Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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D|Zoom Gear Review | Justin Gustavison | Blogspot
A video review of the D|Zoom, a gear-driven zoom lever for pulling focus. This review finds the device works well, though he felt he could do the same effects without it; it just made it easier to do some moves: "The D|Zoom worked flawlessly, and did everything it was designed to do."

Sony FS100 AVCHD holds better in color grading than anything else
| Frank Glencairn | Frank Glencairn Wordpress
An interesting post about grading video from the NEX-FS100 using the original AVCHD footage, vs converting it to Cineform, or Black Magic codec uncompressed, 8 Bit YUV, 10 Bit YUV and 10 Bit RGB. It appears that he's doing this in Avid Media Composer.

In truth, this really has less to do with the NEX-FS100 and more to do with the vagaries of working with different file formats, as well as converting between formats.

3 Great Reasons To Use a LCDVF DSLR Viewfinder | Glidetrack Blog
Describes "three more great reasons" to use an LCDVF:
1. Sunlight is the LCD Viewfinder’s enemy
If you shoot a lot outdoors and especially in strong sunlight then you will know that LCD viewfinders are pretty useless.

Hidden local backups with Mac OS X Lion filling up your MacBook hard disk!
| Roberto Valerio | Posterous
It seems that Apple's new Lion OS will backup your system to your local drive if the Time Machine backup drive is not attached. This article also explains how to disable this feature:
If you go to "About this Mac" and "More information", check the "hard disk" tab. You will find some information on how many GB are used for "Backup". In my case there were 35GB stored on my local drive. Without me even noticing.

Product Article: Simplified Shooting Using the Panasonic AG-3DA1 and AG-3DP1 Cameras | Markus Naegele, Panasonic Broadcast Europe | 3D Roundabout
While this is mostly an advertising piece for Panasonic's 3D cameras, it does offer some advice for those thinking of doing 3D work:
Importantly, and as an example of how 2D filming differs from 3D, the operator should think about the complete scene being filmed, taking into consideration how the 3D effect will appear on screen for every element in the shot. The position of the convergence point will determine whether subjects come to the front or sink back into the screen.

Sony’s Portable Monitor (CLMV55) Unboxing & Demo–Video | Gina | SonyStyle
Sony does their own unboxing and demo of their CLM-V55 Portable Monitor [$399] for DSLRs. This little viewfinder should work with any camera that has HDMI out.

I got to play with one briefly at a show and it has focus assist functions - zoom and peaking - and is quite useable, though it's a monitor not a viewfinder like the Zacuto EVF. It may not be quite as useable outside in bright light, and it's not as fully featured as the Zacuto, but it's cheaper.
See also NotesOnVideo: More on Sony CLM-V55

Directors Tell the Story: Master the Craft of Television and Film Directing
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A new book on directing that should be available shortly has a Facebook page you can follow:
Learn what it takes to become a director: master the technical aspects, appreciate aesthetic qualities, and practice leadership, all while exuding that "X" factor that distinguishes the excellent director from the merely good one. Covering everything from prep, the shoot, and post, the authors emphasize how aspiring directors can develop a creative vision-because without it, they are just technicians.
You can also preorder it at Amazon: Directors Tell the Story: Master the Craft of Television and Film Directing

Panasonic, Sony, Samsung Team For Universal 3D Glasses Standard | Lisa Johnston | Twice
Three manufacturers have gotten together and decided to create a standard for active 3D glasses. While it says that they are 'targeted to be backward compatible with 2011 3D TVs' it's a bit unclear where this leaves first generation 3D TV/glasses owners.
The license is targeted to be released in September, at which time the development of new standardization-applied active 3D glasses will begin, and universal glasses with the new protocols will be available in 2012, the group said. The glasses "are targeted to be backward compatible with 2011 3D active TVs."
Panasonic Press Release: Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, & Xpand 3D join forces in ‘Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative'


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