Saturday, October 09, 2010

News from Here & There

Petrol Bags introduces an HDSLR Camera Bag
This semi-hard cushioned carrier has a top flap that opens extra wide for instant access to the bag’s main compartment. The upper section is contoured to fit a HDSLR camera with the lens attached. The hinged floor of this section lifts to reveal twin pockets perfect for stashing extra lenses or spare batteries.
Videomaker: Petrol Bags introduces Digibag an HDSLR Camera Bag

B & H Taking Pre-orders for Panasonic AG-AF100
It appears that B & H is taking pre-orders for the Panasonic AG-AF100 [$4,795.00]

No 3D Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Warner has announced that they won't be releasing Deathly Hallows in 3D because they don't have enough time to do a good enough job - shock!
"Despite everyone's best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey."
Actually, I'm relieved, because I won't have to search for a theater playing it in 2D when it comes out.
TheHollywoodReporter: Warner Bros. axes new 'Harry Potter' in 3D

Going from Stills to Motion
Over at David Harry Stewart's blog, he prints part of an interview with David Darby, ASC. In the latest installment, he asks about the transition from being a still photographer to video/film.
David Harry Stewart: Transitioning from stills to motion. 5 Questions For: Part 4 of the David Darby, ASC interview.

Shooting a Comedy Central Promo
Gonzalo Cordova got to sit in on the shooting of a Comedy Central promo with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for their upcoming midterm coverage. Especially interesting; it looks like they did a parody of the war room in Dr Strangelove.
ComedyCentral: A Day In the Life of The Set of the Daily Show/Colbert Report Promo Shoot

Caprock filter
Christopher Mayer has posted more videos on Vimeo showing the use of the Caprock filter:
Here is a test where I use the caprock 1.0 filter to control aliasing and moire. But this time I apply sharpening in the shots with the caprock filter.
Caprock 1.0 with post sharpening Sony NEX10
Caprock outdoors

Zacuto Z-Finder EVF video
Zacuto has posted another video about their upcoming EVF. It's 7 minutes long (maybe a tad long) but there's some interesting stuff in it; specifically the idea of offsetting the camera to get the EVF in the right position; and essentially ending up with the lens in the same place where an ENG camera lens is.

Secondly, they talk about (but don't show in the prototype) how they plan to have a flip-up feature for the optical finder so that you can view the LCD panel of the EVF directly.

Z-Finder EVF Video Series ~ Part 2 "Ergonomics" from steve weiss on Vimeo.

First Moonwalk video cleaned up
If you've ever watched the videos of Armstrong stepping on the Moon, you probably remember seeing shadows and not much else. They're now released cleaned up video - some was previously released, but now they've released more - and it's quite amazingly different (but did it really take ILM that long to get this done?)
Australian Graphic: Exclusive moonwalk video revealed

Shane Hurlbut
Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut runs an HDSLR Training Bootcamp, and in this clip he talks about what settings you want to have your DSLR set to, and the protocol's you should follow so you don't screw up!

Hurlbut Visuals Camera Protocol from Shane Hurlbut, ASC on Vimeo.

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