I’ve been keen to try creating some Video with the Fuji X-Pro2 since I first had the pre-production version last October.

I’ll discuss a little bit about the making of the video afterwards, but in the meantime, feel free to take a look.

It’s only a two minute long mini-documentary of my friend Geoff.

I didn’t really want to put any time and effort into a video project until the release version of the camera was in my hands. Now I have two production versions of the X-Pro2 (you can still see my review of the X-Pro2 if you want) I thought the time was right to try some Video with the Fuji X-Pro2.

 

 

Equipment used when shooting this video with the Fuji X-Pro2:

Fujifilm X-Pro2

As mentioned, this was the first time pressing the “record” button on the X-Pro2 and I’d cleaned my settings before the shoot.

I moved my Record button from the default position on the top plate, and swapped it with the Photometry button.  This is primarily because I prefer to have easier access to the metering options and use them far more often.

I set the film simulation to Standard and all my Shadows, Highlights, Sharpness and Colour settings were neutralised to 0.

As we were filming in doors (kind of), I chose to use a 3,200 Kelvin White Balance.  As this was more of a test video, I didn’t White Balance manually each clip (which shows) – but I was very happy with the consistency of the footage.

Everything was shot at 60fps in 1080 and then footage interpreted down to 25fps in Premiere Pro.

XF 23mm F1.4

The vast majority of the footage was shot with the 23mm F1.4 lens.  Sadly, there doesn’t appear to be any focus peaking when shooting in manual mode (firmware candidate!).

XF 56mm F1.2

The opening shot of the Joss Stick was shot using the 56mm lens wide open.  This is trickier than I thought and in hindsight, I think I would have used the 60mm F2.8 Macro.

Sennheiser AVX-MKE2

I recorded the audio out of camera Sennheiser AVX-MKE2.  More on this in a later blog post when I’ve tested more with it and synced audio to camera connection.

Small issues I had when shooting this video with the Fuji X-Pro2:

Obviously the X-Pro2 is not a professional video camera.  It doesn’t offer 4K video, nor does it off monitoring via a live HMDI Out socket for example.

The footage, however, I was very pleased with.  It’s not as natural to shoot without a flip down screen and this is another situation where the definite separation between the X-Pro and the X-T range are obvious.

The native footage was good, but I chose to grade it using Film Convert Pro which I think is a great tool for Adobe Premiere Pro.

You will notice in the film that there is a very small bare bulb lamp above the easel.  This caused me issues with flicker and you can see it most prominently at the end during the signature of the piece. The issue here was that I moved my shutter speed dial unintentionally, which caused the sync issue with the 50hz lamp.  When making a video with the Fuji X-Pro2 be careful of nudging the Shutter Speed dial!

In Summary

It was fun making this video with the Fuji X-Pro2.  I was keen to see more of how it operated and the ergonomics of it.

I’m going to shoot more, and do a further set of posts on here.  This is really just a feet in the water type post.

I know this camera isn’t really aimed at professional video makers, and that is quite apparent, but I think its certainly producing decent enough footage to be useful for personal or small project basis.

The Sennheiser AVX-MKE2 was great and I will also be talking more about using that with my video content on the Fuji System over the coming weeks and months.

I’m not a professional video make (as you can see), I’m a professional documentary wedding photographer by trade but I’m really excited about using this camera in my Day in the Life shoots and possibly some small commercial clips too.

About Geoff:  Geoff is a dear friend of mine who live near me in North Wiltshire.  He’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever met.  He has an effervescence about his art that is contagious and he’s one of life’s characters.  A great chap, is Geoff.

 

  • Neil Horner

    The video looks smooth and pro to my untrained eyes 🙂 Never used video on any of my Fuji cameras , maybe its time to give it a try ! (If I can work out how to turn it on ! )

  • This is absolutely beautiful and inspiring! Who says the Fuji can’t shoot video? Thank you for addressing the technical issues, as well.

    • Thanks Lee. There will be many better clips out there but I enjoyed using the X-Pro2 for this project.

  • Brett

    Great angles Kevin!

  • Looks good to me – nicely done Kevin. Personally I tend to use a DSLR for video, and sometimes my DJI Osmo (which is a LOT of fun, but only if you don’t like Audio) but it looks more and more like the X-Pro2 could make my DSLR disappear for good!

    It’s dusty by now anyways 😉

  • Mark Lee

    Great job Kevin, I wouldn’t be big into video myself but you’ve pulled it off here brilliantly. An environmental portrait of Geoff in his shed would be great, get on it!

  • Watched this a couple of times and I absolutely loved it. I’d call the flicker at the end, artistic licence 🙂

    Utterly appreciate the improvement in video quality with the new X-Trans sensor. Previously, Geoff’s shirt would have been riddled with moire – a problem that I consistently experience with the X-T1 – but this looked absolutely lovely.

    Where the pan starts at about 00:49, is that hand held?

    • Thanks Charlene – I appreciate your comments.

      The pan is actually on a 2 foot rail. It’s balanced one end on a bin and the other end on a broom head. Very precariously. Hence the slight wobble.

      • Haha, that’s gold! I’m going to shamelessly appropriate that idea one of these days – with credit to you, of course 🙂

  • Very nice, Kevin. Definitely inspires me to do video with the X-Pro2. Thanks man!

  • Mark Davis

    Loved it! It has a very peaceful feeling about it and was a joy to watch. My brother is an antiques restorer and works out of his garden shed too; I may well do something like this video when I get my xp2!

  • David O’Callaghan

    Would the flicker of the lamp be caused by an energy saver or LED bulb? Try a test again with the bulb being substituted with a tungsten bulb and see if that makes any difference. I suspect that it might be a frequency problem.

    • Oh yes, it is the freemen you David. The lights in the UK should be at 50hz and (so I’m told) if the shutter speed is a multiple of that then the issue can be minimised. I shot mostly at 1/100th shutter speed but jogged the SS dial a couple of times hence the misalignment of the frequency and the shutter speed.

      There was a neat little trick I found by Philip Bloom which helped a little (search: bloom die flicker die on Vimeo).

  • Shay Farrelly

    Lovely video, a pity it’s so short I was just getting into it and suddenly it was over. You have a lovely story telling style I would like to see more. Best of luck with it.

  • Hi Kevin, great result, particularly as you say it’s your first video. Referring to Charlene’s comments above, do you know if my XT-1 sensor is going to render video differently?
    Looking forward to some more video.

    • The X-T1 will indeed be different. It uses a different sensor so will result in different rendering. Thanks

  • Nuno Grilo

    This is a great demonstration of X-Pro2 video capabilities. What I find as a limitation in this camera, is the fact one cannot change highlights, shadows, etc… in video mode. I don’t understand why Fuji didn’t include this in the last firmware update, when cheaper cameras like the x100f and X-T20 have it… Can you comment on that?

    • I have no idea what the specification decisions are based on. I do know though, that if I want to shoot serious level video, I’d probably reach for the X-T2 these days. Thanks for stopping by Nunno.