SOUTH KOREA — Areia Creations (http://areiacreations.com) has been busy creating music videos for KPOP artists such as Musky and Ferry. The studio uses Blackmagic Design’s Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and Ursa Mini Pro for the productions, shooting in Blackmagic RAW format. The music videos were then edited and graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio, using a DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel.
For the Till Midnight video from Ferry (ft. Ki Peum Kim), the small form factor and high dynamic range of the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K was particularly useful. According to Areia Creations’ owner/director Georgios "Jun Areia" Tryfonas, the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K was rigged on a gimbal. It’s small size kept it from drawing attention during the on-location shoot.
“This KPOP concept video required fast shots of a couple finding each other in everyday downtown South Korea,” Tryfons recalls. “This meant that there was no time to recharge batteries or resupply runs back to the office.”
The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K served as the main camera on the shoot, and all of the needed lenses and batteries, as well as the gimbal could fit into a single backpack.
“The camera not only has the high dynamic range to showcase the beauty of the South Korean cityscape in the daytime, but it also captured perfectly the nighttime vibrancy amidst all the high intensity city lights,” says Tryfonas. “I felt that uninterrupted filming at this high level of quality was only possible because it was all filmed in Blackmagic RAW and used the discreet smaller form of the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K."
The I’m Leaving You Now video for Musky was a larger shoot that required two cameras. The Ursa Mini Pro was chosen to be the A camera, with the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K serving as the B camera. Both cameras shot Blackmagic RAW 4K for ease of matching footage and having the most flexibility in post.
“After processing the footage with universal v4 color science, both camera’s footage look like they came from the same camera,” he recalls. “I invited the entertainment company’s producer to my studio to work collaboratively towards the final version, after a draft edit and color grade. The single session was all we needed and the producer enjoyed the ease of choosing the best shots and making edit changes as DaVinci Resolve Studio was easy to understand even if they did not have any history with NLE editors.”