by Olaf von Voss | 3rd August 2016
Filmconvert has just announced their latest camera profile, this time for the DJI Osmo X3 camera. As it is the same piece of hardware internally, the Phantom 4 and Inspire 1 are also included in this free update. Get the Filmconvert Treatment for the Osmo X3 Not so long ago, a log gamma curve for in-camera aquisition was something you could only find in really high end cinema cameras. As time goes by, nearly every decent camera in the market is capable of capturing footage with a higher dynamic range than plain Rec709. At that point, a handy piece of software called Filmconvert comes into play. It not only converts log footage back into good looking imagery, but also adds film grain and certain looks of actual film stocks. Now, even the tiny DJI Osmo X3 camera gets its own Filmconvert profile. For such a small sensor as the Sony 1/2.3″ model, it’s even more important to treat the resulting footage in a way that takes away the digital harshness which is typical for sensors of this type. Oftentimes it comes with a strong video-esque look due to the very deep DOF and other things like ugly moiré patterns. The Osmo X3, just as the Phantom 4 on-board camera, is capable of shooting in D-Log, which is a custom gamma curve created by the engineers at DJI. With it you’ll get a flat looking image, but it has a much higher dynamic range in return. In order to revert that washed out footage back to normal in post, Filmconvert is here to help with its now released profile for that very camera. How to Filmconvert Your Footage Step one: You need to apply the Filmconvert effect from within your favorite NLE such as Premiere Pro CC or, if you’ve already finished editing your piece, it’s available for DaVinci Resolve, too. There’s even a standalone version, but for me it’s much easier to stay in my application of choice and work from there. (Tip: add an adjustment layer on top of your footage and drag the filmConvert effect there to avoid individual FilmConvert clip corrections. Then do minor needed changed on the video clip itself). Step two: Choose the correct profile, in this example the DJI Osmo X3 profile. This will transform the log footage back into the realm of Rec709. Step three: Now you can choose your favorite film stock, such as Kodak 5207 Vision 3, and tweak the settings to your likings. Usually, the amount of film grain is a bit too high, at least to my liking. There you go: after that, your footage will suffer less from that harsh video look. These steps are valid for every available camera profile, of course. Conclusion I really appreciate the progress in which Filmconvert develops new profiles for different cameras. The DJI Osmo X3 is certainly not the best camera in the world, but with the help of its D-Log profile and the Filmconvert treatment it actually looks kind of nice! One more thing to have in mind: you should get a variable ND filter for that camera! Since it lacks a variable aperture, the X3 has to increase the shutter rate like crazy, which results in ugly jittering. It’s a good idea to tackle the problem in the first place by setting the camera to manual (1/50 shutter and ISO 100 for example) and controlling the exposure with the variND only. Filmconvert is $149 for one host application or $219 for the complete bundle, check out their site for more information. Download the new profile on the Filmconvert.com websiteRead more
by Maximilian Krause | 18th October 2015
This is a guest post by Maximilian Krause, who attended a press launch event of the DJI Osmo handheld gimbal / camera that we reported about recently – head over to the news post for all details. The DJI Osmo is a fully stabilized camera for handheld use, and is reminiscent of DJI’s Ronin gimbals for larger, separate cameras. The camera shoots video in 4K with 24/25 frames per second or Full HD footage with 60 frames per second. Also it features time lapse capability or HDR imaging at a resolution of megapixels. In our hands on session, we had the chance to try out the OSMO early before release. It is surprisingly small and feels very handy. To get the OSMO going, you need to unlock the three axis until a sound appears. Then the camera is ready to record onto an interchangeable SD card. Attached to the left side of the Osmo is an expandable smartphone holder, in which you can fit in devices of many sizes, including the iPad Mini. With the special DJI GO app, the camera connects to your smartphone via Wi-Fi and streams all the information, settings and even live video to your smartphone or tablet. To get better sound, DJI lets you plug in your own microphone into the included minijack. During the short test, the Gimbal convinced us as a well thought-out piece of kit. The very light device records unbelievably smooth videos. It almost gives you the feeling of flying a small drone. By pressing the rear button twice, the camera switches between two modes: Either it will follow your movements and balance the video or it will lock its position to stay focused onto one object. Therefore the camera will allow bloggers to record awesome selfie videos on exhibitions or professional film crews to record smooth dolly shots in small locations e.g. cars. To expand the possibilities of the Osmo gimbal, DJI offers accessors at their homepage like fitting tripods, universal mounts and extension rods. It seems like they are headed into GoPro territory with their latest introduction, building up an ecosystem of accessories around the Osmo. To sum it up, DJI built a very promising device with the Osmo which promises great shots for amateurs up to professional movie makers. We are looking forward to receiving a production unit to conduct a proper review video. Head over to DJI’s website for more details.Read more
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