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Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-18-2016, 11:52 AM  
Lauren's Pentax Video Setups
Posted By kadajawi
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Hm, I was thinking of using one of those VR headsets (as in Google Cardboard, where you slide in your phone), and just running the good old DJI app on the phone while having it in front of my eyes. Not sure if that is a good idea though, as I just realized that the screen is split into two... one half for the left eye, one for the right. Might be a bit confusing. :-/

Won't it be enough to have the video feed on the phone sitting above the remote, and concentrating on that? What's the difference, apart from being a bit more immersive?

Couldn't you have pushed the come back home button?

How long did you fly until you have that level of control? I'm a bit stunned. :D Hopefully I'll find the time to practice enough.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-17-2016, 10:51 AM  
Lauren's Pentax Video Setups
Posted By kadajawi
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My predecessor crashed the Phantom 3 Pro on the first flight. Flew it into a tree. The repair could have bought a standard Phantom... I'll probably be always flying together with a colleague, so one of us can operate the drone while the other one will look out for it, but it's still scary. We'll see... what kind of goggles do you use? You mean a VR headset? I'd like to be able to touch the screen if necessary...
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-16-2016, 01:06 PM  
Lauren's Pentax Video Setups
Posted By kadajawi
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Nice! I hope one day I'll be as good with the Phantom as you are. So far I've only had time in the simulator, since the weather is... unpleasant. Yesterday we had snow...

Not sure I'd ever dare to fly over water though :D
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-13-2016, 04:38 AM  
Lauren's Pentax Video Setups
Posted By kadajawi
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There is. I think it just looks a bit like film, actual, 35mm film. I have no idea why. But it does so more than most other cameras.

Besides, the stabilization is just magical. Had I shot that on a shoulder rig, I don't think it wouldn't have been this smooth (yeah, I know it's not perfect). It's somewhere between a glidecam and a shoulder rig I'd say.

I think I'd still go for a different brand though, cause the K-5 is getting left behind. As cameras improve (apart from Pentax), expectations are increased too. While what Pentax offers right now may be acceptable, just, may not be a year down the road. And considering that Pentax isn't improving their cameras, that is an issue.

Glad you guys enjoy trying video, I feel like it is photography, just with added layers of complexity. The good thing I guess is that it is a team effort. A colleague will focusing on After Effects, while I'll be focusing more on shooting, and perhaps editing.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-11-2016, 12:45 PM  
Lauren's Pentax Video Setups
Posted By kadajawi
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Looks good. And yeah, I love that Pentax look. Not sure what exactly it is, but it has some filmic qualities to it, somehow.

To demonstrate how stable the K-5 actually is...
















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There's no artistic merit in the video, and YouTube compressed the hell out of it (it used to have no compression artifacts). And yes, an OM-D will be smoother, but I think it's quite decent.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-11-2016, 12:12 AM  
Lauren's Pentax Video Setups
Posted By kadajawi
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I think if handheld isn't an option that means he won't be touching the camera frequently. Focus pulling, sliders etc. won't work either.

The SR will fix the vibrations on the tripod, so unless you have a seriously, seriously rock solid tripod or shoot wide angle I suggest to leave SR on.

I don't think you will try to shoot for grading anyway, so you can try to get the look you want with the picture settings. Lower sharpening in any case, you can do that in post. Gives the encoder the freedom to focus on what matters... Especially since you are probably going to chose low bitrates to get at least 10 minutes recording time. Prepare to bring plenty of SD cards.

Also, try to go into user mode on the dial, then turn on live view and then only switch to video. That should hopefully get rid of hot pixels...
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-10-2016, 04:14 PM  
Lauren's Pentax Video Setups
Posted By kadajawi
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I'm curious about your overheating. Apart from hot pixels, which apparently can be fixed by switching to live view in user mode and then go to video (?), I didn't see any negative side effects. I couldn't get my camera to overheat, no matter how long I shot. It is noisy though at low light.

25 fps at 1080p is an issue with the K-5, the other gear I have access to is capable of doing 1080/25p, but it's not optimal.

@steve: I don't think DSLR video should be seen as a thing where you just point the camera in one direction and press record and let the camera do the rest. That's a job for camcorders. DSLRs are meant for more planned shoots, but that doesn't exclude handheld IMHO. Besides, the SR can also help when shooting on a shoulder rig. Or maybe I understood you wrong... there just should be no expectation of getting AF. It would require massive changes and big investments, so while it would be neat, it's just not that important.

A modern Pentax, will a flatter image profile, SR and MJPEG, plus pixel binning, would be wonderful. And we are talking about relatively trivial tech here. SR? Got that. 25x 2 MP JPEGs? Doesn't sound too hard, but maybe it is. Flatter image profile shouldn't be too big a deal either (though a proper LOG style flat profile may indeed be hard).

When shooting events, maybe short interviews at events, I might not even use the shoulder rig. I'm quite short, and going completely handheld gives me greater freedom in choosing the right angle.

To me it seems like Pentax is pulling punches in an attempt to offer cameras that beginners can use. No SR, because it screws up audio and their users would never use external recording (why the mic and headphone jack, though?). No high bitrates, because long recordings are more important than highest possible quality. And that seems to be a mistake. The engineering is not the issue, it's the mindset, and who Pentax believes their customers are.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-10-2016, 02:25 PM  
Lauren's Pentax Video Setups
Posted By kadajawi
Replies: 53
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The K-5 is too beautiful for a tripod. Plus it can't record long videos. Use it handheld :) Turn on SR and shoot handheld.

Nice footage Lauren, I like your work. But I am pretty sure I could do the same if not better (in terms of stability) without a rig with my K-5. Or better with a K-5 on a shoulder rig.

The sad thing about Pentax is the potential the cameras have, that isn't used. The lack of SR is just such a low target... I do think the K-1 will have better image quality than the K-3. That, with the low price, the rock solid build, the flippy screen (a first on FF DSLRs), and SR... It could seriously drive interest in the camera.

Rigs are fine, and "mine" has a follow focus. But they are big, they are heavy, lens changes take time and tools, ... Shooting completely handheld is liberating. And absolutely possible with the K-5.
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