On location with cinematographer, Geoff Boyle
10th November 2015
Back in October Prokit spent a day with British cinematographer, Geoff Boyle accompanying him during several tests at the University of West England in Bristol.
The test was carried out at the institution’s Centre for Moving Image Research.
A number of digital cinema cameras were used under daylight conditions including the Canon C300 Mark II, and the Kinefinity KineMAX – a camera capable of capturing and recording 6K RAW footage without the need of an external recorder.
Panasonic’s AG-DVX200 camcorder was also tested at the university, the DVX200 follows the success of the manufacturer's breakthrough DVX100 which was released back in 2002, and is considered as one of the first consumer-affordable digital progressive scan camcorders.
Accompanying Geoff was technical editor, Dave Neal, and Dr Sarah Sparke of the university. The camera manufacturers themselves requested this “fact-finding mission” take place.
During the investigation light levels in a daylight setting were adjusted to optimise exposure for an ISO of 800. Footage was then graded using DaVinci ACES in Resolve 12 with a set of plug-ins from editor, Nick Shaw. Finally the various exposures were corrected back to "normal" mathematically.
You can watch some of the test footage below. Or visit Geoff Boyle’s official Vimeo channel to watch the rest of the test shots.