BM Cinema Camera - low light test Barcelona

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Rick Young

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BM Cinema Camera - low light test Barcelona

PostThu Nov 15, 2012 4:25 pm

Hi Everyone

Check out a 4 minute film shot totally on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera last week in Barcelona:

http://www.moviemachine.tv/video/filmed-using-the-blackmagic-cinema-camera-one-night-in-barcelona/53404636/

The filming in Barcelona began as a series of low light tests to see what could be done with the RAW 2.5K recording which the camera provides. I edited the footage into a 4 minute video as I'm interested to see the shots in the context of an edited piece. Too much test footage makes one stare at images and forget the images are there to tell a story. The night out in Barcelona shows what can be achieved, filming in the darkest of circumstances – the type of scenes that commonly be found in any feature film ie restaurants, bars, walking down the street.

This is a rough and ready set of camera tests edited into a coherent story. Nothing but available light was used to film by.

Three versions of the movie are included: combination graded & ungraded; graded version of the movie; ungraded version.

Note: my grading abilities are limited. I used DaVinci Resolve to bring in the raw footage, set and tweak exposure, and output to ProRes.

Cheers,

Rick
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Re: BM Cinema Camera - low light test Barcelona

PostThu Nov 15, 2012 4:33 pm

OMG Rick you still being in Bcn?
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Re: BM Cinema Camera - low light test Barcelona

PostThu Nov 15, 2012 4:48 pm

This is great to see. It's amazing seeing that latitude in a real world example like this. Thanks for the time taken putting this together :)

One thing - what's the little dot thing on the guy's temple at 02:43 (then again at 07:10 and 11:37)... :?
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Re: BM Cinema Camera - low light test Barcelona

PostThu Nov 15, 2012 5:22 pm

Hey i'm from there....Are you still here?? It would be nice to see this in real life and touch it :)

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Re: BM Cinema Camera - low light test Barcelona

PostThu Nov 15, 2012 5:58 pm

Is that Tom Lee I see? I went to ravensbourne uni with him...
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Re: BM Cinema Camera - low light test Barcelona

PostThu Nov 15, 2012 6:03 pm

jevon99 wrote:... what's the little dot thing on the guy's temple at 02:43 (then again at 07:10 and 11:37)... :?


Looks like ordinary lens flare to me.
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Re: BM Cinema Camera - low light test Barcelona

PostThu Nov 15, 2012 6:18 pm

incredible what you can pull back
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Re: BM Cinema Camera - low light test Barcelona

PostFri Nov 16, 2012 8:24 am

Lovely. Would love to see it REC 709 on my TV, though! I'm very interested in the perceived grainularity of the video noise. Still looks very film-like to me.

Peter J. DeCrescenzo wrote:
jevon99 wrote:... what's the little dot thing on the guy's temple at 02:43 (then again at 07:10 and 11:37)... :?


Looks like ordinary lens flare to me.


I agree.
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Re: BM Cinema Camera - low light test Barcelona

PostFri Nov 16, 2012 9:58 am

Why was this filmed at ISO 200?
Does it make any difference because it´s raw anyway?
You just overexposed two stops because the screen looked darker (kind of a ISO 200 LUT)
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Re: BM Cinema Camera - low light test Barcelona

PostFri Nov 16, 2012 10:15 am

Great footage really shows the camera well. I Have a few questions,

Pure handheld or a rig?

Stabilize in post?

And most importantly what Mic were you using?

The sound seems useable so I'm guessing its not the internal one. This is one of the first clips I've seen with any actual sound. Sorry for all the questions but I would really appreciate it if you could answer them. I registered so I could ask you them.
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Re: BM Cinema Camera - low light test Barcelona

PostFri Nov 16, 2012 3:00 pm

Bowman wrote:This is one of the first clips I've seen with any actual sound.

The short film in this thread was made using the built-in mic: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2501
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Re: BM Cinema Camera - low light test Barcelona

PostFri Nov 16, 2012 3:07 pm

Yeah!
Sound in this video is quite bad. I don't know if it was set up to 100%, and at some moments it clips and distorts but the rest sound good to me :D
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Re: BM Cinema Camera - low light test Barcelona

PostSun Nov 18, 2012 1:25 am

Quite impressive what you can do in those situations without anyone doing any lighting. It really deals well with the range of light in your scenes. And many thanks to the camera op for not giving us a bunch of 'shaky cam'. In 'off-the-cuff' situations like that I would expect much worse.
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Re: BM Cinema Camera - low light test Barcelona

PostSun Nov 18, 2012 8:28 am

DNomer wrote:Quite impressive what you can do in those situations without anyone doing any lighting. It really deals well with the range of light in your scenes. And many thanks to the camera op for not giving us a bunch of 'shaky cam'. In 'off-the-cuff' situations like that I would expect much worse.


Depends on the cameraman.

1. It sounds fine for what it is, but a controlled set must always have sync sound.
2. Lighting-wise, God is the best, fastest and cheapest gaffer around, but if this were a movie, I'd call the crew lazy for not lighting it.
3. This video again proves the versatility of the BMCC and its apparent ability as a decent doc cam.
4. Looks like film to me. I can't wait to put it on a real set.
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Re: BM Cinema Camera - low light test Barcelona

PostWed Nov 21, 2012 10:51 pm

It could be just be that my eyes are getting used to the detail in BMCC footage, but it seems that in this movie it's slightly less resolution than the stuff I've seen from John and Marco (OneRiverMedia).

I'm actually just wondering if this is something others are seeing aswell or if it's just me (my eyes aren't the most well trained)

Could it be it's shot wide open?
It didn't get sharpened in post?

Nonetheless, really a test I was happy to get to see, keep up the good work!

Thanks in advance guys
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Re: BM Cinema Camera - low light test Barcelona

PostFri Nov 23, 2012 3:15 pm

Hello

In answer to:

Pure handheld or a rig?

A lot was handheld and some was off a tripod.

Stabilize in post?

No stabilizing in post.

And most importantly what Mic were you using?

Mic was completely the built in mic. Nothing else was used.

Cheers - another movie of mine about the Blackmagic Cinema Camera just went live today. I'll be announcing on the forum:

http://www.moviemachine.tv/video/shooting-with-the-blackmagic-cinema-camera-part-2:-canon-and-nikon-lens-tests,-using-external-batteries/54141436/

Catch you all soon,

Rick

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