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Using Pomfort’s LiveGrade you can remotely color grade the VariCam 35. In my previous post, I explained how to set up the camera in preparation for the next step – working with the LiveGrade software. The software connects to the camera over a wired or wireless network and can work in a couple of different ways. You can set it to use the Default 3D LUT in-camera, which uses the V-709 LUT in the camera, and then applies basic CDL color correction. Or you can set LiveGrade to ‘Use 3D LUT from LiveGrade’ which allows you to both load a 3D LUT into the camera and adjust the CDL parameters. These two options give you a lot of versatility in how you work with your material in post production. In the video above I show how to set up LiveGrade and the Varicam 35 for remote color grading. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Make sure to watch Part 1 here: Live Color Grading with the VariCam: Part 1 – Camera Setup

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One of the great features of the Panasonic VariCam 35 is its built in color management. The camera can record in VariCam Log while applying look up tables (LUTs) to all outputs, including the viewfinder. The camera can load in both 3D LUTs for full color adjustment, as well as CDLs (Color Decision Lists) for basic Lift, Gamma, Gain and Saturation adjustments. While these LUTs and CDL files can be loaded in via an SD card, what really makes this camera unique is that it can also be live graded.

Using Pomfort’s LiveGrade software and a network connection (wireless or wired), the software can directly talk to the camera and adjust colors – no LUT box needed. This feature allows you to make color decisions on the fly, while still recording in high quality Log internally on the camera. All 3D LUTs and CDL adjustments are made live as metadata on each recording. Watch my video above to learn how to set up the camera to enable this function, and stay tuned for the second part on enabling LiveGrade.

Watch Part 2 here: Live Color Grading with the VariCam: Part 2 – Working with Pomfort

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Topics Lighting

The Sekonic SpectroMaster C-700 color temperature meter provides data to determine a light’s color temperature and compare it to other lighting instruments. In this blog, I present several lighting situations and how using different modes can determine a desired lighting setup. The C-700 is feature rich and can be used for numerous lighting tasks. I will also take a look at lighting under tungsten and LED source setups.

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Topics Arri, Lighting

I stopped by the ARRI booth at Cine Gear to speak with Mike Wagner, Senior Product Manager, about the new SkyPanel, a fully tunable LED soft light that compliments Arri’s L7-C fresnels. The user interface is easy to use with three simple knobs to adjust the intensity, color temperature and saturation. In addition to the on-board controls, these functions can also be adjusted remotely using DMX or LAN network connections. The SkyPanel was designed with versatility in mind – interchangeable diffuser panels are available now and additional accessories are planned for the future, including egg crates, honeycombs and barn doors. The SkyPanel comes in various sizes and will begin shipping late this Fall.

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We have quite a few divers here at AbelCine, and we all admire the ease of operation and reliability of Gates Underwater Housings. At Cine Gear 2015, I had the opportunity to check out the upcoming ALEXA Mini housing with Pamela Mertz, Director of Sales for Gates. We had a chance to talk about some of its main features, including menu navigation, heat dissipation, and monitoring signals underwater and on land. The ALEXA Mini housing will be available this fall. Check out my video for more info.

If you want to learn even more about the setup and operation of Gates Underwater housings, make sure to check out our Underwater Cinema Gear workshop coming up in LA!

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One of the biggest crowd pleasers at the AbelCine booth this year was the Freefly MIMIC, especially as attendees saw how intuitively it controlled camera framing. We previously covered the MIMIC at NAB, but when we received our beta kit, we were eager to set it up and have an in-depth look. The MIMIC ships with the sensor package mounted on MōVI crossbars, and includes a 5v USB battery and a MōVI Controller Receiver. If you already own the MōVI Controller, your existing receiver can be used with both your MōVI Controller as well as the MIMIC, although you’ll have to re-bind when you switch between the two.

…continue reading Cine Gear 2015: Camera Mobility with the Freefly MIMIC

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One of the big announcements from Cine Gear 2015 was OConnor’s new 2560 fluid head. The 2560 replaces the popular 2065, and joins the 2575 and 1030 as top-of-the-line fluid heads for cinema use. The advantage of the 2560 is that it’s significantly smaller and lighter than the 2065 – almost seven pounds lighter in fact. Yet it still maintains the weight capacity of its predecessor, making it an excellent mid-range tripod head. The new OConnor 2560 is shipping now. Make sure to look for it in our showrooms in the near future!

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