Well, I finally won’t have to put my diabolical plan in action. I made a movie for the Nikon Festival, which was only opened to US residents, and had it uploaded by a friend from New Jersey. Unfortunately, my submission didn’t make the top 50, so now that I don’t have anything to hide anymore, I can show the video !
It was all shot with the Panasonic HMC150 in 1080p24 with a Letus35 adapter, with Canon FD lenses (28mm 2.8, 50mm 1.4 and 100mm 2.8). Heavy color correction in After Effects afterward, and I will unfortunately say that this is the first time I’ve been dissapointed by the HMC150. The low bit-rate of the original footage just didn’t hold up under the multi-layer color correction. It looks fine down-scaled to 720p on Vimeo, but the original 1080p version doesn’t look too good, especially on a LCD television.
I’ll take the occasion to say to those who think HDSLRs are the way to go for video right now, hold your horses a bit. Footage from most (I say “most” just to back myself, cause I would say ALL) HDSLRs right now have a much lower bitrate than AVCHD footage, so color grading this footage heavily must destroy it way beyond anyone can imagine (I have not tested it yet but…). That’s another debate I won’t get into in this post though.
Anyway, here’s the movie, feel free to give me some feedback.
Last weekend I went to shoot a video with a friend of mine, for a contest that I won’t name, because I’ve been told it’s open only to US residents, and I’m still thinking of a mad plan to bypass this rule by having my video submitted by someone else. Anyway, I’m almost done with it, color correction is 95% done, and here is what it looks like so far.
It was all shot on the Letus35 and the HMC150. I’ll upload/link the final video in a few weeks, so keep checking !
Yesterday I received my set of filters that I ordered for my Panasonic HMC-150. Since it was super sunny outside, I decided to follow my dad playing a quick game of golf to test the polarizing filter. Unfortunately, the sky was not very blue bird, and there were clouds which washed-out the sky even when looking at it, so it was not the best time to test the filter. Plus, the first 9 holes of this course face the sun very often, so I really didn’t have optimal conditions.
But, I still managed to pull out one sick shot (the one from the thumbnail). You really see the use of the polarizing lens on this with the subject well lit and the sky appearing super blue.
Here are the scene settings:
Detail level: -5
Chrome level: +5
Color Temp: -2
Master Ped: -75
Everything else at zero
Looking back at it now though, some shots are way too orange and Color Temp should have been left at zero to compensate for the sunset light. All slow motion shots were shot at 720p60 with a shutter speed of 1/500 to 1/2000 depending on the available light. All other shots were shot at 720p24 native with a shutter speed of 1/48.
I just came back from a 3-day stay at Montreal to shoot the new music video for my friends’ boys band, Bravo. Since their new song is about love at first sight, we decided to split to video in 2 parts: one with performance, and second, filming random girls on the street and in shopping malls, holding a white sheet with a heart printed on it. Even if some super hot chicks rejected us, we still managed to get 20-25 girls to do it, which should be a sick addition to the video.
Most of the video was shot on the roof of ad agency Bleu Blanc Rouge‘s office (thanks to them for letting us climb up there) which is downtown Montreal, from where you can see all the city’s skyline.
Most of the video was shot with my HMC150, mostly at 24 fps, but we also shot some sick footage in 60p to get fluid slow motions.
There are 2 other scenes that were filmed with a Nikon D90 in a convertible and at night near Place Ville-Marie, but I can’t leak all the hot shots, so you’ll have to wait to see the video to see that !
UPDATE: Here’s a making-of from the shooting !
Meanwhile, here are some pictures of the shoot (thanks to Alex Fortin):
Adjusting the camera’s settings
The view from the roof
Shooting on the roof
Stabilizing everything with the Glidecam
More roof top shooting
And here are some top secret screenshots of the footage:
As anyone working in the media domain, I’m truly excited to hear about everything new that will be launched in Las Vegas this year, during the NAB Show (National Association of Broadcasters). The trade show will go on until April 23rd. Conferences have already started, but the exhibits (what I want to hear about !) are starting on Monday.
I’ll be updating often during those 3 days, because I’m on the look out for a couple of products. I’m a new owner of Panasonic’s HMC-150, and the workflow with Final Cut Pro pretty much sucks right now. Apple is rumored to launch Final Cut Studio 3, with AVCHD support and Blu-Ray authoring, which would make my life much better !
Anyway, check often for updates. You can follow NAB updates realtime on Twitter !