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Share Your Videos / Find Happiness This Ramadan
« on: April 28, 2020, 01:57:22 AM »
Shot this few days ago. Initially was gonna be a magic lantern vlog on catching the arrival of Ramadan with some moon sighting.

But, ended up being about finding happiness and staying optimistic in these times.

I've mixed footage between magic lantern raw (mcm rewired upscaled to 4K), lumix G85 (shot 4K 8-bit), and cell phone (Instagram live feed).

Can you tell what's magic lantern raw vs what's not?

I wonder if they've considered doing what Z cam did in terms of playback. Simultaneously recorded proxy h.265 file.  This way, you can play back the proxy just to review what you shot. But, you have the raw footage to play with later.

Definitely has a lot of issues that may not make a good purchase - but worth renting to address curiosities.

That's the beauty of having a lens with a short minimum focus distance. The further an object is away from the lens, the larger the depth of field gets.

That's why macro lenses seem "slow" in comparison but because you can get closer than any "normal" lens you get all the bokeh you want.

The great thing about 35mm macro is that you avoid the wide angle distortion while the macro allows for separation.

This is probably my favorite FD zoom lens. Best combo so far is Canon FD 24mm f2 + the 35-105mm Macro. Only challenge is with the EOS M, i need to make sure there's plenty of lighting.

I'm very curious to try this combo on a Sigma FP (gotta go rent one). Most cameras will maintain data in the seemingly blown out highlights when it comes to raw. Sigma FP took an opposite approach where it's advised to underexpose to ensure the highlights aren't blown out while being able to recover the shadows. (Some testing for another time and place.)

Shot and edited this yesterday.

EOS M Magic Lantern 2.5K (3x crop).
Canon's FD 35-105 macro zoom with a Pixco focal reducer
MLVApp to Prores Upscaled to 4K

Mostly shot at 35mm, (with 3x crop: 105mm macro)

Every time I slap on that lens, I just go into playtime mode.

I've had that lens since October, and love it more and more each time I use it.

Share Your Videos / Grassroots: Community to Worldwide | Short Doc on EOS M
« on: September 18, 2019, 06:54:33 PM »
I shot this over Labor Day weekend. This project was bit of a learning curve.

Local Centro islamico was a sponsor at a convention and so I was requested to cover that and help them put together a highlight video.

Idea was to cover their presents at the Expo, as well as the sponsor session and off site visit to the center.

256 GB was not enough..

Nearly 500 gigs of RAW footage. Getting that processed and exported was time-consuming to say the least.

I exported everything to 4K in prores but then realized I'm never going to get this thing done so I ended up downsampling to 1080p.

Overall, not bad for a relatively short turnaround.

Share Your Videos / Re: Hunter vs Pedro | EOS M Raw + Tokina 11-16
« on: September 17, 2019, 07:18:24 AM »
It does have a temperature readout, but I don't know what temperature is "danger zone."

Share Your Videos / Re: Hunter vs Pedro | EOS M Raw + Tokina 11-16
« on: August 27, 2019, 09:56:14 PM »
This was maybe 10 minutes into the shooting session, and I had shot maybe 35 minutes in total.

I haven't had any overheating issues. But then again I've never shot more than 40 minutes of footage at a time.

I do feel my gear get warm maybe after 30 minutes though. But I only notice it when I'm changing my battery which doesn't last very long anyway.

The longest take I've ever shot was maybe 15 minutes. In either case it hasn't been an issue for me.

But I would play it by ear if I were you, especially since you're dealing with a different camera than I am.

You feel it's getting too hot, let it cool for a bit and then resume.

Share Your Videos / Hunter vs Pedro | EOS M Raw + Tokina 11-16
« on: August 27, 2019, 03:28:25 PM »
A little action from this past Sunday. Had some fun with my Tokina 11-16 on my EOS M.

Shot MCM Rewire 1080
Tokina 11-16mm at 11mm f2.8 ISO 400
(no speed booster, ~18mm effective focal length)
Moza Aircross gimbal
(normal node upside down)

Share Your Videos / Re: Magic Lantern Commercial
« on: August 27, 2019, 03:23:51 PM »
Hey! My parents live in Cumming, GA!

Share Your Videos / Re: Karate in (Sorta) SlowMo
« on: August 23, 2019, 07:26:46 PM »
what are your computer specs?

It's a 3-year old HP Zbook laptop

Intel Xeon E3 1535 2.9Ghz
32 GB Ram
Nvidia Quadro M4000M

Share Your Videos / Canon EOS M on a Celestron Powerseeker Telescope!
« on: August 17, 2019, 03:53:27 PM »
My wife got me this Celestron Powerseeker 127eq telescope a couple years ago but I hadn't opened it until recently.

I wasn't interested so much in stargazing except that I wanted to also be able to take photos and videos of celestial objects.

When I found out I can get an adapter for my Canon EOS M camera and use the telescope like a massive lens - I made the purchase and assembled the telescope.

After assembly, I went out to see if I can capture the moon rise with it.

One of the challenges though is that EOS M  is not very good in low light but Raw flexibility is great. However, after uploading to YouTube, got quite a bit of banding as a result.

After this experience I've realized that I've got quite a bit of learning to do when it comes to the use of the telescope itself.

This past weekend we celebrated Eid (commemoration of the pilgrims performing Hajj and the legacy of Abraham).

I figured I'd capture what I can at the local Centro Islamico here in Houston.

Shot on Canon EOS M "handheld" using my gun stock stabilizer. Lenses used: Tokina 11-16 f2.8 and Helios 44-2 58mm f2.

I absolutely love the Helios!

Recently purchased the Canon 80-200 f2.8L lens off of eBay. Shot a bunch of stuff on my Canon EOS M with Magic Lantern.

This review was shot in raw too (I'm gonna stop doing that..too much space used!)

This video goes into showcasing the lens focusing ability, stabilization, speed, usability and use cases, equipment I used to shoot the moon with, and cost.

Yes, in the viewfinder it is more cropped than in the final shooting. A 1600mm equivalent focal length would make the moon fill the entire frame height.

Is there a way to view what actually gets recorded at 2.5K in the viewfinder as opposed to the 5x?

Very nice! By the way, the x5 crop gives not a real x5, as far as I know, more like x2,5-x3, so the resulting focals are in the range 600-900mm.

Are you sure? When I enable the 3x crop mode, it's less cropped than when I'm in 2.5K which on the bottom says it goes into 5x view..

Quarter Moon from August 7, 2019.
Video is sped up 500%

Shot on Canon EOS M with Magic Lantern Raw 2.5K Upscaled to 4K.

  • Canon FD 135mm f3.5 at f5.6
  • Canon EF 80-200 f2.8 L at f7.1

Effective focal ranges being 1080mm (135mm on crop sensor and 5x internal crop) and 1600mm (200mm on crop sensor and 5x internal crop).

I tried using a 2x teleconverter with the 135mm, but I couldn't get it to infinity focus with it on. I do have a 1000mm telescope that I need to assemble. Looking forward to using that on Aug 15th Full Moon rise along the Houston Skyline. Hopefully it'll be a clear day then. In the mean time, this is what I captured last night.

Share Your Videos / Re: Karate in (Sorta) SlowMo
« on: August 05, 2019, 11:00:53 PM »
Nice. I like that lens. What camera was used?

EOS M, ML Raw at 1080p 46 fps setting, rendered at 60P which was then slowed down to 24p to 55% with optical flow in premiere.

First half the video was shot using single ISO at (I think 200) then dual ISO between 100 and 400. But man, rendering out the dual ISO clips took forever. Not sure if it's worth it for the workflow. I can't tell the difference...

Share Your Videos / Karate in (Sorta) SlowMo
« on: August 05, 2019, 09:45:10 PM »
Karate video shot with 80-200 2.8 L "Magic Drainpipe" handheld.

Tried doing this thing in slow mo.

I thought I got all the bad frames out from the RAW recording but looks like a couple of them slipped through the cracks

  • Monday, 2 hours of shooting resulting in 40 minutes of footage.
  • Tuesday, 2 hours to color grade in MLV app, then about 20 hours for PC to process.
  • Wednesday, another four hours spent editing.
  • Thursday, First pass finding all the good moments which was about 10 minutes worth out of 40. Second pass was editing to audio.
  • Friday, recording the voice over and editing that in, which was about another hour. Then finally rendering out and uploading.

You are a real deal storyteller! How much editing experience do you have because that was excellent. It's a baby shower but you focused on these cool mini stories with the little girl, the ballons, the chess game that the baby shower itself was the background to those stories. I heard J and L cuts and your cuts in general were absolutely surgical. Great editing that really brought me in. That was really well put together!

I appreciate the kind words!

Edited my first video back in 2002 on a VCR.
Then in 2003 buddy of mine introduced me to his iMac.

A year later I was demoted to Windows Movie Maker which frustrated me enough to get Adobe Premiere 6. Few years and some paid gigs later Upgraded to CS3.

I also had the benefit of my university having a full-time film program. I was attending business school part-time, working full-time, and sneaking into film classes on my free-time. By the time I graduated (7.5 years in total) I went through the film curriculum twice over.

Although, to be fair, I learn less about storytelling and more about the technicalities of film-making and history. I got more storytelling lessons from my day-job as a marketing manager.

"Cupcake" Baby Shower Short documentary shot on Canon EOS M using Magic Lantern Raw at 2.5K with 5x crop along with an Ashahi Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 vintage lens.

This video is first foray into 2.5K using the EOS M which I upscaled to 4K following Zeek's tutorials on YouTube.

Used an Ashahi Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 (m42 to EF) with a .7x viltrox speedbooster (EF to EF-M) which at 5:1 crop (Effectively 250mm) had me shooting super close up indoors.

I think I pushed the coloring a bit far resulting in a lot of grain, but overall I think it came out good.

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