New site at blog.bnjmn.id. I will continue to have fun on Twitter for as long as the site is tolerable but containing the shitposts to that site, and serious posts will go to the new one. Posts on the new site will be mirrored on the Twitter feed for now.

Panasonic Lumix S5 4K Original Sample Footage Download

Whenever shopping for a camera or evaluating one for a particular project, I believe it’s important to view footage from that camera locally on one’s editing computer, to evaluate image quality, compatibility, and editing performance. Sample footage of this quality is difficult to find. With the exception of Blackmagic, no major prosumer camera maker provides sample footage for download.

In the case of the S5, I found sample footage hard to find, but especially captured internally. Most samples I’ve seen were recorded with an external raw recorder like the Atomos Ninja V or Blackmagic Video Assist 12G, which are capable of capturing extremely crisp 24MP 6K frames using the full resolution of the sensor. Those recorders make this camera extremely adept for micro-budget filmography. But they also increase the total cost of ownership by 25-75 percent compared to the body alone, and of course add bulk unsuitable for casual carry. If owning or renting one of those recorders for your productions is not an option, these sample clips are for you.

All of the clips on this page were captured internally and not modified whatsoever between capture and upload.


By downloading these clips, you are accepting a license hereby granted to you to use them according to these terms: You may use these clips ONLY for personal use. You may redistribute them online, but ONLY if you change, edit, or remix them in an artistically-significant way, AND the distribution is noncommercial in nature, AND you link back to this page. For example, this means you may arrange them in your own edits with colour changes or the addition of music, and publish those edits on the internet, as long as your use is noncommercial, and you link to this page in the video description. This license does not give you the right to redistribute these clips offline or commercially. For any other use or if you’re unsure if your use aligns with this license, please email me (mail ‘att’ benmacphail.ca).


Right-click on the links to save these clips.

Clip 1 (Sunset) — 0.5GB, V-log, ISO 640, 4K 4:2:2 AVC @ 150Mbps — Taken with a rather soft Sony 30mm f/2.8 Macro lens, so this clip is probably best used to evaluate colour more than sharpness.

Clip 2 (River) — 0.2GB, V-log, ISO 640, 4K 4:2:2 AVC @ 150Mbps, Sigma 45mm f2.8 DG DN

Clip 3 (River) — 0.2GB, V-log, ISO 640, 4K 4:2:2 AVC @ 150Mbps, Sigma 45mm f2.8 DG DN

Clip 4 (River) — 0.3GB, V-log, ISO 640, 4K 4:2:2 AVC @ 150Mbps, Sigma 45mm f2.8 DG DN

This page will update as I release new sample clips.

Sony A7S III 4K Original Sample Footage Download

Whenever shopping for a camera or evaluating one for a particular project, I believe it’s important to view footage from that camera locally on one’s editing computer, to evaluate image quality, compatibility, and editing performance. I’ve found that sample footage of this quality is difficult to find. With the exception of Blackmagic, no major prosumer camera maker provides sample footage for download.

So I’m uploading some footage shot for my student film with the A7S III for download. This is the original footage with no re-encoding, shot at UHD 29.97p 10-bit 4:2:2 ALL-I with the H.264 codec at 300Mbps. I’m pretty sure I had digital (“Active”) stabilization enabled in clips #1-3, and I think I turned it off for #4. I used the Sony 24-105mm f4 G lens for all of these shots. I’ve stripped metadata with ffmpeg for privacy, which required converting the audio streams from PCM to AAC (degrading audio quality somewhat), but the video streams were copied exactly.

Right-click on the links to save these clips.

Clip 1 (1.0GB, S-log2, overcast daylight)

Clip 2, (1.6GB, S-log2, Night, unsure of ISO but IIRC it was somewhere around 16,000-32,000. Scene was lit entirely with a tiny 7W LED panel just out of frame, no ambient light. It looks like 709 simply because the dynamic range of the scene was so high!)

Clip 3, (1.0GB, S-log2, overcast daylight)

Clip 4, (1.0GB, ‘Standard’, honestly no clue what ISO anymore)

You may use these clips ONLY for personal use in evaluating the Sony A7S III’s image quality.

If you are looking for my post about iMac thermal throttling, it is preserved here.