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Or assume that I do have an understanding about both raw and h264 and that I'm actually trying to be constructive. Or are you saying nobody ever compared the regular 5d mov's to raw before? :-) Same thing.

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Color (skin tones) is a lot less on the lx100. Sharpness very pleasing. Work flow so much quicker than raw. Great little and little camera for the money. I don't go above 800 iso for the noise. The look is a lot more baked in than the raw 5d.

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Like one that screws up debayering?  :)

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Feature request: I would love to make MLRawviewer my one-stop encoding program for all my editing work, also for non-raw files. What are the chances?

It would help creating my as-much-open-source-as-possible-pipeline. We could create edit files from the Canon h264 recorded files and add a LUT in the process. I'm also thinking of the files my Panasonic LX100 will create once it arrives.

On the other hand, I would understand if you don't really see the benefit. More work...

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General Development / Re: Please Help! .DAT file problem on 6d
« on: November 17, 2014, 12:44:26 PM »
Ah! The joy of the Magic Lantern forum. The post above saved a friend's corrupted movie clip. It does help that Magic Lantern has made us all little hackers.

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1.4.0 on OS X Mavericks 10.9.2. Works well. Navigator makes life easier! I did need to switch to the readme file quite often to refresh stuff as it has been a while since I filmed in MLV. But it only takes 10 minutes to get used to the style of the GUI.

Anyway, most stuff works for now, except the C key (add all files in folder to render queue). Needed to switch back to 1.3.4 for that.
Nice that working with a new version doesn't reset export custom settings (prores 422 hq).

Only trouble with both versions are some broken mlv files (.mlv .m01 .m02 etc). No playblack, mrx creation going to 150 or 200% and playback hangs. But export to DNG works with them. EDIT: Today it does work. File browser makes it easy to add files to render queue manually. Love it! http://www.blog.kurtaugustyns.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/mlrawviewer.jpg
Screenshot of the indexing at 200%


PS: File browser is an incredible and superfast tool to go through a day's rushes and e.g. picking out dual iso files. Thank you so much! And I thought you wouldn't be working on this for a while!

Edited to add data.

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Great vibe with that Brubeckian soundtrack. Looking forward to see more.

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Again proof that a 5d3 with ML can perfectly produce a feature film. Such an amount of great work being shown lately!

Was 'Le Chat Noir' the center of license issues? (3:47)

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Share Your Videos / Re: My commercial shots on 5DMKIII FULL HD RAW
« on: October 28, 2014, 11:49:49 AM »
Very nice work. That contrast filter seems to be mighty good as well.

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Share Your Videos / Re: Neat Video tests on RAW footage
« on: October 25, 2014, 09:17:04 PM »
I'd love that.

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Share Your Videos / Re: Neat Video tests on RAW footage
« on: October 25, 2014, 07:32:46 PM »
Swinxx,

I enjoyed this very much. Deeply. Makes me want to see the whole film. I would like to see the teaser with less compression. Is that possible? For once, anamorphics used well, adding psychological depth to the image, instead as a lens flare machine.

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General Chat / Re: Apertus Axiom Beta
« on: October 23, 2014, 01:22:34 PM »
Well, I certainly don't think Apertus will mind if some writes code or builds a complete recorder with the MOX format. However, in this stage of development, combining two projects in progress makes things only overly complicated, no? If something doesn't work is it the problem of the camera or the codec? I think they better stick with the current setup for now. MLV exists, MOX not yet... And the ML team is already doing work on the project.

The MOX project is interesting, but I don't see how I can build a workflow around it for now. I wouldn't mind having a completely open source ecosystem and would like to succeed him very much.

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Share Your Videos / Re: Beautiful Dolomites (5D3 raw, Glidecam HD2000)
« on: October 20, 2014, 02:36:50 PM »
Nexto firmware 2.0.1

Fill card. Start copy with verification. Continue shooting. On next full card, start up nexto that by now has gone to sleep. Says "same copy in ..., format?". Format. Start next copy. Continue shooting. Very pleasant when you are on your own and can't pull out a laptop all the time.

So far, I have never filled it's 1TB hard drive during a day of shooting. Just get or make an extra 5 volt (usb) battery.

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Share Your Videos / Beautiful Dolomites (5D3 raw, Glidecam HD2000)
« on: October 19, 2014, 09:16:06 PM »
Fantastic footage, bravo! Stunning scenery and beautiful camera work.
Couple of technical questions for you. I see from the link that you used the Nexto 2730 to download your files inthe field. Does the Nexto support ExFat and file sizes over 4gb? Can you format the CF card to ExFat with the Nexto also?
Were you using ND filters or polarizer?

I use the nexto all the time. Exfat is supported after simple firmware update. Should be a thread about it here somewhere. Spoke to them at IBC and weren't very excited that I didn't use their ssd version for run&gun shootings (Running and offloading in this case), but it's the only affordable solution that I have. Works great.

Oops, see that it has been answered already. Btw, I use verification. And format the cards with the nexto after successful transfer.

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General Chat / Re: Apertus Axiom Beta
« on: October 13, 2014, 01:00:02 AM »
Sebastian,
I realize the focus is much more on the electronics right now and it's a joy to follow the irc logs.
But on a practical shooting level, I wonder where backers would like to see the focus on the box the parts goes into:

-A cheaper body to get the job done pretty well in a lab context. For developers. so non-crucial filming only. See the comment above (so really a beta or prototype camera)

-More expensive body that can also withstand real life situations. It can get pretty hectic out there and you'd like it if the camera can take a hit. (So already a production camera on a hardware level)

Two things that annoy me quite often:
1) a lot of camera bodies only have one threaded hole in the bottom. One you attach a follow focus, it quite often becomes very difficult to get this to be rock solid. Having more holes for a 15mm bars attachment would solve this.
2) Outputs directly on main electronic board. It really doesn't take much of an impact to have a dead headphone output. For example. Too often, protruding elements are only thought of when designing the body itself, while the cable that goes in it should be considered part of the system. Some camera manufactures even go so far as touting mini-jack plugs as "professional connections" and move it forward as a design feature (yes, I'm referring to Blackmagic design).

In general, you buy a camera and then you buy a cage.
Personally, I am really fed up with this. But apparently it makes economic sense to sell cheap stuff that is horrible to use and you need to spend more cash on add-ons than the camera itself. Especially if they are not universal and only fit that specific model.

Wouldn't be possible to have the Beta built as a cage directly? With a lot of mounting points built in? For monitor arm, 15mm bars, heavy duty base plates etc.

When holding the Aja Cion at IBC lately, I really liked how they managed to make it feel like a camera. It was really well balanced because it's so low and didn't feel like plastic. No other camera in the sub 10k € comes close. Not even the Sony FS7, which despite the ergonomics still has the touch of a prosumer camera to me.

I'm not asking to go Monster Bomb Ape Shit Tank Army Stuff design either. Just something solid that we can build upon.

How do others think about this?

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General Chat / Re: Apertus Axiom Beta
« on: October 10, 2014, 09:56:58 PM »
Sebastian,

CNC Milling sounds good!

Protecting the electronic boards and it outputs is certainly not essential, but it sure is nice. Perhaps just provide threaded holes so people can easily create custom attachments.
I know, I know, everybody is yelling you their ideas. Just pick the ones that work.

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General Chat / Re: Apertus Axiom Beta
« on: October 10, 2014, 08:01:40 PM »
Sebastian: seeing how many orders you now have, does this mean you will have better means for machining high quality parts? I expect a lot of people are expecting something much sturdier than a project box. So plastic would probably disappoint a lot of people. Let other companies do that... Please make it strong and try to get cable protection in the basic design. That's one of the things that freak my out when shooting with a dslr now, if you don't want to add another bulky cage.

By being so successful the pressure only gets higher... You could consider making it modular from the beginning.

Just a thought.


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General Chat / Re: Apertus Axiom Beta
« on: October 09, 2014, 02:08:27 PM »
You can conclude two things:

1) Apertus is a mighty fine concept
2) A1ex an G3ggo getting involved seems to have triggered a massive response.

It may a bit übertrieben to say this but I hope it relieves some of the frustration the ML developers experienced in the recent GPL mess. Seeing how their involvement propels the interest in this project must be uplifting and stimulating.

I wish you all the best in developing the Beta. Make it work!

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General Chat / Re: Apertus Axiom Beta
« on: October 05, 2014, 10:08:49 PM »
Apertus: Ok guys, get to work!

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General Chat / Re: Apertus Axiom Beta
« on: October 02, 2014, 01:52:48 PM »
Alex,

Sorry, I had forgotten about it being already on the graph.

The work on the dng's looks very good. Poor Photoshop does a terrible job on it. Axiom should be exited about your collaboration, and it seems they are!

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General Chat / Re: Apertus Axiom Beta
« on: October 02, 2014, 11:08:49 AM »
Alex,

Any chance of plotting the data of the CMV20000 on that chart?
cmosis.com/products/standard_products/cmv20000
How does 66dB dynamic range compare to 60dB? I guess the advantage would be more in resolution than DR, I guess?

As your main interest is photography, it may be interesting to have that extra resolution?

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General Chat / Re: Apertus Axiom Beta
« on: October 02, 2014, 09:35:34 AM »
LRF:
The Magic Lantern team has done so much for us. If they were asking for ice cream, I’d say “Hell, have two.” As it happens, they love to tinker with cameras (and seem to be pretty good at it too), so I understand they want to get something in that that direction. How can I say no?

Canon eos m:
I’m quite interested in the 16mm factor and 4/3, but if the budget is there, why not go for the biggest chip and shoot in cropped mode if you want the deeper depth of field. I prefer a 4/3 for depth of field, which is much more as I perceive the world, but for now, all my lenses are full frame (except for the Bolex collection, which are RX collimated… different story). Seeing the gear you already have (your signature), I’d say, go full frame!

I also think the development will focus on the CMV12000 first as most people want that. With the other chips following later.

mothaibaphoto:
5. If the camera of your dreams is on the market, why not buy it and be done with it? I think your expectations for the Beta are quite unrealistic. They are very clear in what they are going for. Don’t blame them if they don’t meet your expectations.
Think of it like this: you buy the camera you need and that exists today. When the development of the Axiom gets at the point where it meets your requirements, you claim your perk and get the camera at great discount. You win. If you don’t want the camera: sell your perk to someone else. Perhaps even with profit. If they go bust: your loss.

aombk:
come on... bite the bullet... before someone else snatches that one perk... :-)

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I have to think of Tesla, he had very advanced ideas. Quite often, he couldn’t get his development funded, because his advanced designs would destroy the market for the inferior products everybody was making tons of money on. Now we all use his ideas. Economics aren’t an assurance for human progress at all. Most companies prefer a slow steady progress instead of rapid development. Much more profit to reap.

It may very well happen that that the Axiom project fails at some point, but even then, we may all benefit because of the progress made.

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General Chat / Re: Apertus Axiom Beta
« on: September 30, 2014, 06:19:56 PM »
There indeed seems to be an big increase in donations the last. Which is good!

Worst case scenario: they end up at say 70.000.
Wouldn't you, if you were them, come up with the remaining 30.000 to fulfill the 100.000 goal and release that 70.000? Or would you let slip 70.000 just like that?

They could also get a loan easier once they have 70.000 in their hands to reach a 100.000 budget.

I'm sure indiegogo (and PayPal) make a nice profit on all this, but do you have a choice if you run a project?.

I know nothing about crowd funding, so I may be talking nonsense.

What would the backers want them to do: work with a 70.000 budget or get their money back and let them quit?

At this point, it may be even more about
-making a statement about open source
-building a community and customer base

Just some quick thoughts while following progress.

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General Chat / Re: ML abandones Canon DSLRs?
« on: September 30, 2014, 02:12:17 PM »
Only Canon is abandoning the DSLR, no?

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General Chat / Apertus Axiom Beta
« on: September 30, 2014, 12:46:33 AM »
The best advice I ever got: never go to the bank to buy a camera.

So don't feel bad if you can't buy a camera. Buy gear with money that you have, not with money that you don't have.

(Although it took a couple of hard lessons why it was the best advice ever given and I'm still learning)

But that's the the beauty here: we can support the bigger cause, not by spending a lot* but by spending a little**.

* which almost none of us have, and we are many
**which all of us have, and we are many

Now, all Apertus needs is footage that rivals the Alexa, Varicam etc. Now it only appeals to the tech crowds who understand it wider importance. Just my opinion. Sexy images sell camera's. Perhaps that's the main culprit right now. The footage just doesn't blow you away (at all) (even if we know it can be done).

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