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  1. Tech tangent

    Even with modern computing and data handling chops, uncompressed high resolution 16 bit imagery is a load. Particularly if each frame is its own file rather than part of a clip. My experiences with...
  2. Graded DNGs look damn good on my 15" MBP display....

    Graded DNGs look damn good on my 15" MBP display. Would love to see some footage on a proper screen. Exciting project!

    Cheers - #19
  3. +1 on getting an older model RED on the cheap....

    +1 on getting an older model RED on the cheap. You can use it for gigs and learn the camera at the same time.

    Cheers - #19
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    Curved shiny surfaces can reflect virtually...

    Curved shiny surfaces can reflect virtually everything around, including camera/lights/etc. Suggest you wear black and have a black drape for camera and sticks when possible. I'd also suggest large...
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    In most situations, I doubt you'll see a...

    In most situations, I doubt you'll see a meaningful difference between the Milvus and Otus. As M Harvey notes, the Sigma CINEs/CP3s/etc are designed for motion/narrative applications. Even a great...
  6. The clincher for me has always been the digital...

    The clincher for me has always been the digital darkroom. I got on the RED train to dodge the cost of an SR tape based workflow. Then I fell in love with the power of RAW development tools to craft...
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    [FS: OPTICS] Terrific lens. Shot it side by side with the big...

    Terrific lens. Shot it side by side with the big Optimo, which I have always liked, and the Canon blew it away.
    Dual trolley design virtually eliminates focus breathing. Chroma pass through is...
  8. Thread: ISO

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    Gemini excepted

    Whatever ISO you set during capture will impact what you see on the monitor and what it looks like when you open the file in post. It has zero direct impact on actual captured values, but, if you use...
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    My dream is a sine wave electronic (typically...

    My dream is a sine wave electronic (typically referred to as global) shutter. Bye bye time aliasing, judder, etc. If DSMC3 is capable of giving us control over the shutter characteristic, think...
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    Slow down there. The issue was whether the...

    Slow down there. The issue was whether the Komodo's built in auto-focus could drive an external focus motor. That is not supported on Komodo, or any other camera system I'm aware of. Internal AF has...
  11. Form, function, user friendly

    Nothing bad to say about the Canon CN-Es, they're legit. That said, the Sigma's use a more modern design with better technical performance and a more compact housing. Lots of focal lengths on offer,...
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    We should probably use the term electronic...

    We should probably use the term electronic shutter, rather than global shutter, for Komodo.
    FWIW, shutter characteristics and the perceptual results are an interesting subject. I'm a huge fan of a...
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    IMO, the key challenge of turning a Bayer data...

    IMO, the key challenge of turning a Bayer data set into balanced RGB is dealing with green. Each platform uses different techniques to extract as much image information as they can from the green...
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    There are definitely benefits to entropy codecs...

    There are definitely benefits to entropy codecs like RedCode/JP2K. As Brian notes, DCT can create ugly macro block artifacts when pushed too far.

    Like most engineering choices, there is going to...
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    Back in the good old/bad old days with 16GB CF...

    Back in the good old/bad old days with 16GB CF cards on the RedOne, doc/nature/adventure projects had similar issues. The good news is that like old CF, the CFast2 cards are very small so you can...
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    Bringing up such issues to help the RedTeam make...

    Bringing up such issues to help the RedTeam make optimum choices is one of the best aspects of this forum.

    Best advice I have for the short term is to make at least one copy for safety, then do a...
  17. Was not aware of the Panchro Macro 65mm. I like...

    Was not aware of the Panchro Macro 65mm. I like the idea that in addition to macro work it might be a nice portrait lens with that "Cooke look". I could easily see using one on the A camera for...
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    So far it appears that the Komodo is what we...

    So far it appears that the Komodo is what we hoped. RED IQ in a tiny, well priced body with global shutter. The major caveat IMO is frame rate limitations. I could see a scenario where you would own...
  19. Good points. Perhaps after the interminable wait...

    Good points. Perhaps after the interminable wait for the 7,1 MacPro I've become pessimistic about Apple's timelines. I'd also note that even after the new AS Macs supplant the Intel based rigs they...
  20. If you treat the new iMac like a workstation,...

    If you treat the new iMac like a workstation, you'll likely discover it isn't. OTOH, if you can accept some modest limitations...

    Related notes:

    New CPUs, the evolution of GPU decoding...
  21. 3.6GHz 10c i9/64G RAM/5700XT-16G/SSD 2TB I'd...

    3.6GHz 10c i9/64G RAM/5700XT-16G/SSD 2TB
    I'd use those little T7 Samsung SSD drives and/or a RAID for media. I/O >1GB/s for reading DCT R3Ds in real time. (actual data rates still in dev, 800MB/s...
  22. Appears to be one of the better bang for the buck...

    Appears to be one of the better bang for the buck offerings from Apple in some time.

    Cheers - #19
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    I suspect the issue people are seeing is all...

    I suspect the issue people are seeing is all about the sharpening - or lack of - in the mix. It's been an issue back to the R1 days. SOP for camera makers is to "sweeten" the image via processing...
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    As much as I love the VV geometry, I have to...

    As much as I love the VV geometry, I have to agree that as a practical matter - S35 is the sweet spot for many motion projects.

    What's perhaps even more spicy, is the plethora of formats one can...
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    Worth noting that the stampede to FF from S35 may...

    Worth noting that the stampede to FF from S35 may be motivated by multiple factors.

    1) Selling new lenses
    2) You can always put a FF lens on a S35 sensor, but a S35 lens won't cover a FF (or VV)...
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