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Moving to Cine2 from HLG After Updating to Final Cut v10.4.7

For the last few months I’ve been shooting using a Hybrid Log Gamma color1 profile to shoot footage in the Rec 2020 color space. After importing footage into Final Cut I’d then convert clips to a Rec 709 color space before using a technical LUT (Leeming) to correct it.

Everything was going swimmingly, or that is to say I’d not encountered any issues with this approach. Not until Final Cut updated to v10.4.7 which included ‘Improved HDR Support’ anyway.

I wasn’t aware of the changes in the update2, had I been I would likely not have seen an issue anyway. My working color space remained set as Standard and I carried on as usual.

After importing new footage from a recent family holiday I noticed no difference, until a short while later, after background rendering had transcoded the clips to produce High Quality Media.

Some of the clips, not all but a good few, had changed in the browser had developed a strong yellow tinge with blown highlights and crushed blacks. I had no idea why they’d suddenly changed and in the first instance I assumed I’d made some horrible mistake while shooting that was only now being brought to light. Other clips also looked wrong, though not as drastically, while the remainder looked okay.

First off I checked the mp4 files from the camera. No weird color casts there. Next I opened the Library in question in Finder using ‘Show Package Contents’ and navigated to the High Quality Media folder for the project and deleted some of the offending clips files before going back into Final Cut Pro and re-creating the High Quality Media from there. This led in most cases to the same result.

Next I tried going to the original RAW files, ‘right’ clicking to bring up the context menu, choosing ‘Services’ and then ‘Encode Selected Video Files’. In the dialog that appears I chose the Apple ProRes setting then once the .mov file was produced I copied it into the Library Package Contents overwriting the dodgy Final Cut transcoded version and I was back in business.

Yesterday Apple released a new version, which amongst other things lists ‘Improves reliability when working with Sony XAVC media’ as one of the changes. There isn’t any more detail on what the reliability issues were, but it’s quite likely transcoding was one, if not all of them.

Cine 2 and Other Sony Color Spaces

Though the issue I encountered might have been solved in version 10.4.7 of Final Cut (which I just checked the App Store for the update and it’s not yet available to me), I’m still going to try the Cine 2 profile on my Sony A6400 (with Leeming LUT recommended color profile adjustments) for awhile to see if it’s easier to work with and what the difference is, if any, to my untrained eye.

I initially went with HLG (and the Leeming LUTs for correction purposes) as soon as I bought my Sony camera after watching the excellent Gerald Undone’s excellent guide to ‘Working with Sony Color Modes’ by Gerald Undone and I highly recommend checking it out as a great resource on color spaces and grading as well as correctional LUTs and more.

  1. An apology to UK readers as I will use the spelling ‘color’ and not ‘colour’ as this is the accepted usage in these instances.
  2. Note that at the time of writing the latest version is now 10.4.8 and the release notes for 10.4.7 are included on this page immediately after those for 10.4.8.

Recently Backed on Kickstarter

A camera/travel backpack, hiking trousers and a Climate Neutral certification

Another recent batch of projects backed on Kickstarter, these seem to come in threes where I back one project, then discover another two, then decide that’s probably enough commitments for now.

Climate Neutral

The first campaign to hit my inbox this time round is to launch a global certification for products who’s companies have measured, reduced and offset their carbon footprint.

Peak Design founder and CEO recently announced:

"Today, we join 40 other brands to announce a new standard of corporate sustainability: Climate Neutral Certified. When you see this label, it means the company displaying it takes responsibility for their greenhouse gas emissions by measuring, reducing, and offsetting them. In other words, they choose to pay the costs we all must bear in order to stop global warming. They do it not because they have to, but because it’s the right thing to do."

Pledge from just $5 to help make a difference. The campaign runs till December 13th and is currently 65% funded so if you like the idea of identifying and supporting companies and products that operate responsibly then please consider heading supporting this initiative.

Yet Another Backpack (but with Peter McKinnon Awesomeness)

It won’t be a surprise for anyone that knows me more than a little to hear that I may have a slight backpack problem. I know there is no one backpack out there that will fulfil every role I have for a backpack without the benefits of it for one activity outweighing it’s shortcomings for another. So I have (too?) many bags (and simultaneously not enough), each fulfilling a certain need but there are still some gaps in my bag arsenal.

Photo bags, that also carry non-photo stuff, is top of the list, as is hiking backpacks that can also carry camera kit (including a tripod and/or gimbal in both cases).

So I’m browsing YouTube a few evening’s ago (pretty standard) and there is the answer to the next backpack that I absolutely, totally 100% need, and it’s the collaboration between Peter McKinnon and Nomatic. A photographer I admire and trust and a brand who’s products I am interested in and understand to be of great quality and attention to detail.

I’m hooked so after watching the product video I backed the project immediately. Head over to Kickstarter to see why. Going to be a long wait till April next year and no doubt a sore point when it goes through customs but hopefully that will quickly be forgotten.

Hiking Trousers

As my interest in hiking renews, fresh from backing the backpack I then spotted the BN001 hiking pants from Beyond Nordic which seem like a pretty well thought out and robust piece of kit. Looking forward to trying them out on the trails next year.

Previously Backed Projects

I’m currently waiting on the Switchpod to arrive and seeing how I take to it as part of a filming/vlogging setup. The recently gave away a bunch of them at a filming conference which is a great marketing idea but it still grates me slightly that I backed their project and I (along with most everyone else that backed it) is still waiting for theirs to arrive.

Other than that a portable fire pit from Wolf and Grizzly should be arriving soon as well.

Hello friend

How about we start afresh, wipe the slate clean? Cool. Let’s do this!