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Post by Admin1 on Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:04 pm

Hi folks. You've noticed the lack of updates the last days. I've been filming last days some great videos, but I had no help from my video editors to do the rough work of editing.

I'm now really busy practicing a new filming technique called DSLR-HD video and I want to be the first to apply to SF videos. This technique of filming is based on the use of Reflex lens from professional photo cameras and apply it to the video camera, or alternatelly film with a photo camera (in my case a Canon 7D). The results are impressive.

See on the next link some videos of Philip Bloom filming smoking girls with natural night light: http://philipbloom.co.uk/dslr-films/

Do you like this filming technique?
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Post by jonbrion on Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:11 pm

Fran,
The result looks definitly impressive. Incredible sharpness and almost 3d effect.
Looks like HDR picture to me, with different expostions combined, but in video. Should be awesome on smoking footage!
Impatient to see that!
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Re: Fran jumping to DSLR-HD video techniques

Post by Admin1 on Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:07 pm

Yesterday I got the new lenses for the future smokingsweeties videos:

  • Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f1:2.0 (this will be the main lenses for portrait)
  • Nikon 15-55mm f2.8 (for close ups)
  • Canon 70-200mm f.2.8. T (for full body and teleobjective in outdoors)

Yesterday night I made some tests at the studio with Iveta and the new Canon 7D camera testing the 3 different lenses as iveta was chain smoking (she is used to do it, I don't have to ask her). Just one word when I tried the lenses: WOW! 500% better than actual videos. Do I'm overexcited? Be sure that no, image is unbelievable.

To compare the new Canon 7D cam and the old Panasonic HPX-171 (the actual camera used for the latest videos) we filmed the same scene with Iveta using soft light, and results are totally awesome with the new 7D, cinema look... same as the results you can see at http://philipbloom.co.uk/dslr-films/ See to believe.. Now SF gets into real 35mm cinema!!!!

By looking the same scene on the old Panasonic 171, image was looking too cheap, with the model blured between all the scenario, objects and furnitures and killing Iveta personality and beauty. With 7D Iveta gained all the presence and 3D dimensions (specially with the Zeiss 35mm f1.4 lenses) and now the ugly shadows on the face look like a masterpiece canvas in real HD.

Everything is different now and I've found some technical issues, specially with the sound. It's not possible to connect the actual condenser microphones to the camera, since the minijack input of the new camera is not professional, there is no 48V phantom to power the condenser microphones. Because this future videos may have a some extra noise in the sound track, and some audio loss compared to the actual videos. I'll try to find a solution for this audio issues before starting to film again.

However I still have a lot of stockage of video sessions filmed with the old Panasonic 171, and I'll release during the next weeks. But updates will come slowly as I adapt myself to the new DSLR video techniques. I guess we can start to see the new DSLR videos in less than one month from today.
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Re: Fran jumping to DSLR-HD video techniques

Post by jonbrion on Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:46 pm

Oh Fran, this sounds so awesome! Working with this kind of gear should be fascinating! Hope you'll nicely fix the sound problem; I totally trust you on the results! Wow! These objectives have so great focal lenght! Should be awesome even with low light!!!

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Re: Fran jumping to DSLR-HD video techniques

Post by Admin1 on Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:55 am

Today I've solved the audio problem by adquiring a Zoom PCM sound recorder with phantom power http://www.zoomh4.net/h4n and plugging there the Rode NTG-3 Microphone that I usually use.

It's incredible that the sound is now clearer and noise is lower with the Zoom recorder than when I conected directly the mic to the Panasonic camera.

As last new, I've bought another Canon 7D camera to take multiangles scenes, so I'll film future clips with two cameras, one dedicate to portrait and the other to close-ups and details. Edition will be easier now.
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Re: Fran jumping to DSLR-HD video techniques

Post by Admin1 on Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:11 pm

Mireya's video has been the first video using the two 7D cameras: http://www.smokingsweeties.com/videos/new-clips/mireya-desperately-fixes-her-nicotine-deficiency/prod_262.html

Depth of field is easily visible and dimensions have improved comparing to previous videos. However it's really difficult to keep the subject in focus. Also in hand camera shakes a bit more than usual. I will receive in the next days some supports to have steady cam on the 7D.
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Re: Fran jumping to DSLR-HD video techniques

Post by bmw520 on Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:28 am

mireya is so sexy , please do more about her,fran

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Re: Fran jumping to DSLR-HD video techniques

Post by jonjor on Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:31 pm

Absolutely love these new videos of yours. The dof is just amazing and the image is so crisp.
I looked at the link you provided and I am guessing that you have purchased a z-finder and perhaps one of those special camera mounts for better stabilization when you are moving around? And I am guessing you need some special software to sync the video with the audio from the Zoom recorder? I am just very interested, it's always fun to know how things are done, especially since I have been using DSLR's for years, but I have never tried one of the newer models with video.

1080P is great, but have you considered shooting a couple of shots in 720P and with 60fps like the Canon 7D can do? Many of your models put on a fantastic show and it would be amazing to see a few scenes in slow motion, big snaps or french inhales for example. The video could be slowed down to 30fps or maybe even 20fps without it looking to stuttering. You might consider showing us the model smoking in regular speed first and then a replay afterwards in slow motion, that way we can still enjoy natural audio in the background. Would be great!

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Re: Fran jumping to DSLR-HD video techniques

Post by Admin1 on Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:00 pm

Yes I've got the zacuto z-finder together with the 'rapid-fire' support. http://www.zacuto.com/dslr-rapid-fire

Last weeks I started to use LCDs instead the Z_Finder to make an easier focus: I got a couple of 9" LCD field monitor that I attach on each 7D. Those are the monitors i got: http://smallhd.com (Marshall monitors are too expensive, so for the price of one marshall i get two smallHD).

I've finished the collection of lens, here is the list of the lens I use, sorted by favourite:

- Canon 24mm f1.4 L (videos with this lens are still unedited, coming soon, and by far the best quality I got. This aperture allows me to shot in extremly poor light conditions)
- Zeiss Distagon 35mm f2.0 (massively used in Silvia's last video as well as Rosy)
- Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L ( the cover of last Monica's video is made with this teleobjective)
- Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L (incredible portrait zoom lens for overall uses)
- Canon 17-55mm f2.8 (used for Mirela video in outdoor scenes, has become one of my favourites, and is a cheap lens)
- Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 DX (for ultra wide angles, still not used)
- Zeiss Planar 50mm f1.4 (used in the last video with Monica where she wears the yellow top, quality is not as good as the Canon L 24mm f1.4, so this lens I will sale soon and replace with a Canon L 50mm f1.2)
- Canon 20-35 f2.8 L (got on ebay for few euros, I've used it in an unedited video, and has shown incredible pics for wide-angle scenes).

I'll not consider to do slow motion, to edit all the stuff together is a lot of work, and is not worth to overload myself of more work. Think I'm also working with multicams. Slow motion doesn't appeals me.

To synch the Zoom H4N and the two Canon 7D footage I use Plural Eyes with Final Cut Pro. Is an unexpensive application (100 EUR) and saves hours of work sychronizating multiple cams. http://www.singularsoftware.com/pluraleyes.html for Final Cut.

I use this equipment mostly for other professional photo and video works that I do apart of SF. This investment (has a value of 30,000 eur counting the pair of HMI lights, x5 led LitePanels, cameras and supports) has no sense to have it only for smokingsweeties since the reward I get selling the videos doen't pays the professional material I'm using. It hardly covers the hours I spend editing and the models costs.
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Re: Fran jumping to DSLR-HD video techniques

Post by jonjor on Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:08 pm

Thank you so much for sharing!

Quite an impressive list of equipment you got there. I can understand how you need other photographic work as well to justify all this expensive equipment. I'm afraid there is not enough of us SF guys willing to pay for video clips for any SF producer to live from his work. But I am guessing that is also some of the reason why your work is so great, because it is a hobby and passion of yours, and not just work.

I'm sorry to hear about the slow motion, I know it is a lot of work editing and I understand that if it is not something you like, then it is not something you want to do. But know that there are surely some of us out here who would love to see it. So if you are ever bored or want to give it a try, I would love to see some slow motion Smile

I have a Canon 40D myself and my favorite lens would have to be Sigma 30mm 1.4. I have spent quite a few hours on the dpreview forums. From what I have read there are quite a few who are unhappy about the Canon 50mm 1.2, and it is very expensive. Do you really need the 1.2, isn't the 1.4 enough?

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Re: Fran jumping to DSLR-HD video techniques

Post by Admin1 on Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:26 pm

well, 1.4 is enough i swear. In low light conditions is enoughbut difficult to manually focus. You may know that all focus must be do manually with DSLR video.

The problem with 50mm is that you get a lot of zoom, and this decreases the steady stability. Tha's why i prefeer to film with 24mm. If you have APSC sensor your 30mm acts like a 50mm, but a 50mm will act like a 80mm due to the x1.6 factor.

The thing with slow motion is that I have no time to go to conform the video with 'Cinema Tools' software, is a long process, and I my free time is to be spend away of the computer screen, not editing video. I'm not freak enough!
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