Saturday, March 18, 2017

UGH.... New Cameras

Really I think that the KonwayTech Camera will be a show hit with infinite res to 32K and beyond depending on power levels, and 16 to 24bit pixel depth per RGB pixel making for 64bit + images. Well beyong human visioning. Finally a camera that does them all to shame at the price breaking point of $129.95 in a Walmart near you.

Seriously, after 4K the pixels don't matter unless you are trying to drive wall size screens at super high pixel counts. Even for compositing work much beyond 4K becomes rather beastly to work with on current hardware. Instead just give me 12bit 444 4K. All the pixels raw with enough gradation that if you vaguely expose the image correctly there is plenty to work with. Give me HDR displays with more DR. 

After that I don't care so much. We already have some many of the tools here and in the field working. New lenses.. YAH!. Whats wrong with the ones I have ???? well besides an affordable ENG usable S35 zoom, they are all good. Fujinion has really thrown it down with recent $10K price cuts on their glass plus selling one w/o the hand grip to shave another $4k off the price. Almost there. So really unless there is something real earth shattering I'm happy with my glass. 

What would get me to buy some new glass, especially primes ? AF **AND** IS. Never thought I'd say that but the Canon 17-55 2.8 which has both is my goto lens for ENG work. The AF takes the margin of error out of shooting in knowing that whatever you put the focus box on will be sharp, or the face recognition has it locked. I know, this is herasy but when shooting 4K, its like jumping up from SD to HD in how sensitive focus now is. What looks sharp in HD is soft or out in 4K and all the more visible. So having AF to help out when it makes sense is invaluable. The same for IS to smooth out hand held interviews or a couple quick B roll shots where you don't have a tripod but need the shots. It just helps out in taking out any bumps for suble smooth movement provided you aren't working it beyng its range to cope. Then it will work against you as it center snaps back into its mid spot. So know how to let IS help you when you need it.

Thats it... more soon. 

Friday, March 03, 2017

NAB 2017 - Getting Ready

New van ! About time. Actually my last van was bought only 4 years ago and I put nealy 100K miles on it. Just getting the new one set up. New carts, insultation, interior, lighting, fold away desk and monitor, 1kw inverter, XLR4 12V power connecotors. Its going to be a very nice setup to work out of. Ready for typical grip work, but also able to do typical news production as a mini sat truck with LiveU, lots of lighting power. I'll probably take it out to NAB this year as a test run. 

In other news, the GH5 tests done on a site have been making some noise. I guess those who thought it would make pix like a 5-10X the price Varicam LT or C300 mk2 are not happy. Sure the internal codec isn't doing the image any favors, but really its not bad for the price. You GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR ! so overlly expectations abound I think, at least when recording with the internal codec. An external recorder may make for modestly better results but any inherint flaws in the image processing from the camera itself are going to be what they are. There is just so much space, power and heat you can dissapate in a tiny camera body like that. Compromises have to be made to get it to work... so get over it its not perfect. Its still pretty good though and suitable for some people's needs. Personally I'm kind of done with the dslr form factor for video unless its a situation where something that small is a requirement. Meanwhile I got a Hero5 a few weeks ago and have really been impressed with it. Its fixed all the problems of the previous GoPro cameras and I've sold off my older ones.