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Mark Kenfield

Member Since 18 Apr 2007
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In Topic: some frames from my latest project

Today, 09:19 PM

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Love this one Bruce! Would love to hear how you achieved it.

Is it just a cool top light, a warm back edge, and some really subtle fill on the front? I love the feel of complexity to it.


In Topic: Sony Venice experience

10 December 2018 - 09:47 AM

Am I the only person who's a little impatient with the endless rebranding of various flavours of MPEG-4 under pointless, needlessly-incompatible corporate terminology?
 
XAVC, AVC-Intra and AVCHD, and their multitudinous sub-sub-subtypes, are all essentially MPEG-4 AVC; any compliant decoder will decode them, except the ones in the nonlinear edit suites tend to be not so compliant and designed to handle only one variant.


And to top it off, none of them offer the simple (superior) drag-and-drop nature of ye olde Prores.

In Topic: Sony Venice experience

10 December 2018 - 01:59 AM

It's great that it has a downsampled 4k option. With bayer sensors, that really does seem to be the key to "filling in the gaps" image quality wise.

I just wish they'd implement XAVC's full spec of 12-bit 4:4:4. 6K downsampled to a 'true' 12-bit 4:4:4 4k image (with the comfortable data load and easy editing that XAVC provides) would make for a terrific onboard mastering codec for all but the most demanding requirements.

Canon have the same stupid limitation with their C700. 5.7k downsampled to a 'true' 4k... but then they throw away half of the chroma information like Sony with 4:2:2 recording.


In Topic: Whip Pan tips

08 December 2018 - 09:59 PM

I needed to do this recently on remote head (crane shot).  It turned out to be nearly impossible to nail it live.  We ended up doing two takes.  One, a fast whip off the first part.  And a second take not so fast into the landing on the second part.  The shots are combined in post to make it look like a single whip pan.  If you get really stuck, try this method. Or, do a slower pan and speed ramp in post.
 
Up to 45 degree pan you may get good enough with the fluid head.  A 180 degree pan will be extremely difficult to nail as one tends to get lost in the blurring image.
 
Good luck:)


What a great, simple solution! Thanks Bruce. Ill keep that one in the back pocket.

A trick Ive used in the past, I getting a c-stand (or better yet something more solid like a combo), positioned beside the tripod so that it acts as a hard stop for the pan bar.

Tape some foam or fabric on to cushion the impact a smidge, and it works quite well.

In Topic: some frames from my latest project

06 December 2018 - 01:53 AM

Gorgeous frames Bruce! I looooove that restaurant one!

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