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21 Jul

In the latest firmware version 4.0 for the F5/F55, Sony added the ability to load custom 3D LUTs. This enables you to see the look you want on set while recording in Raw or Log. Many have been asking about this feature for some time now, and Sony has now made it available. In the video above, I show how to create both 1D and 3D LUTs in Sony’s Raw Viewer software and then import them into the camera. It’s a tricky process, so make sure to follow all the steps. In addition, many people like to work in DaVinci Resolve, so in the video below I show how you can create LUTs in Resolve and edit them to work properly in the F5/F55.   It’s important to note that LUTs can be applied to the different outputs of the F5/F55 and can even be “burned in” to an internal recording if desired. Watch both videos to see how you can utilize this powerful new feature. Also, make sure to check out our Digital Technician classes if you want to learn even more about using LUTs: On-Set LUT Creation 101 – 1D & 3D LUTs and On-Set LUT Creation 201 – Creative Application. A special thanks to Camermanben on the Sony Community forum for figuring out the extra space issue in the Resolve LUTs. In the latest firmware version 4.0 for the F5/F55, Sony added the ability to load custom 3D LUTs. This enables you to see the look you want on set while recording in Raw or Log. Many have been asking about this feature for some time now, and Sony has now made it available. In the video above, I show how to create both 1D and 3D LUTs in Sony’s Raw Viewer software and then import them into the camera. It’s a tricky process, so make sure to follow all the steps. In addition, many people like to work in DaVinci Resolve, so in the video below I show how you can create LUTs in Resolve and edit them to work properly in the F5/F55.   It’s important to note that LUTs can be applied to the different outputs of the F5/F55 and can even be “burned in” to an internal recording if desired. Watch both videos to see how you can utilize this powerful new feature. Also, make sure to check out our Digital Technician classes if you want to learn even more about using LUTs: On-Set LUT Creation 101 – 1D & 3D LUTs and On-Set LUT Creation 201 – Creative Application. A special thanks to Camermanben on the Sony Community forum for figuring out the extra space issue in the Resolve LUTs.

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21 Jul

Back in January, Juliet wrote a fairly extensive post explaining the process of getting HFR recording working on your Sony F55 or F5. It’s a great feature that many people are excited about, but a common question that pops up is, “Why can’t I use LUTs when shooting in the HFR mode?” LUTs can definitely make your life easier when shooting in S-Log, so Alister Chapman has found an interesting workaround over on XDCam-User. – See more at: http://blog.abelcine.com/2014/07/09/sony-f5f55-tip-using-vf-high-contrast-mode-when-shooting-hfr/#more-34805

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21 Jul

At AbelCine we host a number of educational events and workshops. Recently we put on a workshop for the the Producers Guild of America (PGA), which focused on new camera technology and workflows. We covered the latest cameras from Arri, AJA, Blackmagic, Canon, Panasonic, Red, and Sony, and reviewed various workflow options for each. It was an enjoyable workshop, and one that proved to be very revealing for me as well. I was surprised to discover the high level of interest in acquiring in 4K. We all know that 4K usage is growing, but to have a room full of producers in front of me saying that they are being asked by their clients to deliver 4K really said a lot. The group wanted to understand the workflow implications of acquiring in 4K and what the cost difference would be, especially in terms of storage needs and editing complexity. So the workshop veered in that direction and led to very interesting discussion topics that I thought I’d share with you.   See more at: http://4k-hub.com/buzz/50/4k-camera-workflows-raw-video-proxy

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21 Jul

Over the weekend Sony announced details of the next firmware release for the F5 & F55 cameras. The update contains some much-requested enhancements, namely picture cache and support for user generated 3D LUTs. Picture cache will give you recording up to 15 seconds in 50 Mbps 4:2:2, up to 8 seconds in XAVC HD 2K, and up to 2 seconds in XAVC QFHD 4K. User 3D LUT support means we will be able to load custom 3D LUTs into the camera to create different looks. This is a great feature and we are looking forward to making our popular AbelCine looks into compatible 3D LUTs. This update also features a number of other great features, including a customizable user menu and full HDMI 2.0 support for 4K up to 60p: Picture cache User generated 3D LUTs Simultaneous recording with HDCAM SR and 50 Mbps 4:2:2 to SxS PRO+ cards User menu customization, with up to twenty fequently needed menu items in a single list VF markers supporting seven colors REC start / stop with lens RET button Zoom and focus control with CBK-DCB01 Menu control on the SUB display F55 – HDMI v2 supporting 4K on 29p, 50p and 60p, QFHD on 29, 50p and 60p Check out the full list of features on Sony’s Community site and look for the new firmware to hit around April 4th. – See more at: http://blog.abelcine.com/2014/03/31/sony-reveals-firmware-version-4-0-for-f5-f55/#sthash.L0Jbh9zr.dpuf

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27 May

Check this new photos from our camera working on the field. Many thanks to our good friend Dimitris Theodoropoulos that helped making it possible. 4th year cinematography students at AUTH (Aristotle University of THessaloniki), under the BLACK MAGIC spell, during a recent masterclass in the cinema department of the school of fine arts.

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07 Nov

It is our great pleasure to announce, that the very first set (in our part of the world), of the well known SAMYANG lenses has just arrived at our premises!!! Here is the video

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12 Sep

In the following video tutorials you’ll learn a color grading workflow to move your project from a video editing app to DaVinci Resolve…and back again.

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12 Sep

You’ve heard a lot about this camera, but if you’re still on the fence or you don’t quite understand what all of the hype is about

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