Is anyone else concerned about the fan noise? I was so excited to hear about this camera, but then realized it has a fan on it, just like the Micro Cinema Camera. I know there are software workarounds, i.e. digitally removing the sound, but for ease of use I think that extra fan sound in quiet backgrounds is a bit of a deal breaker? Not having a huge budget (or any budget) to constantly have sound professionals cleaning up my audio, these sort of little things make a difference.
Those are allegations only. But even so, have you ever seen/read Philip Bloom's teaching and/or tutorials? He's brilliant! His down-to-earth manner, clear explanations, politeness and humor make him extremely watchable and effective in the information he is passing on (mostly for free too!).
If it weren't for Philip Bloom I wouldn't be were I am today in my interests and activities as a wannabe film maker. He inspires those of us who have the passion to create beautiful works with the fundamentals.
I shoot with my BMPCC as a run-n-gun camera all the time. I agree that it isn't that well made, hardware wise (the micro HDMI port just broke off when I was at Disneyland), but I love having the codec and image quality when I get back home and have to make sense of all the footage I shot.
It's probably not a bad idea to go with it as a beginner, since you're forced to learn some things that will serve you well later on. Just ask around for tips on how to use it, and you'll learn as you go. It is worth it.
People who have Panasonic cameras love them, and there is nothing wrong with their images, but the BMPCC has this image with nice highlight roll-off and color rendition that is better, in my opinion, than every camera out there in the price range we're talking about here.
Hi Sean, that was great!
Here's a serious question for you: If one (me) were to want to get into a career in visual effects, or at least learn how to accomplish what you do, where does one start? Is it youtube videos, a VFX school, an internship, or other?
P.S. I'll be making a career changes in a couple of years (once my commitment to the military ends).
I can highly recommend the 12 mm Kowa lens. I have a BMPCC too, and this lens never leaves my camera. It is a fast lens (1.9 t) and has a manual aperture and manual focus--what, in my opinion, all good lenses for filming should have. Also, you can use it with the 2.88 crop factor on the BMPCC without an adapter. For me, at least, it is the perfect focal length for nearly everything I do. Simple and no need for lens changing and/or zooming. Pretty neat, huh?
Hope this helps!
Oh totally, Liam. Even just the camera there is distracting and can take away the naturalness of those candid interviews. Forget a mic on a boom pole! ;) That in itself causes a lot of anxiety if people just see some dude walking around with a mic on a pole. I have found out that the best way to catch those interviews is what you have already planned to do: have a friend interacting with the interviewee while you (as unobtrusively as possible) catch it with your camera. Just remember to choose your backgrounds wisely, so that you don't get a lot of contamination from sounds behind your subject. Good luck!