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Adam Weinberg

Member Since 29 Jan 2016
Offline Last Active May 08 2016 01:04 AM
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60P music video with timecode advice needed

02 May 2016 - 11:44 AM

i'm shooting a music video mostly in 60P with lip sync, and want to be able to timecode slate it so, for example, i can shoot a 15 second segment mid-way through the song and know exactly where to slot it into my edit. the tricky part of course is that my camera's framerate is 60P while the project framerate will be 24P.

 

i won't have access to a proper professional slate with timecode (not that i'm sure it would help?) - i was planning on holding up a laptop running timecode from the song to use as a slate. the issue is, if i'm playing back the song on set at 250% with timecode so that it matches the 60P being recorded on my A7S, that timecode obviously won't match the A7S footage when everything is slowed down to 24P.

 

i'm wondering if my solution (though definitely not frame-accurate) is as follows:

- export a video file of the song at 24P with a timecode overlay.

- re-import that video into my editor and increase speed by 250% so the timecode is sped up as well.

- play back that sped up video with sped up audio / timecode on set

- slow everything down by 40% for editing and have a rough idea of where footage should fall in the timeline.

 

any advice, better methods of doing this? note: i am using outdated editing software (FCP7) if that makes a difference to this workflow..


120FPS low light camera recommendation

22 April 2016 - 09:16 AM

I have a studio shoot coming up in which I need to shoot a bunch of 120FPS footage with limited lighting (probably no more than a 2' 4 bank Kino and 2x 1x1 LEDs). I unfortunately don't have the budget to do much camera testing, and I'm wondering if there is a consensus as whether the Sony FS7 or a Red Dragon will give me better high speed low light performance.. would appreciate any insight!


120FPS low light camera recommendation

22 April 2016 - 09:13 AM

EDIT - damnit, sorry I totally posted this in the wrong category.. oops

 

I have a studio shoot coming up in which I need to shoot a bunch of 120FPS footage with limited lighting (probably no more than a 2' 4 bank Kino and 2x 1x1 LEDs). I unfortunately don't have the budget to do much camera testing, and I'm wondering if there is a consensus as whether the Sony FS7 or a Red Dragon will give me better high speed low light performance.. would appreciate any insight!


"Soft focus" technique?

29 January 2016 - 09:04 PM

hey everyone - first post here! so i thought i'd ask a question that has baffled me for years.. and might have a very simple explanation (i'm a professional cameraman who has been doing this for a decade, so i'm a little embarrassed to be asking):

 

quite often in both large scale TV and film productions i'll notice on CUs of actor's faces with shallow DOF that the focal point is a good inch behind their eyes - the tops of the actor's ears are tack sharp, but their eyes and face are slightly softer. when i first started noticing this i assumed it was a mistake / sloppy focus pulling, assuming that an actor's eyes should always be their sharpest feature in a close up, but then i noticed this "technique"(?) more and more often and realized it must be intentional.

 

it occurred to me that DPs might be going for a soft focus effect on the face because it's more flattering on the subject, but then .. why is this an effect i see so inconsistently, even within a particular film? curious how obvious of an answer this might be. be gentle, i'm self taught and never went to proper film school.


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