GH5 Cinema Set-up & Tests

Hello guys my name is Tom Antos and I’m very excited
because in this video I’m gonna get to test out the new Panasonic GH5 camera. So, I just got the camera and well, I actually
got it two days ago, but I’ve been busy with work so I am literally just going to unbox
it in front of you guys and put it together with some of the accessories I have for it. Quickly I will go over what I’ve got. I’ve got this cage for it. It’s like this new updated version from CAME-TV
that allows you to actually put the whole audio module here at the top and has, you
know, the top handle, and all that stuff. You can put rails on it and we’re going to
need rails because I’m going to be attaching different lenses with this camera I’m going
to be testing out. I’m really excited to test out these lenses
from SLR Magic, which are anamorphic lenes. These are actual anamorphic lenses that are,
I would say, affordable anamorphic lenses because, you know, most of the anamorphic
lenses, usually, are very expensive, or if you get the ones, the ones that are more for
consumer use, they are not real lenses, they are just adapters that kind of convert, you
know, regular lenses into anamorphics. So , this one, like I said, these ones are
actually all-in-one, so you don’t have that problem with the back focusing and all that
stuff. But how good are they, I really don’t know
because I haven’t used them yet. But the reason why I wanted to use it with
this camera is because they are actually made for micro four-thirds image sensor and the
GH5, just like the GH4, is the only camera out there, the only consumer cameras that
shoot anamorphic mode. So, that’s another exciting thing. Plus, this camera shoots in higher bit rate,
higher frame rates, and all that stuff. But along with that, I’m also going to use
the Ninja Inferno from Atomos. And this thing is kind of made, I would say,
specifically for this camera. I mean you can use it with other cameras,
it’s just HDMI input. What’s supposed to be cool about it is that
it allows you to record higher bit rates without using the really expensive SD cards. Also, you get other monitoring tools and things like that. You get a bigger display. Plus when you’re shooting with anamorphic
lenses, especially, you get to de-squeeze it in real time, so you can see what your
composition is like. But any ways, let me start putting this camera
together and let’s see, let’s see how it performs. Alright, how do you get into this box? Got the manuals, who needs those. And there is the camera. Alright. Nicely packaged. Alright, I think I can put this away. Actually no. Let me take out the batteries and maybe I
should actually put these batteries to charge first because I do want to go shooting with
it, although it actually uses the same batteries as the GH4, so that’s a good thing. I have a whole bunch of GH4 batteries so I
can just use those. Let me just clean up here and well, here is
the camera. Very similar, in a way, to the GH4. Has a nice flip-out screen. I think it’s a little bit bigger, maybe. Either I’m imagining that, or it’s a little
bigger. But one thing that I notice right away is
that they changed up some of the buttons here in the back. And one thing I like actually, it feels really
nice, and I think it might be good for navigating the menu, I think that’s what it is for, the
little, like, the little thumb-stick that they put on the back so that you can move
it up and down, left and right. But otherwise it looks quite similar, actually,
to the GH4. Battery still is on the bottom. Wish they would have changed that to the side. Sometimes it just makes it easier to get
to the battery. The card reader here is on the right side. Now it has the dual card slot, so that’s a
good thing. Here we have the HDMI, head phone connection. Oh… and this is something I was actually really… you know, really looking forward to it. It has full the HDMI connection. None of that micro HDMI nonsense, which is so flimsy. Really it does not… if you want to use this
camera professionally, especially with an external recorder, relying on that micro HDMI
was a nightmare. That was the reason why most of the time with
my GH4 I didn’t bother recording on an external recorder, even though I could get 10 bits
out of it, because when I did try it, the micro HDMI was so flimsy, a lot of times it
would just cut out and I would lose the shot altogether. So, anyways, let me first put it on this cage. So, this cage slides out from the side. It has a little safety bolt here, so it shouldn’t
go the other way. It should only comes out one way. It seems pretty secure. This thing, I guess you would only need it
if you want to use the rails, because you’re gonna put the rails through there. But if you don’t need the rails, you can just
put the tripod directly to the bottom of the cage itself. The cage is actually very light. I like that. Now, one thing I noticed is that you can’t
really remove the handle. Like on my GH4, I’m also using a cage from
CAME-TV. What I love about it is that it’s the same
kind of material but you can easily remove the top handle. I wish CAME-TV had done that, but I guess
the reason why it was difficult was because they had to move the handle, I am guessing
that’s why, because… to clear the extra space for the audio adapter, in case you have it. I didn’t get it. I’m not going to be really recording audio. You know, with the GH4, I usually do more
cinematic stuff. Now, if I was doing audio recording for interviews
or something, then that would be definitely be something I would want to have. But if I’m working on films or something like that, or music videos I’m not going to be recording any audio, and on films I always
have an audio guy who records the audio externally. But anyways, let me just put this right now. Here is the little bolt used to attach to
the camera that CAME-TV puts on the cage. Anyways, let’s put the camera here. Alright. Nice and tight. Always double check that the camera
is sitting in there well. Right away, what I do like is that, you can
see the cage here on the front has guards, to make sure that the camera is not going
to be rotating within the cage. And that’s very important, especially when
you’re putting heavy lenses like these anamorphics. You don’t want the camera to be tilting or
twisting. Yet, at the same time, I do like that it does
have access to all these things, the battery, the card, the battery here on the bottom. Let’s see. Yah, you can open it no problem. Like I said, I don’t have the audio module to
test it out, which is, that’s where you would attach it, but what I’ve heard from CAME-TV,
that’s why they did, the handle extended forward, so that the module goes here, the audio module. And in this way, it clears it. It’s pretty cool. Now I’m going to put the bottom here and I’m
going to put the rails. And the reason is because, as I said, with
these lenses, they’re quite heavy and I want to put lens support. With these lenses also, I want to put a mattebox. I can put my full-size cinema filters, like
NDs and things like that. Alright. So I’ve got the mattebox here ready, the lens
support, follow focus. I’ll just put all of these aside. The rails, I will put these in. The cage, well it depends, you can buy the
cage by itself from CAME-TV, or you can buy it with the rails. It’s up to you. I got this rail in there. I’m gonna put the should support too. That’s why I’m using these extra long rails. Normally, you don’t need that. Now, one thing I like about this cage is that
you just have one knob here for tightening both of the rails. By tightening this, it actually tightens both
left and right rail. So, that’s good. I’m gonna put this shoulder pad, because I
might be doing some hand-held over-the-shoulder kind of shooting. Again, I can fine-tune the placement of this
later. Let’s see. I think this will be good, somewhere there. I’ve got three lenses here: the 70, 50 and
35. Usually I go with the 50, I like using
that. So, let me try the 50. Now, SLR Magic actually provided this to me too. It’s like their own lens support, I guess. Yeah, they did say that pretty much I always
want to make sure I use it, because the lenses are very front heavy. Put it somewhere there. Wow. Definitely, now it’s much bigger and heavier
of a camera. That’s what you’ve got to do sometimes if
you want to have nice cinematic shots. Now, as I said, I’m going to put the mattebox
in here, because I’ll be going outside shooting and I definitely want to be able to use my
filters. Because this is like a standard cinema front
thread. And I’m going to put my follow focus. This is actually all from CAME-TV, the mattebox
and the follow focus. It’s the… you can get it as a whole kit,
basically. So, you get the cage, rails, and all that
stuff. Or you can just get the cage. Let’s make sure this aligns with the lens. Yap, it works. I can move the lens. Alright. OK, almost done. Next thing I want to do is attach my Atomos Ninja Inferno, so that I can properly view my shots. So, take out the Ninja Inferno. Oh, that new smell. It smells like plastic, actually. It’s always nice when you see new piece of
gear. Not scratched. Yeah, I like this… this monitor. They’ve kind of made it lighter now. As you can see, it’s got bumpers. That’s cool. The fact it’s a bit later is always better
because it means it’s less weight you have to carry. Let’s see. This is just the power adapter and nothing
really else. I have to get my own batteries. And I have to get a magic arm to attach it,
so I’ll be right back. Alright, so I’ve got it built up, as you guys
can see. Definitely, the small camera can easily turn
into a monster rig. I don’t know how much this weighs. Maybe I’ll weigh it after and let you guys
know. I’m going to go out, get some shots and show
it to you guys right now. And right after that I’ll be back and give
you my final thoughts on this initial test on this initial test that I’m doing here. If you guys want to see the full video I shot
with the GH5, then just follow the link at the end of this video. So, after shooting with the GH5, so far here
is what I’ve noticed. It’s a slightly larger camera than the GH4,
which I like because it means it’s easier to handle. I also love the new button layout, the little
thumb-stick on the back for navigating the menus The full-size HDMI connection is great and
sturdy. Also, the LCD screen is actually a lot larger
and it’s easier to nail focus and see what you’re doing. Plus, it’s really visible outside in daylight,
which is great because this camera also has pro tools, such as Waveform monitor and Vector Scope. These are features that you normally only
see in expensive professional video cameras or monitors that cost a lot more than the
GH5. Now, as far as the image quality, I’m loving
what I’ve seen so far. I’ve only shot in 4K anamorphic 4 by 3 aspect
ratio at 24 and 60 frames per second, and that was in Cinemalike D. Now, just the fact
that this cheap little camera can do that, that in itself is pretty amazing. I will also be doing more tests in other image profile modes, in other frame rates, including the super-slow motion at 180 frames per second. Plus, I’ll be testing out the autofocus, dynamic
range, colors, etc. But anyways, the quality I got so far is blowing
me away. So, I’m back. I had to cut the day a little bit earlier
than I wanted to because I had some problems with the batteries, the batteries for the
Ninja Inferno. They died a lot quicker than I expected and
I thought I had extra batteries. I brought these bigger Sony NPF batteries,
but unfortunately they were not charged. I thought they were. So, definitely, I’m going to make sure I’m
charging these batteries for tomorrow, but as a back-up, I’m also going to take some
V-mount batteries. And to power it, I’m just going to use this
Lanpart battery plate that I can attach using the basic, the 50 mm rails, here in the back. This will actually help me with this other
slight problem I saw with this rig, which is basically it’s too front-heavy. So, it’s kind of uncomfortable holding it,
getting over-the-shoulder shots, whereas by putting the battery in the back, I think that’s
going to fix that problem. But otherwise, I’m loving so far what I’ve
seen. Just working with it is nice. Being able to shoot anamorphic and see properly
the de-squeezed image, and seeing the sharpness, all that stuff, it’s really nice. The quality of the display is nice. The kind of shots and colors, and also the
control that the GH5 allows you to have was really nice. So far, as I said, good experience. I just have to solve the battery solution. So, I’m going to go out, shoot some more tests,
and keep you guys updated. So, I’m definitely going to be releasing a
whole bunch of videos about the GH5, my set-up, kind of how I tweak this whole thing. I actually have another cage to test out,
and accessories. Review of the Ninja Inferno. Basically, everything you want to know about
the GH5. Also, I’m actually releasing a series of filmmaking
tutorials where I show you guys how I recreated famous movie scenes, literally in my living
room, and how you guys can do it. Just literally follow me step-by-step. The first video is going to come out in a
couple of days, this week. So, if you guys don’t want to miss those videos, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel, but also, as always, go to my website and subscribe to the newsletetter, so you’ll notified when those videos come out. Anyways, thank you guys and I’ll see you in
a couple of days.


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