Quick Lighting + Motion Control Test

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Did some quick lighting & motion control tests with my DIY KinoFlo's and edelkrone equipment to see how it performs on product close ups. The PC is just a placeholder therefore I didn't cleaned it and it's of course full of scratches.

Fixed Point Shooting with edelkrone equipment

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I’ve bought an edelkrone SliderPLUS PRO XLarge with Action and Target module for my BMPC4K. I’m really happy because this compact and cleverly designed system allows me to create some very nice motion controlled shots. With the target module it also does fixed point shooting and much more. Though in "Target Mode" the footage needs some post stabilisation to get 100% jitter free macro shots. You can see some tests on my youtube channel:

Edelkrone Target Module Jitter Problem (Test 1)
Edelkrone Target Module as Turntable (Test 2)
Edelkrone Target Module Jitter Problem (Test 3) AUTO PAN MODE vs. TARGET MODE

For licensing inquiries please contact me through email or visit my Pond5 portfolio at "danielschweinert"

Pizza cardboard viewfinder for BMCC / BMPC4K

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Yesterday we shot outside in sunny daylight with the BMPC4K and of course I couldn’t see anything on the touchscreen. (And no there was no budget for a SDI viewfinder). Therefore I’ve quickly built a super duper viewfinder from a pizza cardboard. It looks really shitty but it works great! It is collapsible and has also a Swing-Away technology to easily access the touch screen :-)

Heres the link to my PDF tutorial and DXF file if you want to build one too:
PDF BMCC / BMPC4K pizza cardboard viewfinder
CAD DXF file

Corporate Video in 96 hours with BMPC4K

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For a local company I shot a corporate video from pre-production to finishing in just 96 hours on my BMPC4K. For the overall lighting I used my trusted DIY KinoFlo's and for the interviews some of my old dedolights. Editing and grading were done directly in DaVinci Resolve. I was pretty amazed how smooth everything worked in version 11.2.1. Seems like the BMD guys have done some huge improvements. Here are a couple of BTS shots from the set. I also attached my BMPC4K to a Zeiss microscope to shoot some POV of the specimen. I'm afraid I can't share the video because it's used in-house only.

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BMPC4K attached to a Zeiss microscope!

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Free Neat Video Profiles BMPC4K

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Here is my new set of free Neat Video Pro noise profiles for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. I've made them using Neat Video's noise calibration chart and fine-tuned the patches by hand. Just unzip them into the "Profiles" folder of your Neat Video for After Effects or OpenFX plugin. I recommend to apply Neat Video as the very first filter applied to the video data.

You can use the noise profiles with Neat Video Pro OFX Plugin for DaVinci Resolve too! Just be sure to set Color Space to BMD Film and Gamma to BMD Film 4K if you recorded RAW DNG's. Also add the Neat Video OFX Plugin directly to the "first" node. This will ensure that Neat Video uses the unaltered footage for noise reduction. Do your primary grading on a new node.

I've made different sets of noise profiles for 4K ProRes 422HQ Film, Full HD ProRes 422HQ Film and RAW DNG. Make sure to use the proper noise profile with your footage to get best results.

Plugin: Neat Video Pro After Effects / OFX
Camera model: Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
Profiles for ISO Range: 200 - 800 (4K ProRes 422HQ Film, Full HD ProRes 422HQ Film & RAW DNG)

>>> DOWNLOAD <<<


Samsung LED TV for Color Grading

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I just replaced my old Eizo display with a new and cheap 32" Samsung LED TV (Model UE32H6470). I use it for video editing and color grading my stock footage clips. It is connected to my Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Monitor that works with Adobe Premiere, After Effects & DaVinci Resolve. Of course it can't be compared to a Flanders Scientific but man this cheap TV is really amazing and they have a myriad of image controls nowadays! Out of the box it has really good colors and contrast once set to movie mode. I used the AVS HD 709 mp4 clips on the Adobe Premiere timeline to fine tune Brightness, Contrast, Color, Tint & Sharpness. Further fine tuning and RGB balance was done with CalMAN Studio, DaVinci Resolve as pattern generator and a X-Rite i1 Display PRO probe.

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Remove Hot/Stuck Pixels directly in the BMPC4K

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After shooting some footage with my new Blackmagic Production Camera 4K I've noticed some unpleasant white hot pixels all over the image. They showed up in lowlight but also in correctly exposed (untouched) daylight clips. Somewhere in an old post I've read that a firmware down- & upgrade may help but there was no confirmation by anyone. Don't know but seems like it was forgotten. Anyway for others with the same problem try it. For me it worked really good!

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K (don't know if that works with other BMD cameras too)
This is exactly what I've done:

1. Take out the SSD and take off the lens.
2. Put the Camera Body Cap on.
3. Connect the power adapter to the camera.
2. Downgrade the Firmware to 1.8
3. Upgrade the Firmware to 1.9.8

See the before & after 1:1 crop above. I don't know if the camera triggers an undocumented internal pixel mapping but the hot pixels are gone and the overall image is now much better! Thats awesome - though I don't know how long it will stay that way. I will see :-)

If that didn't worked for you then there is still an easy workaround directly in DaVinci Resolve:

1. Create a node with a Power Window and resize it to 1.0 and set Soft1 to 0.00
2. Zoom in and move the Power Window directly above the hot pixel.
3. Got to the Blur Palette Effects and set the Radius of the Blur slider to 0.53
4. If you positioned the Power Window directly above the hot pixel it should be gone now.
5. If not try to reposition the Power Window.
6. For each hot pixel create a new node then copy and paste the Power Window. Reposition it on the next hot pixel and so on ...
7. Create a PowerGrade from the whole node structure and use it on other clips with hot pixels.

The Moon shot using a BMPCC

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I was playing around with the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera from a friend and decided to adapt it to my 1500mm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

The Moon was shot with the Canon EOS 5D Mark 3 + MagicLantern RAW & BMPCC through a Celestron NexStar 6SE. More technical info at the end of the video. Editing and Color Correction done in DaVinci Resolve Lite.

Music Space and Time by ScoreStudio (Pond5.com)
Composer Jonathan Glenville Wright
Licensee Daniel Schweinert

Free Neat Video Profiles BMPCC

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Here is my next set of free Neat Video Pro noise profiles. This time for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. I've made them using Neat Video's noise calibration chart and fine-tuned the patches by hand. Just unzip them into the "Profiles" folder of your Neat Video for After Effects or OFX. I recommend to apply Neat Video as the very first filter applied to the video data.

You can use the noise profiles with Neat Video Pro OFX Plugin for DaVinci Resolve too! Just be sure to set Color Space & Gamma to BMD Film if you recorded in RAW mode. Also add the Neat Video OFX Plugin directly to the "first" node. This will ensure that Neat Video uses the unaltered footage for noise reduction. Do your primary grading on a new node.

I've made 3 different sets of noise profiles for BMPCC ProRes Film, ProRes Video and RAW DNG. Make sure to use the proper noise profile with your footage to get best results.

Plugin: Neat Video Pro After Effects / OFX
Camera model: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
Profiles for ISO Range: 200 - 1600 (ProRes Film, ProRes Video & RAW DNG)

>>> DOWNLOAD <<<


Free Neat Video Profiles 5D Mark III ML RAW

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Here are my free Neat Video Pro noise profiles. Use them with footage from a Canon EOS 5D Mark III recorded using Magic Lantern RAW. I've made them using Neat Video's noise calibration chart and fine-tuned the patches by hand. Just unzip them into the "Profiles" folder of your Neat Video for After Effects or OFX. I recommend to apply Neat Video as the very first filter applied to the video data.

UPDATE: You can use these noise profiles with Neat Video Pro OFX Plugin for DaVinci Resolve too! Just be sure to set Color Space & Gamma to BMD Film. Also add the Neat Video OFX Plugin directly to the "first" node. This will ensure that Neat Video uses the unaltered footage for denoise. Do your primary grading on a new node.

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Plugin: Neat Video Pro After Effects / OFX
Camera model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Magic Lantern RAW
Profiles for ISO Range: 100 - 12800

>>> DOWNLOAD <<<

Hint: To remove any possible banding caused by NeatVideo dither the denoised footage by adding a tiny amount of noise. In example apply the Noise filter inside AfterEffects with 0,4% strength right after the NeatVideo Effect.

The One - First Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Shortfilm

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I worked as 1st AC with Frank Glencairn and Lukas Schuler for „The One“ - First Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Shortfilm. We had a great time together during this 2 day shoot with plenty of coffee.
Since Im too tired to write now :-) read Frank’s full blog post here: THE1
Here is the shortfilm on vimeo: BMPCC Shortfilm
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