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Due to a fault in the phone image app when v2.3 is installed you can get the V-Log L profile free.
Anyone who can't buy it yet such as myself, or people who can't afford it can get it free.
I already paid for it but I just got it through the image app exploit. Will be playing around today for sure.
September 15, 2015 at 9:28AM
It's a major screw-up, but I will still buy V-log to support Panasonic.
September 15, 2015 at 9:54AM
Brief written instructions and article on enabling V-Log L on the GH4 - without a code! :\ http://lintelfilm.uk/blog
September 15, 2015 at 10:35AM, Edited September 15, 10:35AM
Panasonic will release a new GH4 firmware 2.4 on September 17th that will disable this V-log hack. Later on the mobile IMAGE app will also be updated to disable the hack.
Here's one person's view on the whole V-log hacking issue, that I pretty much agree with. We will kill any future upgrades for the GH4 if we don't support Panasonic on this. ( and then the ONLY upgrade path will be buying a new camera )
September 16, 2015 at 12:15PM, Edited September 16, 12:15PM
@Guy If somebody can't afford it, I'm all for them getting it for free. I don't think it's being selfish if you genuinely can't afford it. I have the same opinion with TV shows and films.
The price in Ireland is a lot higher from what I've heard from the shops that will supply it and even from Panasonic.
I don't think this will stop them releasing updates for cameras in future. I believe it will make them airtight the product before release. It's a good learning curve for them.
Depending on what the final price is over here will depend on whether I buy it or not. At the equivalent of $99 I will happily purchase it. If it's a fair bit more, I'll wait until I HAVE to upgrade the firmware to buy it.
September 18, 2015 at 5:30AM, Edited September 18, 5:46AM
I genuinely can't afford a Ferrari, so...
September 18, 2015 at 2:18PM
>>>If somebody can't afford it, I'm all for them getting it for free. I don't think it's being selfish if you genuinely can't afford it.
This could kill off any future firmware upgrades. ( not firmware updates ) I think updates will continue to be free, but new custom upgrade features might be held back for a new camera if people aren't paying for them via firmware installs.
One example that has been mentioned was 10-bit 4:2:2 internal recording for the GH4, Panasonic might be able to make this happen, but if nobody will pay for it, then they will wait until the GH5 comes out next year.
I think it's fine to try out new features to see if you like them, and if you do then you should pay for it. I think the V-log pricing in North America is fair ( $100 US ), and I've heard it's possible to buy it for 50 Euros in France.
One thing to keep in mind is that V-log post-processing is very tricky because people are still figuring out a reliable workflow, and there seems to be a LUT bug in Adobe Premiere right now.
September 18, 2015 at 6:53PM
@Ben James, Invalid point. You don't take a copy of the Ferrari that was given to you.
@Guy, I hope it's as low priced over here. Unfortunately Ireland seems to have a magical way of getting higher than average prices. The cheapest I got quoted here was €108 which is around $120 or thereabout.
I'd pay for 10bit 422 straight away. If V-Log is reasonably priced I'll definitely pay for that too.
September 19, 2015 at 4:00AM, Edited September 19, 4:00AM
Been testing with V Log L on the GH4 for about a week now and have really enjoyed it! I can definitely notice a difference in the dynamic range and surprisingly in low light. I've created a test video you can find here---> https://vimeo.com/139600006 where I shot in some low light conditions. Overall, I'm definitely happy with the update and the GH4 continues to hold its own for small indie productions!
September 20, 2015 at 1:16PM
Over all I think thie best way of getting V-Log with the GH4 is buying the GH4R. This is probably only available in Europe but it won't cost you a penny more than the normal GH4 except for that the version with the "R" can record longer than 30 minutes (because of taxation and kind of stuff). Also in the "R" version the V-Log is already included.
But this is, of course, only an option if you are about to buy a GH4.
February 9, 2016 at 7:50AM