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Driftwood Quantum X Settings, Series 3: VY Canis Majoris, Mysteron, Sedna, Orion, Cluster...

    Series 1 Link

    Series 2 Link


    ALL Settings require Panasonic firmware v1.11 & ptools 3.64d '200212' required). Settings for GH2 & GF2 Lumix cameras.


    VY Canis Majoris- Release TBC

    Driftwood Sedna 'Settings' for ptools 3.64d- Release 15th March 2012, 01:30am

    Stats: 24p Intra, 1080i/HBR Intra, 720 GOP3/GOP6 all settings as Orion with Sedna Matrices:-

    A = High Detail matrix Good for Wide full detail shots.

    B = Good allround detail matrix Great all round wide / mid shots.

    C = Softer detail matrix Softer skin tonal detail.

    Two packs, one at Quantisation 20 (default), the other AQ1 (pushed the Quantisation and bitrate further still). Note: AQ2 to 4 is unnecessary. Q20 is REALLY pushing the Quantisation to best levels without having to use AQ. Q20 Bitrate is measured to detail and will achieve in places AQ3 or AQ4 size bitrates without distorting Q so much as before.

    Setting Links;-

    Sedna Pack Q20 Link

    Sedna Pack AQ1 Link

    Driftwood 'Cluster' v1 With Orion (AVC Intra adapted) Matrix VBR 'Settings' for ptools 3.64d- Released 9th March 2012 1am

    Stats: Upto 72M 24p, Upto 36M HBR, Upto 36M 720p modes. (*All REC MODES include B frames)

    Cluster v1 Link: Cluster v1

    Driftwood Quantum X (v4d Orion) 'Dark Matter' Matrix Pack + HBR FIX - CBR 'Settings' for ptools 3.64d- Released 18:30pm 06/03/2012

    Details: Featuring the new 'Dark Matter' matrix set (three version variations) based on current Orion Matrix with hi/lo freq adjustments. Plus 720p on 9/6 GOP. AQ is NOT required. This is a constant Q (Q8) CBR setting which performs measurably better than with AQ4 on. All other settings as before. INFO: Orion 4d with Dark Matter matrix pack. Three adjusted matrices to try out, all scaled from perceived HVS Great Quality (v1) to middle of these (v2) and perceived HVS Highest quality (v3). HVS = Human Visual System. This is sharper than the Orion matrix of yore which is still great but many of you wanted to pull out a few extra stops. Let's see if this helps YOU. Only other changes from Orion 4b are GOP Releated, 720p is 9/6 for NTSC/PAL.

    Orion 4D with 'Dark Matter' Matrix Link: Orion 4D

    Driftwood Quantum X v5b and v5c 'β Pictoris' (baby Quantum X) VBR & CBR versions 'Settings' for ptools 3.64d - Released 10:30am, 01/03/2012

    INFO: Two versions - 1) CBR constant Bitrate at 75M, 2) VBR Adaptive Bitrate 35-75M

    There are actually four versions (two in each pack CBR/VBR versions) for you to try out of Pictoris, two different matrices - v5b is the new hybrid matrix, v5c is the Orion included matrix. with NEW Driftwood scaled Panasonic GH2 Matrix meets AVC-INTRA Matrix hybrid (somewhere in the middle of Orion matrix meets GH2 Stock matrix) inc;- Settings primed for 50/75M Standard Rec Modes plus additional 25M for Etc Mode, 1080p24 on INTRA 50/75M Standard/75M Etc Mode, 1080i50/60 INTRA 50M /75M Etc Mode, 720p50/60 GOP6/9 40/75M, Standard/75M Etc, MJPEG Highest Quality 1920&720 Mjpeg modes. Good standard SD card recommended

    Two Zip files below contain the settings: Download all packs and try them out:

    1. v5b Hybrid Matrix - β Pictoris with Hybrid Matrix
    2. v5c Orion Matrix - β Pictoris with Orion Matrix

    Driftwood Quantum X (v4b Orion) CBR 'Settings' for ptools 3.64d- Released 00:15am 28/02/2012

    INFO: Settings include;- Quantum v9b style constant bitrate patch with full AVC-INTRA Matrix ; Requires firmware v1.1 and ptools 3.64d '200212 dated' (*Not compatible with 180212 dated ptools); CBR style 154M INTRA 108024p; CBR style HBR & 1080i INTRA 100M+ Max; CBR Style GOP12(PAL)/GOP15(NTSC) 720p 50/60 - 80+ Max; AVC Intra Matrix all round; GOP related Adjustments for B frames; EX Tele and 80% mode support. SD_Card=V good Class 10; SanDisk Extreme HD Video recommended

    Orion v4b Link: Orion 4b with AVC Intra Matrix

    Driftwood Quantum X (v3b Rocket) RC VBR 'Settings' for ptools 3.64d - RC Released 00:15am 28/02/2012

    INFO: Settings include;- Adaptive Hi Bitrate INTRA on 1080p24 upto 154M; Adaptive Hi Bitrate 25p(50i PsF) upto 100M; Adaptive Hi Bitrate 30p (60i PsF) upto 100M+; Adaptive Hi Bitrate INTRA 1080i modes upto 100M+; Hi bitrate 720p modes on GOP 12/15 with B frames upto 50M safest; Highest Quality tested MJPEG on 1920x1080 (720 compression mode); Highest Quality tested MJPEG on 1280x720 (480 compression mode); EX Tele Mode support (will increase bitrate usage by around 20M); 80% on 1080p modes (will increase bitrate usage by around 25M)

    Rocket v3b Link: Rocket v3b

    Driftwood Quantum X 'SpanMyBitchUp' v2b - Released 10:15am 25/02/2012

    Link: SpanMyBitchUp (SMBU) v2b

    INFO: Updated version of SpanMyBitchUp.

    Settings include;- Adaptive Hi Bitrate INTRA on 1080p24 - upto 100M. (* Only for GH2); Adaptive Hi Bitrate 25p(50i PsF) INTRA - upto 100M; Adaptive Hi Bitrate 30p (60i PsF) INTRA - upto 100M; Adaptive Hi Bitrate INTRA 1080i modes - upto 100M; 720p modes on GOP 6 with B frames - upto 98M; Highest Quality tested MJPEG on 1920x1080 (720 compression mode); Highest Quality tested MJPEG on 1280x720 (480 compression mode); EX Tele Mode support; 80% on 1080p modes; 24L, 720/1080i FH/H settings on Trick mode (encoder calcs bitrate)

    Driftwood Quantum X (v2 Rocket) 'Settings' for ptools 3.64d - Released 22/02/2012

    INFO: Adaptive bitrate settings. (See attached settings zip file below). Settings include;- Adaptive Hi Bitrate INTRA on 1080p24 - upto 154M. (* Only for GH2); Adaptive Hi Bitrate 25p(50i PsF) INTRA - upto 100M+; Adaptive Hi Bitrate 30p (60i PsF) INTRA - upto 120+; Adaptive Hi Bitrate INTRA 1080i modes - upto 120+; 720p modes on GOP 6 with B frames - upto 98M; Highest Quality tested MJPEG on 1920x1080 (720 compression mode); Highest Quality tested MJPEG on 1280x720 (480 compression mode); EX Tele Mode support; 80% on 1080p modes; AVC INTRA Matrix on I Frame coding with Flat 16 Matrix on P/B frames

    Link: v2 Rocket

    These settings are dedicated to VK @Vitaliy_Kiselev (master in control) and Chris Brandin @cbrandin (thee font of information).


    Driftwood 'Mysteron'
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    Driftwood 'Mysteron' Burst Mode -
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  • Q. Where do I get firmware v1.11 and ptools 3.64d?

    A. All the neccessary links are available here at top of page 1:

    Q. How do I load Quantum settings & firmware v1.11 into ptools 3.64d?

    A. See below - its simple.

    1. simply make a new folder on a pc call it 'Quantum'.

    2. Depending on which camera you own do the following;-

    GH2 Users: Copy Panasonics official GH2 firmware v1.11 (GH2__V11.bin) into that folder. (You can download this firmware from Panasonics offical site at

    GF2 Users: Copy Panasonics official GF2 firmware v1.11 (GF2__V11.bin) into that folder. (You can download this firmware from Panasonics offical site at

    3. Download latest ptools v3.64d 200212 from the 'ptools 3.64d' thread link ( and copy that into the folder too.

    4. Download the Quantum patches (white looking documents found at the bottom of this section) and unzip them to the Quantum folder.

    5. NOW run ptools, then load the firmware v1.11 (GH2__V11.bin for GH2 users or GF2__V11.bin for GF2 users) when it asks, now you'll see Rocket and Orion settings highlighted in Green (hover mouse over B and G buttons) click on either, whichever you wanna try.

    6. One youve selected your fav' Quantum patch then click on SAVE FIRMWARE button and save the patched firmware to your sdcard naming it higher than the original GH2__V11.bin (GF2__V11.bin for GF2) firmware (makes sense yeah!) for example 'GH2__V12.bin' (GF2__V12.bin for GF2) when asked.

    7. Load the new firmware from the sdcard to your camera by inserting sdcard, switch on camera, press the green-marked triangular 'Play' button once, Answer yes, to update your firmware. Note: Make sure youve got a fully charged battery before doing this update.

    8. Done! Film away! *Please note you WILL NOT see any cosmetic changes in the menu system of the camera - but rest assured, the Quantum settings are all loaded & working hidden, under the bonnet of the camera ;-)

    HOW TO PUT IT BACK TO STOCK SETTINGS AGAIN? You can always go back to stock settings by simply UNCHECKING all the boxes in ptools (or by clicking any unused red button, A to J)and saving the edited firmware back to your sdcard and reupdating. Easy.

    All basic and beginners questions about the hack can be found here

  • *** Latest News ***

    Driftwood mysteron. Top notch 24pH Intra setting with deblocking. 720p50/60 (GOP3/6) Workling and spanning. HBR / 1080i INTRA Working and should span.

    Try it. If you not like, c'est la vie!

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  • Here my V4b footage. First time i used orion v4b

  • Series 3 wow that's cool

  • @Kihlian, not sure if the new matrix settings will make a difference to the following test/video that was conducted a month or so ago: @JDN makes a summary further down in that thread. ISO 1600 was not specifically mentioned as any sweet spot. Otherwise, sparing use of Neat Video is also an option in post.

  • driftwood 4:11PM *** Latest News *** Driftwood is currently hard at work finishing AVCHD wiki and new setting VY Canis Majoris.

    Cant wait, i did make a stupid mistake with my settings.
    I did have a real good hbr setting, but i changed something without writing down what!!!!!!!!!
    Now i don't get it stable again.... really sick off it... and perhaps when i understand it better i can recreate it..

  • More Sedna A Q20 footage...

    Sorry about the generic flowers thing -- but -- they work on my schedule and they're free.

    Bottom line -- Sedna just works -- on every level.

  • @concius @dennnnnnnis @otcx Great shots. Thanks for posting clips without any correction.

  • @conscius Very nice introduction to Orion, hope you like.

    @onionbrain Really nice to see Sedna Q20 working out well with that beautiful lens. :-) Superb combination, thanks Andrew.

    Also, onionbrain's example shows how much better manual lenses and manual focus works sooo much better than leaving Auto Focus on. I find Panasonic's lenses hunt like crazy for focus - so lock 'em down or switch to manual.

  • @onionbrain Simply beautiful. Great. You convinced me to give another try to Sedna A. I wasn't much pleased with my first tests, but probably was psychological. The subject wasn't much interesting.

  • @onionbrain, you are right. Sedna just works. Im pretty and happy with footage that I took over the weekend.

  • All the clips have been getting better and better with each of @driftwoods patches. Sedna has inspired me and made me bite the bullet (and the budget) I just ordered a 95MB card :)

  • thanks @rafe. I'll need an ND filter for my gh2 btw. For those shots i used and diaf of 20 and 22... shutterspeed 1/80. @driftwood, i like it alot! :) thanks for everything.

  • Thanks everyone!


    Yes, it's working well. Works on levels adjustments, works with heavy color correction, handles reasonably well in Premiere Pro, and results with noise reduction (Neat Video) have been good.

    In one extreme test I filmed in the near dark at 3200 ISO and then raised the midtones and shadows to an extreme in post and after running Neat Video on it I ended up with something that looked sharper and cleaner than an HVX200 at 0db.

  • @onionbrain, I'll echo these results as well. I'm not afraid of 3200 iso with these latest patches

  • @driftwood Thank You for your Quantum Series I have Some Qusition. I applied to the Orion version of my GH2. and shooting a moving object but the AF tracking just does not work well than previous firmware version 1.0. this Hack was impact on AF performance of GH2?

  • Driftwood, its amazing. Each time , No Problems

    "Shot 300MM Canon FD Mount, shot at a 50th , Shutter 5.8 ISO 160. Overcast and Fog. Hard light only. No post work on this piece. SEDNA A Settings: Max Detail Q. AQ1 version. Cinema. Water appears like mercury. Sound patch...more directional, less ambient chaos.

  • Sedna B matrix 25p HBR with 7-14 Panny lens producing around 70M on the bitrate.

    LightRays - Sedna 25p HBR - Pana 7-14mm lens.png
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    Sussex Downs - Sedna 25p HBR - Pana 7-14mm lens.png
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    Shoreham2 - Sedna 25p HBR - Pana 7-14mm lens.png
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    Shoreham - Sedna 25p HBR - Pana 7-14mm lens.png
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    Stroll - Sedna 25p HBR - Pana 7-14mm lens.png
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  • Has anyone else been having the following (kind of odd) issue with patch updates? I first encountered it yesterday when I did something new on 64GB Transcend SDXC.

    1. Update Firmware using the Transcend card and film on it.
    2. Same thing with a different patch on a different card.
    3. Come back to the 1st Transcend card and repeat 1. etc.

    At some point the card (while still showing the correct time remaining) stopped showing any of the older clips on the card during playback mode. As in I would be in clip 20 and couldn`t see anything but the most recent 1 or 2.

    When I got back to the computer, I could see all of them. Not sure if it is related to Sedna at all but it showed up for the first time while using a Sedna patch so I mention it here.

  • Also, though I did not compare to other settings, Sedna AQ1 A looks great on kittens oddly fascinated by shoelaces.

  • @Karon Could have something to do with v1.11 itself or your lens. I doubt it'd be specifically a hack setting. @thepalalias Its an oddity. Sometimes its fine, make sure you record a small file after a long one. Have a look a the .CPI files on the clipinfo folder is matching - see if any corruption is there.

  • @Karon I noticed with some of my testing that 720p auto focus is a lot better than 24p. No awful hunting or breathing with 720p. More light will also help. I always try to use manual focus but sometimes, as you mentioned, I'll try both in a difficult situation because at the end of the day auto focus may salvage a few shots.

    BTW I'm using Cluster for now. Waiting for the next one, Canis Majoris, that I think will sort out the weak points of the recent patches and be more reliable for a good class 10 card like sandisk extreme 30mbs and above.

  • Canis Majoris: the red star? :) so subtile

  • Today we took some time to make an first edit of our new film "Cowboy". All shot with @driftwood Quantum X (v4d Orion) 'Dark Matter v3'.

    There's still some work for this project is finished but we are very happy with the footage :-)

    password is: cowboy

  • @islanders66 I'm also using Cluster v1 and it works great and stable on 32gb SanDisk Extreme HD 30mb/s. It spans on HBR 25 and average 30 -38 mbps.

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