Tuesday, October 19, 2010

News from Here & There

Steve Jobs famously described the first AppleTV as a hobby, but they just announced that they sold 250,000 of the 2nd gen AppleTV in the last quarter. Oddly enough, I have no idea if that's impressive or not.
If you have an AppleTV, MacWorld has an article about using a secondary Mac Mini to stream to the device.
MacWorld: A better Apple TV workflow
[UPDATE: Jonathan Seff at MacWorld speculates about what it means: Jobs touts Apple TV sales figures]

More on the Panasonic AG-AF100
Zacuto got to spend a bit of time with the Panasonic AG-AF100, and tried it out with some different rigs and their upcoming EVF viewfinder.
Zacuto: The Panasonic AG-AF100 Video: Camera Cinemized by Zacuto

HDSLR Video Shooting Tips
National Geographic has a series of short videos with shooting tips from John Burcham that covers; basics, stabilizing the camera, capturing the moment and accessories.
National Geographic: DSLR HD Video Tips: Shooting Basics
Dave Dugdale got his first DSLR in March, and has been blogging about his experiences. His latest blogs about getting a perfect white background in a shoot is worth checking out.
Learning DSLR Video

Philip Bloom compares the SmallHD DP6 and Marshall 5" monitors
I have to say I am really impressed with both of them. In a way I don’t see them competing against each other. For me the Marshall is the first truly useful budget monitor out there. Every one I have used prior to this have been not good! This is sub $600 (probably a lot more in the UK as usual) and excellent and totally usable for focusing and framing etc…The DP6 is more expensive but has more flexibility. So you have to decide what is important to you and what your budget is…
Philip Bloom: Marshall 5″ LCD monitor versus the Small HD 5.6″ DP6

More on Picture Styles
Another Canon Picture Styles tutorial video, this one from createsphere. It's interesting, though I wish they'd used different styles on single scenes so you could really see how much the different style changed the visual appearance.
Vimeo: Crash Course in Picture Styles for Canon 5D Mark II

Larry Jordan's Final Cut Newsletter
Larry Jordan's website contains a wealth of Final Cut information and tips. He also puts out a monthly newsletter that you can subscribe to. This months issue includes:
  • Musing: Is Final Cut Relevant in the Age of the iPad?
  • Technique: Finding Clips in Final Cut Pro
  • Thoughts on Buying the Best Camera and Hardware
  • Chroma-keying Hair with Primatte Keyer Pro 4
  • Software Review: ShotPut Pro
Larry Jordan: Monthly Newsletter #72

Zacuto iPhone Point'n'Shoot
A short video showing the Zacuto Point'n'Shoot for the iPhone. I don't know that I'm that enthused about using the iPhone for video shooting that I'd buy accessories like this, and at $120, I'm going to wait and see what the Tiffen Smoothee is like.

Zacuto's iPhone Point'n'Shoot from steve weiss on Vimeo.

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