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  • Various BMCC Test Footage from NZ

    Finally i've been able to put together some test footage i've shot with the BMCC since i got it!

    Please excuse me as i've copied the (lengthy) descriptions from vimeo for each video:


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    BMCC in Auckland



    https://vimeo.com/61492349

    This is various footage of my amazing girlfriend Danelle (the better half of "A Couple Of Night Owls") and other people walking around Auckland over various days (in-between busy work schedules) since i first got my blackmagic cinema camera. I shot at various times of the day to see how it would handle, including under the middle of the day "brutal" NZ sunlight. I really can't believe how well the camera handled those situations - the dynamic range is amazing. I shot at spots we have taken stills at before on our 5Dmk3's, and to put it bluntly the BMCC kicked it's ass! It was able to retain so much more information in shadows/highlights compared to our stills, i really wasn't expecting this even though there has been much talk about the dynamic range of the camera.

    Blackmagic, i think you've done an amazing job with this camera. Yes, everyone is waiting for certain firmware updates and OLPF's etc, but the core image/colour is just fantastic. There were no lights/reflectors/diffusers used in any of this footage and i really can't wait to shoot some stuff with more 'controlled' lighting. There have been concerns about the 'small' sensor and getting shallow depth of field (i had them too), but what i've found is that not only does "deep DOF" look great from this camera, but shallow depth is completely possible and looks equally great. Getting "wide" shots in tight small rooms with some shallow depth may be trickier (you need fast/wide/good glass) but otherwise it's no real concern.

    This footage is a mixture of RAW and Prores (RAW until around 1:15, then prores until the end - BMDFilm used for both) and they definitely have a slightly different look. RAW is full of detail and colour, but i also love the prores and i think in some ways it looks more "filmic" than RAW (dare i say it!). Some of the footage was also shot before i had built my shoulder rig and i was only using the screen on the back of the camera, but most was using my shoulder rig and there's a couple of (poorly executed) glidecam shots (i don't recommend trying it without a vest!! Thanks again to the Atkins brothers for the glidecam vest and Si Moore for the HD4000).

    Lenses used:
    • Canon 14/2.8L
    • Canon 35/1.4L

    Tiffen WW ND1.2 / IRND1.5 4x4

    Graded in Resolve, "assembled" in Premiere (hardly what i would consider an 'edit' :P )

    Music (used with permission) by the amazing Ben King from the "Grand Rapids" album "Faintheartedness" (which i also had the extreme pleasure of mixing!):

    http://www.thegreatgrandrapids.com/
    http://www.benkingproduction.com/

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    BMCC Goes to Bootcamp



    https://vimeo.com/61226463

    My first test shooting Prores on the BMCC - My friend Tumehe runs a bootcamp here in Auckland, NZ so me and a couple of friends used it as an opportunity to test out the camera (it was their first time shooting on the BMCC and my first time shooting Prores with it - all my previous tests were shot RAW). I pushed the limits of exposure shooting this (both under and over) and learnt a lot in the process by seeing where i could take it later in grading.

    Thanks to Mike Braid + Grant Findlay for hanging out and shooting with me, Ryan Baigent for the Jib, the Atkins bros for the Glidecam Vest, Si Moore for the HD4000, and Mike Viskovich for the edit. Music (used with permission) by Tumehe.

    Lenses used:

    Canon 14/2.8L
    Canon 35/1.4L
    Canon 50/1.2L
    Canon 100/2.8L

    Tiffen WW ND1.2 / IRND1.5 4x4

    Shot in 30fps, conformed to 25fps for a slight "slow motion" effect.

    Graded in Resolve.

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    BMCC - Canon Lens Testing



    https://vimeo.com/61232383

    This is an informal 'test' to get a feel for our different lenses we have on the BMCC, mostly interested to see how they look 'wide open'. The glaring gap in our range so far is the canon 24/1.4L which we don't have yet.

    This is not a 'sharpness' test. There are a couple of shots where after setting focus, Danelle (my amazing and tolerant/patient girlfriend and better half of 'A Couple Of Night Owls') moved slightly forward/back missing critical focus (most notably the 50/1.2 suffered from the missed focus - the start of the 50/1.2 @1.2 shows it more in focus for a moment before going out). Again, i was really just trying to get a feel for what the lenses look like on a person and we were moving quickly so i missed these errors.

    Also at the end of testing i decided to throw on my canon 50/1.4 to compare to the 50/1.2L but didn't get the distance/crop quite the same as when i had the 50/1.2L on earlier. Still gives an idea though. Also it's obviously NOT an L series lens as noted in the video/slate. That was a copy/paste laziness error. :P

    Some shots i needed to add ND to get decent exposure, some i could just change the shutter angle. For shots i NEEDED the ND wide open, i took it off when stopped down on the same lens to compare.

    Lenses tested:

    • Canon 14/2.8L
    • Canon 35/1.4L
    • Canon 50/1.2L
    • Canon 50/1.4
    • Canon 100/2.8L
    • Canon 135/2L
    • Canon 70-200/2.8L IS (@200mm)
    • Canon 70-200/2.8L IS (@70mm)

    Lenses we have i didn't test were the 85/1.2L and 24-70/2.8L as neither are currently functioning properly on my BMCC (hopefully fixed soon in firmware updates).

    Graded in Resolve, 'assembled' in premiere.

    Music (used with permission) by the amazing Ben King from the "Grand Rapids" album "Faintheartedness" (which i also had the extreme pleasure of mixing!):

    http://www.thegreatgrandrapids.com/
    http://www.benkingproduction.com/
    Blackmagic Design
    My BMD LUTs.

    **Any post by me prior to Aug 2014 was before i started working for Blackmagic**

  • #2
    Thanks for the test!

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    • #3
      Thank you for the tests. Are you going to buy the 24 canon too? That one is a big want-to-have on my list too. The 100mm Macro is really scary ultra-sharp
      EF-BMCC 1300x00 - the lucky one

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      • #4
        Thanks, yeah the 24 is on the list. Especially since my 24-70/2.8L doesn't work. I really think the 100/2.8L is seriously underrated, it's one of my favourite portrait lenses for stills. Detail and resolution!
        Blackmagic Design
        My BMD LUTs.

        **Any post by me prior to Aug 2014 was before i started working for Blackmagic**

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        • #5
          some great work there.... the sunset shots on the 1st two are stunning.
          Style Creative - Web / App Design

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          • #6
            Nice work. Thanks for sharing!

            Gregory Bennett
            Director of Photography
            Toronto, Canada
            http://www.gregorybennett.com/

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            • #7
              this is absolutely one of the best footage ive seen so far from the bmcc camera , thanks for the tests , wonderful footage

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              • #8
                Great job!! I, too, loved the sunsets very much.

                I also applaud your girlfriend! I'm not sure mine would put up with me and my camera all day haha.

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                • #9
                  The sunset part looks amazing, congrats

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the lens test.

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                    • #11
                      Looks great. Could use more Bret & Jemaine.
                      vimeo.com/hearnstudios/

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                      • #12
                        Holy crap. This footage is amazing. I'd have to agree, this is probably my favorite looking stuff from the BMCC thus far. Maybe I'm being too hard on Canon lenses : )
                        Test footage Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/romanalaivi

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                        • #13
                          Did you use any Lut?
                          My Youtube Channel
                          https://www.youtube.com/jsfilmz

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                          • #14
                            Just wondering - what shutter speed did you use in Auckland City?

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                            • #15
                              Thanks guys!

                              @Roman - Thank you!! I really enjoy the footage you've posted so far too. I kinda made it a personal goal to show Kholi that canon lenses aren't THAT bad. :P

                              @jsfilmz - yeah, i've made my own 'starting LUT' for BMDFilm footage that gets me pretty close to where i want to go. Then it's just fine tuning from there.. maybe some power windows from there (tracked or not), maybe a skin key if i feel it needs it, maybe some split chroma NR/sharpen again if needed.

                              @Ralph - everything in the first two videos is shot at 180 degrees except for the last "lens testing video" as i didn't have my 1.5IRND filter when doing that video.
                              Blackmagic Design
                              My BMD LUTs.

                              **Any post by me prior to Aug 2014 was before i started working for Blackmagic**

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