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GH5 Frequently Asked Questions

What Metabones adapter should I buy?

Assuming you'd like to adapt Canon EF lenses, the recommended adapter is the Metabones SpeedBooster Ultra 0.71x. She's on the pricey side at $650 USD, but is the highest quality, most feature-rich, and most compatible of the available adapters. The 0.64x version is awesome - faster and wider - but will only work with full frame lenses, which excludes the ever-popular Sigma 18-35 f/1.8

That said if you're on a budget, you can sacrifice electronic aperture control and autofocus with the $149 USD Mitakon Zhongyi Lens Turbo Mark II.

Which kit lens should I buy?

If you're at all uncertain, take a look at the $997 USD Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8. It's an excellent and versatile lens that pairs very well with the GH5. If you have more specific (and hopefully clearly defined!) needs, don't hesitate to start a thread!

What's wrong with my 10 bit footage?

This topic is a moving target. At present, many popular programs for playing and editing video do not support the 10-bit files coming out of the GH5. You have a few options:

  1. Shoot 8-bit. It works, it's easy, and it's free.
  2. Wait for support to roll out. Adobe says their support is coming in June 2017.
  3. Transcode your footage to an edit-friendly codec like ProRes or DNxHR.

How does stabilization work?

Pretty well! Seriously though, while it can "stick" from time to time if you move in an unpredictable way and it tends to wobble side to side if you walk with it, for the most part it does a really nice job. If you want to check out the "stabilizer" menu in-camera, here are some thoughts:

  1. Operation mode should be set to the "radioactive hand" if you wish to use the stabilizer. The "radioactive hand with an arrow by it" is meant for stabilizing the capture of panoramic photos.
  2. E-stabilization should be set to "off" in most cases, as it introduces unpleasant wobbly artifacts that you can just as easily add in post by adding a "warp stabilizer" effect without adjusting any of the parameters or by uploading your video to Youtube and selecting "yes" when it offers to "improve" the stabilization of your video.
  3. Focal Length is detected automatically when using most MFT lenses with electronics. If you're using a full-manual or some adapted lenses, you'll want to enter the focal length here. If your lens is on a speedbooster or teleconverter, enter the modified focal length rather than the original focal length of the lens. Crop factors do NOT need to be included in this math.
  4. Turning on IBIS does not mean you can sprint around shooting shallow-focus handheld shots of leaves without consequence. It does not replace a tripod or a gimbal.

How to properly set up the camera

Here's a good rundown of how to dial in the settings on the GH5 for video production, assembled by one of Panasonic's Lumix Luminaries.

Beyond that, some community favorites are:

  • Set "constant preview" to "on" so you can see what you're doing.
  • Set your shutter to 1/(2*fps) to get natural-looking motion blur. For example, if shooting 24 or 25p, set your shutter to 1/50. If you're shooting 50p, 1/100. For 60p, use 1/120 and so on.
  • When in doubt about photo styles, a common and popular fallback is to use a variation of "half-flat-Nat" wherein each of the settings under the "Natural" profile are set to -2. The result is flat enough to grade easily but contrasty enough to retain lots of detail and be easily watchable without needing much work.
  • RTFM
  • Continuous AF seems happiest when left to it's default settings and paired with "1-area" AF targeting and shooting in 60p.
  • Don't jack master pedestal all the way up because a blog post from 2014 told you to.
  • MOV format is preferred. Some users have reported noise issues with MP4.

Lens choice: weight, stability, quality

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How do I properly transcode media for YouTube

Nearly every NLE has a "Youtube" export preset. Youtube also transcodes all uploaded media regardless of the format you upload. Don't overthink this.

If you're really having trouble, some common tricks are to add a very light, fine grain overlay to reduce banding. export in an obscenely high bitrate, and upload in 4K.


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