Friday, July 10, 2015

A Music Video Production with Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Recently Olympus Malaysia has sponsored a local Malaysian music video production for a newly released hit EDM track "Somewhere New" by Malaysia's top DJs Goldfish and Blink, featuring Elizabeth Tan. The cinematography was by Reservoir Production. 

The entire video was recorded with E-M5 Mark II and a plethora of M.Zuiko lenses, all hand-held.

SOMEWHERE NEW
Goldfish & Blink Featuring Elizabeth Tan




BEHIND THE SCENES
And the behind the scenes video, where you see the E-M5 Mark II in action. You also can catch a glimpse of me somewhere in this video. 


The production of this music video took two full days and I was with the production team for almost the entire shoot. Almost everything was recorded hand-held with the OM-D E-M5 Mark II hand-held, with no aid of any stabilization rigs or support (except some minor parts using tripod). The E-M5 Mark II has the 5-Axis Image Stabilization which is extremely powerful and versatile for video recording, producing smooth, shake-free output with mere hand-held recording. Considering that the camera and lenses are small and light, it was easy to use the OM-D system even in tight spaces. 

There were plenty of chasing scenes, both running as well as cars on the road, and E-M5 Mark II recorded everything with minimal jitters. Though the car ride was bumpy (Malaysian roads, if you have been here you would understand) the 5-Axis IS did a good job in minimizing shake. 

The M.Zuiko lenses used were 12mm F2, 17mm F1.8, 25mm F1.8, 45mm F1.8, 75mm F1.8, 12-40mm F2.8 and 40-150mm F2.8. Unfortunately the 7-14mm F2.8 wide angle lens has not been released during the time of shoot. 

I strongly think that, having a small and light system, being weather-sealed (against dust in the open car drifting part), having that incredible 5-Axis Image Stabilization system, the E-M5 Mark II is a great choice for film making. I am no expert when it comes to film making but seeing is believing, and I have seen first hand almost the entire shoot taking place.

What do you think of the music video? Are you a film maker? Do let me know your thoughts!

35 comments :

  1. Nice cameo in the Behind the Scenes, Robin! I've just sold my Panasonic GX7 and going to buy the EM-5 II for shooting video with longer lenses (I have a Panasonic LX100 for wide). I miss the IBIS (and Olympus colour) too much and as much as I like my Panasonic 35-100/2.8 zoom, the jitter due to the OIS makes me crazy. It would be great if Olympus made a high-end compact like the Panasonic LX100 or Sony RX100 with a fast zoom lens, IBIS, and decent video.

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  2. Nice videos, Robin, both the music video and the BTS! I finally sold my Canon 60D, which I was hanging onto for possible video making, and purchased the E-M1 last fall. Haven't tried video with it yet, but this is very inspiring!

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  3. Looks great. How many cameras did they use? Do you know if they applied any stabilization in post?

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