Upload & Sell: On
Thanks TT! Right at the moment the equipment eclipses the operator by a considerable margin, but I'm gaining on it. I'm having a debate with myself today about whether I want to shoot 4K RAW at AFW this week, or capture it in HD or 2K to make my memory go further. Very shortly I'm going to have ten grand invested in memory, even with the price of ssd's coming down.
Some of what I want to shoot this week will be at 240fps, which can only currently be done in HD, but the gain in HD memory is negated by the fact that you are burning footage at 7 times the normal rate. The only answer is to have lots of memory. Especially with our subjects because you can't just walk across the studio and download to free up memory. That's another factor, a 4K RAW filled 1TB ssd takes about 40 minutes to upload. There's just no way around having a huge investment in memory.
All of this has completely skewed my sense of cost as it relates to our still gear. A $10,000 200-400 seems extremely reasonable to me now, in light of the fact that a 70-200/2.8 in cinema is $19,100!!!! My Buddy Doug Jensen bought a Canon 200-400 recently for his F-55/FS/7 rigs and he is blown away by the quality. I think I posted something on that a couple of pages back. His impression is all of our high end Nikon/Canon glass is more than 4K capable. I'm having B&H overnight me a Zacuto long lens support because I fully intend to stick my 300/500 and maybe even my 800 on the Sony during the course of the week.
Disappointed as I am that Glenn's and my considerable efforts went for naught when the 38 was grounded, I'm now in a position to wring this new gear out this week in a pretty low pressure environment. Don't know if I can operate in a low pressure environment........., but I'm looking forward to trying.
There are so many techniques that we develop in our still work that just don't work in video. People have laughed at me over the years because I shoot all my long glass handheld. I figured that same steady technique would allow me to do the same in video. My experimentation to date has been pretty discouraging. A discussion with Doug the other night had him laughing as well, because you have to be on "sticks", handheld with our subjects is virtually impossible unless one enjoys that all over the map look that NYPD Blue introduced to television years ago. That look is pretty nauseating with our subject matter both in the capture and the viewing Yesterday when I got the Sachtler sticks tweaked, the error of my ways became obvious and I feel like they are going to go a long way in helping me achieve the quality we all expect from our end product.