What is a mirage filter and where can I get one?!
This is an amazing new project I’m working on to create ground breaking content and lesson plans for Australian schools to educate all students on what it means to be LGBT and how to best support their queer friends.
Please help make this a happen! A small donation will go a really long way.
If you’re still in high school or can’t afford a donation then please help spread the word and share this campaign!
It’s time for a new website.
Deciding between keeping my existing unified, ‘load once and play’ style website and building something new is becoming untenable.
It’s outdated, difficult to modify, and has no content management system.
So it looks like we’re going Wordpress.
Lots of work ahead.
Sipping Green Tea and editing HTML
I’ve spent most of the day just transferring footage and prepping to edit 5D3 Raw video, the workflow is much more clunky than RED because it’s all very hacked together, whereas R3D files are basically natively or easily supported everywhere.
File size is definitely an issue, but far less so than compatability.
For example I shot two videos with the Epic around January, both of which I edited almost entirely on a laptop while travelling.
I could also easily edit the footage on an 8 year old Mac Pro which for the most part has had no hardware upgrades.
By comparison many of the workflows I’m trying to use are extremely demanding and slow, or require DaVinci Resolve, which without OpenCL support on my Mac Pro’s graphics card is a problem.
The footage itself in testing is absolutely stunning. It’s amazing to get footage like this from a DSLR and completely blows away h.264. I wish Canon would improve the compression of video in their native software. Something like a ProRes or even the Canon XF Codec on the Canon C300 would be fantastic if the hardware can handle it.
Canon are unlikely to do anything like that to avoid severely disrupting their product line, but the sales would likely be absolutely explosive if they did.
In essence I feel that the gap between Canon’s native video and the Magic Lantern Raw Module is insane. It’s two very far extremes. I’d like something in the middle, that isn’t as massive or demanding as Raw, but isn’t as horribly low quality and excessively compressed as Canon DSLR h.264, even just a nicer flavour of h.264.
My understanding of the technology at work here is limited, so this is purely wishful thinking.
Nonetheless, it’s amazing to have this kind of power in such a small and (relatively) inexpensive device.
The Photographic capabilities of the 5D Mark III are why if I personally had to choose again I’d still go 5D3 over something like the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, but the fact that Canon’s Camera plus an aftermarket open source hack even come close to a high quality digital video camera is fantastic.
I may have just bought myself a Blackmagic Pocket Camera..
I recently got my hands on a Canon 50mm f1.8, not the more recent plastic body Mark II, but the discontinued original.
The lens has the same great optics in a compact body as the Mark II, but the ergonomics of this lens are far better.
I’ve found the autofocus to be a bit slower than its newer brother, but when shooting video this lens really shines.
The focus ring is not a thin plastic part on the front of the lens, but instead is actually about half way down the barrel like on the 50mm f1.4. This makes pulling focus with this inexpensive lens so much easier.
I really loved my f1.8 Mark II (until it split in half in Yoyogi a couple weeks ago), but always struggled with it compared to the 1.4 or the video ideal f1.2 because it’s so difficult to operate smoothly.
The focus ring also has semi-hard stops when you focus all the way, the ring becomes much more resistive, almost a hard stop, but not quite. Very, very useful for handheld and follow focusing.
Follow focusing is sort of possible, though only really compatible with smaller units like stuff from Redrock Micro or even D|Focus’s super budget follow focus. A gearless follow focus with a slim rubber spinner or wheel should work perfectly with this lens. A compact rig is necessary however, as obviously the lens itself is tiny.
I’m looking forward to shooting more with this and putting out some stuff I’ve made with it soon!