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After many requests, we’ve finally put together several custom profiles for the C300 Mark II. We’ve created seven different files that closely match the files we created for the original C300. It’s important to note that the Mark II offers different gammas and preset matrices, many that don’t exactly match those in the previous model. Creating looks that matched exactly was impossible, but I did manage to get them very close. The main differences you’ll see are in yellow to yellow-ish green hues, which tend to be slightly de-saturated in the Mark II.

You can download all the files at once, or download them individually below. To load them all to the camera, copy the private folder to an SD card, and then load that into the camera. You may want to write a generic profile from your camera to your SD card in order to get the folder structure correct. If you are pulling individual files, copy the .CPF files to the Private → C_PICT Folder, and then load into the camera.

…continue reading Canon C300 Mark II Scene Files from AbelCine

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ALEXA Mini

The ALEXA Mini from ARRI is a versatile and flexible camera body with a compact form factor and outstanding image quality. Combining some of the best features of ARRI’s other cameras, such as the ALEXA series and the AMIRA, as well as some of the image quality improvements ARRI made when developing the large format ALEXA 65, the ALEXA Mini is a compelling option for DPs and shooters who want to realize their creative vision in a wide range of situations. Its symmetrical, cube-like design is well suited for handheld scenarios, such as with a Ronin or MōVI gimbal, on the shoulder, or mounted on a drone for soaring aerial shots. It’s equally at home in the studio as an “A” or “B” camera on commercials, music videos or narrative projects. One of the best features the ALEXA Mini “inherited” from its doc-style bigger brother, the AMIRA, is ARRI’s next generation look management controls which allow for CDL-style grading directly in the camera or — and this is the topic we’ll be focusing on today — the ability to load look files converted from 1D and 3D LUTs directly into the camera to be applied to a variety of viewing options and outputs.

When used in conjunction with the ARRI Color Tool, a free download from the ARRI website, programs like DaVinci Resolve can be used to create unique looks and load them into the camera quickly. Pomfort LiveGrade can be used to color the camera’s LogC signal in real-time, and the resulting grades can then also be loaded directly into the camera. This is especially useful in situations where the camera is mounted in a position that makes doing live color impractical. Lastly, many people have large libraries of existing 3D LUTs they’ve found around the web, made themselves, or purchased. LUT utilities such as Lattice serve as “swiss army knives” for getting your existing production-quality LUT into a format that can be loaded into the ALEXA Mini. In this blog post we’ll take a look at all three of these approaches.

…continue reading Creating and Loading 3D LUTs on the ALEXA Mini

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Topics NAB 2016

It was a busy NAB for our tech specialists with visits to the most interesting booths at the show, as well as Tech Talks and training workshops on the AbelCine presentation stage. With so much to cover, we wanted to round up all of our NAB blogs and presentations in one place for you. Without any further ado, dive into our NAB 2016 blog roundup:

…continue reading NAB 2016: Roundup of Our Blog Coverage

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I caught up with Robert Eagle of Bright Tangerine, who has some exciting new products to share with us this year. Bright Tangerine has been listening to feedback and saw the longevity of current monitor arm solutions as a big problem, so they are introducing their solution, the Titan articulating arm. The Titan was built to last; capable of withstanding around two and a half tons of pressure, the arm can hold just over 17.6 lbs. Bright Tangerine is so confident they have created a durable, lasting solution that they are offering a three-year warranty on the product.

…continue reading NAB 2016: Bright Tangerine Updates

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In this Tech Talk, AbelCine’s Moe Shore, Director of Advanced Imaging, discusses the history of Phantom cameras, as well as what’s new for 2016 in terms of recording options. He is joined by Megan Donnelly, who goes over the latest camera offering by Vision Research, the Phantom VEO. VEO is a mid-range option, capable of capturing up to 1,500 fps at 2.5K resolution. It transfers its internal RAM buffer directly to onboard CFast 2.0 media. Moe and Megan also discuss some of the Cameo accessories that have been designed to work specifically with the new VEO. The Phantom VEO will be available in the second half of 2016. For a more detailed look at the camera, watch the video above.

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I had the chance to drop by the Flanders Scientific booth, where Flanders CEO Bram Desmet showed off their new BoxIO LUT boxes, as well as the 17″ version of their popular DM250 display, the DM170. The BoxIO comes in two versions: the top-of-the-line version, which features two inputs, two clean loop-throughs and two outputs, and the BoxIO Lite, which has a single input and two outputs and which will retail for under $1000. On both, the two outputs show up in LiveGrade, Pomfort’s popular on-set color grading application, as separate devices meaning that each can receive a distinct LUT, essentially providing two LUT boxes in one. This means up to eight cameras could be independently colored using only four BoxIOs, all of which would fit in only 1U of rack space. The clean loop-throughs solve one of the age-old problems in on-set signal distribution, allowing the clean signal from the camera to travel beyond the LUT box, which has generally been an “end-of-chain” device requiring other hardware prior to it to loop out of cleanly. BoxIO can also save full-res frame grabs to LiveGrade and generate test patches internally, allowing it to be used directly with SpectraCal’s CalMan software and LightSpace CMS without a test signal generator.

…continue reading NAB 2016: Flanders Scientific Updates

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In this video, Tilta North America CEO Yang Shao introduces the TiltaMAX line of high-end camera cages and powered accessories. Up first is their Advanced Cage for RED’s new WEAPON camera. This is a complete and very robust-looking solution providing a myriad of power and I/O options for the camera. Different pieces of the cage contain pin contacts that, when assembled, allow power to be routed through the cage itself, without cables, unifying power distribution via the main battery on the back of the camera. Many of the accessories receiving power from the cage, such as their wireless focus system, can be controlled via Tilta’s hand unit. Soon camera controls themselves, such as exposure, ISO and white balance, will be controllable remotely via their hand unit.

…continue reading NAB 2016: TiltaMAX Updates

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