Le registrazioni video esterne dalle fotocamere Sony serie A7 sono la soluzione ottimale per superare i limiti dei codec interni, ma purtroppo l’immagine che si ottiene non è perfetta, con la registrazione esternamente tramite HDMI, c’è una evidente perdita di gamma dinamica. Il problema è con la Slog che taglia fuori i neri e e dà una immagine sbagliata utilizzando i Slog 2 o 3 Slog. Ma ora è disponibile una soluzione estremamente semplice.
Grazie a questo LUT che può essere applicata sia ai registratori esterni che anche in post e restituisce l’intera gamma dinamica di un’immagine vera Slog.
Il problema Slog, spiegazione
Già nel mese di marzo, sono apparsi degli articoli sul fenomeno neri schiacciati riguardante le A7S Sony, Sony A7S II, Sony a7R II e Sony telecamere a6300. In sostanza, l’informazione di contrasto viene salvato in modo non corretto nelle registrazioni esterne tramite HDMI, vanificando così l’intero scopo di un standardizzato Slog Gamma.
Questo fenomeno è stato il motivo principale per cui alcune persone hanno evitato di usare registratori esterni con queste fotocamere. Vi è una correzione che coinvolge il problema con dei filtri sia in DaVinci Resolve che in Premiere ma questi possono influire sulla tempo di rendering considerevolmente. Qui sotto trovate il C5D Slog Fix la LUT che consente una veloce soluzione del problema.
Il C5D Slog Fix
Here is better way to fix the Slog Problem at any stage of your workflow, and it’s the fastest we have found in the form of our very first official C5D LUT. Essentially, it recovers any Slog 2 or Slog 3 files recorded externally, and gives you back a true Slog image with the cameras full dynamic range.
On top of that, this LUT gives you the unique possibility to burn the correct Gamma right into your external recordings. By loading this LUT onto an external recorder like the Atomos Shogun, you can fix the Slog problem during recording, work with a correct file from the start, and save the additional rendering time otherwise needed in post production.
This Slog Issue is especially problematic in Slog 2 Gamma, as it kills some of the highlights and thus reduces the dynamic range of the image where it matters (highlight rolloff in critical shots):
100% crop of 4K image (Slog 2 Gamma)
This is how the Slog affects the dark areas of the image and how the Slog Fix recovers the correct Gamma:
100% crop of 4K image (Slog 2 Gamma)
In our tests, an external recording with the C5D Slog Fix LUT on an Atomos Shogun was virtually identical to a file otherwise transcoded in DaVinci Resolve by changing the Video Levels manually (See more sample images below)
Note: We cannot be held responsible for wrong use of the LUT. Please test this yourself before implementing into your own workflow.
We decided not to give away the C5D Slog Fix LUT for free, but if you buy us a cup of coffee it’s yours to use in your projects. We’ll also be happy for a higher contribution if you feel this fix helped you in your work.
DOWNLOAD IT HERE
Sony a7S – Slog 2 – External – unfixed
Sony a7S – Slog 2 – External Fixed with Slog FIX LUT in post
Sony a7S – Slog 2 – External – Fixed with Slog FIX LUT burned in, on the recorder
Do I need this if I don’t use Slog 2 or Slog 3 Gamma?
No. The Slog Problem is only present in external recordings with Slog 2 and 3 Gammas via HDMI.
What about external recordings via SDI?
External recordings via SDI are not affected. Please don’t use the Slog Fix on those.
Will this work even on files that have already been recorded?
Yes. You can use this on files you have recorded with an external recorder in the past. The files were only saved with the wrong metadata and the information can be pulled back with the help of our LUT or the workarounds described here.
Who is it for?
For people who want to retain the original Slog 2 or Slog 3 Gamma in order to grade accurately, match cameras or use pre defined LUTs. If you apply LUTs meant for Slog 2 or 3, you will not get the correct results without fixing your files first.
Do I need this on the Sony FS7 or FS5?
If you’re using an external HDMI recording you will also need this on a Sony FS7 and Sony FS5. If you’re using SDI as an output interface you will not require the fix.
Will I lose color information or quality when I use the LUT on a recorder (burned in)?
No. According to our tests the results are the same as if you would apply the fix in post. Note that in general there is a slight variance between externally recorded colors in comparison to internally recorded H.264 files on Sony cameras. We think the external recordings with our LUT look more color accurate. Download the sample images above to compare them and see the nuances. Make sure you use this workflow properly before burning the LUT into your recorded files.
How do I use this on an Atomos Shogun?
1. To use the C5D SlogFix for monitoring purposes:
- Copy the C5D-SlogFix.cube file to the root folder of your Atomos ShogunMedia (An SSD or harddisk)
- Tap the yellow “…” icon at the bottom right hand side of the screen
- Tap on one of the 8 LUT slots (preferably an empty one)
- Tap on the folder icon
- In the new window that opens tap the “C5D-SlogFix.cube” file twice. This will load the LUT onto your Atomos Shogun recorder
- To monitor tap the LUT slot now associated with the C5D-SlogFix and tap the monitoring icon on the top right hand side to switch monitoring on or off
- The C5D-SlogFix.cube file can be deleted from the media
2. To burn C5D SlogFix into your file (RECOMMENDED for a faster grading workflow):
- Follow the monitoring setup of 1
- After your camera is connected, tap the “hdmi” icon in the top left hand corner
- In the window that opens, under the section “RECORD 4KUHDp…” tap on “3D LUT: Off”, so that it shows “3D LUT: On”
- There should be a red, flashing icon in the top right hand corner that says “MON LUT”
- Make sure the C5D-SlogFix LUT is selected in the yellow “…” menu
Click the image below to get the C5D LUT Slog Fix: