Got a new flashgun.

Using Kane as my model as per :D

A screen cap from the RAW test shoot we did.

A screen cap from the RAW test shoot we did.

Magic Lantern RAW Tests.

This is a slightly technical post. I don’t imagine many people will be interested in it, so just ignore it. But someone somewhere might find these findings useful. I sure learned a lot from doing these.

For the Short Film we’re doing centered around the New York Police Officer, wanted to do it as high caliber as possible.
Filming at night so chose the Canon 5D MKIII with Magic Lantern to allow us to film on RAW.

Got two 64GB UDMA cards from Amazon. Komputerbay cards. Doing a little search on the internet you’ll find posts upon posts about the Komputerbay cards. So to summarize all these posts.
1. They’re almost exactly the same as Lexar cards but much cheaper, it’s just a bit of a gamble if they’re going to be good or not.
2. 64GB is supposed to be the most efficient. (Hence buying 2, instead of one 128GB)

BENCHMARK TESTS
At 1080p RAW, 24fps.

One card averaged a 90MB/s write speed.
The other a not so good 60MB/s write speed.

I tested the cards filming at 1080p RAW. First card was fine. The second card dropped A LOT of frames and generally I got a few errors from it.

Also, quite an important note. Filming at 1080p RAW did seem to take up about 4.8GB PER MINUTE.

So I dropped the resolution to 960p and I still had issues with the second card. Dropped to 900p and both were fine.

WRITESPEEDS
Here’s some useful info I put together showing what write speed you need filming at different resolutions.
This is 24fps
1920 x 1080 - You need a write speed of at least - 83MB/s
1800 x 960 - 73MB/s
1600 x 900 - 57MB/s
1280 x 720 - 37MB/s
1120 x 580 - 26MB/s

Also, the lower down the table you go the less data it takes up.

Did a quick test for this and found 900p takes up about 3.2GB per minute. Which is still a lot less than the 4.8GB per minute (1080p RAW).

Shoot time per card (64GB)
1080p RAW 24fps - 13 minutes.
900p RAW 24fos - 20 minutes.


So basically what I learned from this short test was that I’m probably better off shooting at 900p and upscaling my footage to 1080p or alternatively, send the slower card back to Amazon for a replacement and just hope for good luck that the card’s better.

Test shoot, tonight.

Test shoot, tonight.

So today I got my Canon 5D MKIII and a 50mm F1.4

This is the first photo I took (accidentally)

So today I got my Canon 5D MKIII and a 50mm F1.4

This is the first photo I took (accidentally)

I never post anything personal but seeing as it’s Valentine’s day (and mainly because I did just receive this email and it’s big news) 


My girlfriend’s studying up at UBC in Vancouver on an exchange type deal with her Uni here in Scotland. She wanted me to come over and live there for a few months. 
So I figured I haven’t been abroad since I was 12 and Canada is one of the few places I would actually like to live. So yeah, why not. 

I’ll tell her the good news later today. Which is decent because I was struggling to think what I was actually going to do for today. But, this news will be fine.

I never post anything personal but seeing as it’s Valentine’s day (and mainly because I did just receive this email and it’s big news)


My girlfriend’s studying up at UBC in Vancouver on an exchange type deal with her Uni here in Scotland. She wanted me to come over and live there for a few months.
So I figured I haven’t been abroad since I was 12 and Canada is one of the few places I would actually like to live. So yeah, why not.

I’ll tell her the good news later today. Which is decent because I was struggling to think what I was actually going to do for today. But, this news will be fine.

Quick Film Tip.

Not trying to shit on the little guy here but avoid buying products from smaller companies.

I’m mainly talking about DSLR rigs, follow focus, DoF adapters, etc. When the market eventually shifts, smaller companies will discontinue making certain products.

I learned this lesson the hard way a few months ago and lost about a grand because a company completely changed the design of their product.

It becomes impossible to find replacements or buy more to improve what you’ve got.

I was looking for videos of the Canon 5D MKIII using Magic Lantern’s RAW capabilities.

Came across this gem.

Michael Bay films do look damn pretty.

Pain and Gain, 2013.

Haven’t made a post in ages. Life’s busy and I’ve only really been doing pre-production work. 

Did a test shoot last Friday. Using the Sgblade 35mm DoF adapter with the JVC GY-HM100

Used a couple of Nikon lenses. 

Colour Graded in Adobe After Effects with Magic Bullet and Colorista 2. 

Small Apartments. 

A crime / comedy you should watch.