Westchester Rotary Club. I shot some volunteer video of the "before and after" of a home in Westchester, CA (LA). I'll be shooting all week, if you want to help them out with volunteer work. Please contact them through their website.
< Here's the "before" b-roll with the C100 of the PODS container being planted on the street.
< Going handheld with the C100 (slash) me in a mirror shot. The C100 is great for this type of work due to its small size, and excellent image quality (via the Ninja 2). On day 1, I made 75 shots for 156 GBs. It took approx 16 minutes to offload the 156 GBs of data through the Atomos USB 3.0 connection. ProRes HQ format.
< Day 3: rocking the C100 with the Atomos Ninja 2. I used my lav microphone system for interviews on Channel 1, and used the camera's on board mic for a -10 db attenuated guide track on channel 2. I controlled the manual gain on both channels from the C100.
< The home front getting the business end of the Westchester Rotary Club. They worked tirelessly for six days to bring about the transformation. Kudos!
< Volunteering feels good for the right cause.
< For the big family reveal, I decided to add a second camera. Cue the Canon 5D Mark III with Atomos Ninja external recorder. Both cameras shot ProRes 422 HQ uncompressed. I used the Redrock Micro UltraCage for the C100, and the Captain Stubling rig for the 5D3. Both rigs gave me low-profile stability for our ENG, run-n-gun style shooting.
< Brought in pro camera op, Robert Stenger, to run a 5DMKIII with the original Ninja 1 external recorder as B-cam. Even though I had to reverse telecine the footage (or transcode) in Compressor, I still got a real chunky ProRes 422 HQ (220 Mbps) uncompressed data stream. Or something.
A big important point: the 5D Mark III doesn't have HDMI audio out. Therefore, his Ninja needed an audio fix. We added a 3.5" to 3.5" stereo audio cable running from the camera's headphone jack to the Ninja's audio in. I then changed the audio input of the Ninja to "analogue." From this set up, and after cranking the camera's audio gain, we recorded a nice guide track to the b-cam Ninja. I could've gone with my JuicedLink Riggy Assist pre-amp for cleaner sound, but since it was just guide track, a simple 3.5" to 3.5" cable sufficed.
< Lucky for me, I got to play with the C100 and the Ninja 2. The Ninja 2 does the 3:2 pulldown automatically, so I got true, ready-to-edit 23.98 files for my timeline. I output everything to ProRes 422 HQ uncompressed files. All my days of shooting combined to 941 GB of Quicktime ProRes HQ files. I had zero errors with the SSD drives on the six-day shoot, and the Atomos external recorder systems worked flawlessly.
< Here's an example of the interlaced footage before and after the 3:2 pulldown process, either in the Ninja 2 or using Compressor.
< Final interviews.
A quick note:
HDD = Hard Disk Drive, a spinning disk with mechanical arm
SSD = Solid State Drive, no moving parts, flash-based memory
READ THIS FOR A COMPARISON OF SSD VS HDD
I offloaded my files through the Atomos USB 3.0 reader to my 6TB LaCie Thunderbolt HDD drive. A day's worth of shooting (under 250GB) was offloaded in 15-20 minutes. I took the two SSD drives (300 GB Intel SSD & 256 GB Crucial M4 SSD) to a secondary laptop with FW800, and downloaded backups to an older 2 TB drive used for long-term storage. This reduction in speed on the slower system added hours to the offload. But since it was a fire-and-forget backup system, I simply kept working on my speedier alpha system. I also created a third, dedicated backup drive that I stored in a fire-resistant safe in my underground bunker deep beneath the city of Washington D.C.
< Watching dailies in the Bat Cave.
I'LL UPDATE THIS POST. MORE TO COME.