fast compare BMPCC vs CANON 6D

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Dedication to all saying BMPCC (Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera) is not ISO king. It does not have to be. It’s just proper at what it does.

Three simple and fast stills from homemade footage. Winter afternoon, 40W bulb in the room.

Pocket: KOWA 12,5mm lens at f1.4, ISO1600, 180 shutter angle (1/48) vs Canon 6d, Tamron 24-70VC at f2,8 ISO6400, 1/50

Just as pointed: BMPCC does not have to be ISO king. It just works properly.

posting not phone-made video on Instagram

Generally sound simple. Shot on the phone, start up Instagram, choose video, publish.

However if you have video shot on the real camera, post processed on the computer it’s not that simple.

First – the limits on the Instagram’s side (see the Insgragram page about it):

  • 640×640 px. Yes, it’s square. So crop your video or try to live with the strips above and below. Generally – prepare square video.
  • 15 seconds. Crop it with precision, otherwise you have to do it later with Instagram which can be frustrating if you want to do it precisely
  • framerate should not be above 29,97 but this is my guess (24fps works, 29,96fps works also).
  • encoding – I use H.264 for iOS devices (actually FCPX preset) but with best quality settings.

Once we have the file (usually it’s about 2-5 MB), we have to put it on the phone. I have tried to upload with desktop apps but without success, so it’s faster to follow this:

1) upload video to phone by any sync method you have available then pass to point 3. The video will be in Camera Roll (on the iOS devices like iPhone).
– for iOS – you can use iTunes and sync works also by wifi, not only by cable connection.

2) use cloud storage (like Dropbox) to get access to video file.
– upload video to the cloud service (let’s say Dropbox)
– either login to mobile app Dropbox on the phone (both iOS and Android free versions are available) either send link to the phone to access the file
– for iOS devices – you need to have account on the Dropbox service to access file as they cannot just download the files from internet.
– when sharing the link not to yourself – there is option to save to Dropbox (that’s why you need Dropbox account).

– on iOS devices – once you have the file in own Dropbox – you can share it to Camera Roll (bottom icons -> first button on the left, then “Save Video” 2nd button on the left from bottom row) . If you get message box telling that “this video may be not compatible with this device” won’t worry until it plays correctly after landing in Camera Roll.

3) open Instagram app. Choose the video from the library (Camera Roll on the iOS devices). You do not need to crop, you do not need to cut (unless you have it longer then 15 seconds), just preview whole video (check if there is no sound drop or any speed problem with the sound and video), then – just post 🙂

I will cover how to work with Final Cut Pro X and custom video sizes in the future.

music resources for filmmakers

I will remember Bodaf Malaga 2013 mostly because of Fran Montoro. It’s actually interesting, because I was one of the speaker on the conference as photographer, but Fran Montoro touched by his presentation and speech one of the things that I had inside of me. The music. The sound. And the personal connection with whole sound in the filmmaking and cinematography. Of course only a few will be as gifted as Fran to sit with friends and write down and record music for the movie. For the very fast and short edits like 1-2 minutes I use Garageband, but this is just fast attempt to have background that just flow.

The minor of videography is in my opinion lack of respect of music copyrights. Most of videographers just take piece of music from the internet and put it as soundtrack to their i.e. wedding movie. In best point they put down the copyrights written, however it’s not the same to have rights to use someone’s work inside our work, as all wedding movies are commercial based. Someone is paid. Publishing wedding movie with soundtrack we have no licence to use is violation of copyrights. Just try to be fair, 50 USD for the licence is not that much. Below a few resources to find and buy licence for use music inside the movie. I will be updating this post with new links if I will find something.
MOBY – music for independent film makers


on the title image the band Marianna i chłopaki (Marianna and fellows).