Foto tutorial (English)
Foto tutorial (Espaņol)
Equipment recommendations US-ES
Flaat for Canon
Flaat for Nikon
Flaat for the BMC
Flaat for NEX-5N
Old Picture Style Tests
550D video lineskip
APS-C vs Full Frame
Badly assembled lenses and image quality
Lens mount compatibility chart
ISO on different cameras
High ISO on the 5D3
DIY: DR test chart
RGBWK Bayer sensors
Notes on DoF-FoV
Notes on crop-DoF-FoV
Custom Cropmarks for Magic Lantern on the Canon 550D
How many megapixels do I want?
How many megapixels can I see?
Quick Monitor Calibration Chart
Flaat for the BMC
After creating profiles for Canon and Nikon DSLRs, and for my NEX-5N, now it is time to work with the BlackMagic Cinema Camera.
The best way to get sharp and clean images out of this camera is to shoot RAW and work directly with the DNG files. Check my tests here.
Flaat for the BMC requires that you shoot RAW, and that you work directly with the DNG files in After Effects.
Maximum DR, easy to grade
Knowing that, the next step was to look at the settings that Adobe Camera RAW offers when you import the clips. This is RAW, so you have A LOT of flexibility. But going overboard with some parameters could have
From what I've seen, this is, in general, not a problem: you can lower the black point and bring contrast to the minimum, and the footage won't show an inverted-S light response.
It is not so simple for highlight recovery: if you push it too far, you'll end up with an image that is difficult to grade: the highlights end up taking too much space, and most of the image gets buried
down in the shadows. My compromise, to avoid this, is to lower the highlight recovery parameter a bit, and to include a curve that partially offsets this issue and tries to keep the image near-log.
You can find here the different light-response functions from the different settings.
Out of the box, color from the BlackMagic Cinema Camera is relatively good. Not perfect, but better than what you get, out of the box, on other cameras in its price range. Plus, it's RAW, so, if you don't like it,
you can shift it around as much as you want.
The biggest issues I found (and corrected) were: skin tones end up being a bit too rosy, and red tones lack some saturation. You can check here how my settings reduce
both of this issues.
More samples (soon) in the Vimeo Group: Shot on Flaat