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Share Your Videos / Re: Hong Kong Timelapse & Hyperlapse
« on: October 04, 2016, 11:23:31 PM »
fantastic editing job my friend.  It's crazy how seamless your cuts are.  I'm assuming these are mostly cr2 raw timelapses that were locked off on the tripod and then you used digital zooms/pans/and tilts to achieve the look.  For the time-lapse shots where the camera moves slowly around an objects did you just move the tripod incrementally after each shot and then stack them in post so the framing was consistent across the board or did you use a motorized slider? 

Share Your Videos / Re: PASSION | RAW superslowmotion with Twixtor
« on: September 26, 2016, 10:47:39 PM »
The footage looks like you shot it natively in 96 or 120fps! I can barely see any frame blending or other artifacts that would indicate it was shot at 60fps and then slowed down further.  Beautiful job 8)

Share Your Videos / Re: ML RAW | A Wild Adventure Music Video
« on: September 26, 2016, 10:42:10 PM »
Damn I had to watch this not twice but the third time's a charm and yet still in awe with how well your set of primes actually go with the 5D3's sensor. I mean you can't reproduce these contrast/flares with other glasses or let alone in post.

The last minute or so was absolutely remarkable and excellent work on the blue screen effect with the Timelapse footage!

Btw we also gotta be grateful for @Danne's never ending magic with his sick tricks under the sleeves 'specially with the DCP profile gem to go from Adobe to linear.

It really does actually make a difference and I can't wait to jump on this wagon to further better our MLV RAW footage.

Again thanks for sharing yet another masterpiece with this gig of yours @calebdescognets which was obviously very well planned out and seems a lot of team effort was poured into together as a whole! [emoji106]

Thanks man! Seriously though, @Danne's magic with the linear DCP profile really brought this project to light.  I was working with some really contrasty scenes where I didn't have the luxury to wait until dusk for good lighting and this enabled me to really squeeze all those shadows + highlights for detail. 

Story time: For the blue screen shot I was all ready with a gallon of green screen paint, rollers, and ski masks to paint a large portion of a wall in an alley near my house for this shot and (foolishly) I'd only scouted it during the day and when I got there at 1AM I was startled to find that it was completely lit up and actually quite exposed.  If we had gone to paint that wall there's no doubt we would have been busted (not to mention the angry Koreans who owned the BBQ joint whose building it was).  Luckily, the next day I found another wall behind a building that was the perfect color blue that I could use instead and ended up just shooting it there with great success! 

Share Your Videos / Re: ML RAW | A Wild Adventure Music Video
« on: September 23, 2016, 12:21:25 AM »
I think you did a great work again! I like the glare in some spots from your Minolta lenses. Maybe the camera movement could a be a bit more lively or playful, I like the dolly movements from your Ronin But the static one could be handheld with a nice rig or something, but most important I think the clips could be shorter and more even in time and maybe edited more to the music. Don't want to sound though thought :) But ofcourse it's a great video! Maybe you should try the Davinci Resolve workflow with XML for faster speeds with many short clips. :D


Karl Allemyr

Thanks for the constructive criticism Karl! I wanted the video to have a familiar form factor that we may be used to seeing when we watch an adventure short film but I didn't want the cuts to be too predictable like the cliche go pro videos you see everywhere these days where every shot is the same length.  I felt as if what I created was a happy medium between the two, where on the chorus the video predictably cuts on the beat but then deviates in form over the verses. 

However, I do agree in retrospect that maybe some of the clips could have more of a handheld or shoulder rig feeling to them to make it more personal and intimate--to make it feel like you were really there instead of just an observer.

Anyhow, thanks for the feedback! Much appreciated

Share Your Videos / Re: ML RAW | A Wild Adventure Music Video
« on: September 23, 2016, 12:14:33 AM »
Happy to see you try to comply the strobing effect at 1:06. Have you tried the same effect (without any cgi) but with shutter 2-6 and then make the actor walk in slowmo?

Im not sure what you're referring to when you say the "strobing effect" or "without cgi." 

The shot at 01:06 was done by shooting the artist in front of a blue screen at 48fps. I then shot a couple cr2 raw-image time-lapses of people shopping.  I keyed out the blue from the first shot and replaced it with the time-lapse in After Effects.  I then added a 35% CC Time Blend effect to the time-lapse to blend the frames.

Share Your Videos / Re: ML RAW | A Wild Adventure Music Video
« on: September 22, 2016, 08:42:53 PM »
Great work again. I really liked the last clips starting at 03:04. Would be great if you could tell us about post workflows.

Thanks Danne, I pretty much followed your guidance with the linear DCP profiles in ACR which made a big difference.

This was my workflow:

1. MLP with MLV_RAW_dng_gamma_2.4_0.txt and MLV_RAW_dng_dcraw_any_command.txt in the A_lut_hold folder

2. Import each DNG sequence (clip) produced by MLP into After Effects and first color pass in ACR.  Convert camera profile from adobe standard to "Linear_5D_Mark_III" DCP Profile.  Adjust exposure/contrast/tint/WB/lights+darks with parametric curve to raise shadows and expand dynamic range.
(Download the DCP Profile here:  To install into ACR on a mac go to your finder, at the top click go, hold down the "option" key so "library" becomes visible.  From there go to application support-->adobe-->camera raw-->camera profiles and drop the "Linear_5D_Mark_III.dcp" profile there. Then, in AE when importing an image sequence ACR will pop up, go to camera calibration and under the camera profile menu change "adobe standard" to the 5D DCP profile we just installed. (sorry for the rant  ;)))

3. Drop all DNG sequences into timeline back to back so I can make sure color/exposure is consistent.  Sometimes I'll add a rough look with magic bullet looks at this point which I did for the "Wicked Game" video I posted here ( but for this video I didn't until later.

4. After I'm happy with basic CC and the look of my clips I'll export them all together with the cineform codec.  I haven't noticed any quality difference from ProRes and with cineform you get lower file sizes so you don't have to use proxies like you might have to with prores4444 clips.

5. Import to FCPX or Premiere to start editing! Sometimes I have to go back to AE to fix clips after the initial export but that's the name of the game.  Final look applied with magic bullet looks and then last pass of CC before final export in FCPX or Premiere in prores 422 for youtube/vimeo.

Share Your Videos / Re: New Music Video - 48FPS RAW
« on: September 21, 2016, 06:34:02 PM »

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!

Share Your Videos / Re: LOBO - 5D mark III ml Raw & cinelog
« on: September 15, 2016, 11:01:32 PM »
awesome color grading! Im curious, did you use davinci? ACR? LUTS?

Share Your Videos / Re: New Music Video - 48FPS RAW
« on: September 07, 2016, 01:53:38 AM »
Damn your footage is AMAZING! those colors <3

@calebdescognets, you did a really great job! well done

this is why i bought a 5d mark 3

Much appreciated my friend! Keep shooting  8)

Let,s try to get to the bottom of this. Try these suggestions.

If you have your folder with dng files or MLV file in your folder do following.

1 - double click looks_creator.command located in your folder. From the menu select (r) and enter. Terminal will tell you what is happening when processing. Copy paste this content into a txt file and upload the file and sent it to me. You can even reprocess starting with your MLV file if you want.

2 - Send me over your first three DNG files from your sequence.

3 - If I can,t find what,s wrong you can zip your version of MLP and upload it for me to check. Write in terminal
open ~/Library/Services/ hit enter. You,ll find MLP in there, zip and send.

Awesome, thanks Danne.  Click the dropbox link below.  I included the first 3 DNGs from both sequences, the original mlv files, and the txt doc

Hi @calebdescognets.
I just ran one of your files and the exported fine without any of the earthquake effect. Did you reproduce the issue? Did you interrupt processing in any way, like running MLP while it was already running for instance?

These were my files in A_lut_hold folder

I just re-processed the files and I'm getting the same shake in the final proves clips.  Maybe it's my version of MLP?  I'm unsure what may be causing this anomaly  ::)

I could always just import the processed DNG sequence in AE and export as cineform/prores there but it'd be nice not to have to switch back and forth

Sorry, thought you were still mixing HDR with dual iso. Realize you are shooting dual iso now. Hm, not sure why you,re footage comes out like that. Was all files successfully processed? Check your sequence and see so cr2hdr didn,t skip any dng;s.
If the file isn,t to big you could maybe upload it for testing?
By the way. Cinestyle or any picture style won,t bite on raw mlv files. Pic styles works only with H.264 material.

Realized I had it on cinestyle for no reason right after I uploaded the footage haha  ???
 No DNGs were skipped in the sequence and when I scroll through the frames one by one there isn't any of this earthquake effect we're getting in the final prores clips so it's gotta be when it's converted from the DNG sequence to prores.

Here is a dropbox link to the original .mlv files:

If you shoot HDR 48fps than to put this in the A_lut hold can be a good idea. Don,t set camera to dual iso while shooting HDR.
Try this in A_lut_hold folder

You can throw out the HDR_tblend_average_half_FPS.txt is you want to keep 48fps instead of 24fps.

wouldn't keeping footage at the original framerate (shooting at 48 and finishing in 48 or shooting in 24 and ending in 24) only introduce ghosting with HDR video? Isn't that the appeal of dual iso so that you don't have to double your frame rate (shoot 48fps) if you want to end in 24fps?

An alternative if you downloaded hugin alignment binary you can align footage. THis will take a really long time but then use these files in A_lut_hold. Footage will end up in 24fps.

What do you mean by alignment?  Does that eliminate ghosting?  You can tell that Im really just after shooting higher dynamic range video without ghosting.  That's why I shot the dual iso test video above.  I asked before but What's the advantage of using HDR video over dual iso?  Is it really just ghosting with HDR video vs. moire and aliasing with dual iso?  Pick your poison kind of thing?  My apologies if this was already made clear

 Still any ideas as to why I might be getting this weird earthquake effect on my PRORES clips after MLP processes the .mlv clips?

That looks like an earthquake  :o. Never seen it before :).
Welcome aboard the HDR train. Quite some workflows here to learn. Firstly. Dual iso and HDR don,t work together. Are you working HDR? MLV/RAW or H.264? 48 fps or more? 24 or 25 fps? If you give me this information I can give you some handy advice.
By the way. Really liked your Wicked game video.
Even if it wasn't intended for but that footage looked real good if it were an actual movie about earthquakes. So bad ass!

Give us the detailed info and we'll be glad to get this train moving smoothly for you @calebdescognets!

haha you two bring a smile to my face.  Thanks Danne! Currently working on another one for the same artist and you can expect to see it here when I'm done  ;)

I laid out what I did in my first post.. " I used cinestyle, at 24fps mlv raw video, duel iso mod at iso 100/1600 w/ -0.3 ev, shot these two clips, popped cf card in reader, loaded the dual iso gamma 3.6, dang straight to prioress, and dcraw in MLP and ran."  Did I need to add any other commands to the A_Lut_hold folder for duel iso conversion? The user guide seemed to think I only needed the 3 I stated above and MLP would automatically recognize if the .mlv clips were duel iso or not and adjust accordingly

Dropbox had a problem creating links before. Should work now. Try downloading again.
Regarding you ghosting problem. Dual iso isn,t giving ghosting but HDR will. Have you mixed up your workflows?

Yes, I did end up confusing the two.  As far as this shot goes I think I'm shit out of luck with the HDR video ghosting since I shot it in 24fps.  If I shot HDR mlv video in 48fps and then used the HDR_tblend_average_half_FPS.txt would it give me no ghosting (max record time with those settings must be next to nothing)?  What's the advantage of using HDR video over dual iso?  Seams like they do the same thing but HDR video is more for landscape/slo-moving shots because of ghosting issues? 

I just did a little dual iso test in my home for practice purposes.  I used cinestyle, at 24fps, iso 100/1600 w/ -0.3 ev, then loaded the dual iso gamma 3.6, dang straight to prioress, and dcraw in MLP and ran.  My pores clips look great but are strangely playing back at double fps? not sure whats going on.  I shot this handheld and sure, it's the morning and I haven't had my whiskey yet, but the shake is ridiculous.  Very difficult for a first time user to dive in head first with this sort of DIY program but I'm slowly realizing how much of a benefit MLP is.   Any help would be much appreciated!

I'd really love to give MLP a chance considering the good things I'm reading about it but when I click the source download link on pg. 1 it says the file was not found.  Where can I download MLP?  Other methods I've tried have given me unusable ghosting and it seems like it's minimized with this process.

 I have a shot looking out a train window and panning to someone sitting that was shot in mlv with dual iso and I'm afraid no matter what method I try I'll get too much ghosting because of the fast motion in the shot (shot at 24 fps).  Anyone have suggestions as to which way to go about processing?


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 / Re: New Music Video - 48FPS RAW
« on: July 03, 2016, 07:51:10 PM »
I've set these settings but for my actual FPS I'm getting 31.583 even though I've selected my desired FPS to 48. The optimized for is set at exact FPS. Am I supposed to get the actual FPS to 31.583? If not how do I adjust my actual FPS to 48?

Another question: Since I'm in Europe and wonder if it's ok to set the canon menu to 720p ALL-I at 50p under PAL rather than NTSC? Do I have to change anything else under PAL

Thanks in advance calebdescognets

Hey Ibrahim! So a couple things:
1- I don't have any experience with ML and recording in PAL so I'm not really sure if there are any limitations with shooting PAL.  Im sure you can find the answer to that question somewhere on here..
2 - Are you using the 5D Mark III?  From what you've told me it seems like your settings are correct.  I remember I only got around 31FPS when I tried to shoot 48FPS in crop mode (I don't think it can be done) So make sure you're not in crop mode.  Double and triple check your ML and Canon settings.

Sorry I wasn't able to be of more help.  If you haven't seen this yet it should help:

Share Your Videos / Re: New Music Video - 48FPS RAW
« on: June 28, 2016, 09:08:17 PM »
I like the grade: filmic, but not overdone. The trick to getting anything to look half decent on youtube is to upscale to 4k, but even then it still only looks half as good as 1080p on vimeo.

Thanks squig that was exactly what the artist and I were going for and I was nervous that I had over-done it so it's reassuring that you feel like it was a good balance!  Thanks for the tip. Do you just upscale as you export the final project or do you just drop the clips in a 4k timeline and stretch?

Share Your Videos / Re: New Music Video - 48FPS RAW
« on: June 28, 2016, 09:00:57 PM »
Love this work of yours @calebdescognets and please share us your workflow as well as the exact settings within Canon/ML menus on the 5D3.

Beautiful. Can u share your workflow


Can you please please tell me your settings for 48fps? What frame rate in the Canon menu and FPS override did you use?

ML Menu:
Modules ON: file_man, mlv_play, mlv_rec, pic_view
FPS override: desired FPS 48 (from 60), optimized for EXACT FPS
RAW video: Resolution 1920x524, Aspect Ration 2.20x1

For ML exposure aids I like to use the RAW HistoBar and a small waveform in addition to focus peaking and a medium sized magic zoom box that appears when I go to manually focus the lens.

Canon Menu:
Movie Rec. Size: 1280 60fps ALL-I
Long exp. noise red.: OFF
Highlight tone priority: OFF
Auto Lighting Optimizer: OFF
High ISO speed NR: standard

That's pretty much it.  I'm using sandisk extreme PRO 32gb cf cards rated for 160MB/s and have never had a problem.  I'm getting near-continuous 48FPS recording with these settings.
As far as processing is concerned I use MLVMystic to convert all my .MLV files to DNG sequences and then, as mentioned above, stretched and 1st pass of CC in AE and then exported as cineform to begin editing.

Also what was the ISO used during the night scenes out on the sailboat? Curious did you apply any noise reductions in post or perhaps Darkframing average process at the very least?

My ISO for the shots were probably quite high--I'd guess around 2000 or so--maybe a bit higher.  What really enabled me to capture those shots was my EF-converted Minolta 58mm f1.2.  I used that lens for those scenes as well as all the shots of the artist singing the lyrics and the ambiguous make-out scene in the cabin of the boat.  I have a whole prime set of them and am constantly impressed with the results.  They're not very sharp wide open but the bokeh rendering and aesthetic is just too gorgeous to worry about a little loss in detail.

Share Your Videos / Re: New Music Video - 48FPS RAW
« on: June 28, 2016, 08:47:23 PM »
Yes, impressive work. Your color grading is exemplary.

Which softs did you use, LUTs etc..

Then I always ask myself this beginner question, but what is the best way to succeed a nice sync with the lyrics for a music video?

Hey man thanks for the compliments! I did a first pass with ACR in AE and after applying a transform effect to stretch vertical res. by ~1.67 I did a second pass with magic bullet looks.  I used like 3 or 4 different looks throughout the video depending on the scene and then tweaked the settings from there--finally exporting all clips to cineform and then edited in fcpx and finalized after 1 last pass of CC and tinkering.

As far as syncing lips to music, in this video we did it a little unconventionally.  I have a heavy-duty dewalt contractors boombox that I use for playback on set so when you're shooting the artist can easily just sing along.  For shooting in a higher frame rate for slow motion lyric shots that match the original audio track (i.e.. 48FPS in this video) all you have to do is double the speed of the song and have the artist sing it twice as fast on set (since we're finishing in a 24fps timeline).  Unfortunately, when we got to location I realized that I had forgotten to bring along a copy of the song that was doubled in speed so what we did was play the original track for a moment and found the tempo (my PA was clapping), then I had him clap in double-time and the artist sang the lyrics to the double-time clap of my PA.  We were a little off but since the shots were quick and we're shooting in 48FPS there's some wiggle room.  I was surprised it matched up as well as it did actually  8)

Share Your Videos / Re: New Music Video - 48FPS RAW
« on: June 28, 2016, 08:35:51 PM »
Yes please brief workflow!!!! Did you use the 60fps mode with FPS override then unsqueeze in post?

That's exactly what I did! set Canon frame rate to "1280 60fps ALL-I" and in the ML menus set FPS override to 48FPS and optimized for exact FPS.  Afterwards you have a squeezed image like you mentioned and I multiplied the vertical resolution by x1.67 to unsqueeze.  It's strange though, after you do your first pass of color correction in After Effects on a squeezed image you kind of get used to the squish factor and when you normalize the footage by stretching the horizontal resolution to where it should be, it looks too tall.  So for most of these shots I stretched the horizontal res. by something like 1.62 or just under what it should be.  I hope that made sense haha

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?

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