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Shauntron
01-10-2010, 06:09 PM
Hey guys,

I recently picked up a GH1 and some doodads to help achieve more low light capabilities. I've been testing the crap out of it, but I had yet to shoot much FIGHTING which is kind of my thing. So I hit the streets of San Francisco with my friend Ed behind the camera and my friend Eric as my opponent, who you might recognize from Stu Maschwitz's After the Subway (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ehyyULIibo).*

Here it is! I hope you enjoy this goofy little thing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO4PL73G3hE&fmt=22

http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/1618/fightfight.jpg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO4PL73G3hE&fmt=22)


Stats & Stuff:
RJ Camera MD m4/3 Adaptor
Minolta MD 28mm f1.9
Minolta MD 50mm f1.7
Shutter: Mostly 1/50s
ISO: Mostly 1600
1080p @ 23.976fps
Cineform Transcoder
Adobe Premiere CS3, no color correction


*Ed and I were both in After the Subway too, but we were the first two people to get knocked out so you probably won't recognize us :)

Kholi
01-11-2010, 12:35 PM
Shaun m'friend. Diggin' those quick hands!

Nice test run, man.

Gh-1 STILL looks the better Cinema Image, man. No/low-light and it looks fantastic.

ESTEBEVERDE
01-12-2010, 12:41 AM
Nice Ogoshi! lol! :thumbsup:

jonE5
01-12-2010, 07:07 AM
pretty impressive, waht type of training do you guys have? What was the camera being stabalized with?

sirk
01-12-2010, 12:45 PM
this is unbelievable! ;D

BillStrehl
01-13-2010, 08:42 AM
Awesome! how did you manage to keep the image so stable?

Nitsuj
01-13-2010, 09:48 AM
Good job!

edsonkwushu
01-13-2010, 03:28 PM
Hey everyone! Ed Kahana here (camera operator).

Training-wise, alot of us have some basic martial arts experience from various disciplines (Taekwando, Hapkido, wushu, kick boxing, etc.) and a great deal of studying Hong Kong-style screen fighting and fight choreography. A lot of it has come from the practice gained through making ALOT of test fights or action films.

For stabilization, I used a regular tripod folded up to add weight. I would hold the base and the tripod head handle, and that's about it (I wish the intro shot was smoother). I was really amazed at how well it worked out. Also, I should note that the shots of the "running in place" and beyond were all done with the 50mm 1.7, and despite the telephoto the shots were still very smooth (I actually like the look of the 50mm more than the 28mm we used).

I really had a great time shooting with the GH-1, especially considering that the last time I was switching lenses was when I was shooting on my DVX with a DIY lens adapter with no flip module (can you imagine trying to go 'left' instead of 'right' to capture action, 'down' instead of 'up'?).

punc
01-13-2010, 04:30 PM
Wery good fight. Questinon.. from where is the fight souds fx, I need this staf, :-)

Andrea189
01-15-2010, 01:44 AM
For stabilization, I used a regular tripod folded up to add weight. I would hold the base and the tripod head handle, and that's about it (I wish the intro shot was smoother).

Congratulations Ed for the great camera work! What kind of tripod did you use and how heavy was it?

Shauntron
01-15-2010, 01:54 AM
It's mine, it's a crummy fluid head tripod from Realistic, not sure about the model. It gets the job done. Thanks everyone for the kind words :)

neetster
01-15-2010, 02:57 AM
Wery good fight. Questinon.. from where is the fight souds fx, I need this staf, :-)

I would love to know this as well. Great job.

Shauntron
01-15-2010, 03:16 AM
I would love to know this as well. Great job.

Ripped from defunct video games and Hong Kong films, and I don't think I can say more (or share the files) without stretching the forum's rules.

edsonkwushu
01-15-2010, 03:55 PM
Who reads forum rules? hahaha.

bwwd
01-15-2010, 06:10 PM
I dont know about the fight it looked kinda funny , especially running without moving forward ,most of the time fighting feels like its overreacted.


Who reads forum rules? hahaha.
banned guys when its too late ?

d1rockwild
01-21-2010, 03:54 AM
Damn that was awesome. I wonder what it would've looked like at 60p.

Shame there isn't a site that hosts 60fps yet.

kyotonils
01-21-2010, 05:51 AM
Pretty good telelportation, too.

Nitsuj
01-21-2010, 10:38 AM
Wait...
ISO: Mostly 1600

That looks good for 1600!

edsonkwushu
01-21-2010, 11:27 AM
I actually think that ISO at 1600 looks cleaner in video mode than in stills mode but that might also be because I'm

1) not viewing it as large as photos to notice grain, noise, etc.
2) the shutter speed goes all the way down to 1/50 during video bringing in a lot of light (I don't like to shoot photos below 1/60 because I feel my hands aren't that steady).

Shauntron
01-21-2010, 01:25 PM
Wait...
ISO: Mostly 1600

That looks good for 1600!

The grain and AVCHD compression are more noticeable in the 1080P clip, but after two stages of compression and a downconversion for youtube, It's much less noticeable.



Damn that was awesome. I wonder what it would've looked like at 60p.

Shame there isn't a site that hosts 60fps yet.

Well, I thought about shooting parts of it in 60p for slow motion, but 60fps realtime? I guess it would look darker, because our exposure time would be less, and also a lot less like film speed and more like a birthday party home video...

d1rockwild
01-21-2010, 08:11 PM
Well, I thought about shooting parts of it in 60p for slow motion, but 60fps realtime? I guess it would look darker, because our exposure time would be less, and also a lot less like film speed and more like a birthday party home video...

Yeah I haven't delved too much into 60p either, but for action stuff, and if it's just like a fight scene, i think it could be a welcome look.

Actually, now that I think about it, seeing old vids of 60i footage with dof adapters, I thought looked very interesting. Still felt cinematic b/c of the shallow dof, but also very life-like. It's a look that seems to be its own. Okay, I think I've talked myself into doing something with 60p, ha.