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Share Your Videos / ML RAW | A Wild Adventure Music Video
« on: September 21, 2016, 06:31:16 PM »
Hello Gents,

Back at it again, this time it's another music video for the same artist as my last video I posted here.  We shot 8 separate days, used about 600gb of space, and drove a collective 2,000 miles to and from locations to make this video happen and am pretty happy with how it came out.

Canon 5D III
Minolta MC 58mm f1.2
Minolta MC 35mm f1.8
Minolta MC 85mm f1.2
Canon 24-70mm L f2.8
DJI Ronin + Skateboard Dolly for tracking shots inside and on the road

Shot about half the video north of Sacramento by an hour in a town called Nevada City and the other half in and around Los Angeles.  Opening shot taken in Western Massachusetts when I went home for a visit (couldn't find train tracks like that in SoCal anyways).

If you have any questions or comments I'd love to hear them!

Hey friends,

   I recently released another music video that I used ML for and wanted to share it with the community to see what you all had to say  8)

I used MLRaw for the final shot of the video at 48FPS and for the rest of the video I used ML's intervalometer to shoot raw CR2s at a semi-consistent rate while I moved the camera on a tripod every photo a few inches.  Sometimes, I'd take the camera off the tripod and use my 5D3's burst mode to get almost real-time shots of brush strokes and paint splatters.

This video seemed simple in concept but proved to be quite the challenge putting it into motion.  For post processing I just imported all (3,000) CR2 Raw Images into lightroom for basic grading and exported as .TIFFs and then imported all .TIFFs into aftereffects as an image sequence and exported as ProRes 422 HQ to make one long clip that I then cut up and edited down in FCPX.

For the Paint overlay/transitions that happen 3-4 times throughout the video I painted a piece of wood green to key out and then used a blue paint overtop to paint the effects, making a brush stroke and then shooting a photo and then repeat repeat repeat to animate the effect later in post.  For the titles I used the artist's font (POLARCODE) which they had custom made for them and traced it off the screen onto a piece of paper.  I then put another piece of paper overtop the traced title and traced again, repeating this a total of 5 times.  I took a photo of each tracing and imported them into illustrator, vectorized them, brought the vectors into aftereffects, aligned them overtop each other and then cycled through the layers to animate the title.  My human error in tracing makes it seem to wiggle.  I did this for all the intro titles and yes, it was exhausting but well worth it  ;)

If you have any questions feel free to ask!


Share Your Videos / New Music Video - 48FPS RAW
« on: June 22, 2016, 11:33:19 PM »
Hey friends!

  I just finished shooting and editing a new music video and, as you'd expect, it's all ML RAW.  Most of it I shot in 48fps at 1920x872 with an aspect ration of 2.20:1 for near-continuous recording.
I used the following:
Minolta 58mm f1.2 (professionally converted to EF mount)
Minolta 35mm f1.8 (also converted)
Canon 24-70mm L f2.8
DJI Ronin
Skateboard for a dolly...

Would love to get some feedback on the color grade because that was something I struggled with for this video.  Thanks for taking a peek

Share Your Videos / 5D Raw on a Drone!?!
« on: April 06, 2016, 09:02:27 AM »
I just finished editing together a short reel of my most recent work and realized that everything (besides the slow motion shots on an FS7) was shot on my 5D MKIII!  It was really fun rigging my camera to my buddy's custom octocopter to be able to shoot 5D Raw aerial footage of downtown LA and at the Trona Pinnacles in the Mojave desert.

I graded almost all my clips in after effects using ACR and exported as cineform before editing in Premiere.  Would love to get some feedback!  I've grown to like this process for converting my .raw files to editable clips but being forced to grade each clip one by one is time consuming, although dealing with ML Raw footage is always time consuming.

What's your preferred way of processing your raw clips?

General Help Q&A / PLEASE HELP! Raw Video Noise Problems at all ISO's
« on: August 02, 2015, 10:54:35 PM »
Hey everyone,

   I'm really in need of some expert advice and help on this one.

  I've been experimenting with raw video on my MK3 for a while now and while the latitude is awesome I seem to always end up having way more noise in my raw video than everyone else's I'm seeing online.  In fact I've done extensive research on this subject and it seems that no one else is having this much of an issue with noise in their raw video as I am and I'm starting to pull my hair out over it.  I've made a few short edits with Raw but I'm not getting the results I'm after; mostly because of my noise issues (ex. Note shot at 00:55)


   I've tried almost every post process out there for conversion and lossless compression. RawMagic Lite is usually my go-to to convert my .RAW files to DNG's but I've tried MLVMystic and a few others with virtually no difference.  The process I first used when experimenting with Raw Video was RawMagic->DNG's, Lightroom->TIFFS, Quicktime 7->ProRes 422 and then editing in FCPX.  That's the process I used in the vimeo link above.

   Recently, I started trying to go straight from my DNG's to Resolve so that I can export proxies to edit; thinking that skipping a few compression steps along the way would help my cause (using this tutorial:  Still, no difference in the amount of noise in my raw clips.  While in Resolve playing back my DNG sequences in real time I can see my waveform buzzing from all the noise in the clip even when my ISO is at 100 -0.3EV (so 80).  THIS IS NOT COOL.  WHAT THE FLIPPING F*CK AM I MISSING HERE?!?!?!

My 5D Mark III settings are as follows (Using 32GB SanDisk Extreme Pro 160 mb/s and technicolor cinestyle profile)
Canon Menu:
24fps 1920 ALL-I
Image Q. RAW
Long exp. Noise Red. OFF

ML Menu:
Modules ON: file_man, mlv_play, mlv_re, mlv_snd, Raw_rec
Global Draw: Liveview
RAW video: ON 1920x1080
Movie Tweaks OFF

Below is a video showing you what I'm talking about (RawMagic Lite-->DNGs, DaVinci--> Prores 422 HQ (Decode Q. FullRes, Decode Using Clip, Color space Rec.709)
Crops are 400% shot with the Canon 24-70 f2.8L
Notice that even with plenty of available light I'm still getting quite a bit of noise in the shadows

Specifics of Shots:
Shot 1:
F4  1/50th  ISO 100 -0.3EV = 80

Shot 2:
Same as Shot 1

Shot 3:
F4.5  1/50th  ISO 800 -.03EV = 640

Shot 4:
F3.2  1/50th  ISO 100 -0.3EV = 80

Shot 5:
F4.5  1/50th  ISO 100 -0.3EV = 80

Shot 6:
F14  1/50th  ISO 100 -0.3EV = 80

PLEASE, Anyone with any ideas please let me know.  If you need more info about my settings please ask.  I've tried to be as thorough as I can.

Thank you all in advance!!!

Share Your Videos / Yosemite In Shrouds - Timelapses
« on: May 27, 2015, 10:52:11 PM »
Hello everyone!

  This is my first full edit besides a few tests using magic lantern's raw video.  I'm pretty happy with how this turned out being it my first real effort with timelapses and raw video but I still seem to be getting a small amount of noise in my shadows in a some of my shots (look to first shot of half dome at 00:52).  Maybe this is due to adjusting the shadow and highlight levels too much when grading in lightroom?  Any input is appreciated!


- shot on mark iii + 24-70 f2.8 + nikkor ai-s 200 f4
- Converted with raw magic lite
- graded in lightroom and exported as tiffs
- converted to image sequence in quicktime 7 and exported to prores 422 hq
- edited in fcpx and final exported as prores 422 hq

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