Former print media geek turned video geek.
Is the TrekPak divider system included with these new cases? I like this idea so much more than the pluck foam.
I also worry about stability as these apps get more bloated. CS6 Premiere Pro is 998MB, while CC 2015 Premiere Pro is a whopping 2.5GB! At some point, I have to think these apps are so RAM hungry with so much code that they will become less and less stable. I would much rather have ALL bug fixes and stability issues resolved before adding new features...but hey, that's just me.
I checked out someone's FS5 last night. I love the form factor, the variable ND filter, the ergonomics and the price, but I'm baffled about the low codec bitrates (1080 @ 50 Mbps and 4K at 100 Mbps). I'm looking to upgrade from my GH4, which shoots up to 200 Mbps for 1080. I realize they are two very different cameras, so maybe I'm missing something here, but it seems that the FS5 codec is rather limited. I took some test shots with the FS5, and find that Premiere Pro struggles playing back the footage. Any thoughts on this?
+1 for notification, as it would encourage people to engage. Without out it, you post something and may as well forget about it as its hard to follow threads.
Speaking of which, is there a search function for this web site? I see a magnify glass icon in the header, but it doesn't allow me to enter search text anywhere.
Is the SONY FS5 a possible option to consider? It has many of the features you seek at a cost that may afford you a lens or two when switching over to the SONY system. It is smaller and lighter than the FS7, which is a plus for shooting mobile at events. It will have better low light than a MFT system, especially if you add a Metabones Speedbooster and fast glass. Glass is obviously a big part of the investment, but you can adapt many lenses to the SONY system.
FWIW, I currently shoot on a GH4, and while I really enjoy the camera, all of the issues you mention mirror my interest in moving to a "professional" camera. The GH4 can produce exceptional results in the right conditions, but low light is not one of them. Shooting under tight deadlines doesn't always afford the option to light a shoot, and the MFT sensor can really struggle. I have the Metabones Speedbooster and Sigma 18-35mm lens combo, which is a huge help in low light. Other things that slow me down is adding an audio preamp/recorder (Tascam DR70D) and a monitor/recorder to my rig (Blackmagic Video Assist). At some point it just makes sense to look at a dedicated video camera for video work!
I do like how Canon renders skin tones, which is a primary concern for most of the work I do. I do nearly all of my post work, and most of my clients don't budget for a colorist, which means I try to get baked in color as close as possible to minimize color work in post.
I am curious to see what direction you go in, and I appreciate all the detailed comments others have posted. Its a great time to be shooting!
Agreed. If a light fixture extends forward, it only makes sense to place one of the legs underneath it for support. I have seen C-stands fall over when a leg wasn't under the weight of what they were supporting. Common logic.