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Video Gear Weekly

with Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman

Video: Evaluating the Footage

Alright, we have some of our cheap lens footage loaded. There it is.
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  1. 24m 32s
    1. The challenges of powering the GoPro HERO4 NEW
      2m 56s
    2. Battery options for the GoPro HERO4 NEW
      4m 15s
    3. Which battery runs the longest in the GoPro HERO4? NEW
      4m 42s
    4. Which GoPro HERO4 battery charges the fastest? NEW
      5m 6s
    5. The form factor and price of GoPro HERO4 batteries NEW
      4m 46s
    6. The winning battery NEW
      2m 47s
  2. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome to Video Gear Weekly
      2m 31s
  3. 22m 25s
    1. Overview of the Sony HDR-AS15 HD Action Camcorder
      1m 2s
    2. Beneficial features of the Sony HDR-AS15
      4m 56s
    3. Drawbacks of the Sony HDR-AS15
      7m 36s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      8m 51s
  4. 17m 52s
    1. Lighting with LEDs
      1m 15s
    2. Benefits of LED lighting
      5m 22s
    3. Intensity and color temperature
      4m 57s
    4. Accessories on a budget
      6m 18s
  5. 15m 5s
    1. Expanding your makeup kit
      1m 27s
    2. Why build a makeup essentials kit
      6m 48s
    3. Hair and makeup
      3m 7s
    4. Essential grooming items
      3m 43s
  6. 6m 17s
    1. Creating a GoPro parallax time-lapse
    2. Cheap motorized slider
      1m 14s
    3. Second axis with timer head
      1m 49s
    4. Putting it together and setting the shot
      2m 25s
  7. 12m 46s
    1. Recording better audio to a mobile device
      1m 0s
    2. Splitting the audio jack
      1m 14s
    3. Attaching a shotgun mic
      1m 6s
    4. Attaching a Lavalier mic
      1m 29s
    5. Attaching a professional mic
      2m 42s
    6. Professional mic with a consumer adapter
      5m 15s
  8. 9m 19s
    1. Using a gimbal
    2. Advantages of a gimbal
      2m 25s
    3. Using a monitor
      1m 28s
    4. Controlling the camera
      1m 25s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      3m 2s
  9. 12m 16s
    1. Attaching the receiver
      5m 5s
    2. Attaching the transmitter
      4m 38s
    3. Best practices
      2m 33s
  10. 10m 58s
    1. Working with a wireless mic
      1m 29s
    2. Benefits of using a wireless mic
      2m 13s
    3. Drawbacks of using a wireless mic
      7m 16s
  11. 15m 10s
    1. Mounting a disk and recovering files
      1m 29s
    2. Recovering media
      6m 12s
    3. Mounting a disk image
      7m 29s
  12. 27m 24s
    1. Is the Olympus OM-D E-M1 right for me?
      1m 23s
    2. Beneficial features of the Olympus OM-D E-M1
      5m 7s
    3. Drawbacks of the Olympus OM-D E-M1
      5m 42s
    4. Menu options of the Olympus OM-D E-M1
      8m 25s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      6m 47s
  13. 12m 10s
    1. Shooting video with an iPad
    2. Mounting the iPad in an iOgrapher
      2m 38s
    3. Attaching a lens to an iPad
      1m 53s
    4. Attaching a light
      3m 23s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      3m 22s
  14. 12m 22s
    1. Mounting a GoPro
    2. Jaws: Flex Clamp
      3m 3s
    3. Cages and clamps
      4m 49s
    4. GoPro Chesty chest harness
      3m 49s
  15. 10m 24s
    1. Using audio inputs
      1m 32s
    2. Beachtek
      2m 55s
    3. Abox adapter
      3m 16s
    4. GoPro adapter
      2m 41s
  16. 24m 24s
    1. Shooting with the Canon C300
      1m 32s
    2. Beneficial features of the Canon C300
      9m 35s
    3. Drawbacks of the Canon C300
      6m 35s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      6m 42s
  17. 12m 52s
    1. Using filters for your lens
    2. Clear filters
      3m 44s
    3. Color filters
      2m 25s
    4. Polarizer
      2m 11s
    5. ND filter
      3m 49s
  18. 15m 50s
    1. Developing GoPro time-lapses
      1m 17s
    2. Importing
      3m 56s
    3. Processing
      6m 46s
    4. Evaluating footage
      3m 51s
  19. 5m 35s
    1. Creating a panning time-lapse
    2. Building a timer head
      1m 37s
    3. Using a pro head
      2m 3s
    4. Setting up the cameras
      1m 7s
  20. 19m 17s
    1. The Garmin Vibe Elite
      1m 10s
    2. Beneficial features of the Garmin Virb Elite
      6m 8s
    3. Drawbacks of the Garmin Virb Elite
      5m 3s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      6m 56s
  21. 11m 13s
    1. Small lights
    2. Battery operated lights
      3m 43s
    3. Lowel Blender
      2m 41s
    4. Lowel Portable Spotlight
      3m 55s
  22. 26m 35s
    1. Professional headphones
      1m 20s
    2. When to use and not use headphones
      4m 39s
    3. Types of headphones
      7m 19s
    4. Additional headphone features
      8m 21s
    5. Why you may want to use multiple headphone types
      4m 56s
  23. 12m 22s
    1. What is a Parabolic Slider?
      1m 22s
    2. Building the Slider
      1m 41s
    3. Setting Focus
      1m 4s
    4. Adjusting the Speed of Movement
      2m 13s
    5. Evaluating the Results
      6m 2s
  24. 11m 24s
    1. DJI Quadcopters
      2m 35s
    2. Calibrating the Quadcopter
      2m 12s
    3. Flying Strategies
      2m 48s
    4. Evaluating the Footage
      3m 49s
  25. 26m 53s
    1. Ultra fast primes
      2m 26s
    2. Benefits of using fast primes
      6m 25s
    3. Challenges of using fast primes
      10m 22s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      7m 40s
  26. 6m 57s
    1. Keeping Your Gear Safe
    2. Keeping Gear Dry
      3m 0s
    3. Using Camera Wraps
      1m 11s
    4. Using Lens Wraps
      2m 0s
  27. 38m 18s
    1. Introduction to the Panasonic GH4
      1m 31s
    2. Beneficial features of the Panasonic GH4
      7m 42s
    3. Drawbacks of the Panasonic GH4
      6m 18s
    4. Menu options of the Panasonic GH4
      13m 59s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      8m 48s
  28. 15m 6s
    1. Making everyone look their best on camera
      1m 30s
    2. What does a makeup artist or stylist do?
      3m 31s
    3. Products used to fight shine
      5m 8s
    4. Applying Anti-Shine
      4m 57s
  29. 16m 49s
    1. The adaptable GoPro
      1m 7s
    2. Stealth
      3m 57s
    3. Adding filters
      3m 1s
    4. Shooting Anamorphic footage
      2m 19s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      6m 25s
  30. 21m 17s
    1. Introduction to the Zoom H4n
      1m 52s
    2. Recording to an iPad or iPhone
      4m 21s
    3. Attaching directly to a camera
      4m 28s
    4. Using a Tascam recorder
      5m 12s
    5. Recording to a laptop
      5m 24s
  31. 11m 23s
    1. DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
    2. Beneficial features of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 9s
    3. Limitations of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 15s
    4. Essential accessories for the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter (Field)
      4m 7s
  32. 7m 59s
    1. Using a loupe
      1m 0s
    2. Attaching a loupe
      2m 18s
    3. Adjusting the diopter
      4m 41s
  33. 16m 2s
    1. Charging on the go
    2. Starting out fully charged
      2m 24s
    3. Using an inverter
      4m 0s
    4. Using a solar charger
      2m 36s
    5. Using a battery pack
      2m 13s
    6. Strategies to extend battery life
      3m 57s
  34. 23m 6s
    1. Cheap lenses
      1m 40s
    2. Lomography
      5m 28s
    3. Fujian
      2m 26s
    4. LensBaby
      4m 6s
    5. SLR Magic
      2m 26s
    6. Evaluating the Footage
      7m 0s
  35. 20m 1s
    1. Sony a7
      1m 24s
    2. Beneficial features of the Sony a7
      6m 19s
    3. Drawbacks of the Sony a7
      5m 42s
    4. Menu options of the Sony a7
      6m 36s
  36. 12m 11s
    1. What is a Tripod Top Slider?
      1m 8s
    2. Attaching the slider
      2m 17s
    3. Mounting and balancing the camera
      1m 36s
    4. Shoot strategies
      5m 7s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      2m 3s
  37. 14m 8s
    1. Remotely controlling cameras
      1m 5s
    2. Setting up the CamRanger
      4m 18s
    3. Panning with the CamRanger PT Hub
      3m 32s
    4. Evaluating the results
      5m 13s
  38. 12m 38s
    1. What are camera rails?
      1m 26s
    2. Adapting a tripod to hold multiple cameras
      3m 13s
    3. Shooting strategies
      2m 2s
    4. Using a micro rail
      2m 51s
    5. Evaluating the shots
      3m 6s
  39. 10m 26s
    1. What is a micro tripod?
      1m 29s
    2. Mounting a phone to a micro tripod
      2m 15s
    3. Mounting a GoPro to a micro tripod
      2m 1s
    4. Mounting a DSLR to a micro tripod
      1m 54s
    5. Evaluating the results
      2m 47s
  40. 22m 49s
    1. Introducing the Blackmagic 4K
      1m 30s
    2. Beneficial features of the Blackmagic 4K
      5m 7s
    3. Drawbacks of the Blackmagic 4K
      4m 14s
    4. Menu options of the Blackmagic 4K
      7m 5s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      4m 53s

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Evaluating the Footage

Alright, we have some of our cheap lens footage loaded. Let's just take a quick look at some of the properties. I'm not so concerned about the motion, just some of the, the static frames should work real well. >> Yeah, let's, let's go ahead and take a look at some of the Fujian lenses first. >> Yep. >> So say that the rim company is named after. >> Fujian. >> Fujian, there we go. I'll just go ahead and make this a little bigger and so we take a look. And this is just a little slide move. And the thing I notice about this as I, as we scroll through it, is that it definitely has a distinct character. It almost looks like 70's-esque to me. >> Yeah. >> It has a little bit of a, sort of a, a grittier type feel now.

This was shot on a BlackMagic Pocket Cinema camera in log mode, so that's why it does look particularly flat. But what I like about this is that it has sort of a gritty look. That's the only way I can describe it. It appears that, you know, it's, it's, there's detail, but not overdetailed. And I think it actually, actually has a pretty nice kind of cool look. >> Yeah, no I'm happy with it. This is one of favorite lenses that I have. It's one of my cheapest. >> Here, here's the same lens, just a quite, just a different shot. >> Yeah, and it's handling the motion of the flag pretty well there. That the shallow depth of field worked pretty well.

I mean, it's nice, the detail came through. >> Yeah, I would agree. Next up, we got the lomography lenses and here is a lomography 12 mill. And then we have a little bit of a 24 later so let's go ahead and take a look at this. Our exposure product could have have been a little bit better on this one, but that's okay. you know, this is obviously a flat look, and I think, I'm noticing that the lens is flat, but I know that you're having a harder time visualizing it in your head. >> Yes, it's all my fault. >> Whether it's the lens being flat or, it's the actual the actual camera itself. So what I'm going to do, is just go ahead, and load up the lumetry look here real quick.

So let's go ahead and search for lumetry. There it is. And I'm going to apply that to the shot. And when I do, I can go ahead over to my effect controls and pick a lut. So, we have a couple of free luts here and I'm just going to go ahead and choose one of these black magic film to video type looks. I'll go with the basic look. It's basically just a 3D cube. I'll go ahead and accept that. >> Looks a lot different. >> Yeah, looks a lot different. And you'll notice that if I go ahead and play that bigger. Now, I'm definitely getting kind of that toy camera type look in the shot. >> Yeah. And I really like sort of the crispness, the punchiness there, while the shadows are really rich.

So I think it's a lot of fun. I mean, this is definitely one of those shots where the lomography plastic lens blows out the highlights. And we were shooting a bit hot here so we could either shoot lower or, just embrace the low tech look. >> Totally. And let's just go ahead, just for the fun of it, let's go ahead and apply that effect to the Fujion shots that we had earlier. And you can see that it still has that kind of gritty look that I was talking about. Does feel a little 70's to me, but I like it. I think it works pretty well. Here's the, here's the flag shot. Knot in log. >> Yeah. >> And I, I like it.

I mean I like these lenses. I mean I think that they give a certain character, or a certain element to it. Now let's go ahead and take a look at a couple more of the lenses that we have here. So took a look at the lomography 12 mil. Here is the lomography 24 mil. We'll go ahead and apply our lut to that as well. Interesting, I really like these lomography ones as I think that they give kind of that fix, you know, sort of, toy camera type look with those nice strong purples, and the reds, and they look, they look pretty cool. >> The chromatic aberration here in the fringing is harsh, but it's part of the charm.

This is a low tech look. And it works well with the subject matter. I really like how that chain is coming through. >> I would absolutely agree. Alright. And then we have a lomography fish eye. Holy smokes. >> That is a fish eye. >> That is something that's definitely a fish eye. Let's go ahead and we'll brighten that up there a little bit, and let's go ahead. >> That is a look straight out of Instagram. It's, it's kind of funny to say it's out of Instagram since Instagram was copying lomography. >> Yeah and the thing I don't like about this lens is obviously the barrel distortion. I mean, but you're going to get that in a fish eye lens.

I'm just not a big fan personally of the fish eye look. But I could see a use for this. And again, it has that vintage feel to it, everything about it, from sort of how the sort of the blurring's going on over here on the left hand side of the frame to the chromatic problems, it's a cool look. >> Yep. >> Next up we have SLR Magic Lenses, and you can see between these, this is obviously the longer of the two. And these are again shot on a Black Magic Pocket Camera so I'll just go ahead and paste that in to both of these. And let's take a look at how those look.

>> I would say that in this case, and these are the, this is the same camera body with different lenses. It's important to note for this test we shot the same subject matter with different lenses on the same body because we really wanted you to get an idea. I have to say that this one has a very different feel. I like it. It just feels a little bit more modern and punchy. >> It does. I mean, if you compare it real quickly to the other examples of this. Going back to say, you'll notice here like on one of the lomography lenses, look at the side with reds and the purples there.

And then look at it down here, you'll notice that that red and purple, it's not so much purple, it's more orangy and more rusty. So I think that you're right, that this lens is a little more true to sort of a reality without kind of shaping that color as well. And the same thing here, when we look at the the wider version too it looks pretty good. >> Yep, alright, well I really like what we got here, different lenses on the same camera, and I really want to point out an important detail, which is that the lenses can greatly affect the color, so make sure you keep that in mind.

Now, here we're switching bodies, this is the lens maybe lens on the Nikon, a bit flatter but, really interesting with shallow depth of field there. And really the, the edges are getting pushed off. It's interesting how that's in focus and that's so out of focus. >> Yeah, I mean, this is a really unique look. Really good, I think, for if you're doing television work for like work where you know, you're doing a dream sequence or something like that. You don't have to invent this post and all that blurring, it's just there. Color wise, it's real, pretty true to reality. I mean there's nothing that's objectional about here.

You know, I wouldn't say it's the most color perfect lens that I've ever looked at, but that's not the point with the Lensbabies. Is that, they're all about sort of the, the look of sort of the tilt shift kind of bellows type look that you get with the lens. >> It's interesting here how we've pushed the whole right edge out of the frame by simply bending the lens. And, you know, this is kind of nice here, a little more subtle. He didn't do as much bending, just a little more of a tilt down so the top edge is a little soft. >> Yeah, you can see right there as he was actually shooting, he was bending the lens so you can kind of get a real time look. So if you are following somebody around you can have things kind of distort around them, which is kind of cool.

>> Yeah, and this is kind of interesting the character that it brings to the shot here. And it does have a little bit of focus controls. So I think that this is an interesting to put in your bag. >> Yeah. >> And that Lensbaby system is available for a lot of different cameras, including some of the Sony and the Fuji mounts out there. So, if you are shooting and feel left out that you don't have access to some of these specialty lenses, Lensbabies are available for a lot of different camera systems. Alright well, we walked you through a bunch of cheap lenses, and I can guarantee you in the future, we're both addicted to buying lenses. As we find some more cheap fun lenses, we'll bring them back to video gear weekly.

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