General picture profile tips
Cinegamma 1 and 2 are good for bright situations. Cinegamma 2 is limted to 100% IRE and can be considdered broadcast safe.
Cinegamma 3 has more contrast and a little less dynamic range.
Cinegamma 4 is good for lower light shoots and raises the shadows slightly.
S-Log 2 and S-Log3 gives you the best dynamic range. When shooting S-Log2/3 DON’T underexpose. It will give you some nasty noise in the shadows. Alistair Chapman recommends to overexpose between 1-2 stops. S-Log 2 and 3 are in picture profiles 7, 8 and 9.
When shooting S-Log remember to engage the Gamma Display Assist! It makes setting the exposure a whole lot easier.Gamma Display Assist can be turned on in the viewfinder menu.
LUT’s from Sony for the FS5
If you want to go deeper into this, and get good picture quality for the FS5, a good starting point is to watch one of my Sony heroes, Alistair Chapmans, walk through picture profile tutorial:
There is also a writeup of all these tips here from Sony.
Doug Jensen Vortex Pro picture profile is a great sooc profile, which requires minimal grading. You can find it here in in chapter 12 about half way in. Here is first chapter for free. The whole 6 hours can be watched here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/FS5
Erwins Optimized PP6 Picture Profile Setting FS5
Black Level 0
Gamma CINE 3 and sometimes CINE 4 or CINE 1*)
Black gamma RANGE MIDDLE and LEVEL 0
Knee AUTO (default) and Auto SET MAX POINT 95%, SENSIVITY MIDDLE
Color Mode CINEMA
Color Phase +1
Color Depth R=0 G=-1 B=-1 and C=+1 M=-+1 Y=0
Color Correction OFF
WB Shift Filter Type LB-CC, LB +2 and CC +1
Detail -4 —> this is personal, you might want to set this to -7 and do only sharpening in post production.
*) Note: The gamma determines the dynamic range of the camera. Cinegamma settings give a nice wide dynamic range. There are 4 versions to choose from:
CINE 1 – For very bright light situations (goes up to 110%) like outdoor, sunlight
CINE 2 – Just like CINE 1 except it goes only to 100% (use only if you need broadcast safe exposure)
CINE 3 – This one I use the most and is suited for general shooting and for both inside and outside use (goes up to 110%)
CINE 4 – Seems to be better in low light situation (goes up to 110%)
Exposing with the CINE gammas should be done a tiny bit darker than you would normally do. Skin tones are usually around 65%. Use the Zebra 1 function for this if you want.
Exposure and White Balance
Since we are talking about picture and picture quality, it could be a good idea to watch Doug Jensens B&H 90 min. video “How to Get Perfect Exposures and Beautiful White Balances with Pro Video Cameras”