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May 24, 2012

Want a Specific Look with Your FS100? Try These New Scene Files from AbelCine

The Sony FS100 is a fantastic large sensor video camera for the money, but one of the chief criticisms is that its highlight roll-off is less than pleasant. If you're trying to squeeze as much dynamic range out of that camera as possible, your options are limited, as it does not provide any sort of log mode like its big brother the Sony F3. By utilizing scene files, we can make the most of the limited color space and dynamic range. Andy Shipsides, who is an essential resource for all things color profiles and crop factors, recently updated his custom scene files for the FS100.

Here's his description of the new profiles over at the AbelCine blog:

With the updated firmware on the FS100 many people have also been asking about new Scene Files for the camera. There was talk about the color or gamma modes changing with the new firmware, but from my testing and from what Sony has told us this is not the case. However, it was well worth re-examining our original files to come up with some new looks for you to try out on the camera.

Below is an example of what you can expect to gain in terms of dynamic range with the new AB_Range2 scene file:

Standard FS100 Profile - No Scene File

AB_Range2 Scene File

There are a total of six new scene files for the FS100, and all of them have very specific looks and purposes. If you want more dynamic range, you'll want the profile called AB_Range2, and if you're trying to match footage to Canon DSLRs, the High Contrast profile might do the trick. Below you will find examples the download links to the new 2.0 firmware for the FS100 (which is required), and all six of the new profiles. Scene files, color profiles, and picture styles, when used correctly, can make your life much easier in post, and when used incorrectly, and certainly make footage unrecoverable. It's important to know what they do before using them on a critical shoot, so that you know what to expect when it's time to color grade.

If you haven't used Andy's field of view calculator, you should check it out, because it's absolutely essential for trying to wrap your head around the constantly changing sensor sizes and crop factors. One lens focal length is chosen and the resulting field of view for two different cameras can be compared. It's updated on a regular basis, so you be sure to check back as new cameras are released.

Links: New FS100 Scene Files - AbelCine Website

FS100 Firmware 2.0   &  AbelCine FS100 Scene Files Download

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Andy Shipsides is a fantastic resource for anyone shooting with large sensor cameras. He uses high end instruments, so his tests are precise and unbiased. He also does a great job explaining technical issues like gamma, log and color space in a way that is relevant for shooters. It's great that he creates custom gammas for cameras and then generously shares them with the public. I'll be looking forward to his tests with the Sony FS700 when it comes out.

May 24, 2012

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I think it is still no that flat even with AB_Range2. I'll give it a try on my FS100 but I have a feeling that we 're going to see a major difference in gamma, highlight rolloff and color between FS100 and FS700...

May 24, 2012

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Alex Mand

Alex, I don't think that you will see a major difference in the FS700 compared to the FS100 in terms of dynamic range, color, etc. See Andy Shipsides preliminary test with the camera: http://resources.abelcine.com/2012/05/11/testing-the-fs700-low-light-per.... However, the good news is that the 700 will feature Cine Gammas similar to the F3. These gammas when used properly under different lighting conditions can help you get the most out of the sensor's dynamic range. They are not super flat like S-log, but they are really helpful. I use them all the time with the F3 with great results - especially Cine 1 with high contrast scenes such as a day interior with bright windows. The slo-mo capability will really help sell this camera - very impressive. I think that the 4K upgrade is a marketing lost leader for making more sales when the camera releases. They haven't promised when or how much. I suspect the upgrade will be very expensive and will only work with a proprietary Sony recorder. I think the solution will out price most buyers in that price range. Look at their history with the S-log upgrade cost - and that was just firmware. However, it's still a good value without the 4K.

May 24, 2012

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Thanks for these. very helpful. Do you think they'll ever be a firware upgrade #3 for the FS100 or is it pretty much an afterthought for Sony now?

January 26, 2014

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Dan