-Northwest NATAS Student Emmy Award
-The Gem Award - Complete Campaign, Local Idaho Falls Ad Federation
-Motion Designer/Animator at Saxton / Horne Advertising
No, you are better off getting DaVinci Resolve. It's free and unrestricted for any work. It's also way more intuitive just from my quick observation.
However, I will say the more software that students can play with the better.
IR filters are probably your first issue. Also, I don't how you're getting 6 stops when various of other tests have shown otherwise. If you are using the 4k and not the 4.6K I can see the 6 stops.
This article says 13 in prores and 14 in Raw.
Buy things one at a time and not all at once and buy what you use on a regular basis and rent what you don't.
I always tell people you really can do a lot with 1 light, reflectors and cheap foam core. If not the foam core you can buy white poster board and that works great too. The poster board especially works great for product shots because you can tear it and make small bounce points where you want more light.
Not really. The video assist can't do RAW recording or Prores XQ.
Here is my theory and let me preface this with a story. I play guitar as a hobby and I started to learn to play in my freshman year in high school. My parents were supportive and wanted to help me purchase a starter guitar but they didn't know a thing about guitars. My mother saw a guitar for under 100 bucks in a JC Penny catalog but was unsure about the purchase. She asked our family friend who taught guitar for advice. He immediately and sternly told my Mother "That's not good enough! He will never play it!" He then offered to shop for a starter guitar for my parents. He picked out a guitar for me and it was good value but great a sounding guitar and it did it's job. It was beautiful sounding enough that made me want to pick up and play it. I have since upgraded and now own a beautiful Taylor Guitar (a very high end acoustic guitar) and I love every time I play it. Did I need a Taylor? No but it makes me happy every time I pick it up and play it.
My theory and moral to this story is that first you need a good tool and second that tool needs to make you happy when you use it. Sure the skill of playing a guitar, or for our purposes making a film, is in the artists hands but if you don't have something that makes you happy when you use it you will lose motivation. Back to the guitar example, sure nobody I know cares or could tell the difference I play a taylor guitar but I know the difference and that difference makes me happy. I love the way it sounds when I play it.
I believe the real reason filmmakers choose certain cameras is because the image makes them happy. It speaks to them in the same way a beautifully made guitar sounds to a player. Not this mumbo jumbo about this is the right camera for the story. Rodger Deakins likes Alexa because he likes the image it produces. Quentin Tarantino likes film because he likes the image it produces. It's that simple! They like the way those tools sing to them. There are of course other reasons but that is the big reason.
If you feel like your T3i is pigeonholing you it is time to upgrade to something that you do like to shoot with. For me personally I have shot a ton of stuff on the Red Epic and it has a awesome image! but it doesn't make me happy. My little 1080p BMPCC makes me happy. I love the image it produces!
In this day and age with cameras you can't go to wrong if you do a little bit of research and testing and find the camera you like. It could be a Sony, Blackmagic, Panasonic, Canon, Alexa, RED, Nikon, and etc. If the tools are pleasing to work with and produce pleasing images, you will be more likely to shoot with it.
Find a good camera that makes you happy and shoot with it.
I know Rodger is no moron. I mostly was referring to all of us filmmakers generally. There is a quote from a Photographer when he was referring to full frame vs APS-C "So what's it come down to... the moron behind the camera." The moron bit I was trying to be funny. Which obviously doesn't translate very well in text. I for one consider myself a moron behind the camera.
Yes I do agree we do choose the right tool for the right job.