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URSA Mini 4k Test & Review | Coffee with Yuta

By on Nov 13, 2015 in Corporate, Life, Reviews, Travel, Weddings | 10 comments

I recently made a purchase on the Blackmagic Design URSA Mini camera, after falling in love with the image of the original URSA. I bought it from Videoguys here in Melbourne, Australia. After extensive reading & researching in whether to get the URSA 4.6k or 4k, I decided on the 4k. A large part of this was to do with affordability in the current time, but also one of the stronger features of the URSA Mini 4k – global shutter at 60p.  For me this feature is crucial as a lot of the time I’m doing things on my own, so its useful to have the option to stabilise my footage without the ‘jello’ effect for example. I also make use of a monopod all the time, and tend to do fake sliding shots on it. This is where you use your whole body weight and move the monopod forwards by leaning, then tilting the head upwards so that it stays level. Sometimes you get wobbly, so being able to straighten the shot is useful too. These are just some examples (also the fact that I shoot at lot of 60p too). Anyway, onto the test! I went out with my Japanese buddies here in Melbourne. Yuta works at a coffee shop out in South Melbourne called Clement Coffee. If you haven’t been there yet, I highly recommend checking it out! I wanted to experiment with some indoor shots with available natural & indoor lighting. It also had a wonderful colour palette inside the coffee shop, so it had a nice aesthetic too. I was shooting hand held, to simulate the type of work that I do on a weekly basis. My trusty FS100 is slightly lighter than the URSA, but thats due to the Magnesium build of the URSA I would think. The URSA is light in my hands, but I think the addition of a top handle would be really desirable, as it does strain your wrists after a while of holding the camera from the side grip when on standby. I think I’d be able to shoot a day with it hand held, but it’s going to need to be put down for sure. It’s light, but not as light as a feather. I shot this coffee scene only on a Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 lens. Didn’t need any more range considering it was quite tight for room in the shop. While shooting this, I did notice the skin-tones have a ‘thickness’ to it, like how Daniel Peter’s described it on Dan Chung’s podcast last week. It’s a breath of fresh air after using Sony cameras for so long. Whilst Sony cameras are really great for certain work, the URSA sensor is just far more superior in it’s colour science. Something I’ve been missing for quite some time! The screen is really quite handy, however I think I’ll invest in some kind of EVF in the future. When shooting outdoors in full sun light, it was sometimes hard to judge the exposure, especially if you don’t make use of the histogram as an example. So some shots in a later film I will release seemed to be a little over exposed. Nevertheless, for indoor application the screen is perfect. It’s a great size to look at, you can accurately judge focus especially with the great peaking system that is built into the URSA Mini. The one thing I noticed, which has been an issue with many Blackmagic Design cameras is the fixed pattern noise. If you download the original file, you will be able to see that in some parts, the dark areas have the presence of the FPN. It’s not as bad as it was in the past, but it’s still there. Hopefully this can be eradicated soon enough through firmware updates, and perhaps on the 4.6k sensor it’ll be gone all together! I used 2 Lexar 128gb CFAST 2.0 cards, which both had about 10 minutes each of ProRes HQ recording at 3840×2160. I would definitely recommend buying more of these babies if you are thinking of recording for a long period of time. In the battery department, I used a spare Globalmediapro 95w V-lock battery that I had lying around. It worked perfectly fine, and was only down to about 75% after a few hours. I was of course turning the camera on & off in this time, so it will be a different story if it were on constantly. I think it’s important to note that not all V-lock batteries will read a percentage to the camera (like mine). There is a compatibility list on the Blackmagic website somewhere, so if your battery doesn’t read a percentage, it will show 3 bars instead. Enough of me rambling on anyway, have a watch and see what you think. Will post another test film sometime in the near future!...

A collective of creatives

By on Apr 21, 2015 in The Wedding Fair, Weddings | 0 comments

I’ve been apart of a beautiful new venture since august last year with the lovely Tigs & Olivia. It’s called The Wedding Fair! I’ll take a post straight from our site about who we are; We are passionate about weddings and are excited to bring you beautifully curated wedding deals in the Melbourne area. The Wedding Fair was started by us, two sisters  (Liv and Tigs) who wanted to offer a platform for creatives to find opportunities to sharpen their skills and find community in the wedding industry. The group that has formed so far has been an organic growth that has come out of relationship and common values around service and artistry. After shooting heaps of weddings and being asked who could be recommended, the idea came to Tigs (a photographer) to build a one stop shop with excellent skill and craftsmanship. The result, we think is quite lovely! We are super proud of all of our vendors and how beautifully they decorate Melbourne’s wedding scene with their craft passion. We are a collaboration of many vendors. We really want to bring out the best of those within our brand, from those we work with. It’s a great platform to kickstart your business too (that’s the future vision) so that you can get a decent level of exposure from an established brand. We do styled shoots every so often so that we can showcase our vendors and the beautiful photographers which represent our brand. You’ll find them over on our website which has a link at the end of the post. From a filmmaking perspective, I’ve been taking on a more director/editor type roll with The Wedding Fair. Very slowly, but surely, I’m starting to shoot less and edit more. I’m investing some time into a few people throughout this year, so that I can unify The Wedding Fair brand’s vision and style between us all. I do a lot of work outside of weddings as you may have noticed, and I’d love to keep it that way too. Creativity is definitely best kept sharpened when you have constant, ever changing projects.  So hop on over to The Wedding Fair’s website – www.theweddingfair.com.au and have a browse at all our vendors that are available. Everything is there from designs for your wedding’s tableware through to our talented musicians for your day. I’ll leave this video here, our latest, shot by Graham and edited by yours truly!...

Esther & TK

By on Feb 17, 2015 in The Wedding Fair, Weddings | 2 comments

So, I filmed my friends wedding last year. Actually, I have been filming a few of them it seems. It’s high season for weddings amongst my friends! I suppose it’s about time though, 25ish is a perfect age (in my eyes) to be getting hitched. Good times indeed! Esther & TK I’ve known for a while, and as a matter of fact Esther is the Esau in Jacob & Esau, who I did a promotional film for their Pozible campaign last year! The post about that project is here! They had such a brilliant day. There was so much raw chemistry between every single person involved in the wedding, it was so fantastic. Truly a tight bunch of friends who appreciate each other and really were just having one big gloriously awesome celebration. It’s little things like that (which I think i’ve probably talked about so many times) that make wedding films shine. Of course, there is a certain level of skill and creativity involved on my part, but we can’t create a magical film without some magic! I think that this is something which honestly sets some films apart from others. This day took me from Mont Albert all the way to North Melbourne. The wedding reception was in a unique little industrial space called Two Ton Max, and the photo shoot took place around the Fitzroy Gardens. Some beautiful places to film in, and really great weather to accompany it all. Enjoy this wonderful memory of Esther & Timothy’s big day!   Esther & Timothy || November 28th, 2014 from The Wedding Fair on...

Naomi & Anthony

By on Oct 22, 2014 in Life, Weddings | 0 comments

A sun filled day, so much blessing upon this day! Naomi and Anthony had their wedding along the peninsula down here in Melbourne. The Morning Star Estate to be exact!. It was an incredibly perfect day for film and photos, the sun came out to play, the architecture and gardens were blooming, it truly was special. And plus Naomi & Anthony really were so much fun to be with and shoot. Two brilliant souls coming together. I had such joy cutting this film together. Not only because this couple really had a incredible sense of closeness to each other, but also their closeness to God, together, was really showing through. Its what I really wanted to focus on when cutting this film together! I chose this song specifically because of the beautiful lyrics which keep repeating ‘Son of man, reach out your hand and fill our faith’. I think this really speaks volumes about who these 2 are as a couple, and what they value in their life. My motivation to make this film even more special came from within myself too. I have recently started dating one of the most beautiful people I have ever met, and It is great when you can call upon emotions from things you experience in your own life, which allows you to see things & be sensitive to the moments of other people’s lives. This was all cut & mastered in Premiere Pro CC, my tool of choice. Although I am experimenting with AVID right now, so I’ll see how that goes for me! Enjoy this film friends. Congratulations Naomi & Anthony! Music licensed from MusicBed.com. Loud Harp – “It’s...

Joyce & Charlie

By on Sep 30, 2014 in Weddings | 2 comments

I got to know Joyce through her brother who I am friends with, and it was truly a wonderful experience to film her wedding also. From the beautiful old buildings in Camberwell to the sun bathed gardens in Carlton, this film has truly been a joy to cut together. The shoot itself was almost like coming in and filming a long time friends wedding. Joyce & Charlie were so open and helpful, they really let the creativity flow and there was no problem in getting along with the rest of the bridal party either! It took about 15 hours to put this piece together with tweaking and colour corrections too! This was all filmed on my FS100, along side a 7D which was used for some shots. Premiere Pro accompanied me for the editing process, definitely a step up (in my opinion) above Final Cut which I started out on in the early days! There was a lot of symbolism and thought put into the placements of most shots, and also using the most pretty shots too (of course hah). The music was selected after a good few hours of searching though dozens of tracks on TheMusicBed.com. I wanted something which was significant to both Joyce & Charlie, but also had a nice tempo and joyous tone too. Thus Sisterbrother won the tender for this film! The film is here, have a watch and let me know what you think! Congratulations Joyce &...

Olga & Anthony

By on Jun 1, 2014 in Weddings | 0 comments

These two people, are incredibly attractive. Seriously. And I had so much fun shooting this thing! Once again, in conjunction with Tigs Macallan, we went to lovely St Kilda to shoot this gorgeous event. The formula one was actually on this weekend, so it was a loud with all the cars racing around, the jets flying by and the tents being set up for Iron Man. However, it all added to this wonderful little story. There was a beautiful afternoon light that broke through during our afternoon segement of shooting, which was a godsend. Gave us some brilliant light to work with, and trully made it that much more magical! Olga & Anthony really do have a very special bond going, and you can honestly see how in love they both are with each other. I will say it again, like i Have in previous posts, chemistry between a couple really is a game changer for a film! You feel the authenticity and love, and that is indeed my preffered way to shooting things. Of allowing the couple to be themselves, rather than overtly control the situation, setting up poses etc. Good times my friends, good times. Enjoy this clip! Music was by The Icarus Account – Favorite Girl....