Archive for May, 2016

Sony A7s ii – Our take

Friday, May 13th, 2016

sony-alpha-a7-ii copy

 

Sony A7s II is great for shooting documentaries (due to its low light capability) and for films (due to its 4k capability with Slog 3)

It is markedly improved over the A7S. The newer version adds

- Built-in 5-axis image stabilization

- Records 4K video internally with full pixel readout (on SDXC memory cards)

- Records S.log 3

- Bigger Magnesium Alloy chassis gives better grip

Video record button can now be set to a function button  sony a7s II

Other advantages

- High ISO – 100-102,400. Goes upto 409600. (Good results upto 64000)

- Built in wifi capability to connect with a smart phone or tablet

- Records 120fps at full HD

- Possible to charge the camera via USB port

- Sensor – 35 mm full frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm), Exmor CMOS sensor

Recording format

- A7S II uses a 12.2MP full-frame chip (4,240 x 2,832 pixels)

- Records on XAVC-S codec at 3,840 x 2,160/25p at 100 Mbps / 8 bit

- Colour sampling 4:2:0

Lens Mount:  E-mount

Audio In: 3.5 mm Stereo minijack

Audio Out: 3.5 mm Stereo minijack

Video Out: micro-HDMI

Battery: Rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50

 

 

Blackmagic – 4K : Our Take

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

blackmagic camera-4k by Accord Equips

Light weight
Versatile Super 35 sensor
Global professional shutter
Precision EF mount flexibility
Built in touchscreen
Built-in uncompressed audio recording capacity

Please note
Blackmagic 4K raw is not as powerful in low light
conditions
Built-in battery and its relatively short runtime.

Overall
For any sort of professional 4K raw video production you
could possibly want to do in-studio or in a controlled
field setting, this is a superb camera that will cover
your needs extremely well &
Deliver some truly fine quality video footage.

Tripods and tracks give great steady images but are they practical always?

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

 

Time : Setting a track trolley and tripod needs time and space.                                     

Cost : Once you give a miss to the tripod, track, trolley and jib, you
save lots of money due to savings on costs of attendants, technicians,
production vehicles, etc. Indirect savings include decreased conveyance,
stay and food of the manpower.

Nimble is faster : A smaller crew is always nimble. Fewer heads, fewer confusions, higher efficiency

Effect : Shooting handheld gives a new feel. When we see the Tv series ‘24’ or the Bourne Series, we get the fast paced feel. A lot of that is shot handheld.

Less Intrusions : Often Police & security guards don’t interfere when you shoot handheld.

More convenient in weddings, offices, travel shoots etc
While shooting weddings and city offices setting a tripod is not always possible. Tracks could damage the furniture or inconvenience the people around.

Shoot Professionally without a Track & a Tripod

Beware !
Shooting handheld can be tricky and can make the work look amateurish.