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I’ve experienced a lot of equipment since I started working in video production. From handycam, semi-pro video camera, professional video camera, two DSLR video cameras and now a mirrorless DSLR with external recorder… Every equipment has its own pros and cons. Some are easy to use for some projects and others might get you killed trying. The only thing in common is, that they all do video.
After experiencing warm vacation in Tunisia and making a short movie of our stay there, we concluded that we really like to travel and shoot a lot of video clips for our soul. There are many unpublished clips that don’t have a story with a beginning and an end, so they never come to life for our viewers.
Making beautiful clips is not something anybody can do without any special care for location, people, costumography, nice angles and great directing skills. Many times the hardest is to find good location. So, locations scouting is an expense too.
After a long and very hard year we needed a vacation somewhere far away. So we went to Tunisia. By luck we went to highest standard hotel in El Mouradi Palace. Tunisia tourism had very low season and many hotels were closed. So we were transferred to one of few still open. And even in that hotel there were not many people. After we went home, the season ended because of low interest. The cause were two terrorist attacks in Tunis and at a beach just a kilometer away from our hotel. We still had very good time there and would love to go back anytime.
After writing about Canon 5D Mark III and how you can turn it into professional video camera, I didn’t mention that there are some minor problems you might encounter. Because Magic Lantern is a fan made hack for Canon DSLR’s, you can’t always rely on it (
though you don’t even on professional tools).
Even if Canon 5D Mark III is the 2012 model photo camera, it was widely used even for HD video production worldwide. It had a very good ISO capabilities and it’s video codec was great. It was, until there was Magic Lantern and its RAW video recording option.
There was one thing I probably never mentioned about my change in video production gear three years ago. Selling my two cameras Sony Z1 and Canon HG10, moving to Canon 550D, Canon 5D Mark III and now the Sony A7s with Atomos Shogun. Two things really inspires me with DSLR’s…. candid images and depth of field. Two things I’ve never got with those two cameras and even today many higher budget video cameras can’t achieve. And if they can, they are too big to work daily on run and gun shooting sets.
While working with big video files you need a fast internet connection, which I don’t have and my parents do. Where I lived before I had fiber internet connection which was great for sending big files. But now I have to reorganize my workflow with a server on that fiber connection where I send my files to (on slow 4Mbps upload) and then send forward to more locations. For such work I needed a simple, small, efficient, economical computer.
My eager for 4K video in small package has sincerely backfired on me. I have never thought I would be a so angry what I actually bought. And drop frames on everything I shoot is a killer for me. A lot of money worth equipment is now worth less than garbage. If it was something I could save just by changing a cable, or format a drive or stop using LUTs, I could live and at least work on. But until now everything I tested, changed and set didn’t work out and problem of nasty drop frames remains while shooting 4K.
Just before new year I talked about my next video camera and put some info of my dream equipment. Well, there won’t be anything like that in near future, so I had to make a choice between two candidates. To choose a Panasonic Lumix GH4 or Sony A7s with Atomos Shogun. I did the second one, even if I’m not very pleased with attaching Shogun on A7s on every gun&run shooting I make. But the fullframe, great quality of 4K prores and low light capabilities sold me.