Updates

This page contains all the updates, corrections, additions and changes to the guide since your purchase. I’m going to sort it date-wise, with the latest being on top. This way, you can check back to see what has changed.

Dec 7th 2015

I’ve added two new videos you will find helpful:

Nov 19th 2015

It’s been a long time! I wanted to update you on two new reviews of both the Sony a7R II and a7S II, and I thought you might the conclusions interesting:

The guide to the a7R II is available now at a discount. There’s no additional discount for a7S owners, though there will be one when the guide for the a7S II arrives. It should be ready in a few weeks. I’ll probably also have an all-three package with a special discount just for you guys.

Jul 5th 2015

Lesson: How I use Cine1 (Case Study: Thrissur Pooram 2015)

Updated: My gear list

I believe this brings us to the end of the Sony A7s guide! I’ll still continue to add lessons and updates whenever necessary.

Jun 29th 2015

Updated: Rigging Gear Specific to the Atomos Shogun with July offer for the Action Pack, which includes an armor protection covering.

Jun 18th 2015

Lessons:

Updated:

Jun 11th 2015

Lessons

Added new lesson to Module D:

May 27th 2015

Lessons

Added final lesson to Module A:

Updated:

Other messages

What’s coming next:

  • My personal settings for Cine1 and a case study
  • My complete rig, an update with three options: run-and-gun, studio and shoulder mounted.

With these two lessons I think we’re more or less finished. I’ve been working on this guide for at least 8 months now! In the coming weeks, I’ll be shooting a few personal projects with this setup and I’ll have lessons on how I went about it – if they turn out okay!

If there’s anything you’d like to see or have me address this is the last and final call.

May 26th 2015

Lessons

Added new lessons to Module A:

Other messages

The guide to manual focus will be out next.

May 7th 2015

FAQs added to

May 6th 2015

Added the full Comparison of Cine profiles for skin tones section in Module C (#6), so I’m linking to the main menu: http://www.videoproduction.training/n1/

I’ll add the last lesson soon, because I’ve yet to edit the project I shot. It’s an entertaining set of visuals I assure you!

Other messages

I’ve received the Sony SEL2870 FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS and will start testing it for AF and stabilization. I’ll try to get this lesson out as soon as possible.

April 25th 2015

Updated two lessons:

April 16th 2015

Added new ‘lesson’:  New accessories announced at NAB 2015 (for both A7s and Shogun)

Other messages

Here’s what I’m working on right now:

  • Cine profiles and skin tones (due by next week)
  • Autofocus on the A7s (have ordered the lens, should be here in a few more days)
  • More FAQs – a ton of them!

March 30th 2015

Added new lesson: Very Important: Update Firmware Version ASAP – this corrects the ‘Skin smoothing’ problem (click to learn more).

March 29th 2015

Firmware update and lens compatibility

Sony has released firmware version 1.20 for the A7s. You can get it here. From Sony:

Improvements over version 1.10:

  • Improves camera function and provides picture improvement for the new lenses (SEL35F14Z, SEL24240, SEL28F20, SEL90M28G)

Benefits provided by previous updates and included in version 1.20:

  • Improves the power-on time after downloading the Smart Remote Control application of the PlayMemories Camera Apps.

Here are the steps to update your firmware (MAC OS X only!!): https://esupport.sony.com/US/p/swu-download.pl?mdl=ILCE7S&upd_id=10323&os_group_id=3

Important: I cannot and will not provide support for this, and it is extremely important that you follow the steps correctly in the order given. I have successfully updated to v1.20.

Sony also has a full compatibility list of all its E-mount, A-mount and Konica lenses that tells you exactly which features are supported by which lenses: http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/www/cscs/lens_body/index.php?mdl=ILCE-7S&area=us&lang=en

March 27th 2015

Important updates to Lessons

March 25th 2015

Lessons

Atomos Shogun Review published. It also includes important information on why you’re seeing contrasty images when recording externally.

February 26th 2015

Lessons

My Gear List has been updated.

FAQs added to

Other messages

If you want to download this guide for offline viewing, you can. Videos can be downloaded via the direct links provided. For text and images, the easiest way is to use either of these two free softwares:

You just have to provide the site address and the software will do the rest in one go.

February 23rd 2015

Added new lesson to Module B: Rigging Gear Specific to the Atomos Shogun

February 18th 2015

Added new lessons to Module F:

Other messages

The guide is nearing completion. The only lesson left is my final review of the Atomos Shogun, which should be ready by next week.

Of course, as long as I shoot with the A7s, I will be adding and updating this guide.

February 17th 2015

Added new lessons to Module F:

February 11th 2015

Added new lessons to Module F:

How to expose correctly using the Shogun

  1. An Overview of the Tools Available for Exposure in the Atomos Shogun
  2. Rec. 709
  3. Cine modes
  4. S-Log2
  5. S-Log2 4K/UHD

February 8th 2015

Added new lesson to Module F: What hard drives to use with the Shogun, and a data strategy for 4K editing

Updated: Atomos Shogun Initial Impressions

Other messages

You can see the tentative menu for the Shogun and 4K workflows here. Tell me if there’s something you’d like to see.

February 5th 2015

Lessons

Added new lesson to Module F: Atomos Shogun Initial Impressions

My Gear List updated.

FAQs added to

Other messages

What would you like to know about the Shogun? If there’s anything specific you’d like to see in my review and workflow lesson, ask me now!

February 3rd 2015

Lessons

Added new lesson to Module G: How to Make Timelapses with the JJC TM-F2 Intervalometer and the Sony A7s: My Workflow

Here’s a picture of what’s coming:

Shogun

February 2nd 2015

Lessons

Added new lesson to Module G: JJC TM-F2 Review: Intervalometer for the Sony A7s

January 23rd 2015

Lessons

Added new Module (G): Timelapses. And the first lesson:  Understanding Bracketing in the Sony A7s

FAQs added to

January 8th 2015

Lessons

Added new lesson to Module D:  How to work with XAVC S S-Log2 in Final Cut Pro X

FAQs added to

Other messages

Happy 2015!

I only have a few more days left on the FCP-X demo. Once the demo is up, I will no longer be able to answer questions on FCP-X.

Next up is the timelapse tutorial. I’ll have a Shogun soon and then I’ll add lessons on 4K workflows, timecode, etc.

December 25th 2014

Lessons

Added new lesson to Module F:  How to expose correctly using the False Color tool

FAQs added to

Other messages

I’m working on the FCP-X workflow and timelapse tutorial now. I’ve managed to download a demo of FCP-X just for this. If you need anything specific, let me know now. Once the demo is up, I will no longer be able to answer questions on FCP-X.

Happy Holidays!

December 22nd 2014

Lessons

Added new lesson to Module B:  How to rig an external monitor and electronic viewfinder

Added new lesson to Module F:  How to connect and use an external monitor and electronic viewfinder

Other messages

These updates were due three days ago but for some strange reason Vimeo decided to stop working throughout India for 72 hours, and I’ve had zero help from Vimeo, even though I’m a Pro member. Thankfully, it did not affect viewing of videos. It’s all back to normal now.

December 18th 2014

Lessons

Added new module (F. External monitoring, recording and 4K workflows) lesson: What do you get with HDMI anyway? A detailed look.

Added an important warning in Auto White Balance vs Custom White Balance – When to use which?

Added a note about ‘red splotches’ in Usable ISO Range – How low can you go with the Sony A7s?

FAQs added to

Other messages

I wanted to publish another lesson but Vimeo is playing 404 on me right now! Will upload the next lessons in module F over the weekend. Here’s the roadmap:

  • FCP-X and XAVC S – a complete workflow from ingest to grading
  • Timelapse workflow
  • External recorder and 4K workflows – whenever it appears
  • A walkthrough of using the wolfcrow system on a project with lighting

Tentative:

  • Guide to balancing the A7s on a DJI Ronin – I’m having very low interest on this at the moment. It’s expensive to rent and learn, so I’ll only do this if there’s a lot of interest. If you want to see this, please let me know!