Wednesday, April 27, 2011

News From Here & There

Slow motion at 150 fps with the Sony NEX-FS100
Philip Bloom got his hands on a Sony NEX-FS100 and has been playing with it. His first test was done using the Super Slow Motion feature, and though it doesn't rival the high frame rates of the Phantom Flex, it's still pretty impressive:
Test film using the super slow motion feature of the Sony FS100. It takes 3 second clips and turn them into 12 seconds at 60i at just over SD and up rezzes them. I then brought them in as 30p and conformed to 24p giving me effectively 150 FPS.
Vimeo: The Bloom Danube: Sony FS100 Smooth slow motion test

At the moment Philip owns a Panasonic AG-AF101 and Sony PMW-F3, and is promising a comparison of the three cameras.

Finally, the Film Courage website did a webchat with Philip this past weekend, where he told them;
how often he is satisfied with his work, why he left a safe and secure job for the unknown, how he has gone about building his website and his audience, and his thoughts on DSLR images in theatrical environments.
You can replay the audio at their site:
FilmCourage: Cinematographer Philip Bloom on Film Courage (Ep. 109)

Top to bottom: Sony PMW-F3, Sony NEW-FS100 and Panasonic AG-AF101

Updated Canon EOS Plug-in for Final Cut Pro
Canon released an updated plug-in for Final Cut Pro which imports (and converts to ProRes) files from Canon EOS cameras. Scott Simmons at The Editblog has a review, noting improvements, including the ability to import files that are not just "properly saved in the DCIM folder structure."

That's the plus, the minus is that he had some problems with older backups of folders; though he fixed the problem by removing the .THM files (i.e. removing some of the structure of the folder!)
Editblog: New version of the Canon FCP Log & Transfer plug-in

Zacuto EVF Beta Testing
JJ at Orange Wedding Films has been beta testing the Zacuto EVF over the weekend and is impressed with it's quality and functionality.
With the purchase of the Canon 60D last year, I thought I would not need any monitors or EVF because of the swivel LCD, but the EVF takes [things] beyond what the swivel LCD on the camera can do.
Noting the high resolution screen, the display options, quick start-up and the usefulness of the included swivel HDMI cable, he also highlights the battery life:
One of the things that impressed me the most was battery life. To be fair, I only used the battery that came with the EVF, [but] it lasted all day long. On the 1st night [it lasted] the whole 4 hours, and the battery still had a full bar.
OrangeWeddingFilmsZacuto EVF Beta Testing

Camera Comparison Chart
Fletcher Camera & Lenses have put together a chart comparing a variety of cameras available for rental, including: ARRI Alexa, Sony F35, RED Epic, RED One MX, Sony PMW-F3, Panasonic AG-AF100, and the Sony EX1.

The chart lists: imager, lens mount, base ISO, latitude, frame rates, frames size, bit rates, body weight, "Highlighted Positives," "Notable Credits," and AVERAGE NATIONAL Daily Rates. (The Sony F35 costs $3250 a day, while the PMW-F3 is $450.)
FletchetCamera: 2011 Digital Camera Comparison Chart

Cine Gear Expo: June 3 & 4
Cine Gear Expo, in its 16th year, is probably the biggest Film, Video, and Digital Media Expo for the entertainment industry held in LA. You can register now:
Exhibition and Premiere Seminars
Friday, June 3, 2011 - Hours: 4:00pm -10:00pm
Saturday, June 4, 2011 - Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Film Series at Cine Gear Expo
Thursday, June 2, 2011 - Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Friday, June 3, 2011 - Hours: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Reception)
Location: The Studios at Paramount
CineGearExpo: General Information

Quick Links

Den Lennie does a quick look at NAB
Den covers a number of things in this short video, including: the Sony F65, NEX-FS100 and PMW-F3, the Birger Engineering EOS to E mount and EOS to Micro Four-Thirds adaptor, Blackmagic Hyper Shuttle and the Cinevate Atlas 10 flt slider with Benro panning ball head

NAB 2011 35mm video quick look from Den Lennie from Den Lennie on Vimeo.

1 comment:

H. Paul said...

I always get a kick out of Videomaker's old-timer, five-years-ago, rock-bottom editorial standards. That sentence, "don’t pay for anything or anyone if you can’t help it," is hilarious.