Sunday, August 28, 2011

Quick News - Hurricane Irene Edition

This'll be quick, incase I lose power, though it seems that at least here in Eastern Massachusetts, the storm has not been nearly as bad as it could have been.
I hope everyone has made it through the storm okay.

Sony NEX-5n to be in Stock tomorrow(!) in Canada (one week later in US)
| SonyAlhpaRumors
Looks like the Canadians get the NEX-5N first, and it will start shipping - at least from Sony - in the US next week.
The NEX-5N looks like a great camera, and I'm hoping to get my hands on a review unit shortly.
Amazon: Sony NEX-5N 16.1 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera with Touchscreen - Body Only (Black)
Amazon: Sony NEX-5N 16.1 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Touchscreen Camera With 18-55mm Lens (Black)
B&H: Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only) [$599.99]
B & H: Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black) [$699.99]

Sony FS100 Picture Profile & thoughts | James Miller | mmfilm
James explains the picture profile he now uses with the FS100. He also talks about the performance of the AVCHD codec:
With the Canon I’m used to finding what I observe though the camera LCD was pretty much what I would capture. With the Sony, some scenes look beautiful through the camera LCD but do not record in that way. And this is mostly due to the in camera AVCHD codec. Replicating those scenes with an external recorder eliminates most of these problems.

BIRTV 2011 – China's Answer to RED? The KINEFINITY KINERAW S35 Digital Cinema Camera for US$8000 | Dan Chung and Sarah Li | DSLR News Shooter
Wow, a 2K digital movie camera from China for $8,000. That could be interesting (though out of my price range):
...featuring a Super35 CMOS sensor, which the manufacturer hopes to bring to market for around US$8000. It offers what the manufacturer calls Dual RAW as it can record in 12 bit to either DNG, for CinemaDNG based workflows, or GoPro-Cineform RAW on removable SSD drives.
One of the interesting questions will be; who is making the sensor?

Apple kills TV rentals, subscription offer not coming | Greg Sandova | CNET
Not because Apple doesn't want it, it's the studios that are against it:
The Hollywood studios and TV networks don't want another Netflix. Look around. They're trying to stuff that genie back into the bottle. The talk coming out of Hollywood is about raising prices for content and offering Netflix less, not more. They don't want to discount content just because it's on the Web.

Mind The Gap – How digital technology is polarising filmmaking | Mike Gubbins
| movieScope
An interesting article about the - apparently - increasing chasm between the small indie movies and the big budget movies, and how difficult it is to go from one to the other. But I'm not sure I buy the thesis; I'm not sure it was ever easy to go from zero to big budget movies, and now there is a lot more competition at the low end, but the number of big budget movies (and jobs in that part of the industry) remains about the same.
The future for the lower-budget sector aiming for quality may lie in greater collaboration between filmmakers, and more public support for training. But it is difficult to see the gap between the great and the small becoming more of a gulf.

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