Monday, February 28, 2011

News From Here & There

Sony PMW-F3
Andy Shipsides at Abel CineTech has been conducting some sensitivity tests on the PMW-F3, and posted his initial results that 0 db = 800 ISO, and 18db = 6400 ISO. He says he will be posting a detailed report soon.
DVinfo: 63db S/N Accurate on F3?

Matthew Allard has posted a video to Vimeo that compares the F3 and the Canon 5D Mark II. At the same shutter speed, f-stop and ISO, the F3 is noticeably brighter than the Canon 5D. He adds that "at ISO 1600 and 3200 the F3 was too bright and had to be stopped down to f4."
Vimeo: Sony F3 vs Canon 5D Mark II Low Light Test

Choosing between PL and still lenses for the F3?  Ola Christoffersson compares the choices, concluding:
when it comes to ergonomics [...] PL-lenses win, hands down. But in a lot of situations you can come reasonably close with a good still lens.
kamratprod.blogspot: PL-glass or still lenses for Sony F3

The Future of QuickTime
The news of a forthcoming update to Final Cut Pro has provoked quite a bit of excitement, but few people have thought much about QuickTime, which has gotten even less attention from Apple in the past few years. Philip Hodgetts goes over the future of media handling on the Mac, including the QTKit Framework and the AV Foundation from iOS 4.
So, two conclusions. Clearly the features not already added to QTKit for Lion will never be part of QuickTime moving forward. In its place is a much more flexible and powerful technology called Quartz Composer, integrated at the System level.

My other conclusion. I would be very, very surprised if – in addition to FXPlug – Final Cut Pro 8 (or 2011) did not support native Quartz Compositions as filters and transitions.
philiphidgetts: What is Apple doing with QuickTime?

Bad Movie Tips has compiled a list of things to avoid in student movies - or any movie for that matter - including:
  • The Tortured Artist Film
  • Dream Sequences
  • & Bad Audio
But hey! Dolly/Zoom is out of bounds?! D.U.M.P.S.: Directing Unsuccessful Motion Picture Shorts

One last Oscar item: Cinematography
Mike Eisenberg at ScreenRant discusses the nominees for best Cinematography. Of the winner, Inception, he writes:
Few question the fortitude of Inception‘s cinematography. It is fresh from a technical perspective, using the latest technology to give the audience an immersive visual experience without falling into the 3D revolution. As advanced as the execution may be, it still lacks the imagery that the Academy tends to favor. For instance, the hallway fight scene is a true testament to the film’s creativity, but many would be hard-pressed to compare the actual imagery to the film’s competition this year.
ScreenRant: Oscars 2011 Spotlight: Best Cinematography

Bits & Pieces

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