Rubén Abruña tests his Blackmagic Cinema Camera with waterwheel short

See Rubén’s grading workflow from uncompressed CinemaDNG RAW 12-bit to DaVinci Resolve & FCP X.

Rubén Abruña (who now lives in Zurich, Switzerland) recently received his new Blackmagic Cinema Camera which he had ordered in July of 2012. Rubén decided to take a one-day break from the grading of his La Casa Ausente documentary to test his new camera and its workflow with DaVinci Resolve 9 and FCP X. Inspired by Vertov and Goethe, Rubén shot a short story about the waterwheel near his house in Zürich, which you’ll see ahead.

Rubén recommends watching this video while listening with headphones.

Rubén’s field production with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Rubén wanted to see how well the camera would handle a wide dynamic range of light and shadows (13 stops of dynamic range), since this is what the manufacturer and other users have claimed to be its main strength. Rubén shot in high resolution at 2432×1366 and in uncompressed CinemaDNG RAW 12-bit, 25p with the shutter at 180 degrees. He used a Sigma 8–16mm F4.5–5.6 lens. Audio was recorded in-camera with its built-in microphone.

Rubén’s post-production workflow

  1. Rubén loaded the uncompressed CinemaDNG RAW 12-bit material into DaVinci Resolve.
  2. Made a rough assembly (no grading yet).
  3. Exported an XML to Final Cut Pro 10.0.8, where he edited audio and video.
  4. Created and edited the music.
  5. Exported an XML to DaVinci Resolve 9.
  6. Did a Primary grade on each shot.
  7. Exported an XML to FCP.
  8. Added credits in FCP.
  9. Uploaded it to Vimeo Pro as 1280 x 720 @ 25p, stereo.

Ruben declared: “I am convinced and excited to have such a wonderful motion picture camera.”

Link to my article about Rubén’s La Casa Ausente/The Absent House documentaries

Documentary La Casa Ausente produced with 5 camera formats from January 3, 2013

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Born in Connecticut, United States, Allan Tépper is a bilingual consultant, multi-title author, tech journalist, translator, and language activist who has been working with professional video since the eighties. Since 1994, Tépper has been consulting both end-users and manufacturers through his Florida company. Via TecnoTur, Tépper has been giving video tech seminars in several South Florida’s universities and training centers, and in a half dozen Latin American countries, in their native language. Tépper has been a frequent radio/TV guest on several South Florida, Guatemalan, and Venezuelan radio and TV stations. As a certified ATA (American Translators Association) translator, Tépper has translated and localized dozens of advertisements, catalogs, software, and technical manuals for the Spanish and Latin American markets. He has also written many contracted white papers for tech manufacturers. Over the past 18 years, Tépper’s articles have been published or quoted in more than a dozen magazines, newspapers, and electronic media in Latin America. Since 2008, Allan Tépper’s articles have been published frequently –in English– in ProVideo Coalition magazine, and since 2014, he is is the director of CapicúaFM.com. His website is AllanTépper.com.

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