J3 vs V2 for 4K video

Started Aug 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP thedest1 Junior Member • Posts: 30
Re: J3 vs V2 for 4K video

Alright, lets go then (my english is bad, so if something gets confusing, just ask me to explain again)

There are LOTS of ways to create a video from those files. Im not a Mac guy, but some friends use them and they also have their ways. Im a windows guy and I use the Adobe programs.

Important things:

- That feature is not aimed at the average users. Its something for the enthusiasts. The video quality you will get can match 30k dollar cameras, but you will have obviously more limitations - but the quality is there.

- Make sure you have the latest firmware in the V2. In the V1 after capturing the 4k burst you have to wait 1:30 minutes for the buffer to clear, and thats a pain in the ass. If you have the V2 with the latest firmware and a fast class 10 SD card, after the burst it will take only 5 seconds to clear the buffer, and thats totally workable.

- Its better to use the 30fps burst. If you use 60fps you will get ~1 second clips but if you use 30fps you can make ~2 second clips.

- Yes, the best you can do is 2 second clips. You wont be able to shoot a soccer game, but 2 seconds is more than enough for making really great videos. And its great for your creativity. Below you can see 4 good examples. All videos were shot with a 2.7k BlackMagic camera. As you can see, the video is a compilation from small clips that have 2-5 seconds. The Blackmagic can capture 2.7k RAW videos and its very expensive. The V2 can capture 4.6k RAW videos and costs only 700 bucks. So yes, you can do amazing videos like those with your small mirrorless.

EXAMPLES: https://vimeo.com/49272792





- I use 2 methods for creating the video:


........ Imagine you have a burst of 40 RAW pictures. I open one of them in Lightroom and I edit the image to get the most out of it, like you do on any other RAW picture. Then I use the option to apply the same adjustments in all the pictures of that sequence. I export them. You can choose the format you like the most - JPEGs, TIFFs etc

........ The second step is to open a new sequence in Adobe Premiere Pro. I usually create a 24p timelime with the images. That way you will have a ~2 second clip. 2 seconds is not enough for me, so I use Twixtor to transform that 2 second clip into a 4, 5, 8, 10 seconds clip.

........ Sometimes I like to add some color grade and sometimes I like it very natural. From that point on, you can edit it like any other video.

........ Export the way you want. Even if you export it at 1080p it will blow away any other 1080p camera, because every single pixel of your video will be sharp. And having all that dynamic range and 4:4:4 color will give you cinema level quality. Just make sure you use high bitrates to preserve all that detail.

........ It looks complicated but its actually very fast and easy once you get the hang of it


........ Premiere Pro can open the original RAW pictures, so you can create a 24p timeline and import all of the images.

........ After that you can edit it like any other video

* I rather use the first method for 2 reasons. Lightroom is more flexible to extract all the dynamic range from the RAW and Premiere Pro is slower to render the video if you edit everything on it.

I think thats about it. Its really something out of this world being able to do that in such a tiny camera. But again, its not an all around video camera. But for my needs, its more than enough

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