are you talking about the short "wasp"? i just watched it and i didn't think it was misery porn at all. sure the mother and her kids aren't living the high life, but they try to love and support each other in their lives and struggle. i thought it was actually a pretty endearing short. my one question is i wonder why they tossed the (empty?) bag of fries out the car when it drives off.
those led tealights don't put out hardly any light at all. i would setup the lanterns with regular light bulbs (maybe 30-60watts) inside that are on dimmer switches. each lantern would have a bulb inside. you could then use the dimmer switches to fake the candlelight look. for the light bulb base and cord, you can go grab a bunch of cheap clamp lights from home depot and just get rid of the clamp part. except don't, so you can return those clamp lights later. or keep 'em for other uses, they're never not helpful when you're starting out.
alternatively, if you had a bunch of led wifi-controllable light bulbs (like the philips hue), you could put them into the lanterns and then get control that way. those philips hue bulbs aren't necessarily cheap though.
are the lanterns not big enough to accept bulbs inside them? led bulbs do not run very hot at all, although again, cost is a consideration.
if i were travelling, one factor i would consider is the safety of myself and my gear wherever i go. with this in mind, the gh4 is great because it is such a tiny camera. if you dirty the exterior or cover it with tape, it should attract very little attention. the c100 has a larger profile and could attract more notice. i don't know if you'll be in sketchy/dangerous areas.
i generally love the swivelling lcd on the gh4, but i imagine while travelling and shooting with it i would want to pay extra attention to make sure that i don't ever break the swivelling lcd somehow. i haven't done it to my own gh4 (and it did take a fall once when the tripod fell over, oops), but i could see the potential for it. the c100's screen on the other hand seems less prone to breakage, although it doesn't have as much articulation as the gh4's screen (you can't really rotate it).
the gh4's screen is not great in bright sunlight. i'm sure there's a decent solution out there, but i haven't devoted time to it yet. can anyone chime in?
i would probably want to shoot with one main lens, to keep from having to switch lenses (dust, weather exposure) and to make sure that i'm always ready to capture whatever moments arise. while i have the sigma 18-35/1.8 and love that lens, i don't think you get enough versatility from it. also, it's a heavy lens.
i've shot the c100 with the canon 18-135/3.5-5.6. i love the range of that lens (go from wide to telephoto very quickly), but it is variable aperture and not the greatest for low-light (although the c100's better low-light capabilities help make up for that). also, while the canon 70-200/2.8 is an amazing lens, that thing is a beast to lug around. if i'm travelling, i would want to minimize and reduce.
there's no way i would ever want to let my camera bag/case out of my sight or hand if at all possible. so if you can pack everything into one case that you know can fit in any/all travel situations, that'd probably be a good thing. i would also probably get a hard case. again, something in a size that i know will be accepted on any train/airline/boat/bus/moped/camel. pelican cases are popular, there are other options available.
having said all of that, i think the gh4 is a great option. it's relatively cheap and the native mft lenses are tiny compared to the non-mft lenses. consider the combination of the panasonic 12-35/2.8 and the panasonic 35-100/2.8. both are really small and relatively fast lenses.
for sound, i have an old rode video mic. sometimes i attach it directly on and into the camera (run-n-gun). i've got a windscreen for it which really helps to reduce wind noise. if i'm doing an interview and the person is a little further away, i might move the mic closer and have it record into a sound recorder (or iphone, you just need to make sure you have the right cables). i would love to upgrade my sound equipment (hear great things about the ntg-3), but it's just not in my budget right now.
the sound from the camera itself is not bad. it's pretty loud (versus the c100's mic which is very quiet). if you're close to your speaker, the sound will definitely be useable (not amazing, but useable). i also have some cheap lav mics i can attach to people. these just record into iphones (again, have the right cables). pretty simple.
oh, final thought, you can interface to the gh4 with an iphone/ipad through the panasonic image app. it's a great way to get unique angles and remotely control your camera. i love this feature and it's relatively easy to setup/connect. not perfect or idiot-proof, but pretty good.
i have the gh4 and have shot with it a fair amount for the last few months. i tend to pair it with the sigma 18-35/1.8. i like the image the sigma captures over the panasonic 12-35/2.8 that i also have. the panasonic lens seems a little overly sharp and clinical to me, although the sucker is super small and light.
+ great: easy in the hand
i love the size and ergonomics of the gh4. super small. it has a flip-out, swivelling lcd screen which is great for shooting at different angles. the screen is not great in bright sunlight. (does anybody know of a good solution?) i also really like the layout and ergonomics of the camera. the controls just make sense to me (i come from a photography background). in contrast, i've also shot with the c100 and the controls on that camera are not nearly as easy to remember or navigate through.
- average: low-light with the right combination
with the sigma 1.8 and the metabones speedbooster, i can get okay low-light performance. i don't think it's going to be anything to write home about, but if you also take time to supplement the light, i think the gh4 will be quite alright. i purchased some cheap led lights on amazon (yong-nuo brand) which have been working out pretty nicely on my shoots.
- average: color/image rendition
i've had the chance to shoot with a canon c100 for a few months as well, and i generally like the colors it captures and the image quality over the gh4. not to say the gh4 is bad, but i feel like the colors are a little muddier on the gh4 in comparison. this could be because of lens or aperture or picture settings or a number of other factors, but straight out-of-the-box, i tend to like the image from the c100 better. which is funny because paul says to stay away from canon. any reason why paul?
the only reason i might consider the a7s is because of the great low-light performance its supposed to have. i haven't had a chance to get my hands on one yet though, so i have no idea how it operates in the real world or its true image quality.
if you're going to be attending film school and you'll be learning proper sound/lighting techniques, then i can definitely recommend the gh4. ultimately though, don't sweat the final details of which camera too much. a camera is a camera and in the end story trumps technique or equipment. just look at Tangerine (shot on iphone 5s).
if you don't get into film school, don't despair. if you can afford to buy some cheap led lights, great. if not, get whatever lights you can get your hands on. clamp lights, lamps from home, whatever. then also think about your sound. you can get away with recording into your iphone using your earbuds with the mic (use it just like a lav mic). then just start shooting. shoot, edit, share. and keep shooting, editing, and sharing.
good luck with your purchase!
i've actually been shooting with the panasonic gh4 (my personal camera) and a canon c100 for a few months now. overall, i have to say i love the gh4.
- relatively inexpensive for all the features that you get
- 4k is super awesome. definitely useful for leaving your master shot wide (interview in this case is perfect) and punching in on occasion. i don't think you've got enough resolution to be able to go from wide to medium-close on the face, so i would probably shoot close-up on the face with a second camera. or just do some inserts of the parts that you really liked.
- for 4k, just be ready to wrangle some big files. i don't have exact numbers, but on a day-long shoot, we would end up with about 80-100gigs of data from the gh4. certainly no red epic footage, but compared to the avchd format of the c100 (the canon is also shooting 1080), it's a big difference. just get a 4tb external drive and you'll be fine for awhile. be sure you get one with the fastest interface your laptop/computer can handle (esata, usb3, thunderbolt, whatever).
- the colors are pretty good. i'm not a pro filmmaker or anything of the sort yet (i come from shooting wedding photography for a number of years), but i think generally the image from the gh4 is very nice. compared to the c100, i do notice that the skin tones are a little more red and ruddy, sometimes also being a little more muddy. the c100 seems to have a really nice even toning and super pleasant skin tones generally speaking. i feel the c100 is also better than the gh4 when it comes to high contrast situations (strong sunlight). the dynamic range seems better or something.
- battery life is good on the gh4.
- i love the swiveling lcd display. great for shooting in non-traditional angles, although with an interview not as much of a concern. still nice to swivel the display if you want to see it from the front or whatever though.
- in-camera audio is ok for being in-camera audio, especially if you're not too far from the talent. i would definitely opt for boom or lav'd audio over the in-camera audio, but hey, if your lav gets interference or your sound hiccups in some way, you can almost fall back on the in-camera audio (with some adjustments and sweetening).
- i love the ergonomics of the camera. coming from a photography background, the camera just makes sense to me. comparing it to the canon c100, i just can't seem to wrap my head around the way the c100 is supposed to work. and that retarded thumb-stick with the push button, oh my god. on the gh4, some of the features are a little buried and i've gotta remember how to get to some settings, but the most important features are really quick and easy things for me to adjust. not so on the c100. maybe i just need more time with the c100 though.
i have both the panasonic 12-35 2.8 and the sigma 18-35 1.8. i seem to prefer shooting with the sigma because it has a nicer look to it. however, the panasonic 12-35 is super small and lightweight, and you can also control the focus and such through an ipad with the panasonic image app.
i also have the nikon 70-200 2.8 which i haven't had a chance to shoot anything meaningful with yet, but the test footage i've shot looks gorgeous. additionally, i've tried various odd lenses here and there i have lying around from my photography years and they all look pleasing, some more so than others. which is to say that regardless of what lens you're using, the gh4 is a great body to pair it with. again, considering that i got mine shortly after it came out for a little under $2k (body only), the camera is remarkable.
i replied on a different post about my audio setup using lav mics going into iphones, which i find to be pretty good. the post is here..
this thread is a little old, but i had a little information to add to the discussion. and i'm still on windows 7 (love the os).
to quickly get a look at the metadata for media files, i use a windows explorer extension called media tab. right-click on the file, view properties, select the MediaTab tab, and i get pretty detailed metadata information.
this webpage also recommends a utility called media info..
of course premiere pro can give me most of the basic information i need, but sometimes i don't want to have to load up the program just to figure out what bitrate something is at.
another windows utility that i absolutely have grown to love, especially for video editing is volume2.
it allows you to setup hotkeys and mouse combos to quickly and easily control/mute your audio. when i'm shuffling between different video editing tasks (previewing sound effects on freesound.org, watching video selects in premiere, learning some technique on youtube, finding a good matching soundtrack, etc), it's so so amazingly handy. oftentimes, my ears will be blasted because i like the audio at different levels for different tasks. with volume2, a quick slide of the mouse wheel or hotkey press and my ears are happier for it.