Combining footage captured with two different cameras can be tricky especially when it comes to matching the colors. In our latest short film we did exactly that. We filmed some lovely nature shots using the Sony A7S II which is probably the most popular camera right now and the small point-and-shoot Panasonic LX100. The A7S II can record in Log (we recorded in S-Log II and III) which is great but the LX100 can’t so we first had to figure out how to match the colors and contrast. After a few tests we finally managed to make the footage almost look the same. We went for a rather high contrast and a high saturated look instead of a flat filmic grade.
Watch the video “Nature’s Best” in 4K below:
Most of the footage seen in the video was captured using the Zhiyun Crane 3-axis hand-held gimbal. It was actually one of the first projects we used the camera stabilizer on. The shots turned out fine when using the Sony Alpha S II but not so much when using the small LX100. That’s actually not very surprising because the camera is simply too light to be balanced properly by the gimbal. Now Zhiyun offers a new gimbal which we also use regularly, the Crane-M. It’s designed for small and lightweight cameras like the LX100 but a few months ago when we filmed this production it hasn’t been released yet.
Almost half of the shots were captured with the LX100 which has a lot of downsides but the overall image is great. The main issue was the rolling shutter and the shakiness from the gimbal which meant we needed to stabilize the footage in post using the Warp Stabilizer in Premiere Pro. And yes, stabilizing 4K footage takes a few seconds longer than stabilizing 1080p footage. We edited and graded the video using Premiere Pro CC 2017 which we just recently upgraded to. The original video resolution is Ultra HD (3840×2160) but we cropped it to 2.35:1 purely for esthetic reasons.
The ambient sound was recorded with the Tascam DR-60D MKII and a few sounds are from sound libraries. The music was provided by Premiumbeat.com as usual. The lovely track from Big Score Audio is called “Freeflow”.
Gear list with purchase links:
Sony A7S II at B&H
Sony 16-35mm F/4 lens at B&H
Panasonic Lumix LX100 at B&H
Tascam DR-60D MKII audio recorder at B&H
Zhiyun Crane (gimbal for A7S II) at B&H
Zhiyun Crane-M (gimbal for small cameras) at B&H
Manfrotto Befree tripod at B&H
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Bestellung Crane-M Deutschland: hier