Here's a quick sample shot with the new Panasonic GH5 Camera using 48fps in VFR (variable frame rate) shot with the CAME-TV Prophet Gimbal and using the PVGear ND Filter Adapter with the Panasonic 7-14mm Lens. The ND Filter allows me to keep my shutter speed in control on bright days. I shot this using the 'Natural' profile in the GH5 at 4K 8bit. I later adjusted the color and exposure using just the basic FCPX Color Board.
Considering the low bitrate of internal 4K 8bit recording, I think the samples clip above held up really well pushing around the exposure and color. I can only imagine how much better the quality will be when the new Firmware with high bitrate 10bit drops this summer. The colors of the GH5 is much different than the GH4 camera, which always had a shift to orange/reds. It feels closer to Canon color science. The dynamic range seems to have improved and it's far better in low light and cleaner at high iso when compared to the previous GH4 camera, but still not as good as sony in low light conditions.
As much as people love the DJI Mavic Pro, it's not easy to setup a way to fly FPV. Of course DJI has just announced a new set of Goggles, but if you think the those are too big and bulky to fly FPV with your DJI Mavic Pro, the Epson Moverio (seen here) might be a good option. It doesn't quite have all the features of the DJI Goggles, but the Epson Moverio is lightweight and legal to use as a pilot because you can still maintain line of site with your craft. You can get more info about the Epson Moverio BT-300FPV Glasses (here).
I love the look of a 30mm on cameras like the Sony A6500. If you don't have one yet, the Sigma 30mm F/1.4 is back in stock. This is a popular lens choice as it has a nice portrait type look (45mm equiv on a6300/a6500), and a very fast aperture for that shallow DOF look. I'm sure it matters to many, it's also a bit wider and faster than Sony's 35mm F/1.8.
Right now you can get up to 25% Off MustHD on-camera and broadcast monitors. Monitors starting as low as $129 + Free Shipping includes features such as Locking HDMI connections, Folding Sun Hoods that doubles as protection during travel, External Function Remote, and more. MustHD has also recently announced their new HyperBrite Monitors sporting a 2200cd/m² (2,200 nits) screen for easy viewing under the brightest conditions. For more information, visit http://MustHD.com (here).
The other day while working with @BluSkyFilms helping with a Real Estate Video, I watched as he tested out the new CAME-TV Prophet Gimbal. One thing I noticed was how many times he let go of the gimbal handle every time he needed to Start and Stop video. This could literally be hundreds of times in a full day shoot. Because most people don't want to deal with wires on a stabilizer, here's an inexpensive Wireless Panasonic Remote I think could really save a lot of time and improve efficiency on the job. It's about $25 dollars and I can verify that it does work with cameras like the Panasonic GH4 / GH5.
You can mount it to the handle of your gimbal allowing for for easy Start/Stop video controls. What i've done is to add a strip of industrial double sided tape to the front, and lay a velcro strap over the top. This will let you mount it to just about any type of handle, and it's not permanent. Available on Amazon (here).
To me, the new SlingStudio is one of the most innovative products shown at NAB2017, and i'm lucky to have a set to review prior to their official release! I've been a big fan of Live Switching and Live Streaming for a few years, but it's been out of reach for many small production teams. Now SlingStudio is making it easier and simpler to offer Multi-Cam Live Streaming.
With SlingStudio you can stream a video feed from any camera (with HDMI out), or install an app on iOS and Android Smartphones and use those devices to stream video back to the SlingStudio Wireless Hub. Once you have all your cameras sending a video feed to the SlingStudio wireless Hub, with an iPad you can then see all of the feeds (up to 10 feeds) and live switch between them.
You can choose to record your Live Switch Program to an SDXC or with an expander you can use an external USB drive. You can also choose to record each feed independently to edit later. The wireless hub as an HDMI input if you want to connect a single camera directly, and there's even a dedicated Audio Line In so you can pipe in a clean audio feed.
To stream an HDMI feed, you can get an optional CameraLink adapter which means you can use cameras like your Panasonic GH4, or Sony A7sII, or even a GoPro (anything with HDMI out). Once you have your camera feeds and recording media setup, you can even opt to Live Stream to a service like YouTube or Facebook, etc.
The SlingStudio Wireless Hub can be battery powered, so you can truly Live Switch + Live Stream from any location - completely wirelessly. I'm currently working on a video about this product, but if you have questions or comments right now, leave them below.
I think this new Panasonic Lens will replace my favorite Panasonic 7-14mm F/4 when flying my new GH5 on a Gimbal. The new lens is faster at F/2.8 at it's widest, adds a bit more reach, but most importantly offers filter threads for ND filters. It's not often you'll find a wide angle lens that accepts ND Filters. I don't mind that it's not as wide, as the new Panasonic GH5 camera can operate in 4K Video Mode without adding additional crop (as the GH4 used to). The new Panasonic 8-18mm lens is also dust and splash proof as well.
Libec has announced a few new Remote Controls that can be used for a variety of applications such as controlling zoom and focus on many Sony, Canon, JVC, BlackMagic Design, and Panasonic cameras. You can also use the remote to Start and Stop video recording.
The new Libec Remotes are designed to be mounted on a Tripod Pan handle and can even be clamped onto the handle of a Gimbal Stabilizer. As an example, the ZC-LP remote can be used along with the new Panasonic GH5 camera to start and stop video, and when used with compatible Panasonic Servo Lenses, you can control zoom in and out remotely.
Product Descriptions The new remote controls ZFC-L and ZC-LP are our most innovative remote controls yet. These sleek designed controllers feature an Invert Switch that allows users to change the zoom direction when the control unit is attached in a top grip or underslung position. Thanks to a new Double-Sided Zoom Rocker design, when used in a top grip or underslung position, users gain the ability to zoom with their fingers, not just their thumbs. Moreover, these controls offer users smooth zoom and speed movements by simply tilting the zoom rocker.
In addition, the connection clamp can be attached to round pipes up to 45mm in diameter, wide enough to even fit the HFMP Monopod center grip. Zoom controls are equipped with a REC Start/Stop button and a 0.7m/2.3’ length cable. The Libec ZFC-L is a Zoom Focus Control compatible with LANC (Sony, Canon, JVC) cameras. The Libec ZC-LP is a Zoom Control compatible with LANC and Panasonic cameras. With all the added features, applications, and benefits, be sure to take these handy zoom controls on all your shoots.
For a limited time only, Libec Sales of America (U.S. only) is now offering a couple of great bundles on Shopify!
Libec is offering special deals on their newest models showcased at NAB Show next week. By simply adding $10 US dollars when purchasing an HFMP KIT Hands-Free Monopod or a TH-X Tripod System, you you'll be the first to own their new ZFC-L Zoom and Focus Control for Sony, Canon, and JVC LANC video cameras! ZFC-L Official release date: June 2017.
Why wait? These special bundles are now in stock while limited supplies last, shop here: https://libec-online-shop.myshopify.com/
Experimenting with different color profiles found in the new Panasonic GH5 Camera before I run out to shoot this weekend while traveling. I'm just looking for a flat profile that could offer the most latitude without adding too much noise. I think what's helpful in this video is the waveforms and vectorscope showing how the different profiles affect exposure and saturation.