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  • We Killed the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (test & thoughts)

    Hi, everyone - I just completed my first camera test with the BMCC. It's a little nonsensical but it was fun to finally use the camera.



    https://vimeo.com/57462025

    A couple of observations that echo many before me:

    1) Don't trust the LCD screen: bright areas look super blown out in the monitor (when monitoring in film and video settings), only to find visible captured detail when you bring the shots in your NLE system. I set my LCD brightness below 50% to have a more accurate reading. Trust those zebras.

    2) The detail is fantastic. Way more than my FS100 which had way more than my old 60D.

    3) It looks like resolve has some complications with FCPX 10.0.6, so I just used a few custom curves in FCPX for this project. Looking forward to figuring out Resolve for the next project.

    I'll post more soon at strappingproduction.com/blog.

    Thanks for watching!
    Last edited by KyleMcConaghy; 01-15-2013, 10:01 AM.
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    Haha, nice. Love the quote from Grant "Our Aussie emotions are Raw-er than our footage."

    Very sharp, esp. on the extreme close-ups on the eyes! I'm assuming RAW?
    Last edited by Trevor Roach; 01-15-2013, 09:04 AM.

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    • #3
      Thanks for this Kyle!

      Love the sharpness and detail in the CUs and in the hair. All on a 300 lens!

      Would be interesting to see what could be saved in the blown out windows when you get it into Resolve.
      Last edited by metaljesus; 01-15-2013, 09:06 AM.

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      • #4
        LOL

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        • #5
          Hilarious!
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          • #6
            haha. Good test.

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            • #7
              I got a good laugh out of this! Hang in there guys, you will be happy you waited!

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              • #8
                Thanks, everyone!

                MetalJesus - Those windows would be nearly fully intact if I would have taken the time to mask them. I actually filmed a stop lower, but had to raise the exposure for the interior. My FCPX 8 point mask wasn't sophisticated enough to key around my wife's head. When I get Resolve going, I'll re-grade this there.
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                • #9
                  Glad you got your camera, Kyle. You're one of the ones I was rooting to get theirs earlier after I heard you were making the jump.

                  I think until V1.2 is public you'll have an issue with XMLs into R9. It's fine after V1.2, though, I was able to XML into R9 fine, with the exception of a few clips being off.

                  SKYPE (best way to talk to me): Camera_Kholi | twitter
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                  • #10
                    Lol nicely done, the detail is impressive.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Kholi View Post
                      Glad you got your camera, Kyle. You're one of the ones I was rooting to get theirs earlier after I heard you were making the jump.

                      I think until V1.2 is public you'll have an issue with XMLs into R9. It's fine after V1.2, though, I was able to XML into R9 fine, with the exception of a few clips being off.
                      Thanks so much, Kholi! Can't wait to see your BMCC films.

                      So you're saying the inability to bring a FCPX edit into resolve has to do with the BMCC firmware and not FCPX or R9?
                      http://kylemcconaghy.com | My Reel

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by KyleMcConaghy View Post
                        Thanks so much, Kholi! Can't wait to see your BMCC films.

                        So you're saying the inability to bring a FCPX edit into resolve has to do with the BMCC firmware and not FCPX or R9?
                        You can get an XML back to R9, but what happens is that it jumbles the timecode with your current firmware. That's an update addressed in V1.2 and works great.

                        If you want to test getting XMLs into R9 right now, do this:

                        1. Export XML from FCPX
                        2. (Make sure you have latest R9 update) Setup R9 project
                        3. Bring in ALL Raw data into the Media pool, or at least the clips you know that you used.
                        4. In the Conform Tab, import your XML and deselect "Automatically bring clips into media pool", then hit okay

                        THe conform timeline should automatically setup your cuts, but some of them (if not all with this firmware) will be wrong.

                        What I did before V1.2 Beta is cut proxies, then make a list of the clips, pull those into Media pool, color those and then re-export 422HQ and recut them into FCPX. xDDDDD MAJOR WORK.

                        SKYPE (best way to talk to me): Camera_Kholi | twitter
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                        • #13
                          Great work. Loved the sarcasm of a film about killing the BMC using a BMC camera.

                          Looks great, looking forward to one day getting my camera...
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                          • #14
                            haha.. i loved it. nice work Kyle!

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                            • #15
                              Looks great, damn fine cutting too!
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