September 22, 2017 at 9:00AM

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Shooting for the Edit

Hey guys, here in a couple of months I'll be getting my hands on my first camera (GH5) and was wondering what the optimal in camera settings are for exposing to maximise my flexibility in colour grading. I ask only because I see videos of post grade (or test footage in general) with video descriptions that read: CineD everything -5 except hue and don't know what the driving force behind choosing these settings would be or even what it all means.

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Step 1: Purchase Leeming LUT ONE (approx $20, http://www.leeminglutone.com/)

Paul Leeming has done a lot of work to characterize and optimize LUTs for both CineD and VLog profiles. In theory, VLog should provide better dynamic range and color fidelity as a source than CineD, but Panasonic cleverly clipped (no pun intended) the dynamic range of consumer-level VLog so that it's basically not much better than reconstructing data from CineD. Leeming LUT One gives basically similar results using either of these two gamma curves. I have VLog for my GH4 and choose to use his LUT with that. But if I had not purchased the VLog option (which is also cost-extra on the GH5), I would be using the CineD option just as happily.

Step 2: Record according to the LUT ONE exposure guidelines.

Step 3: Congratulations! You have successfully "shot for the edit".

September 22, 2017 at 2:50PM, Edited September 22, 2:50PM

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wow! that's more simple than I feared it would be.Thanks! that leeming website is now in my bookmarks, I've seldom seen so much useful information for shooting just laid out with examples like that.

Logan Poole

September 22, 2017 at 6:56PM, Edited September 22, 6:56PM

Here's the thing. Don't think about this yet. If this is your first camera, and you aren't sure what is going into making those decisions, you shouldn't be doing it yet. What the first commenter described is probably one good way to get one particular look out of something, sure. It doesn't tell you WHY you should be doing that. It doesn't tell you what you gain or lose doing it that way. It doesn't tell you what difficulties it adds to shoot flat/log and deal with it after.

If this is your first camera, spend some time just shooting with the standard profile. Shoot a bunch of things, then take it into your NLE and say "What don't I like about this?" Then figure out what you can change to remove those things. Then do it again. And again and again until you start realizing what the purpose behind all this is.

I say this because, please don't take this the wrong way, there's a decent chance that you're going to end up with something that could be done in camera, despite your "flexibility in post". All the flexibility in the world is worthless if you don't know specifically what you're after, and chances are it's not going to be gotten with color grading. If you saw something you really liked, chances are it's the lighting, or blocking, or camera movement, or editing that achieved it. Color grading isn't going to help with any of that. Knowing the "how" without the "why" is only going to set you back creatively.

September 28, 2017 at 6:32PM

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Joshua Bowen
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Dear Logan, it's better that you study framing and editing tech of picture, gh5 (i own it, and bmd cameras) offer you a great 10 bit 4:2:2 in a most of important resolution, framerate, that allow you to do a lot in post (especially now that is out 2.0 firmware). The viewer can accept a small color change in editing, but not accept easily a breaking 180 degree rules or other simple editing rules.
my suggest is to read a good editing book like walter murch classic to help you to learn about editing without lock your creativity in too much tech rules, but murch tell you the emotional way of editing.

October 2, 2017 at 8:19AM

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Carlo Macchiavello
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