Panasonic GH5 Beginner Filmmaker Setup & How To Create Custom In Camera LUTs
I thought I didn’t have the need to buy a new DSLR yet, but luckily I recently had a chance to play with a new Panasonic GH5. It’s a video first DSLR and the reputation it earned is deserved. From messing about for a few hours and lurking on the net here are just a few quick things I would recommend.
Get a monitor.
The LCD on the GH5 is typical of modern DSLRs, but it is far too dark when trying to record outdoors. You know you bought a GH5 to shoot video more often than stills – Don’t judge your exposure and focus on the camera LCD you’re risking too much.
In fact, if you’re going to seriously try to produce content, price that monitor right into the purchase of your kit because it will keep you from guessing. If you have the budget and are serious, also consider picking up a recorder/monitor combo.
Best Picture Settings:
In my go with the camera we shot in Cine-D gamma with the following settings to get the flattest picture without having V-Log. These are the same settings I used with my GH4 and the contrast/saturation seemed to match the GH5:
- Contrast: 0
- Sharpness: -5
- Noise Reduction: -5
- Saturation: -5
- Tint: 0
Don’t forget to kill Autofocus:
Turn off Continuous AF. That way if you’re using the AF features to set focus before a take, you will know that setting will remain constant.
Build some LUTs:
If you purchased the Panasonic V-Log upgrade, you’ll be interested in loading LUTs into the camera for monitoring; so your client doesn’t have to complain about the washed out image.
Using a web app called LUTCalc, you can easily load your own custom LUTs into the camera to preview looks on set while shooting. It’s stupid simple.
- Visit LUTCalc
- Load your LUT
- Choose 100% to 100% under the LUT Range
- Hit Analzye
- Change Input Gamma to Panasonic V-Log
- Change Input Gamut to Panasonic V-Gamut
- Export LUT as Camera/Monitor LUT for the Varicam 3D MLUT
- Name output LUT with a three character name
- Copy the file to the root of your SD card
- With V-Log enabled, in the V-LogL View Assist main menu choose Read LUT File
- Select LUT to read
- Select your LUT from the LUT Select menu
- Turn LUT Monitor Display “On”
I’m an old man. I can’t believe the quality of the footage you can get with a camera at this insanely low price. Any tips & tricks?