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Dominik Bauch

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  1. You're right. I was kind of hoping to fake the cyc curve at floor level. May need to see full figure so floor would be in play. I need to check out some reference but was hoping for some tips to avoid any common gotchas.
  2. I have no experience working with cyc backgrounds so would appreciate some tips and suggestions. Set up is talent on white cyc bg. 1 wide shot (full body) and a tight shot. I have access to what ever lights I would need within reason but have to make do with a non studio location. Any suggestions for how best to: a) Evenly light the bg and avoid shadows or seams. b) Beauty light the talent in a cinematic way. Can I get away with a nice low key, sidey soft source with a 3:1 contrast ratio or will this look odd in practice over an evenly lit white bg? Or is a soft top light the way to go? c) What's the best poor mans cyc bg? Can a large silk do the job? Assume that under tension and with some C47's I could get a ground and backdrop.... Talent would probably be too close to the bg though... Thanks in advance. Dominik
  3. Played around today and off angles worked as but anything remotely flat on was infected. Just as you said. Still confusing as I've seen the front on shots in so many movies shot on Alexa. Changing screen resolution unfortunately didn't have any effect other than making image more pixelated. I've been hearing that quality diopters like the Arri Master diopters or the Leica macrolux are amazing - virtually zero stop loss and no CA. Any reason not to use those compared to a bonafide Macro lens? Seems like diopters are way easier as can be used on almost any lens with adaptors, also I really like what they can do for wide angle lens DOF.
  4. Thanks for the info. So you'd essentially scale down the resolution until the moire goes away? I thought of this but was concerned that the number of pixels is still the same regardless of what resolution the monitor is set at so might not make a difference. I'll def give this a try. Also r.e. macro lens; is this purely to get super close focus or are they better at handling moire. I realize that moire is a sensor issue but I suspect that glass definitely plays a role.
  5. Just watched Deepwater Horizon over the weekend (great looking movie) and it has a ton of great c/u detail LCD screen shots. Where you really see the great texture of the LCD screens. Using an Alexa Mini and virtually any cine lens, I've never managed to safely go above an 85mm without getting into Moire. But at that focal length I never get close enough to get the nice LCD pixel break up. How do people achieve this? Deepwater was shot on an Alexa XT with Sumicron C's but I've used virtuall that same combination, same sensor and lenses but no joy. Anyone have any insight or know how to go about this?
  6. I have a shoot coming up that will involve a lot of filming laptop screens. I'll be using a slider as well as long lenses to follow action close up on the screens. The slider moves will be relatively slow, even so at 180 shutter the motion blur obscures more than I would like I was testing 90 degree shutter, I definitely can afford to lose a stop so that's not a concern. To my eye, given the slow moves, it looked better. The screen content was clearer and strobing wasn't obvious. Is there any obvious reason why this is a bad idea? I can't think of any, aside from potential strobing or flicker with practical lights. Also planning on using Summicon C's for the shoot. I've done a bunch of testing with Cp.2 super speeds and I'm not getting any laptop screen moire apart form with the 135mm lens. Are the Summmicrons very sharp? Anyone noticed moire-ing with those? Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
  7. Just finished a shoot on an Alexa mini with a set of Cooke S4i primes and have been pretty shocked how pronounced the Chromatic Aberration is. On exteriors at T4 bright spec hits have pronounced purple fringing. On T2 there is a lot of green and purple fringing. Master Primes are totally clean in my experience. I definitely expected much better from these. Honestly not much better performance than my crappy Zeiss CP.2 superspeeds. Any advice from long time users of these? Is there a magic T stop that makes everything beautiful and clean?! I highly doubt that the Alexa Alev III is to blame? I always thought that on high end cameras chromatic aberration really is a lens issue as opposed to a sensor issue.
  8. Hi, A couple of questions for seasoned Alexa Mini users: 1. What is the best way to make sure that raw data is not clipping? As i understand it false color and Zebra monitor the selected color output. So if I'm monitoring in REC 709 then False Color isn't showing me the full exposure range of the raw file. Do people set up a shortcut to change the viewed color space to log C, so that anything clipping there will be clipping in the raw file? 2. Pixel Masking; Assuming that this is to mitigate fixed patter noise, like Red Black shading. Do I need to do this only once or before every shoot? Is it a pain to do? Is FPN an issue with Alev III? 3. Is there a sleep mode on the mini to save power? Is it more power efficient to leave the camera running than urn off and reboot? Obviously this is dependent on the length of the 'breaks' but in general is there a big power hit from rebooting? Thanks dbauch Posts: 7 Joined: Sun Oct 16, 2016 1:22 am
  9. Did a test today and from what I can tell the moire is far less of a problem than with epic dragon. I was able to shoot a macbook pro screen at on a wide open 135mm CP.2 at minimum foucs with no moire at all. Pretty insane. I maxed out on the epic dragon at a 50mm, sometimes a 75mm would be good too but sometimes not.
  10. I tend to shoot a lot of my own stuff so for me it's just getting the best overall package with an emphasis on a filmic image. Red tends to need more grading but new Helium sensor plus coming updated color science might close the gap. Also form factor of Red is great but the Alexa image...
  11. Could use some help making a decision. Choice is between an Alexa Mini and the New Red Weapon Helium. Leaning towards the Alexa Mini but the lack of raw high frame rates and not true 4k is a little scary. Some consider the Alexa sensor overhyped and old in the meantime, so I'm concerned about sinking a lot of cash into old tech. Any thoughts or advice hugely appreciated.
  12. Thanks David, would you say that it's on par or better than Epic Dragon? I was concerned that the lower resolution of the Alexa sensor would be more prone to moire than the 6k Dragon sensor.
  13. I shoot a lot of laptop screens and was thinking about getting an Alexa Mini. Is the Alexa sensor prone to moire or is it a non issue. Red dragon can have issues with longer lenses. Anyone had any issues?
  14. Hi, Looking to possibly jump ship into an Alexa mini and was hoping for some advice from users: - Is there a new sensor on the horizon or is the current sensor expected to stay for a while? - Coming from Red is the resolution an issue for 4K? Have there been comparisons between the sharpness at 4k, how does the mini hold up? - Whats the real world difference between a mini and an SXT? Just Raw frame rates and ergonimics? - Anyone have experience with the TiltaMax Arri Mini cage / batteryplate combo? Is worth getting? - Any gotcha's that might be a surprise? I'm aware of the licenses. Thanks in advance, any advice really appreciated.
  15. Thanks for the feedback. My main concern with the HMI's is how fragile the bulbs are. Replacing bulbs due to breakage can get expensive fast. Had also been looking at LED's but the sheer power of these is hard to beat in an LED... Good call re renting lights, might be the best way to go to narrow down which the best ultimate investment would be. Hard to find definitive info online. I've used a bunch of lower wattage Jokers and Arri HMI's on set but not these exact models.
  16. For a booklight scenario, which of these 2 would you recommend? 1. Joker Bug 800W http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/192705-REG/K5600_K0800JB_Joker_Bug_800_Watt_HMI.html Seems pretty pricey and lower output than the Arri below, bulbs are pretty expensive too. There is a 1600W version but that's a big step up price wise. Seems relatively compact and light and it is a PAR. Would you say that when used as a bounce light it would be more efficient than a fresnel? i.e. would the 800W joker have similar output when bounced off beadboard to the Arri 1200W fresnel? 2. Arri 1200W HMI Fresnel. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/583781-REG/Arri_Compact_1200_Watt_HMI.html More power than the Joker but much bigger. Also a little more expensive but worth it to get some extra juice for use in certain daylight situations. Which of these 2 would be more useful? Output is a big deal but interested to hear any real world experiences with the lights.
  17. Andrew, would you say that it packed a good punch? What would you rate it in terms of equivalent HMI and Tungsten?
  18. Any one have experience with the Mole Richardson LED Fresnels? Specifically was thinking about the daylight 400W Junior, seems to pack a good punch. Far more thank a 2k tungsten fresnel and it's daylight balanced. Only problems seems to be weight and a little pricey vs tungsten fresnels...
  19. Thanks David, I'm looking into those. Saw that they released a new version of the 400W Junior which is now bicolor. The 900W senior is pretty heavy, nice punch though. Any idea if the overall light output is the same regardless of color temperature?
  20. Thansk for the thoughts. Mirrors are definitley a good call. Now to find a semi transportable one, the Matthews mirror boards are beasts.
  21. Thanks for the fast response David. I figured I could 1/2 or full ctb the 2k which would, even with filtration, be more powerful than a 1K. I also would as you said, limit myself to late afternoon where the warm color is justified. Like the dual 1k's idea but trying to keep a leaner footprint if possible. I don't suppose there are any LED fresnels that are worth talking about, 2k power with good CRI?
  22. I direct and shoot on an Epic Dragon and I wanted to experiment with lighting during some downtime. I want to get a basic set of lights, mainly geared towards creative lighting, that I could also use on some lightweight shoots. Grip gear aside: I was thinking of picking up an Arri T2 fresnel and one of the new Kino Select 30 Led lights. My thinking is that the 2k fresnel will probably have enough punch to make a bookiight through 1/2 grid? And the Kino is supposed to be great and supposedly offers similar light quality to a regular florescent 4x4 bank, without having to carry and swap different bulbs. But it's new and there's is no info on the output, I'm assuming that it's 1k? My main concern is whether the Arri T2 will run ok on mains power and whether it will have enough punch to balance out bright daylight exteriors. I tried out a Arri T1 (1k) and that really has very little punch for anything other than dark or night interiors. Obviously a T2 will still be lacking but I want to avoid breaking the bank and avoid blowing fuses everywhere. Any advice or suggestions? Thanks, Dom
  23. Hi, I have a potential 3 day shoot in the UK coming up. I'm looking for a creative DP. The project is a very filmic corporate film, very uncorporate like I can assure you! Would very much appreicate any advice on UK based freelance directories for DP's. Also please contact me if you are interested. Thanks! Dominik
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