F3 Prep shot

Here is our F3 getting prepped for a shoot. I got to see some footage from the pilot shoot being graded the other day; WOW. It makes me happy every time. The footage really stands up when being pushed around in a DaVinci Resolve. Great retention in highlights and shadows. There were a couple of night scenes and it just looked great. Will try to post some footage if the producer agrees. Everything was shot in 10 bit DNxHD 220.

The amount of detail you can extract from the shadows in just mindblowing from a camera in this price range. I remember my first test and we couldn’t believe all the images we found “in there”

I really like this camera and we are looking forward to an S-log upgrade which will add even more goodness to this amazing little camera.

Our little F3

So a few months ago we got our Sony F3.  A small body camera with a big Super 35 CMOS sensor. It has a full 10 bit  422 HDSDI out as well as the option of going fully uncompressed 10 bit 444 with S-log. My tests and shoots so far has really got me excited and I expect great things from this little camera.

The once small body of the Sony PMW-F3 is not so small any longer. Once you start adding on all the additional gear onto it, the weight adds up quickly.
This weekend we flew it on a Steadicam rig and it weighed as much as an Xdcam rig

Right now on ours we have the shoulder rig from Tilta, follow focus and matte box.

On top we have a cheese plate from Berkey. it is great cause it adds tons of attachment points for different accessories. Berkey System  We bought ours directly from them but Abel in New York is a great option.

On the plate hangs a TV-Logic 5 inch monitor as well as the Pix240 external recorder.  The plate has 2 camera attachment points which makes the plate really fit securely onto the F3.  There is full access to all controls and button

 

On the back we have a special V-lock plate with 4 hirose power connectors which allows us to power all the gadgets. It also has a PAG powertap.  All ports deliver whatever the battery does in this case between 12V-15,5V.

 

 

 

 

One more thing we are waiting for is the Pro ViewFinder kit which will allow us to use a proper HD view finder. This will allow us to take i.e the HDVF-20A viewfinder from our XDCam 700 and use it on the F3.  Right now we are only using the 5inch monitor for framing and focus and outdoors this can be a challange, to this option will be really nice.

There will be lots more written on this blog about the F3. We also own 2 XDCam cameras but this camera opens up a whole new client base for us in a very exciting way. So stay tuned for more F3 posts… 🙂

 

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C300

Today I finally got a chance to see the Canon C300 camera, at Scandinavian Photo in Malmö.  Eronomically challanged perhaps and really in need of a base plate for filming, but what I can gather it puts out a prettty picture.   There has been so much written about this camera in the last month, and I am really wanting to do some testing for myself.  Soon hopefully!

The LCD screen in the back.

 

c300 lcd

Another feature I find interesting but not really useful for filming (personally that is) is the option to hold it as a stills camera.  With everything we usually load onto our F3 it would weigh way too much to be able to hold like that but with less a load perhaps a great option, testing will tell.

Of course one of the great advantages is being able to use all that great L series glass Canon has.

All in all an interesting camera and I look forward to seeing some real life footage.

New kids show…?

This is the first day of a pilot shoot for a new kids show.  It will eventually involve a 3D figure who is a little girl’s best friend. The goal of the 3D is for it to be as realistic as possible, on par with feature film. A new challenge for me is shooting someone who doesn’t exist on set.  Brings new thoughts on framing… 🙂

Format for the pilot is Sony’s PMW-F3 with an on board  Pix240 recorder.  Everything is recorded in 10 bit DNxHD.

shooting kids show pilot