Last Saturday I had my first experience shooting D-Log on my Phantom 4 Advanced during sunrise at Otmoor Reserve near Oxford, England. It’s basically a big swamp. Since D-Log profile is locked at 500 ISO my main concern was obviously the noise. I as per many recommendations I was shooting with +2.0 EV, following ETTR method – exposure to the right – in reference to the histogram, where you try to expose footage in such a way where most of the data is stored towards the highlights. The theory is that D-Log is optimised for preserving highlights more than shadows, i.e. the profile allocates more bits for highlights. So by overexposing you shift shadows towards midtones.
Now as you see from the screen grabs (not yet properly colour graded) I got absolutely stunning footage.
Took me a while to edit this one! Had over 40 mins of footage which got compressed into 1 minute. Still not quite happy about the result. But hey, I’m learning.
Shot with 16 ND filter, 29.97 FPS with the shutter speed of 60
Used DaVinci Resolve 15 Beta to edit this video. Have mixed feelings about the software. The editing capabilities are nowhere near that of Adobe Premiere Pro CC, however colour correction and colour grading is out of this world!
What I liked about Resolve 15:
- The user interface is somewhat less flimsy than in Premier Pro or After Effects. It clearly dictates the work flow you should follow, whereas in Adobe it’s all over the place.
- Sound editing capabilities
- Fusion, which is now integrated is extremely powerful. Whether it’s better than After Effects I can’t say since I’m not really an expert.
- The free version has more than enough functionality unless you’re editing commercially.
- Colour correction and grading is extremely powerful.
What I didn’t like:
- Can’t create proxy files
- Interface for adjusting colour interface is overwhelming, but then again it’s super feature rich.
- Stabilisation doesn’t work as well as in Adobe
- Not as many effects in the free version compared to Premiere Pro
Taking into account that the free version is not very limiting it’s an excellent software!