Cinema Camera Webinar: Moviola

Marco Solorio Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Events 3 Comments

This Thursday, November 29th, 2012 from 11:30 AM PST to 1:00 PM PST, Marco Solorio of OneRiver Media will be presenting a LIVE Cinema Camera webinar, with host, Michael Horton from LACPUG over at Moviola. An entire hour is being devoted for this presentation, ranging from production to post-production, specifically for use with the Cinema Camera. After the hour-long presentation, Q&A will be opened up to all attendees.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Blackmagic Design has given me a FREE LICENSE of DaVinci Resolve with USB dongle to give away at the webinar! That’s $1000 worth of software for free! But you have to register and watch to win!

Please go to the Moviola website for more details and registration.

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  1. Great Seminar, Marco! I learned a lot. I was shocked to find out that the bmd cinenma camera does not even had audio meters on the LCD. I called BMD to confirm and they said it was true, and that you can use the included ultrascope to monitor audio if deisred. Didn’t you also say that if you peak on the audio meters that the camera shifts to line level, and won’t switch back without turning off? I asked bmd about this they did not know anything about it. Did I not understand what you said? Anyway I guess you can use duel system sound or attach the ultrascope, but that sure is not very conenvenient. What do you do for a work around?

    You went over something so fast, I was hoping you would explain a little more. When importing a DNG sequence into after effects, did you say you only need to adjust the first file with Photoshop Camera Raw, and then import the whole sequence into after effecs, and after effects will automatically assign the same metadata adjustments to all the following files in the sequence? Is that how you do it? Can you please explain this a little more?

    What file formats are you able to save to a laptop via thuderbolt? Both DNG and ProRes?

    When will your training videos for the camera be released?

    Thanks, Steve

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      Hi Steve,

      Thanks so much for the kind words! Very happy to hear you learned a lot. Yep, no audio meters for now. But I’m confident they’ll come in a firmware update. But as mentioned in the webinar, the work-around for me right now is using the audio meter overlays in my TVLogic display, which I use often with the camera anyway. I know that solution wont work for some people (especially if cost is a factor), but there are work-arounds. Similarly, if you get one of the listed mic pre amps I showed (namely the ones with meters), you can calibrate that to the BMCC and use it confidently as well. And yes, if you severely overload the camera’s internal mic-level pre amp, it’ll auto switch over to line level and does require a reboot of the camera to switch it back to mic level. But again, if you use a good mic pre amp, then you can ensure you don’t do that while also getting a MUCH better signal-to-noise ratio in the process. It’s literally the difference between hearing hiss, and not hearing any hiss.

      Regarding importing CinemaDNG into AE, yes, select the first file in the sequence, make sure “image sequence” is checked, and when the file imports, you’ll automatically get the Adobe RAW Reader interface to tweak the image settings. When you do (and click OK), it’ll apply the image settings you just made to all the images in the image sequence.

      When recording to a computer via Thunderbolt, the file format is actually QuickTime Uncompressed 4:2:2 (you can choose either 8-bit or 10-bit), so neither CinemaDNG or ProRes.

      Ahhh, I really wish I had the answer to the release date of the training videos as well! Because we’re a fully operational production and post-production facility, we must tend to our booked projects first. With that said, I’m trying feverishly to work on the training videos between the cracks. On the plus side, you can be assured that the videos will be top quality, and filled with info from our firsthand experience as a working full-time facility, from real world productions. I appreciate you asking about this, and I’m really excited to get these videos completed!


      1. Thanks for the great info. Please keep us posted on your progress in producing the videos. They will save us a lot of time and money by profiting from your experience. Sounds like they won’t be ready by Christmas! Too bad, they would have been a nice present for myself. I hope you will include a section on the two possible post production workflows with Resolve and After Effects. In Resolve, please show a detailed example of that back & forth processs in Adobe Premiere with the proxies & XML’s and switching them out, etc. I think ou describe it in the seminar but it would really help to see an example of you actually doing it in the video. I’m curious if there is a third possible post production workflow with Speedgrade?

        In the Moviola seminar, you recommended the Sand Disk Extreme 480 GB SSD’s. Do they come with their own dock, or do you buy that separately, and if so, which dock(s) do you recommend? How many SSD’s do you recommend to start with (I’m guessing 2 if we can afford 2), and who do you think has the best prices?

        Thanks so much for the help,

        Steve in Portland, OR

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