Thursday, February 24, 2011

News From Here & There

Finding A Job In The Film Industry
Michael Rabiger provides 11 tips for getting a job:
Your reel. With your resumé enclose a professionally laid out DVD.  Some people put a different DVD together depending on the type of job or company they are approaching.
masteringfilm: Eleven Tips for Finding a Job in the Film Industry

Sony discontinues NEX-3
There's reports that the NEX-3 has been discontinued. The NEX-3 is the little brother to the NEX5, both still cameras that share the E-mount of the NEX-VG10video camera. Both the NEX-3 & 5 also support video, though the NEX-3 only does 720p.
Sony Alpha Rumors says not to worry; the NEX-3 is being replaced with the NEX-C3.
EngadgetSony NEX-3 discontinued, probably has NEX-5 to blame
SonyAlphaRumors: (SR5) NEX-3 officially discontinued in Japan!

Shooting in Low Light
Richard Harrington's latest video tutorial covers shooting in low-light:
Lighting should be your first step, but capturing gorgeous images with DSLRs in low light situations is not only a possibility, but an artistic venture with the amount of control offered by these cameras. In this video tutorial, Robbie and Richard discuss low-light shooting strategies, including controlling your aperture, ISO, lenses, and shutter speed.
CreativeCow: Low Light Shooting Strategies

Amazon Streaming
Don Reisinger at CNET takes a look to see whether Amazon Prime streaming is really supported by "200 devices."
All in all, Amazon's new streaming plan works quite well. Amazon's library isn't as deep as Netflix's, but with 5,000 pieces of content already, there is plenty to choose from. If Amazon adds more content over the coming months, its streaming service might just cement itself as a worthwhile competitor to Netflix in the booming streaming market.
CNET: Amazon streaming: What works, what doesn't

120Hz must die
The Edit Doctor hates, hates, hates the look of 120 hz television;
So its inventing/creating more “in-between frames” through this smoothing process and it kills the the whole 24 frames per second look that film had and makes it move more like - VIDEOTAPE!  Wasn’t that what we were trying to get away from?
Without getting into the substance of the debate, a little historical note. The Doctor notes that:
It was determined years ago that 24 was the minimum amount of frames per second your mind could see and process, AND still see it as a persistence of fluid motion.
But Mark Schubin, a film/technology historian, says that prior to sound, films were being projected at a range of speeds; some slower and some faster than 24fps. Stanley Watkins from Western Electric did a study of the speeds being used,
But he found that if he did a weighted average of what the big theaters and the little theaters were doing, he came up with 24. And 24 happened to be, for the number of frames there are in 35 mm film, 90 feet per second, which was a nice round number.
theeditdoctor: 120hz Television "Smoothing" MUST DIE!!!!
NotesOnVideo: The 24p debate: Part I

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