I finally received my retail copy of a Panasonic GH3 ! I would love to do a review of the camera but i am saving that stuff for the new guide book. Instead I am going to talk about my first impressions working with the GH3 shooting a music video. Real world shooting and some basic green screen shots to see how well it grades compared to the GH2.
To truly test The camera, I went as basic as you can get for the entirety of the music video shoot and worked it through rain or snow. I didn’t use a single lens filter, matte box, rods, external monitor etc, for this entire music video. As you can see in the photo above its just me and a tripod and occasionally a slider.
Panasonic GH3 (Amazon, BHPhotoVideo)
Lumix 20mm 1.7 (Amazon, BHPhotoVideo) A consistent and versatile lens which at the current price is a realistic option for just about anyone so take note at what is possible with just one lens! Not to mention many of you have this one from its popularity since the GH2.
Manfrotto tripod (516 head , 545B body)
Atlas 10 35″ DSLR Slider Kit Honestly you can get the same low shot with a skateboard but the client happened to have already rented this
Camera Set up & Color Management
Codec : 72mbps 24p All-I mov codec Coming from the hacked GH2 the all i-frame codec was the most interesting one to test out since it was the high note of the GH2 hacking days. I am very curious to see if the GH3 does all i-frame any better than the GH2.
Color Profile : Natural, Contrast -4, Sharpness -4, Saturation -3, Noise Reduction -5 Of course grading is up to what the video calls for and many different looks can and will work for the same scene. So if you don’t like how i graded these images that’s ok, just keep in mind the context and the artists’ aesthetic which in this case, my client was a lyricist / rapper from over seas. A very interesting experience because it was a bit of an adventure editing something in a foreign language! As long as the audio syncs up right? I chose these settings in camera after a few tests and i decided natural gave the flattest curves to grade from.
This video features color grading footage before and after. The artist in this video is the talented Malek Hfaiedh accompanied by the beautiful Linda.
That’s all for now, i hope you enjoyed this preview =)