The Canon XC10 is a remarkable addition to the Canon line. It delivers 4K video in an ultra-lightweight and unobtrusive package, making it an ideal camera for documentary filmmakers and photo journalists. More and more, photojournalists are being asked to supply video and stills from the same assignment. The XC10 makes this process more streamlined by allowing the creation of JPEG and TIFF images from motion capture. In my video above, I will show you how easy it is to produce stills from video using the free Canon XF Utility for XF-AVC software.
After using Zacuto’s Gratical EVF on a few shoots recently, I wanted to take a more in-depth look at the exposure tools and LUT functions that can be extremely valuable on set. I already knew I liked the versatility of the viewfinder and the user-friendly interface, but I wanted to see how these advanced tools could benefit my image and my set. In my first video, I use the Zacuto Gratical HD with a Sony FS7, connected via HD-SDI, and then to a TVLogic 5.6″ monitor. I show how to calibrate the viewfinder and how to best use the waveform and vectorscope tools. I also demonstrate to use the false color and zebra overlays to ensure a properly exposed image whether sending a Log or Rec. 709 signal. In addition, I explain how to set up user buttons to maximize the use of these exposure tools in order to judge exposure based on a post-LUT and Log image.
…continue reading Zacuto Gratical: A Closer Look at Exposure Tools & LUTs
Convergent Design has been busy updating the firmware for the Odyssey7Q and 7Q+. They’ve had several firmware updates over the last couple of months, all with some major changes and additions. I thought I would do a run down of some of the key features added to the system, but with so many updates I had to break this into three separate videos. The new features are very impressive, so check out all the videos, and let us know what you think.
In the first video above, I cover the Odyssey’s LUT functionality, along with the new vectorscope and spot meter tools.
…continue reading Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+ Updates
At IBC this year, Teradek released their new COLR wireless LUT box. This compact system can take in HD-SDI or HDMI and output a video signal with a Look Up Table (LUT) applied. COLR can work both wired (via Ethernet) and wirelessly, as it has a built in Wi-Fi access point. Once connected you can control the system via a web user interface. This interface allows you to load in LUTs, including 1D LUTs, CDLs, and 3D LUTs with up to 33-point accuracy.
…continue reading At the Bench: Teradek COLR
In a previous blog, Andy showed us how to create LUTs using Sony’s RAW Viewer software and then import them into the Sony F5 & F55. You can use the same workflow in Sony RAW Viewer to create and import LUTs to the FS7 — but what about when you want to use a LUT that was not created by Sony software?
In this blog, I will create a 3D LUT in DaVinci Resolve and then import it into the FS7. Using the steps outlined in the above video, any .cube LUT can be held in the FS7’s memory. Having the ability to use 3D .cube LUTs expands the capabilities of the camera and allows users to draw on an infinite range of looks for footage recorded in Log or RAW.
One of the surprise announcements from this year’s NAB show was the Canon XC10, a 4K-capable camera with the ability to capture both stills and video. What is especially striking about this camera is the picture quality, as well as its unbelievable size. The XC10 has the same profile as a small DSLR; however, it captures 4K video to CFast cards. In addition, Canon has included Log capture to take advantage of the full dynamic range of the sensor, as well as tools such as face recognition, which makes it easy to focus and capture the moment. The XC10 conveniently uses the LP-E6N battery, which can also be used for DSLRs like the 5D.
This camera is particularly relevant to photojournalists who are tasked with shooting video and generating stills on the same assignment. Still grabs of motion sequences can be captured on the camera or using Canon’s free XF Utility software — I will do a step-by-step walkthrough of this process in a future video. In the meantime, watch my video above for a closer look at the new Canon XC10 and its features.
At NAB this year, we were able to get a peek at the new Video Devices PIX-E5. The folks at Video Devices like to say that it’s “a monitor that happens to record,” which is certainly an understatement. The PIX-E5 is indeed an impressive monitor — it has 1920×1080 resolution and provides 3G HD-SDI as well as HDMI input and output. In addition, it records ProRes files up to 4444 XQ 12-bit files. The monitor layout has also been designed so that the tools you need most for evaluating exposure and focus are easily accessible. For anyone who has used a PIX recorder before, the PIX-E5’s internal menu structure will be very familiar. A unique feature of the PIX-E5 is its use of Speed Drives for recording media. Speed Drives are mSATA drives in an enclosure that uses USB 3 to plug into your computer, making offloads fast and easy. In my video above, I will take you on a short tour of the PIX-E5 and highlight more of its features.