A thorough study of Cine3

In this lesson we’ll focus on just one picture profile – Cine3 – against four color spaces:

  • Cinema (the one Sony wants you to use with it)
  • Matrix 709 (Rec. 709)
  • Pro (Rec. 709)
  • S-Gamut (for S-Log2, but let’s see for ourselves!)

Cinema Color Space

Here’s what Cine3 looks like, in the Cinema color space (In this order: -4, -2, 0, +2, +4, click to enlarge):

CineC3

What do you think?

Matrix Color Space

Here’s what Cine3 looks like, in the Matrix color space (In this order: -4, -2, 0, +2, +4, click to enlarge):

MatC3

What do you think?

Pro Color Space

Here’s what Cine3 looks like, in the Pro color space (In this order: -4, -2, 0, +2, +4, click to enlarge):

ProC3

What do you think?

S-Gamut Color Space

Here’s what Cine3 looks like, in the S-Gamut color space (In this order: -4, -2, 0, +2, +4, click to enlarge):

GamC3

Who wins? Look for these things:

  • Which has better texture in the underexposed regions?
  • Which looks better when clipped either way? Is there a good roll-off at either end?
  • Which as more dynamic range?
  • Which has better skin patches?
  • Which has a better look overall?

Try to at least answer the above before reading the next. Otherwise I’ll be putting words in your head. Here’s a tip: Study each exposure point against the others. E.g., study all -2s together, then 0s together, and so on.

What I think

The highlights become yellow. The dynamic range in the shadows is lower than Cine2, but it’s better than Standard mode. The colors are most accurate with the Cinema color space. S-Gamut has better dynamic in the highlights, but it turns yellow and ugly.

Here’s the official wording from Sony:

Intensifies the contrast in light and shade more than [Cine1] and[Cine2] and strengthens gradation in black.

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