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Two years worth of hacked Panasonic GH2 shooting - my conclusions...
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  • @falconking The noticeable ways to see it is just looking at your record time, it should be a lot lower than usual because of the higher bitrate. You can also just look at the properties of the video files on your computer and see that the bitrate is higher. There are no "new controls" that you get from the hack. (You really should post this question in the flowmotion thread like Vitaliy said)

  • @falconking this software : http://mediaarea.net/en/MediaInfo will let you know how the hack has applied to your camera.

  • what hack would you recommend for HBR-PAL, i mean 25p recording?

  • Great review @cblok thank you so much - I'm curious at what frame rate you mostly shoot at with flo motion 24p or HBR? I know you said you shoot with both but what is the decider for you?

  • Flowmotion with Pasedena is new to me, how do I get the pasedena patch? Thanks again , am saving up for a 25mm voigtlander now!

  • Hi @Jacekk I mostly shoot 24p on flo motion. HBR on Sanity X.

  • Hi cblok; NIce review!, i have one question i'm sure many GH2 user can answer me this; What hack allow me to playback in camera and high stability on recording? no need to be crazy high rates.

  • The Sanity hack works great on the GH2, even using inexpensive SC cards.

  • Most Hi bitrate settings allow both: Use H or FSH for Best quality or L/FH settings for lower quality, long durations & spanning

  • Good Morning @cblok ... I was wondering if you had any sample photos AND videos available for viewing that were taken with your GH2 and the 42.5mm. I have been contemplating the purchase of the lens because I am sure it will last for many years and work well on all M4/3 bodies, but just wanted to see some samples. Please let me know!

  • Anyone use Driftwood Moon T7 with Pasadena Pulse Audio v2?

  • Anyone have a link to the exact SD card used in this post? Searching for a 'Sandisk 32GB Class 10 Extreme HD Video 30MB/s' turns up few cards with similar names.

  • @a3yd These are the cards I was referring to: http://www.ryda.com.au/sandisk-16gb-extreme-video-sd-memory-card

    Now that I use the GH4, I use these faster cards and they haven't skipped a beat. I've recorded well over 1 hour's worth of 4k footage with no problems: http://www.ryda.com.au/sandisk-64gb-extreme-pro-sd-memory-card

    The funny this is, when I bought my GH4 it came with a Panasonic approved 4k SD card (http://www.ryda.com.au/panasonic-rpsdu32g-sd-memory-card). Out of all the cards I've used, this is the most unreliable when shooting 4k! :-)

  • @leejb4 sorry I don't have any video or stills available showing off the 42.5mm lens. The fact is, I don't use it that much anymore. Most of my work calls for faster setups so I use my 12-35mm f/2.8 and 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix G lenses almost exclusively.

    That being said, it's a fantastic lens with very similar image quality to the 25mm Voigtlander. It's a great portrait focal length too.

    Cheers.

  • @xenogears - either Flowmotion or Sanity that I mentioned. I shot some interviews recently on the Flowmotion hack. The GH2 was B-camera to the GH4. I got 45minutes recording with the Flowmotion hack with no dropouts. I was also impressed with the image quality of Flowmotion and the GH2. Still holds up.

  • I get only: "Sorry but we couldn’t find the page you are looking for. Please check to make sure you’ve typed the URL correctly." when I click on the links in the OP. :(

  • Well it was over a year ago....

  • Hello! I hacked my gh2 with Flowmotion 2.02 or so I think. I went through the whole "body up" process and everything went fine. But I am not sure how to check if IT actually happened...if it actually is now hacked. When I load the file (test video) into fcp7 and go to "item properties" it says the data rate is 13 MB/sec...Another "red flag" that seems to indicate that something is not right and the hack is not working is that I am using a 16G card and I the camera shows that I can record for 1hr:20min. I thought with the hack it would be like 20min.

    Basically the question is: how do I check and make sure that the hack is working?

    Will appreciate any insight or suggestions.

  • @mche That's basically what I do. I check bitrate in Streamparser. Usually regular Panasonic set to 24H comes in at 20 Mb/sec. The hack settings I use come in at ~80 Mb/sec. Maybe reread FAQs on how to install hack settings, making sure not to miss any details. (Also you said FCP tells you 13 MB. If that's actually 13 Mb then hack setting not installed, but 13 MB is equal to 104 Mb and would indicate that it has been installed. I would guess FCP shows Mb (bit, vs byte), but I could be wrong.)

  • @matt_gh2 Thank you for your reply and suggestions. Since I last posted here (my previous note), I re-installed the hack. Turned out I didn't select the letter a-j and the patches did not load on correctly. Also the recording time went from 1hr:20min to just 20min, which hopefully means it worked. But....when I check bit rates i get completely confused, because turns out according to quicktime show movie inspector my pre-hacked gh2 was doing 174mbits after the hack its doing just 99....although i have to say that I do not remember which settings i used on the pre-hacked footage I am comparing with. I tried Streaparser but work on a mac and couldnt get to open through wine. Perhaps i'll un-hack and then repeat and see whats up. Thanks again!

  • If you're getting 99 Mb/s, you definitely have a hack setting installed. It just may a different hack setting than the one that gave you 174 (there are many different types available and they vary in bitrate as well as other things like differing image characteristics.) If you just had the Panasonic regular firmware installed, it maxes at 24 Mb/s.

  • matt_gh2 Hey! Thank you very much for trying to help and suggestions. I understood why I was getting confused. Its just that depending on how you export the bit rate changes. (the most obvious thing in the world). Now comparing the files that are right on the card before and after it is 26Mb/s berfore and 99 now. So all good with the hack. I was getting 174 when I exported ProRes HQ. Problem solved))) Thank you again for helping to sort this out!

  • Cool - have fun shooting - Flowmotion is popular as it gives good results.