DANIEL SCHWEINERT


Director of Photography

The Moon shot using a BMPCC

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I was playing around with the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera from a friend and decided to adapt it to my 1500mm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

The Moon was shot with the Canon EOS 5D Mark 3 + MagicLantern RAW & BMPCC through a Celestron NexStar 6SE. More technical info at the end of the video. Editing and Color Correction done in DaVinci Resolve Lite.

Music Space and Time by ScoreStudio (Pond5.com)
Composer Jonathan Glenville Wright
Licensee Daniel Schweinert

Free Neat Video Profiles BMPCC

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Here is my next set of free Neat Video Pro noise profiles. This time for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. I've made them using Neat Video's noise calibration chart and fine-tuned the patches by hand. Just unzip them into the "Profiles" folder of your Neat Video for After Effects or OFX. I recommend to apply Neat Video as the very first filter applied to the video data.

You can use the noise profiles with Neat Video Pro OFX Plugin for DaVinci Resolve too! Just be sure to set Color Space & Gamma to BMD Film if you recorded in RAW mode. Also add the Neat Video OFX Plugin directly to the "first" node. This will ensure that Neat Video uses the unaltered footage for noise reduction. Do your primary grading on a new node.

I've made 3 different sets of noise profiles for BMPCC ProRes Film, ProRes Video and RAW DNG. Make sure to use the proper noise profile with your footage to get best results.

Plugin: Neat Video Pro After Effects / OFX
Camera model: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
Profiles for ISO Range: 200 - 1600 (ProRes Film, ProRes Video & RAW DNG)

>>> DOWNLOAD <<<


Light Craft Rapid ND Filter Review

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Light Craft discontinued the Fader MK2, the more expensive Fader ND Digi Pro and came up with the new Rapid ND. Therefore I did some tests with my newly purchased variable neutral density filter to see how it performs.
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RawMagic Lite 1.1 vertical banding (solved)

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Just installed the new version of RawMagic Lite 1.1 on my mac to find out that it introduces vertical banding in my 5D Mark III ML RAW footage. The footage was captured in Magic Lantern 3x magnification mode. Also the new version 1.1 makes the footage a tiny bit brighter. I think they forgot to add the stripe removal in their conversion process. It's a free version but I hope they fix this soon in the next release. Until then I reinstall and use the older version 1.0.

Here you can clearly see the vertical banding (fine visible stripes from top to bottom). Thats a 100% crop from the flat looking DNG file but if you apply color grading it will be much more visible and distracting.

Im using Magic Lantern: Nightly.2014Apr07.5D3113

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UPDATE 2014/05/01: Thanks to the Rarevision team the vertical banding issue has just been solved! Great work guys! Download the fixed version from iTunes Store.

Free Neat Video Profiles 5D Mark III ML RAW

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Here are my free Neat Video Pro noise profiles. Use them with footage from a Canon EOS 5D Mark III recorded using Magic Lantern RAW. I've made them using Neat Video's noise calibration chart and fine-tuned the patches by hand. Just unzip them into the "Profiles" folder of your Neat Video for After Effects or OFX. I recommend to apply Neat Video as the very first filter applied to the video data.

UPDATE: You can use these noise profiles with Neat Video Pro OFX Plugin for DaVinci Resolve too! Just be sure to set Color Space & Gamma to BMD Film. Also add the Neat Video OFX Plugin directly to the "first" node. This will ensure that Neat Video uses the unaltered footage for denoise. Do your primary grading on a new node.

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Plugin: Neat Video Pro After Effects / OFX
Camera model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Magic Lantern RAW
Profiles for ISO Range: 100 - 12800

>>> DOWNLOAD <<<

Hint: To remove any possible banding caused by NeatVideo dither the denoised footage by adding a tiny amount of noise. In example apply the Noise filter inside AfterEffects with 0,4% strength right after the NeatVideo Effect.

Music Video - Freier Fall

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Finally - here is Mark Tarmonea's music video "Freier Fall" that we shot a couple of days ago.

iTunes Mark Tarmonea - Freier Fall
Soundcloud Mark Tarmonea - Freier Fall

BTS of Mark Tarmonea's music video

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We made a music video for my pal Mark Tarmonea in our studio. For lighting the background and models I used the 4ft / 4bank DIY KinoFlo's that I've built especially for this purpose - and they were great! Editing was done by Michael Ronge and Color Grading by me. Now Im doing some beauty retouching using a combination of Mocha AE, Beauty Box Video Plugin and Box Blur in After Effects. Here are a couple of snapshots I took with my phone from our shoot: Read More...

Built myself some professional DIY KinoFlo's

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In the last few days I've built myself a couple of 4ft 4Bank professional DIY KinoFlo's for an upcoming shoot. I improved the original design by integrating the fixture inside an ultralight Flightcase. This makes them very portable an no bags are needed anymore. Here are a couple of snapshots I took with my phone.

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