Watch all other episodes of ON THE COUCH so far by clicking here! On the go? Subscribe to the Cinema5D ON THE COUCH audio and video podcasts on iTunes! Here’s something we have saved for the holidays – a 50 minute discussion between the three “underdogs” – and relative newcomers – of the camera industry: Blackmagic Design, Apertus Open Source Cinema and Kinefinity. Those are three very different manufacturers who got into the business for very different reasons, but they have one thing in common: They haven’t done this for a long time, are thinking outside the box and still make a lot of mistakes. And they all produce cameras that are capable of shooting really high-quality RAW or ProRes images that strive to challenge the “establishment”: Sony, Arri, Canon. (I wouldn’t add RED to that list because they were truly the first ones to bring prices of the competition down by introducing the RED ONE back in the day …). Enjoy this very engaging conversation with Tim Siddons from Blackmagic Design, Sebastian Pichelhofer from Apertus and Michel Juknat for Kinefinity. I particularly enjoyed Sebastian Pichelhofer challenging Tim Siddons for some of Blackmagic’s choices when designing and developing cameras. Please visit our sponsors’ websites to keep new episodes of ON THE COUCH coming! Thanks to B&H, Røde Microphones & FilmConvert.Read more
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
IBC 2013, the second-largest show for filmmaking and broadcasting technology in the world, is drawing to a close. Like at NAB, Teradek streamed a lot of great insightful interviews with industry people about various topics on their website, and they are putting them up online afterwards for anyone to see.Read more
Before heading for a shooting trip to Croatia for a music video (to be released later this year), I decided to take both the preproduction KineRAW Mini and a 5D Mark III (Magic Lantern firmware for raw recording) with me to do some comparisons. The wonderful and equally talented Nicola von Leffern (a very talented camerawoman in her own right – seriously do check out her videos and showreel by clicking here) agreed to be my camera test victim. Thanks Nicola!!Read more
Last year we saw the first Chinese cinema camera, the Kinefinity KineRAW S35. It recently started shipping and at NAB they presented their new Kineraw MINI: A portable camera that delivers a very brilliant 2K RAW image from a 4K sensor. It costs 3800€ (inc. tax) and it should start shipping very soon. cinema5D took the KineRAW mini for a test shoot and here’s the detailed review:Read more
After Kineraw recently started shipping their first 4K cinema camera they just presented their new Kineraw MINI here at NAB: A portable camera that delivers a very brilliant 2K RAW image from a 4K sensor. It costs $3000 and it will start shipping in a month. Just when we thought NAB had not much more to offer than a lot of hype around 4K, we found ourselves spending over an hour at the booth of Chinese cinema camera maker KINERAW. Read on to understand why.Read more
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