to a 'steep learning curve with a S35 sensor' and that you can get fantastic results from the FS100.  They also posted links to footage which (not beating around the bush) is awful and shows many of the issues that we have been talking about!!  Truly bizarre.

 

I've used Amphibico housings before but this is the first one that I have owned and I have been very disappointed with the aftersales backup.  After only 15 dives my Genesis housing died and needed a new circuit board.  It was sent back to Amphibico along with a list of numerous other issues that had cropped up after only 15 dives and which should have been fixed under warranty.  Amphibico returned the housing to me with a new circuit board but without addressing any of the other problems.

 

After mine (and others) comments regarding the FS100 and others comments regarding the FS700 Amphibico carried on regardless with the FS700 housing when they knew in advance that there were issues with the camera and using it underwater.  I know of at least 2 manufacturers who were really keen to produce a FS700 housing but decided not to on the basis of this thread right here on Wetpixel after reading about the issues that we were encountering when using the FS100 / FS700 underwater. 

 

With all the evidence suggesting that you'd be better off taking down a GoPro1 than a FS100 you have to ask why Amphibico carried on with the development of the FS700 housing.   It truly baffles me. 

 

So do I have sympathy for Amphibico?  No.  The only sympathy I have is for the customers who spent a fortune on a housing only to find out that the camera is crippled when shooting underwater.

 

Cheers, Simon




#331532 Sony FS100 white balance at depth

Posted by SimonSpear on 18 May 2013 - 02:11 AM

Eventhough Joe does have a vetted interest, I think it was ok to remind us what is possible in certain lighting conditions.

 
As Drew pointed out even the examples Joe posted from shallow water show the halos and the really awful colour reproduction / WB issues that we have been talking about which is why I asked if he had bothered to actually read the thread.  I've been so busy lately and I have a huge backlog of work but when I find the time in addition to the Socorro footage that I have already posted I can post a FS100 showreel of what it is capable of in certain circumstances.  Sadly even the good examples are inferior to cheaper and similar priced cameras when used under the same conditions. 
 
I've possibly used this camera underwater more than anyone else in water conditions ranging from 30oC tropical to 8oC temperate and I can tell you that this is not a steep learning curve issue to do with a S35 sensor - it is down to fundamental technical flaws in the cameras image quality when used underwater.  We have talked in depth now about the halos and the poor colour reproduction / MWB issues but there are others.  The DR underwater seems to shrink beyond belief and you get horrendous digital noise in white highligts -  perhaps I'll dig out an example of that and throw another can or worms into the FS100 pot.
 
I too have a vested interest in 'promoting' the FS100 as I am trying to sell my Genesis housing, but on balance I feel that I need to talk about these issues to let others know rather than trying to paper over the cracks or ignoring them as others appear willing to do.  Hand on heart I couldn't do that to people when I know differently and they are about to spend a large amount of money getting these cameras underwater.  A casual user may be ok with all of the flaws, but this is a pro/semi pro camera and should without a doubt be achieving a whole lot more than it appears to be capable of.  It is probably costing me quite a few thousand dollars by saying all of this so believe me I do not say it lightly.
 
Cheers, Simon


#331254 First Place Video - Classic - SEA International 2013

Posted by SimonSpear on 12 May 2013 - 12:45 PM

Wonderful!  It's not often that I watch a vid on the internet and when it ends I wish that it had gone on for longer!  Congrats on your win - it looks well deserved :)

Cheers, Simon