March 7, 2016 at 12:05PM

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GH4 - Thoughts on getting a cinematic, film look?

Hey,

I'm a pretty new owner of a Panasonic GH4 and am looking for some feedback on my first couple of videos. Here's a link:

https://vimeo.com/157542010

Overall, I'm happy with the GH4. Especially during the day. It can be a bit of a struggle working in low light but it's still doable. I think you just have to be really selective.

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To first approximation, the cinematic look comes from the lighting, not the camera. Of course some people want to go beyond lighting and color their films. To get there, a LOG profile really helps. Unfortunately the V-LOG-L profile for the GH4 is very unfriendly to its native 8-bit 4:2:0 recording limitations, so if part of your definition of cinematic is not only good lighting but also creative grading, you'll want to get something like an Atomos SHOGUN to record 10-bit 4:2:2. It's still a far cry from what you can do with a RED, but it's a dream compared to the limitations of the AF-100 and earlier Panasonic prosumer cameras.

March 7, 2016 at 9:59PM

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I have a GH4 and find that the Voigtlander lenses, when wide open, give a nice 'cinematic' look with the right lighting. This, with a Shogun, is a good combination

March 9, 2016 at 5:52AM

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