FS700 footage specs

The official FS700 video is up. I would just like to take a few moments to go through my footage they used and tell you more about how I recorded it. As you can see there are clips from three different movies which will be released starting next week.

First is about a girl and her car. This shot was recorded on SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95 lens. The creamy bokeh perfect for this scene as the sequence is about her memories. I helped myself with nailing the focus by using Genus follow focus and SmallHD DP4 with its great new peaking function.

Two shots from the car were made using a car rig a described in previous post. For this I used Sony’s kit lens 18-200 as it has a stabilizer. It is very important how you place the suction cups on the car as a small change in placement can make or break the shot. The first shot also has a small CFL light (powered by converter) on the co-drivers seat to lighten the shadows a bit.

For the front car shots I lie down in the trunk of another car with camera on a Hi Hat with Manfrotto 504HD head and some dense foam. I also used the kit lens. There were some problems with the car head lights as they are LED lights and they are prone to flickering.

Some obligatory slider shots. An old Glidetrack with Manfrotto ball head and Manfrotto 577 Quick Release plate.

This shot was made from a hill with an old Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro lens. It was the only 300mm lens I had at my disposal and it turned out o.k. for this shot.

The second movie will be about a motocross rider. Filmed with Nikon 80-200mm and 17-55mm lens. Everything was recorded in super slow motion at 200fps (50Hz). It will be hard to make a short movie out of the footage as every clip is a minute long. (:

The last few clips were made in my kitchen under ArriSun 18 HMI light. I had the light from another shoot in my trunk, paid for them till the morning and I thought: “Why leave them useless in my car?” Let’s use them. Black cloth for the background and some fizzy drinks. I shoot it on Sony’s 50mm f/1.8 OSS lens. Great little lens. I like more and more every day.

This are all frame grabs from the video on Vimeo and can as such present some compression artifacts.

UPDATE: Frank Glencairn was using the pre-production FS700 before me so he left me a special picture profile in the settings. He said it is something between G-Log and K-tone. I quickly tested all the profiles that were pre set on the camera and found this one the most pleasing for me. I didn’t have time to test some of my settings. So here it is. First custom picture profile from Frank Glencairn.

Black level +2
Gamma Cine2
Black gamma – range middle, level -2
Knee – point 105%, slope 0
Color mode – type Cinema, level 8
Color level +2
Color phase -2
Color depth – R 0, G 0, B 0, C 0, M 0, Y 0
WB shift – all 0
Detail  – level 0

You can see the shots again in motion here.