Low light test with BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera from John Brawley

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John Brawley has released yet another BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera test video – this time featuring low light situations.

Here are the other BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera videos so far:

Vivid Pocket

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John Says:

Last weekend I thought I'd have a good chance to shoot some of the wonderful VIVID SYDNEY, an annual outdoor event using light and sound.

With near drought inducing weather in NSW over the last few months we were looking at a dry winter, until of course, I tried to take a camera out to shoot something.

Thus adding to the urban mythology that if you want to have it rain somewhere, organise a crew to shoot something. Last time I shot in Dubai it hailed ! Maybe it's me ?

Anyhow, I pressed on and kept on shooting anyway. In the end I was more interested in the people that went along and attempted to enjoy Vivid despite the rain.

Using the Blackmagic pocket cinema camera with native m4/3 lenses I moved around pretty easily and unobtrusively. Yes. The camera did get wet. I tried to keep it dry, but it was inevitable.

I shot mainly at ISO 1600, but the first few clips were shot at 800. Lens wise I had the Panasonic 14mm F2.5 (first few shots) and the Panasonic 20mm F1.7 (second lot of shots before the ferry travelling left to right) then I was principally on the Olympus 45mm F1.8 but I also had the 12mm SLR Magic T1.6 and the SLR magic 25mm T0.96

I had the terrific O'Connor 1030Ds head along for the ride too.

This was all cut and finished in FCPx with a beta version of Nick Shaw's BMC plugin for converting BMD FILM to REC709. The great thing about the plugin is that it gives you a very quick look. I could easily take the XML into Resolve if I wanted to for more powerful control as well, but it just gives you a very quick approximation and allows you to finish an edit with a quick grade.

No noise reduction or sharpening applied. Was shot all available light.

via Vivid Pocket on Vimeo.

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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