Saturday, October 08, 2011

Quck Links

Camera Review: Sony FS100 | Chris Adams | Blog
Chris has used the Sony NEX-FS100 for a couple of shoots and so far he's happy with it - particularly happy with the small size - but he has complaints too:
First off, the camera just feels fragile and plasticky. The buttons are very awkward, especially when its on a shoulder mount. One record button is on the top and one is under the lens on the right side of camera, this makes for some fun fumbling around when you’re trying to get that quick shot. The LCD is nice in that it swivels, but again, on a shoulder mount it is essentially useless because it is on top of the camera. Also if you are doing any kind of high angle shot, you better get a ladder to see the LCD.

The Sony FS100 and Large Sensor Acquisition | Shawn Lam | Blog
A short comparison of the image qualities of the NEX-FS100 and the HXR-NX5U. The HXR-NX5U is a three chip, 1/3" sensor camera, and it was released a year and a half before the NEX-FS100. The HXR-NX5U's strength is that it's an all-in-one camera, that's easy to operate and is good for run-in-gun situations. Most people who are looking at one of these cameras, probably aren't comparing it to the other (i.e. if you're thinking of buying an NEX-FS100 then you're probably comparing it to the Panasonic AG-AF100, not the HXR-NX5U) but it's still interesting to see the differences between these two Sony cameras.
This side by side comparison is between the 1/3″ Sony HEX-NX5U and the Super 35mm Sony NEX-FS100. Because they have different internal codecs I captured the uncompressed HDMI output from each of the cameras and recorded them on an ATOMOS Ninja using the 145 Mbps ProRes 422 codec. Notice how flat the NX5U image is. The FS100 isn’t 3D but is as close to 3D as you can get on a 2 dimensional medium. The NX5U image is also very noisy. Just make sure to click on the image to open a 1920×1080 image (and then you might need to click a second time on that image to view it at 100%)

Colorimetric and Resolution requirements of cameras : PMW-F3 [PDF] | Alan Roberts | BBC
Alan Roberts does tests and write-ups on most cameras that the BBC approves for their production, and now he's done one for the Sony PMW-F3:
The same assessment procedure was used as for other HD cameras, partly attempting to get a good “filmlook”, and the settings reflect that. In the search for a “film-look” setting it is normal to think of the camera to be mimicking a film camera and telecine, with “best light” transfer to tape, with about 11 stops of tonal range. Assuming that a grading operation will be used in post-production, the settings attempt to give the colourist the same range of options as with film.

Sony NEX5N Fix Not Fixing Anything?
Sony has offered a "repair" fir the clicking noise in the NEX-5N, but at least one person didn't have much success when he returned his to Sony:
I sent in my @Sony NEX 5n for "clicking" repairs. It was returned unfixed and scratched up @EOSHD @goforjared @PhilipBloom #SonyNex5N #FAIL
- @iFilmFlops

YouTube launches online movie rental service in the UK | Josh Halliday | The Guardian
YouTube is now offering movie rentals in the UK for £3.49 (new releases) while some older titles are renting for £2.49.

A Tough Week for Film | Scott Simmons | Studio Daily
ARRI, Panavision and Anton have ceased film camera manufacture, FilmCraft, a film processing lab in Detroit closes, and Kodak is in serious financial difficulties. Things don't look good for film.

Episode #6 (06Oct11) Patrick Inhofer - Tao of Color | High Desert Shorts
An audio interview with professional Color Grader Patrick Inhofer about his online business the Tao of Color. Covers multiple areas including equipment, philosophy, pricing, and starting out in the business.

The new iPhone does 1080p. But what about Apple TV? | Ryan Lawler | GigaOm
The iPhone 4S adds support for 1080p video, but Apple's Apple TV only supports 720p. What will that mean for users?

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