I'll chime in, if it's OK with David.
The sub-$100 Fat Max laser is a nice replacement for the tape measure in certain circumstances. A little hard to see in the sunlight compared to more expensive Hilti and Leica products. Excellent for crane work (if you affix a small show card at the camera's film plane and "walk" the actor's action while the crane goes through its move) and better than a steel tape at intermediate distances, and quicker than rolling up the cloth tape.
Be VERY careful (beyond normal caution!) pointing it at an actor's face. Even if you have a steady hand they can turn their head unexpectedly and get the laser in the eye. It's best to have your 2nd go out with a small showcard and hold it at the distance of the actor's eye, off to one side. Good 2nd ACs always have "eyes on" the 1st and can discreetly dash out for a last minute focus check (they are usually out there with the slate anyway)
Some actors (and even some stand-ins) are understandably nervous about the use of lasers, and will sometimes request that you not use one. Respect their wishes. An easy way for an AC or any other technician to get fired is to be a distraction on set or making on-screen talent feel unsafe. Using a laser tape creates the opportunity to fulfill both of those criteria.
Sorry to hijack the response, David. I feel strongly that lasers are overused at times and often in an unsafe manner.
Need advice urgently... I'm shooting a feature in 3 weeks, just had a testcam with RED... Colorist is pretty new with Red also, so we need advices on how to get the best out of that camera... We will be using Lustre to color-grade it... We shot both with 2k and 4k during testcam, couldn't really tell the difference in the grading room... So the colorist suggested 2k instead for easier/faster transfer... So my questions will include (but not limited to): should I shoot in 2k or 4k? 24fps or 25fps? Any other settings that you can recommend? Thank you so much...
That's my main suggestion. If you want to end up in 1080P HD, shoot 4K HD, if you want to end up at 2K, shoot regular 4K.
2K shooting mode only uses 1/4 of the pixels on the sensor and the final resolution is not 2K, it's probably around 1.7K at best. Plus noise and moire will be worse.
24 fps or 25 fps? If this is for European broadcast, shoot 25 fps. If this is for theatrical but will be posted in Europe, it's a toss-up, 25 fps may be easier to deal with. It will get shown at 24 fps on a film print, a slight slowdown.
Do you have any suggestion on how to properly balance two cameras to each other... I am on the current stable build and I find though I create looks in the camera and transfer to another I am still having issues...
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