Tuesday, July 12, 2011

News From Here & There

A Faster PluralEyes for Premiere Pro | Singular Software
Singular has a preview of a new, faster version of PluralEyes:
Thanks to taking advantage of multiple processors and general algorithm improvements, the new PluralEyes can be 3x to 10x faster than previous versions.

You can try it out now by downloading from the link below. This will eventually be a free upgrade for all users, but we have a few more tricks up our sleeve to implement before we release to everyone.

What Price Pro for Hire? | Jennifer O'Rourke | Videomaker
After Sunday's link from Jared Abrahms, How Much To Charge For Camera Work. What’s Your Day Rate?, comes this link to an article - from a couple of years ago - that offers a couple of stories about bad decisions made based on price:
I wonder sometimes, why people are so willing to pay an attorney $100 an hour, or and accountant $75 an hour, without really knowing the amount of time these skilled professionals really put into their cases, but the clients will swallow and pay anyway. However, these same people seem to think that anyone can buy an affordable camera nowadays, and shoot a quality piece themselves with no training, skills, vision or ideas. Amazing.
WideOpenCameraHow Much To Charge For Camera Work. What’s Your Day Rate?

Preparing For Your First Wedding (As a Second Shooter) | Jessica Ford | The Photoletariat
Jessica outlines the steps she actually went through to prepare for her first wedding shoot:
Since candids are one of my weaknesses, I needed to find ways to practice before the event. If you have kids in school or sports, go to their events with your camera. Focus on the people watching the events, not just your kid. Capture their reactions to things happening. I also recommend you practice taking shots from different angles and while moving around.

Netflix's vanished Sony films are an ominous sign | Julianne Pepitone | CNNMoney
Netflix has been doing well recently, thanks in part to limited competition, and good rates they had negotiated with the studios. But now the studios are starting to take notice, expecting higher rates and looking at competition, so things may change for Netflix:
Pachter [analyst at Wedbush Securities] predicts Netflix's streaming content licensing costs will rise from $180 million in 2010 to a whopping $1.98 billion in 2012.

My first RED Epic short film “Great Wooden Boats” | Philip Bloom |
Philip borrowed a RED EPIC to shoot a short video.
Now could I do this with any of my other cameras? My DSLRs, my F3 or my AF101. Well of course the content would have been exactly the same. Just different image. The 300fps of course would have been impossible. The 60p out of the Canons I hate due to the moire and aliasing but the 60p in the F3 and AF101 is pretty good but it’s still not 120fps, let alone 300fps. Twixtor would have helped a little but no comparison.

DaVinci Resolve 8 Training – My Roadmap | Patrick Inhofer | Tao of Color Grading
Apple Color is dead, so if you're serious about Color, DaVinci Resolve looks like the thing to learn. Resolve 8 just came out, and Patrick Inhofer is developing a new training MasterClass and is inviting potential users to review his outline.
Are you concerned I’m missing something? Is there something in particular you’d like to see? Now’s the time to tell me! I’ve started recording this past weekend and will continue for the next few weeks. If I think it fits within the scope of this training, I WILL incorporate your suggestions.

Free Webinar: Motion Graphics With Adobe Creative Suite 5 | Thursday July 21, 1 PM EDT | CreativeEdge
A one-hour webcast with Richard Harrington, co-author of Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5: Studio Techniques which will offer:
Essential techniques like repairing and retiming footage, stylizing footage, background design, and using 3D objects and cameras, and how to connect After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere Pro and Illustrator.
Amazon: Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques

Videomaker’s Advanced Shooting Webinar this Wednesday | Videomaker
Class takes place at 11am Pacific on July 13, and costs $29.95:
We will teach you camera placement, creative composition, shooting techniques, dramatic angles and framing. Becoming more efficient in your shooting abilities will allow you to create professional-looking video. Length: 1 Hour

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