I have not responded in a while due to two responses that have had me cancel my order for the panasonic and rethink what it is that I need.
Going to a smaller sensor does not make sense. A full frame sensor would be ideal, but the costs are prohibitive. I think the APC is the smallest I want to go, though the GH5 does perform really well. I like depth of field.
Colour accuracy is important. 4:2:2 at 10 bit is also ideal, but without a good camera, I would just be getting noise. That is the toughest part of all these preferred settings. At the end of the day, I want great colour detail, great bokeh, enough detail that will stand up to colour grading and other effects.
Oh, and stabilization is important too. I am not a professional, but I want my end product to look good and take my many years into the future.
My Canon 70D continues to perform well so I will continue to figure out the best camera. I can only afford one, and don't want to send more than about 3K. A lot of good cameras are two to three years old so I expect a lot of tech to come out between now and CES.
The SONY FDR-AX700 is one of the leaders, but I want to see what else is coming out. Am I over thinking this or in the right direction?
Thank you. You have given me a lot to consider.
Hmmm... I know the weight and size will be a challenge. I do want something hat will work in more environments than less. Waiting is not a bad idea. technology capabilities will only trickle down.
I am not worried about low light. Most of the shooting is out and about. When he is running around, I am always wide. I don't like getting sick from my own films The X1 is 2.8 - would this not capture enough light? My canon 70D at 4.0 captures a lot of light. I know the technology is different, just trying to learn.
Joema, and others,
Thank you for the well thought out reply. I am no a professional, but my target capabilities led me to this camera. I have been shooting a Canon 70D for five years. It has done me well, but I have out grown it. I have been watching Barry Green's videos on the UX 180 and reading his book.
I want 60 FPS 4K, smith results, good colour representation, less noise, ND filters, not getting dust into the mirror when changing lenses, setting white balance using white cards, etc.
Primary use case is shooting my son as he ages. I might use the camera several times a week, or not for a few weeks. Having read your reply, I wonder if this camera might be too difficult for me. I have order at a local store, but not taken possession yet. It does have a lot of auto capabilities I can use in a pinch. I know manual focus is better, but sometimes there is not enough time to take to set it up - try shooting a four year old - I need to be ready in seconds. If shooting a landscape or wild life, I would have time to use the tools to set up the focus better and what not.
I feel I can grow into the camera, but it is a lot of money if I am proven wrong. if I need to fiddle with setting for five minutes each time before I shoot on manual, I feel this camera will not work for me. However, if I can use auto for most situations, then it would work for me. I know that I can going to have to do some setup when I get it. I have been taking notes from Barry Greens tutorials.
You see, it is the same with my magic pro. I know manual works better as I don't get the white balance or exposure changing while filming. Sometimes I have to reshot because of this, but auto helps me set up quicker, and when shooting I know the limitations and try to shoot around them.
Thanks for the info on FCPX. I will look into proxies.
Is this camera too much for me? I have two weeks to decide.
Thanks. Just ordered mine. Looking forward to getting this unit. Do you think it is a good idea to get an extended warranty on this device?
Watching the Barry Green videos and downloaded his book. Plan to do a lot of reading.
Yeah, the MBP handed it pretty good, but a long project in 4K might be a little taxing.
Thank you everyone for your guidance. It's a 2015 MBP so should not be an issue, but I do notice that things can become a little jittery with 4k from a Mavic pro so it might be time to optimize if I am going to start working with 4k as a default format.
Looking to buy the Panasonic HC-X1. Before getting it, I need your help.
I have read some comments elsewhere about needing to convert the MP4 or MOV files before they can be imported to FCPX (i have the latest version) running on MBP 2015.
I checked Cameras supported by Final Cut Pro X page (support.apple.com/en-ca/HT204203). It is supported by caveats 2 and 6.
2 - Final Cut Pro X: Learn more about media formats and creating optimized media.
6 - For better performance, optimize 2K and 4K files.
I am using a DSLR - canon 70D now and have no troubles with having to optimize anything.
Will this camera work well with FCPX out of the box or would I be better off buying another camera. Having to convert every file before I work would be a major pain and I am sure it would take a long time
Thanks in advance for your help.
Thanks - lots to think about. I like having everything built in one place. It won't come with any LUTs, but I can get some free ones to start. I tried Pixel Film Studios, but had issues where I had to reinstall often as the LUTs kept dropping from the menu.
I have played around with colour balancing and corrections using the built in apple tools in FCPX. I am now ready to add LUTs. However, I have had some problems.
Pixel Film Studio has some nice LUTs, but the problem I have is how they are installed and the reliability. When I bought the package, I had to perform the install three times for it to work (according to instructions). So I had to repeat. It worked, I updated a project with some LUTs, but when I went back, FCPX could not see the LUT menu so I had to install again. This had me worry. Obviously there is some issue now, but any upgrade could later render any LUTs in my projects unusable.
I am looking for LUTs paid or free where installation is as easy as adding free events or transitions. I don't mind paying for LUTs, but don't want the hassle of controlling software that can breakdown rending the LUTs useless later. Any recommendations? I am a prosumer. I do this for fun, not for money so there is not a huge budget. Thanks all.
Wille explain how to create scrolling End Credits with static graphics. The graphics will move with the text. Simple workflow, easy to update and modify.
Scribus (Open source desktop publishing)
Using Scribus, Create a document with the dimensions of 1920 by 10,000. Make the page black, Your page size will differ, but 10,000 is a good starting point. My end credits are 3 minutes long and are 1920 by 14,000.
Add your credits, apply formatting as needed. I suggest using the text editor for tabs and for making other complex edits.
Add images as needed.
Export as a PNG.
Add to magnetic timeline in FCP.
Crop, use Ken Burns.
Move the start to the top above the credits. Move the end to the bottom. Right click and select the [last option of four in contextual menu - add later]
Change clip duration to appropriate time.
FCP will render in under a minute
I'll take a look, but now that I purchased Motion, I need to figure that out. It is more difficult than it needs to be. I'll have to sit down with manual.
Thank you. I have the same observations: every plugin I have looked at has been frustrating to use due to issues of one type or another and are very slow to regenerate.
I'll try it out first. Do you have any suggestions: articles, how tos, links? I have not done any animation since I used Lightwave on an Amiga 4000!
I tried using the scrolling movie credit with images and movies. I had trouble right fro the get go so I removed it. I downloaded the trial first to make sure it worked properly.
I loved how it arranged the text. But when I formatted text at the bottom, it changed everything. I could not get back the clean format I had before. I also had trouble with the text at the bottom of the credits showing up. Its too bad because I liked it otherwise.
Did you have any trouble with it when you used it?