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Common Resolve and Premiere roundtrip issues

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As an example I’m going to show you my process for editing and grading RAW/MLV files recorded with Canon 5D Mark III: Process MLV files with MLVFS Generate Proxies with DaVinci Resolve (ISSUE #1) Import proxies into Premiere Do the EDIT (ISSUE #2) Export the timeline to XML Import the XML into Resolve, relink the...

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Discovering processing workflow of DaVinci Resolve

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The whole processing workflow of DaVinci Resolve can be simply displayed as the following diagram: The workflow of DaVinci Resolve The workflow is divided into sections that are processed sequentially. Also, some of the sections are between many clips (they are not clip specific). Let’s have a look closely at each of them. Camera RAW...

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Winter in Wieliczka, BMPCC footage

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A few weeks ago a real winter finally came. I couldn’t resist and I went for a walk to the nearby park with my Blackmagic Pocket Camera to shoot some clips. Everything was shot on Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (handheld) with Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 and Canon 24-105 f/4 VR (both with Metabones SpeedBooster). I used...

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Understanding BMPCC exposure with Zebras

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After thorough testing of the BMPCC (Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera) I started to notice some specific behaviour of the camera, and just to prove some of my assumptions I decided to run a few additional tests to verify them. Questions that I want to answer in this article: What are Zebras? What is the...

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Caching secrets in DaVinci Resolve

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Caching in DaVinci resolve was mentioned in my recent article about its performance, and today I decided to write a bit more just about this feature. There are 4 caching levels in DaVinci Resolve: Output Cache Node Cache Source Cache Sequence Cache The below diagram shows how the processing flows within DaVinci: To have a...

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How to improve DaVinci Resolve performance in 3 steps

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Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve is highly optimized piece of software, and when it is used with high quality hardware, it can deliver stunning performance when grading even RAW footage with tons of color correction nodes. That being said, there are situations when even most powerful setups start to slow down. This can happen especially when using...

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How to use DaVinci Resolve to detect cuts and split the video

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Let’s say we have a video that we want to color correct but we don’t have a project file – just the rendered video, or a project file is not compatible with our color grading suite. To be able to color correct the project we need to split it into single takes. Cutting the clip...

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Deconstructing the Photo episode 1

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Welcome to my first episode in the series called Deconstructing the Photo In the video below I will show you everything you need to know about this particular picture. From the preparation and execution to the postproduction process. I’m going to give you some hints on how to prepare for the photoshoot better, how to choose...

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Fixing skin tones, bmpcc footage, Resolve screencast

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A few days ago one of the users at the BMPCC facebook group asked for help with color correcting his footage. He recorded some material with the improper white-balance and in problematic lighting conditions (probably some mixture of LED lights). I gave it a shot and recorded a screencast while I was doing it. Here’s...

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Shooting Music Video with ML RAW Part 2 (editing)

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How to deal with almost 1TB of RAW footage Do you have to spend hours rendering proxy files to be able to edit them? ACR or Davinci Resolve? I you haven’t read the first part, head out to the previous one first. This post is a continuation of the process describing the postproduction phase of...

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SMS Relay, iOS 8.1, Yosemite, Not registered with iMessage

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Yosemite brings a fresh feature allowing us to answer the call from devices other than iPhone. But what about SMS? I spent some time trying to figure it out, googling it all around and it is not as straight forward as I thought. Configuration There are a few steps that have to be performed prior...

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Hannibal – grading decomposition

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Hannibal is one of the movie series where the color grading plays a large part in the post production process. I’m always impressed how they use color to change the mood and how this affects the perception of the show.

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BMPCC ISO 1600 performance test

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Is ISO 1600 usable on a pocket camera? How to post process the footage to preserve the details? Can the noise be lowered to usable levels? I am still in the process of learning my new toy – BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera. One of the tests I did some time ago was to shoot a...

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Shooting Music Video with ML RAW Part 1

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Is Magic Lantern stable enough to use it in a commercial project? Is it worth spending so much more time in RAW processing instead of simply using h.264 internal codec? Is it possible to shoot on location with just two 64 GiB CF cards that hold around 11 minutes of RAW footage each? How to...

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The Middleman Official Trailer

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The short movie we have been working on for the past few months is an action movie with a slight touch of the comedy. Shot in Cyprus and entirely funded by ourselves. It took around 14 days of shooting, including locations such as Larnaca Airport. The final movie is still in the works, but for...

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Quick Open/Save dialogs OS X TIP

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I have been using Mac for quite a long time now, and just today I’ve discovered a very useful thing in the open/save dialogs.

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Apps missing in App Store Purchases section

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Soon after upgrading my Mac I noticed one worrying thing – some of my apps purchased months ago in Mac App Store were not available on the Purchases list to install on my new machine.

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Drifting Sunday, Agios Silas, Cyprus

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While shooting some videos with my friends they entered the parking lot and started doing a lot of noise… Couldn’t resist but record them! Unfortunately my hand was tired after the whole day of shooting, so shots are not very stable… Still, I’m glad I had this opportunity!

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Shooting Sunrises, guest post for The Giving Lens

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A few weeks ago my post called Shooting Sunrise was published on The Giving Lens blog. More about the website and the idea behind it you can read here. Check out the gallery and other interesting blog posts, I’m sure you can find many useful information and wonderful pictures! Shooting Sunrises – guest post for...

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Complete post-processing tutorial, DRI, blending, lightroom, photoshop

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I’ve recorded the post-processing of one of my recent photos, and added descriptive captions, hope you like it! It’s the whole process from the very beginning – I import RAW files in Lightroom, adjust them initially, then blend them together in photoshop and process them to the very end!

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Life Street Festival Limassol 2013

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Recently I started using my camera also for some video work, and this is my first official movie I shot a few days ago at the Life Street Festival Limassol 2013, Cyprus. I was focused mostly on graffiti artists doing great job and painting all over the streets of Limassol city centre. A few of...

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I want to shoot at night!

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Hold on a second, cowboy. First of all, if you really want to start taking pictures during the night, you need to get familiar with manual mode. There’s no possibility that you will get nice results using auto mode or night preset. Another issue is that without a tripod there’s a small chance that your...

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Long Exposures Explained

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In this article I would like to talk about everything you need to know to take long and very long exposure shots. I will list all the required and recommended equipment, point out common mistakes, show differences between various exposure times and give some helpful tips.

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Cinematic productions shot with Nikon D800

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In this post I would like to show you two cinematic productions shot with Nikon D800 that have impressed me recently. It really proves that Nikon released a very powerful and capable camera with video features. Canon has always been the one shining in the movie industry after the release of 5D M2, but now...

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Straighten a photo tutorial

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In this video I will show you how to straighten a photo containing quite severe ultra wide angle distortion. For that I will use Lightroom and Photoshop. Some basic adjustments are also applied to improve the picture quality. Hope this tutorial will be useful somebody! Let me know what you think!

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