The cinema5D forum has evolved: I present to you the cinema5Dreviews page that we’ve been working on. This is not a new forum page, this is a whole new section of cinema5D, uniquely programmed and embedded into the cinema5D platform. What is it? cinema5Dreviews is a growing database of reviews for filmmaking equipment. It is in Beta right now. What can it do for me? It has a lot of very valuable information on each filmmaking product all put in one place by fellow filmmakers. You save time surfing the web and you might find information you could have missed somewhere else. No more endless forum searching for reviews and opinions on products. It is all gathered in one place. ➔ Opinions by fellow filmmakers (which you can trace back because they’re forum members) ➔ the best video reviews gathered by you from YouTube and Vimeo, or add your own. ➔ prices ➔ ratings ➔ collection of product highlights ➔ currently sortable by star rating, price or name Who is filling the database? You. And any other cinema5D forum member can add to the database. If you have tried or own the product you can add your opinion and give a rating for the product. You can also add new products and can add details to existing products. Not only HDSLR HDSLRs are great, they’ve upgraded our clips, films, productions, but we’re also embracing all other low budget large sensor cameras and their accessories. More categories to come, please post your preferred categories in the comments to this article. It needs to be filled This database has just been born and it will become more powerful the more you feed it. Since we’ve written this software on our own and with an extremely tight budget we need some time and your feedback to work out all the glitches. It’s beta, so if something doesn’t work please be patient and let us know. That’s it. The more you use it the better and faster we can improve the platform to your benefit. Now go check it out and add a product or two: www.cinema5d.com/reviews/Read more
SONY VG-20 – Interview with Kanta Yamamoto Testing the SONY VG-20 – recorded via hdmi out As you know by now the Sony VG-20 seems to be the only one of Sony’s newly announced large sensor cameras that has a clean hdmi output (no overlays or picture in picture). Theoretically the advantage of a clean hdmi output is that we can record the feed directly to a harddisk recorder like the Atomos Ninja thus avoiding the bad internal AVCHD compression and giving us better quality and color correction possibilities in post. At the IBC 2011 exhibition we got the chance to test the hdmi output of the VG-20 and you can see the results in the video above. On the left hand side are very low compression jpeg screenshots of the video to give you a better idea how the original footage really looks like as it is compressed to 8mbit and more on YouTube. This is not a scientific test, just a quick grab of some footage to get a first idea of what we could expect from this camera. And to be honest, our shitty recordings are enough to make up my mind: This camera fails for me! The results: Unfortunately what we got out of the hdmi port of the VG-20 was only marginally better looking than the VG-20 internal AVCHD recording. If you can see what I see you might agree that the hdmi signal looks like it has undergone very much processing. There wasn’t much light at the Sony booth so the cameras are shooting very low light, but to me it looks like there is a lot of compression noise, even on the Atomos footage. Maybe the image is compressed before it gets sent out to hdmi. What do you guys think? Tell me in the comments. I have included a still of the HX9v+Atomos grab and the noise looiks totally different there, more like real sensor noise (small dots) as opposed to the large blocky noise I can see in the vg20+Atomos footage here. Maybe I’m doing the camera some injustice as the lighting conditions were really bad. Unfortunately the camera was chained to the table. Despite the 7D being out of focus at one point, overall it looks less sharp than the VG-20. However the sharpness in the VG-20 footage looks a lot like it has gone through a heavy sharpening filter. And our friends at eosHD were right: There’s also a lot of aliasing and some moiré in the footage, much more than there should be, to an extend that I’d suggest not to buy this camera, any Canon DSLR will do as good and the HX9v will do better (albeit not being a true video alternative). How can a video camera have aliasing like this? Scary. If you still want to buy this camera here’s a link to B&H: B&H has provided these exclusive phone numbers for you if you have questions or require assistance: US: +1 877 502 5839 and INTERNATIONAL: +1 212 465 0114Read more
There’s a rumor that the Sony A77 offers clean hdmi out. It would be nice because this camera has some important advantages over other hdslrs like no moire, higher framerates and a nice screen. Only the bad compression Sony uses is what really bugs us all, so we would like to record via hdmi to a disk recorder. Unfortunately in the 30 minutes I spent with the Sony rep on the camera menu we couldn’t get rid of the tiny square in the middle of the picture. Maybe there’s a workaround I didn’t find, but taking into consideration that crippling the hdmi outs on these cameras has become a standard procedure I suppose the facts are quite obvious. We had even worse issues with the new Sony NEX-5N. The camera menu is constantly displayed on the right hand side of the feed. It seems like a camera has to be as “shitty” as the Sony HX9v in order to be allowed with clean hdmi out. Find an hdmi grab of this camera I recently posted here. Only the new and yet unreleased Sony VG-20 offers a clean hdmi output. I will post a detailed report and test results in the next days.Read more
After the depressing review of the Sony A77 earlier today, here’s another camera worth a good look. The Sony NEX VG20, successor of the VG10 So what does this camera do? And why is it better than the VG-10? First of all it is said to have a highly improved image sensor which should get rid of the noise issues and overall bad low light performance it’s predecessor had. Of course it also has that high compression AVCHD 2.0 codec Sony is so proud about that it has implemented it in all the new cameras we’ve seen which allows it to record 50 or 60p (and 24p by the way) in “full HD”. That’s great, but remember that our Canon EOS babies still have a H.264 codec that does 38 Mbit/s at 25p/30p while the AVCHD 2.0 is also a H.264 and does only 28 Mbit/s at 50p/60p. That fact put aside there could still be great potential in this camera that is yet to be evaluated. It is an unfortunately fact that there is no usable footage of the camera at this time. The only “review” about it comes from the same people that did the A77 “review” and I will not burden you with more of that unspeakable stuff. So until Sony provides that camera for testing, or someone else does a good evaluation on the device we have no chance to see if moiré and aliasing issues as seen on the VG10 have been corrected. Notice that the Sony NEX-VG20 is available as “body only” which the VG10 was not. The camera is $1599.99 and said to arrive by November. Here’s the official promo video by Sony:Read more
The VG-20 is said to be announced tomorrow (!). Here’s a leaked image by photorumors. At first it looks almost identical to an image of the older Sony VG-10, its predecessor. At second glance you can see some differences: The way the microphone is lit, the bump and controls at the bottom and the viewfinder. Of course it could always be fake. Let’s see tomorrow. These are the VG-20 specs: 16MP Exmor sensor RAW image capture capabilities Touch screen Improved audio controls 1920×1080 24p, 60i and 60p video capabilities (AVCHD 2.0) The VG-10 had a large, APS-size CMOS Sensor. via sonyalpharumorsRead more
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