Thursday, October 20, 2011

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Panasonic AG-AC160 Video Review | Philip Johnston | HD Warrior
Philip's video review of Panasonic's AG-AC160 [$4,675]. This is a 1/3"-Type 2.2 Mp 3MOS Sensor camcorder with a 22x lens. He demonstrates a number of things including the digital zoom functionality that works well at 2x, but falls apart by the time you get to 10x (i.e. 220x!!). He really likes the optical lens, which is very sharp, and does some comparisons to the Sony HXR-NX5U [$3,999], which has a similar lens and sensors, but is 18 months older; he thinks the AG-AC160 is slightly better.
I like the way he answers email questions from readers in the review.

Sound Design on Tom Guilmette’s PhantomFlex Vegas Hotel Video | Ron Dawson
| Dare Dreamer
Ron looks at Tom Guilmette's "Locked in a Vegas Hotel Room with a Phantom Flex" and thinks that part of the reason it has been so popular is because of the creative use of sound in the video:
But, IMHO, what makes this video so entertaining is NOT the crazy slow mo. It’s the sound design. Tom Guillmette (filmmaker, cinematographer, and edumactor) enhanced the video by adding sounds to the images that take it to a whole new level. It’s an excellent example of the power of audio to make even the most simple divine.

"Sound" | SoundCloud | Vimeo
Speaking of sound, a short video that explores the importance of sound in our world.

The Shane Hurlbut Master Cinema Series | Ton Guilmette | Blog
Speaking of Tom, he went to the launch of the Shane Hurlbut Letus Master Series Rigs and offers his thoughts. These aren't going to be cheap - the complete package will cost about $6,500 - but this is designed from the ground up for the professional cinematographer
I am really impressed by the ‘Man Cam‘ and ‘Shoulder Cam‘. These two configurations renewed my love for the Canon 5dmk2. I can now comfortably shoot aggressive handheld with the small camera systems and achieve the results I want. The leveling viewfinder option on ‘Studio Cam‘ is also exciting and will help me when I work off a tripod or dolly system.

SLICING And DICING With Chris McCaleb!!! | BlackBoxTVExtras | YouTube
Chris talks about making web videos, and provides a tutorial on post-production:
Tip #3: Make sure that your Sequence Settings match the footage that you shot.

CatDV Supports Translating Final Cut Pro Projects from FCP7 to FCPX
| Danny Greer | PrmeiumBest
A quick look at CatDV, which offers the ability to translate sequences between Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X:
With most workarounds, it’s not a perfect situation. It’ll be a cuts only version of your original project (no transitions, no plug-ins added, etc). You’ll likely lose some clip metadata you may have had in your previous project. Multiclips and nested sequences won’t be supported.
It’s definitely not ideal….and not the workflow I hoped for when I first heard FCPX announced. But it’s better than nothing.

Phone 4S 1080p Video Is Great, But Can’t Beat a DSLR | Christina Bonnington
| Wired
A look at the comparison between the iPhone 4S and Canon 5D Mark II posted by Robino Films (I think the article primarily draws from the description and comments on the video page itself.):
Despite its great-for-a-smartphone camera specs (which we describe below), Robino Films said the iPhone fell short of the DSLR in six areas: compression (the iPhone 4S produces noisy video, even in daytime shots); sensor size (the iPhone’s is extremely small); lens quality (great for a smartphone, but nowhere near that of a DSLR); and the inability to adjust frame rate, shutter speed or picture style. However, Jones said, “the iPhone 4S is holding very well against the 5D’s standard picture style.” The smartphone also produces a warmer image overall.

Dragonframe 3.0 | Website
If you're interested in stop motion work, then you might be interested in Dragonframe. Previously called Dragon Stop Motion, it has been rechristened, and version 3.0 was recently released. Features include: a new frame-based timeline editor, lip-sync for multiple characters with replacement mouth and eye sets, directly within the audio workspace, and new vector-based drawing tools.

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