SlimRAW is a new app that lets you compress cinemaDNG files quickly and helps you save disk space. It works with Canon 5D mark III RAW footage as well as other RAW cameras like the Blackmagic cameras, Digital Bolex or Sony FS7. Remember the days when we shot RAW on the Canon 5D mark III? These days are not over and many people still use the Canon DSLR’s as RAW shooting machines with the Magic Lantern hack. We have an up to date guide on how to achieve this. SlimRAW takes a folder with cinemaDNG or regular DNG files and converts them in seconds. This saves you a ton of space. In our test the resulting files were reduced to 37.8% of the original size. We tested this with a 1 minute 5D mark III RAW sequence on a Mac Pro (quad) and it took 17 seconds to process. Workflow with 5D RAW: Shoot RAW with your camera. We created MLV files with our 5D mark III as per our tutorial. Convert the MLV files to cinemaDNG with the RAWmagic app (yes, the usable full version costs money) [UPDATE]: Apparently as of a few days ago, the newly updated RAWmagic app has lossless cinemaDNG output also. Choose the folder containing the cinemaDNG files as source and target folder. (This will overwrite the old files) We selected “overwrite” and “Premiere CC compatibility” and clicked “Start Job”. Imported the resulting cinemaDNG sequence in Premiere CC via the “Media Browser” tab. That’s it. Start editing and grading your losslessly compressed files natively. Since the firmware updates of the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras that now support losslessly compressed internal RAW recording, the app might not be so efficient for those cameras, but SlimRAW says that “slimRAW will generally achieve a bit better compression ratios since it is not limited by in-camera processing.”. The SlimRAW app costs $39 and is available here: www.slimraw.com Compress cinemaDNG with the following supported cameras: Digital Bolex D16 Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera (pre-firmware 2.1) Canon DSLR Magic Lantern raw (converted to CinemaDNG/DNG) Sony FS700/FS7 raw recorded through Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q/7Q+ Ikonoskop A-Cam dII Kinefinity KineMINI 4K, KineMAX 6K, KineRAW Indiecam indieGS2K and indiePOV (uncompressed 12-bit CinemaDNG video as exported by Indiecam Instant-RAW software) uncompressed DNG frame stacks from Fastec Imaging TS and HiSpec series cameras (10-bit in a 16-bit container and 8-bit) most other standard compliant uncompressed 8-, 12-, 14- or 16-bit CinemaDNG footage.Read more
China based camera manufacturer Kinefinity is known for their very affordable RAW shooting cameras that were released earlier this year. Now they introduced a new codec that improves storage space by 3x. Kinefinity has created a lot of headlines for their very affordable 4K KineMINI camera and the 6K KineMAX that is to arrive next. We notice that Kinefinity is still working on improving the camera firmware and eco system around it. The introduction of their proprietary KineRAW codec and the continued improvement of the internal color matrix is just another step in making their cameras more accessible to filmmakers. Previously users could only record uncompressed DNG files in camera, the KineRAW codec promises a 3:1 compression without loss of quality. The new codec will be available soon. For more information check out their website: www.kinefinity.tv image via newsshooterRead more
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! In the 1st part our 4th episode, I talked to Stuart Ashton from Blackmagic Design and Jihua Zheng from Kinefinity. Jihua talked about their new camera offerings, the Kinemini 4K and the Kinemax 6K.Read more
Our friends from MJIT Berlin, uploaded a short test footage shot right before NAB 2014 in Las Vegas on a KineMINI 4K with the actual exhibition cameras. Sample Footage and DNGs available on request, you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org UPDATE: More from Jihua Zheng from Kinefinity: https://www.cinema5d.com/news/?p=24929 Lens: Sigma 18-35mm f1.8; Leica 50mm, f1.4(GL Converted); Tokina 11-16mm f2.8(GL Converted) Day: ISO 320; Night: ISO 640, 800, 1280. Mode: 4096×2160@24fps; 2048×1080@96fps Cameraman and Graded by: Qingqing Liu. No sharpen and no de-noise. For our entire NAB 2014 coverage, click hereRead more
In an online press-conference Chinese camera manufacturer Kinefinity just presented a new 4K and as well a 6K camera. Unfortunately the entire presentation was held in Mandarin and since most of the details were embedded within .jpg files we only have very limited technical information. The things we could decipher however are very intriguing hinting and towards an improved workflow, connectivity, multiple format output and wireless iPhone remote monitoring. The biggest things here today are a 4K camera that shoots RAW and 100fps slomo for under $6000 and the 6K version shoots 4K 50fps, but there’s no pricing yet. It looks like the KineRAW Mini we had in for review a couple of months ago has been upgraded to become a 4K camera. Here are more details (phrases) we could read. No guarantees yet: • OLPF for 4K (the camera seems to have an optical lowpass filter on the sensor) • 1080p: 100fps (certainly looks like a slow motion feature in 1080p as well as 2K mode) • SDI connection (the previous camera only had hdmi and a slow 20fps @ 720p output which was difficult for monitoring. An SDI connection seems like a hint that something has been improved here) • Something at the back is 1.5cm. Couldn’t say what. • There are 2 USB3.0 connections (interesting) • The camera has WIFI 802.11AC built in. Maybe the iPhone is used as a wireless remote monitor. • The supported lens bayonets seem to be: EF / Nikon F / PL / B4 (very nice!) • The codec it records in seems to be cinemaDNG RAW (12bit / 14bit) which can be transcoded with a separate device called “KineStation” that would output to formats like ProRes 422HQ, Cineform RAW or h.264. the KineStation would also include a loaded LUT file. The question I suppose is how fast can the KineStation transcode and how convenient is the workflow. All supported formats: – Apple ProRes 4444 – Apple ProRes 422 / 422 HQ / 422 LT – Cineform RAW / YUV / 444 – H.264 / H.265 / CPX / RGB 444 • PRICING: Seems like the price for the body will be: $3220 Additionally the slowmotion feature and 4K feature seem to be $647 each. Price for the KineStation can’t be identified. The premium package including two 64GB mags seems to be $5823. All very affordable if it’s a good 4K. • Now there’s new pricing. Looks like it’s for the first 100 customers and they get a discount. KineMAX 6K camera: The specs we could make out: • Shoots 4K @ 50fps • Looks like it has the same lens-mount options as the KineMINI (EF / Nikon F / PL / B4) • It also has an iPhone leaning on the camera and WIFI connection. Something seems to be going on between the two. • Framerates: – 30fps @ 6K – 50fps @ 4K – 100fps @ 2K – (also shoots 1080p & 720p) • Connections: – 48V phantom powered XLR – USB (3.0 maybe?) – SDI & hdmi • Records 6K in cinemaDNG to an SSD mag. • There also seem to be sensor crop modes (much like RED does it) for 4K, 3K & 2K. • Dynamic range seems to be 16 stops @4K and 14 stops @ 6K. • and there’s also mention of an OLPF filter. • Something about KineMINI 30%. Maybe that the KineMAX is 30% bigger? • Seems like two color options. Black & Metallic. • They now show 3 different kit options, but there’s no pricing revealed in the charts. I think that green symbol means something like “to be announced”. • The words KineMAX and NAB 2014 show up. We will be there on April 7th and check the camera out. Since these are all 3D renderings I wonder how “ready” the products are and when they can be expected. This might take a little more time. Couldn’t decipher a release date. They showed a “one more thing” slide and the rendering above followed. Not sure there’s actually anything else coming.Read more
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