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SimonSpear

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  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. It is not just because it is an 8 bit highly compressed feed and plenty of other cameras with similar codecs have never shown the issues that the FS/NXCAM cameras have shown. There appears to be something much more fundamental going on. I'm always very interested in seeing if anyone gets around the issues and José's video is the best I've seen so far, but even the ProRes examples have not been completely free from problems. The issues tend to magnify when you WB underwater but if you are using lights, don't WB and don't colour correct in post then they tend to be masked. I really would absolutely definitely like to be proved wrong over this one, so any testing you do in the wild would be great. If you are heading down to the coast let me know and I'll even bring my doorstop along for a side by side comparison! Cheers, Simon
  4. 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.
  5. There is actually quite a bit of FS700 uw footage out there and basically it is showing more or less the same issues as the FS100. Although not identical they are very, very similar cameras. In fact and the whole NXCAM range appears to be affected. The issues do not show up for something like pool work, it us when you start to push the settings past the norm that the problems start, especially when you start to colour correct. Jose's video has given me some hope that external recorders could solve at least some of the problems, although I can still see most of the issues present to a lesser degree. I'd certainly love to get hold of those ProRes files for a closer look! They are wonderful wonderful topside cameras. Such a shame, but I'm still holding out hope that my housing is more useful than a doorstop!!
  6. 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
  7. By far the best underwater footage I've seen from the FS cameras, well done José!! I was watching that thinking there is absolutely NO way that was AVCHD!! Still when I looked closer I could start to see some of the issues that I faced with the FS100. Poor (sometimes bizarre) WB/Gamma/Colour reproduction, lens rings etc although the DR looked pretty good compared to what I experienced. Did you see any digital noise on highlights or blown out highlights? Did you find that you couldn't colour correct some of the images because the rings became more noticeable when you did? That was generally what happened to me but that was using AVCHD so I'd like to know if you also experienced it with ProRes. The image falls apart very quickly when using the internal codec. Also I'd echo the settings/profile request. I think it is fair to say that this camera works for great Macro with lights, which is more or less what I'd always said but I guess I got on such a downer with it that I forgot that. Maybe I'll take it with me to Lembeh next time I am there after all! Once again well done José! Cheers, Simon
  8. Davide it is called cut and paste! Please post some Norwegian footage when you can Espen!
  9. 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
  10. 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!
  11. I did all the colour correction in Premiere. I'm still learning Resolve and I'm no where near ready to tackle something like this with it yet! Premiere has pretty decent colour tools and although I loved the colour wheels in FCP7 I'm finding that the tools in Premiere are as good, if not better.
  12. As Edmond says the focus button will auto 'spot' focus (not continuous) like a stills camera would except that it is very slow and not so accurate. I didn't find it impossible to use, but a manual control would have been much preferable. Nauticam do provide manual controls on zoom/focus on some of the supported lenses, but not on the 14-42mm which is why I was relying on the camera control for this example. I didn't realise that there were so many different 7-14 lenses! I'll have to do some research! The 8mm although fisheye is designed for a x2 crop, so with a x2.88 crop factor it should remove a lot of the fisheye effect? That would probably be very similar to when I used the Tokina 10-17mm on the BMCC. It wasn't perfectly rectangular, but it wasn't that bad of a fisheye.
  13. Hi edmond My review is online now, but it is way too long to post here on the forums! I've posted an example video in the sharing forum and the review can be seen at www.viewfromtheblue.blogspot.com Cheers, Simon
  14. 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....
  15. I would very much have liked to use your 8mm fisheye Davide! I'm actually thinking of getting the Olympus 7-14mm. You've used that before haven't you? This camera is going to be my lightweight system from now on for when 3 bags isn't practical, so unless they bring out the EF Metabones and Nauticam support it I'll need a decent lens! I'll post a Vimeo link once it is uploaded. Where you at btw?
  16. I think any lack of sharpness was down to the lens that was used which was the only one I had available (14-42mm cheap kit lens). With a sharper wider lens I think it would be great. I think the main difference with using ProRes (which was used for this video) over a lower end codec is you have so much more flexibility in post. There was not really a single image from shooting that I would not have been able to use if I'd had enough knowledge to grade it correctly and once you get going it doesn't really take much time. I'm learning Resolve now though so the rabbit is REALLY out of the hat!
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. Hi Stuart. Really great to see that you got some really nice results out of the FS700 all be it in very controlled shooting conditions. Just a couple of questions: How wide were you shooting and what aperture? I'd guess from the photos that you were zoomed in a bit? Did you see any evidence of the fatal lens 'rings' / 'halos'? I'd guess that they didn't show up with the lighting / wb settings that you were using, but I'd be interested what you found. Any evidence of super saturation or digital highlight noise on the AVCHD footage? Again I doubt that you saw this due to the nature of the shoot but definitely interested in confirmation on this. What W / Lumens were those lights pumping out?? I'm doing a controlled enviro shoot in Feb and would love to use the FS100's 50/60p mode, but extremely hesitant with all the other problems I've had with the camera underwater. If there is any way to set this up with less lighting then that would be great, so any info would be really appreciated! Thanks! Cheers, Simon
  20. Marcos, you can just paste a link to You Tube, Vimeo etc and it will embed in the forum now.
  21. Sorry for the delay in my write up on the housing. I've an awful lot going on right now and I've got so many deadlines that I am about to miss that it would drive a lesser man insane!! I'll definitely try to get it all down by Christmas/just after. In summary though I thought it was great if you can always shoot in RAW and have the ability to handle, store and process RAW in post. I will try to get something down as soon as I can. Promise! Cheers, Simon
  22. Hi Marcos I've had the PMW200 / Gates since March this year and so far it has been used for 3 stock trips and a 3-4 month shoot for a 60 min broadcast documentary. The quality is superb straight out of the camera with no external recorders required and the Gates housing is wonderful to use. The only slight issue I have had with it for underwater use is that the PMW200 does not have component out for the external monitor so if like me you had a EM43 monitor from a previous housing then you'll only get a low res image displaying on it. Gates now have a high res HDMI monitor, but I've not had an opportunity to use that personally. It is extremely difficult to say anything other than wonderful things about Gates. There is a very good reason why the whole broadcast industry relies on them and the PMW200 is a cracking camera. Unless anything remarkable and affordable happens in the immediate future with 4K then I'd say it is a great choice. Hope this helps! Cheers, Simon
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