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General Chat / Re: Apertus Axiom Beta
« on: May 20, 2016, 08:52:36 PM »
I don't want to sound like I'm putting a dampener on things but for essentially a box with a lens mount with no screen, media storage (requires an external recorder) or a battery compartment I would be surprised indeed if anyone would buy it at its current retail price. No offence intended.

Nearly £5k for essentially a "base unit" is putting it up against some pretty stiff and well established competition. Competition that have support staff and phone numbers too.

As it stands now with the "voucher" price, it's head-to-head with the Blackmagic Production Cinema Camera 4k. Ok, it doesn't shoot at 300fps but it does have a built-in screen, 90min battery and records directly to 2.5" SSD drives and also has a global shutter and records in RAW. Ok, you can't change the lens mount nor the sensor, but does that really matter for most buyers?

The Axiom is pitched from the stand point that it will save you money long term as it's completely upgradable. But, in 2 years time whatever the Blackmagic Production Cinema Camera costs today, it'll be substantially cheaper for the same spec - just take a look at their non-4K version which is around £1000 cheaper.

I can't help but feel that to compete in the current climate - let alone one in 2 years time - you need to add value to your products OR sell them substantially cheaper than the competition. Or both.

As it stands now the full retail price Axiom is £1000 more expensive than the behemoth Blackmagic URSA which also has a global shutter but also has 3x screens - one of which is a 10" flip out display and two others on the side(!), a plethora of connections, interchangeable lens mounts AND an upgradable sensor, not to mention 2x CFast slots and a modular battery slot. Ok, it's not designed for the indie filmmaker but the point I'm trying to make is how much more you get for your money, perceptibly.

Now, as I see it, the Axiom's real saviour is the 300fps feature. If it can do that at 4K in RAW then that's a real selling point. Whether or not it will be enough for the indie filmmaker (who, let's be honest, is the target audience here) to take the plunge and buy an Axiom - along with a complete rig for the external recorder, batteries and screen - we shall have to see.

I really hope it does well so that it can be further developed and more value added / cost reduced but in its current incarnation something needs to change for them to fly off the shelves in my humble opinion.

But hey, what do I know. I've never designed and sold a camera in my life and would be more than happy to be proved wrong in these thoughts. :-)

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The point of MLVFS is that you DON'T have to convert (and hence have two lots of files on your system).

You just need to ensure that you mount the folders that contain your MLV files before opening premiere pro.

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Raw Video / Re: Help! 5D III Pulsing RAW images
« on: May 19, 2016, 07:44:57 PM »
I can confirm that it is definitely linked to the Exposure Override function. After re-reading the old post I linked to they mentioned that they were able to see the pulsing live on the LCD screen, so I've just tried it with the same exact settings and lens as I had yesterday (Canon 35mm f/2.0 IS @ f/6.4 & f/4.5) and you can indeed see it - if you look for it - but it's not easy to see live. The best way I found to see it was to zoom in at 10x and move the joystick to a mid grey part of a scene that's not quite in focus.

I turned Exposure Override to OFF and the pulsing stopped. Yey! At least I now know.

So, as the clouds seem to be OK I'm going to re-shoot what I shot yesterday safe in the knowledge that I won't have that pulse when I return to see my footage. Whether or not the footage is any good is another matter. :-P

All the best,


Raw Video / Re: Help! 5D III Pulsing RAW images
« on: May 19, 2016, 01:11:30 PM »
Thanks for your help with that @dmilligan, I shall try that when I'm back from my walk.

Need to do some experiments to see if it was the exposure override causing the pulsing before I go out next too.

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Raw Video / Re: Help! 5D III Pulsing RAW images
« on: May 19, 2016, 11:57:35 AM »
Ah. Could it be that MLRawViewer doesn't support that metadata? Basically I was changing the deflicker number in MLVFS and opening the cDNG sequence in MLRV to see if anything changed (as this is the only place I can playback RAW files in realtime on my machine).

I can try directly in AE but I have to render each time to see it play in realtime. What value would you recommend I try with?

As an aside, does the deflicker metadata stay with the cDNG files if I copy them out of the mounted folder to my HD? I don't normally do this but the clip I shot is very long and is 21Gb. I only really need the middle 8Gb so I was going to copy out a chunk from the MLV.

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Raw Video / [SOLVED] 5D III Pulsing RAW images
« on: May 19, 2016, 12:18:19 AM »
UPDATE: It is definitely to do with Exposure Override when at certain apertures (f/6.4 & f/4.5 for me). Easiest solution is to ensure that you have Exposure Override set to "OFF" and you shouldn't come across this problem.


Hi guys,

After a search all I could find on pulsing images was a long time ago here and that seemed to be for H.264.

Having just returned from a day's shoot (in the rain) for a short film I'm working on, I was disappointed to see that a long shot (a 3 minute shot of fields and clouds) was "pulsing" at around 100bpm (according to my tap tempo metronome) in MLRawViewer. So, I thought I'd see what it was like after conversion in AE, and same problem.

It's not a "flickering", it's definitely a "pulsing" phenomenon so MLVFS's deflicker feature doesn't seem to do anything with it no matter what values I put into the deflicker box.

So, a couple of questions, if I may...

1. What I would like to know is the cause of this so that I can avoid it in future. According to the link above it's to do with setting Exposure Override to "ON" and using specific aperture settings. Is this correct? If so I'll just set that to "OFF" and not worry about it (I have currently got it set to ON). However, if it is something else then I'd appreciate it if someone could provide pointers for how to avoid this pulsing in future as the footage I have as it stands now requires a re-shoot unless I can somehow fix it.

2. Is it possible to fix this so I don't have to re-shoot? I've tried AE's Color Stabilizer set to "Brightness" and that removed the pulsing but left flicker, so I'll play around with that in the meantime, but if anyone has a magic trick for fixing this pulsing I'd dearly appreciate it.

Incidentally, the lens used today was a Canon 35mm f/2.0 IS and the footage with pulsing (I've not checked all footage yet) was shot at f/6.4.

Thanks for your help with this,


Share Your Videos / Re: Blue Krystal - Prequel shot with 5DMk3 RAW
« on: May 18, 2016, 11:50:27 AM »
Really nice, Francis. Is there a Twitter account we can follow to keep track of your project?

All the best,


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Raw Video / Re: Canon 100D RAW Workflow
« on: May 18, 2016, 11:36:15 AM »
Oh, that's interesting. Thanks @DeafEyeJedi I'll download the script and give it a go for my next import. :-)

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Raw Video / Re: Canon 100D RAW Workflow
« on: May 17, 2016, 04:41:38 PM »
MLVFS (or MLP) > AE (smartimport2) > PP

Agreed, although I've not used smartimport2. What advantages are there for using that over just opening in AE @DeafEyeJedi?

General Chat / Re: Apertus Axiom Beta
« on: May 17, 2016, 11:31:32 AM »
I only learned about the Axiom and that it'll be co-developed by Magic Lantern yesterday. It looks to be absolutely phenomenal, and if developments can also seep through to our Canons as a byproduct then all the better! :-)

Incidentally, I like the photo of you (@a1ex) being shown the new sensor. It looks like you're wearing it like a watch. :-D



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Share Your Videos / Re: Aotearoa - New Zealand
« on: May 16, 2016, 01:35:40 PM »
Lovely. Really lovely. I take it you used the 4K camera on the Phantom 3 for most of these shots?

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Shoot Preparation / Re: Best preset for film look
« on: May 14, 2016, 03:15:03 PM »
No kind of profile will give you a "film look" as it's not film. To make it look like film you'll need to grade and emulate a film stock and add grain... However... Different profiles can definitely make your footage less like "video", but as @dude said, that really just means recording with zero sharpening.

That doesn't mean it will then look "cinematic" though - which is perhaps what I think you really mean(?). For that you'll need to focus more on composition and lighting, not your picture profile.

Here's a comparison I did between RAW and h.264 with the "faithful" picture profile with zero sharpening:

Neither looks like "film" because they're just random clips without any real thought to composition or lighting, but the h.264 holds up well providing you capture it correctly in camera - which is crucial.

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Raw Video / Re: Enrique Iglesias Behind The Scenes (5D3 RAW)
« on: May 12, 2016, 10:26:47 PM »
Shot this on my tod using a 5d3 and a 24-105 (mostly).

Holy moly, @beauchampy - brilliant stuff! And boy did you make the most of that 24-105. I never had footage look like that on mine so that's a real testament to your skill as a cinematographer and colorist.

Top stuff!



Share Your Videos / Re: We've all been judge this!
« on: May 11, 2016, 08:39:19 PM »
I thought that you did a great job with the color and matching shots. Looks lovely. The only thing I'd cut out is the woman on the floor reaching out to her son(?) as the acting is not believable IMO. Other than that, top stuff! :-)

Read the benchmarks and do the math.

:-D you take me for a learn-ed man, Mr. @a1ex.

I did take a look at these:


...but I don't know what I'm looking for to do any math on. Or where to find a standard 14-bit benchmark to compare against. I figured that you saying "impressive" was a good thing though. :-)



I've just read the entire thread (I wasn't around here in 2013) and I'm a little confused. Without standing on anyone's toes by not helping from a development POV, can someone explain why @d apparently got this working but others say that the CPU is not fast enough? (Or did I misread?)



Share Your Videos / Re: Film Look Canon 6d
« on: May 11, 2016, 02:46:20 PM »
Says "video unavailable" for me.

Raw Video Postprocessing / Re: Best MLV converter for OSX?
« on: May 10, 2016, 05:54:58 PM »
In AE I just go to "import" and import my MLV files and they will show up as cdng sequences in AE?

Yep! :-D

Does I need internet to use MLVFS?

Nope. :-)

It is actually amazing once you start using it. There really is no viable alternative IMO.



General Help Q&A / Re: How to autofocus in video
« on: May 10, 2016, 01:51:58 PM »
That's not always true for all types of situations or environments, and current tech has gotten pretty good/sophisticated.

Oh absolutely, you're right of course, if you're doing an interview or some shot where you have one subject in the frame and don't need to pull focus then perhaps AF would be useful there.

But I guess it comes down to whether you want to be in control of the focusing or not. No AF is perfect - on any camera.

My guess is that the ninja doesn't support that resolution and/or frame rate. Not an issue with ML as far as I can see.

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General Help Q&A / Re: How to autofocus in video
« on: May 10, 2016, 10:21:28 AM »
Manually focus. Autofocus is not your friend when recording video. :-)

Share Your Videos / Re: We've all been judge this!
« on: May 10, 2016, 10:13:49 AM »
This isn't a comment on the video per se, more on the content. There are a lot of kids on the Internet so if you're releasing a video with violence and/or expletives then you'd do well to put a boiler plate at the front of the video stating that it's not suitable for children under a certain age due to violent content / language. Whether kids continue to watch after that is not your problem.

I myself had to turn it off as I was watching it on my phone in the kitchen over breakfast. I immediately had to switch off after the first swear word. Luckily my 8 and 11 year old were just out of earshot.

My advice would be in future, if you're posting a video on a forum like this be sure to specify if there's any content which is unsuitable for younger audiences so that we know not to play it in a family environment and put a standard warning at the front of the video when you release it. Will save you a lot of potentially negative comments.

As for the vid, I'll try and get round to watching it later and feedback then.



Raw Video Postprocessing / Re: Best MLV converter for OSX?
« on: May 09, 2016, 11:22:43 PM »
MLVFS, without doubt.

Your workflow will then look like this:

MLV > Open in MLVFS (no need to convert) > Convert RAW in After Effects ACR > Export to ProRes etc...

MLVFS cuts out a big chunk of time (as it lets you open MLV files directly in AE as cDNG sequences) and also a big chunk of storage space as you don't first have to convert to standalone cDNG files.

IMO there isn't any other real alternative as every other solution requires that you first convert your MLV to something else.



Raw Video / Re: ML or external video recorder ?
« on: May 08, 2016, 04:13:24 PM »
Oh so I cannot record the RAWs from ML to an external disk such as Atomos etc. :/

You can't record RAW on ANY device over HDMI unless I'm mistaken as the protocol doesn't support it.

Thank you, @axelcine. It's a real honour that you think it's something you could use as teaching material!

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