Thursday, November 17, 2011

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Final Cut Pro X: Version 10.0.2 release notes | Support | Apple
Bug fixes for Final Cut Pro X:
  • Fixes an issue in which a title may revert to the default font after restarting Final Cut Pro X
  • Resolves an issue that could cause files recorded with certain third-party mobile devices to play back incorrectly
  • Addresses a stability issue caused by changing the start time on a Compound Clip

Blackmagic Design adds Avid DNxHD Recording and Playback to HyperDeck Studio
| Blackmagic
An update to the inexpensive solid state recorder, the HyperDeck Shuttle, will be available at the end of November:
DNxHD is a broadcast industry standard for media files and adding native support for this compressed video format into HyperDeck Studio will allow dramatically longer recording times, lower media storage costs, and full file format compatibility with Avid Media Composer® systems. All media is recorded in MXF format, so it’s immediately available in Media Composer without any time consuming file copying or import processing.

DaVinci Resolve 8.1.1 Lite – NOT! The $995 Resolve Tax Is Gone | Patrick Inhofer
| The Tao of Color
A look at the Resolve update, and how the Lite version is no longer Lite:
Yesterday – if you wanted Resolve to play DNxHD files or render out to DNxHD – you had to buy a $500 add-on that enabled this feature. If you talked to the BlackMagic team about this ‘Avid tax’, they said were passing on the cost of the licensing – but only to those people who wanted DNxHD rather than imposing that $500 ‘tax’ on all the other people who didn’t need it.
No longer. DNxHD is now a part of every install of DaVinci Resolve – paid and free.

ARRI Releases New ALEXA Firmware 5.0 | Mitch Gross | AbelCine
Outlines the features in the firmware update:
ARRI has released the latest Software Update Packet (SUP), v5.0 for the ALEXA and ALEXA Plus cameras. All new cameras will ship with SUP v5.0 installed, and it is available as a free download from the ARRI website for all current ALEXA owners. SUP 5.0 is a major upgrade for the ALEXA cameras, with several important new features and useful improvements.

Cheap Halogen Work Lights vs Expensive Fluorescent for DSLR Video | Dave
| Learning DSLR Video
I started out with halogen work lights, then switched to tungsten lights. Now you can buy inexpensive florescent lights instead. Includes a video!:
The halogen lights give good results for a small price but they have several issues with them. They use a ton of current, this one set of lights is using about 900 watts. They also are very hot, so hot I never leave them unattended. Needless to say they are also not very professional looking. They don’t mix well with daylight because of their lower color temp.

THR's Directors Roundtable: How to Fire People, Who to Steal From, and Amy Pascal's Secret Advice | Matthew Belloni , Stephen Galloway | Hollywood Reporter
Directors Michel Hazanavicius, (The Artist), Steve McQueen, (Shame), Bennett Miller, (Moneyball), Mike Mills, (Beginners), Alexander Payne, (The Descendants) and Jason Reitman, (Young Adult), talk about directing:
Jason Reitman: I grew up in a directing family, and as I've become a working director, I've gotten the opportunity to meet a lot of directors. I always figured there'd be a piece of recognizable DNA that I'd be like, "Oh, there's that trait that I'm noticing," [but] that does not exist at all. I've met great directors who are incredibly shy, I've met directors who are arrogant, terrified of confrontation, directors who truly thrive on confrontation as a part of their process. Some directors are horrible with actors. There are tons of stories of directors who don't understand actors as human beings and yet they still get great performances.

Grass Valley Adds 3D to EDIUS | George Winslow | Broadcasting & Cable
In early December they will also make available a free 30-day trial version of EDIUS:
The new 3D support includes native support for 3D video clips captured with the most popular 3D cameras; clip pairing for synching left eye/right eye clips; 2D-to-3D conversion capability; and an array of tools on the editing timeline to make 3D adjustments.

Functions available in 2D are also supported in 3D, such as realtime color correction, keyer, transitions and multicam editing.

More Details on the Firmware Update for the Sony FS100 | Cinescopophilia
Shortly after he reviewed the NEX-FS100, Philip Bloom said that Sony told him they were going to provide a firmware update to address international frame rate support. Now that firmware seems to be approaching, and it may add a few other features:
3. Additional 4x and 8x Expanded Focus magnification: (with user selectable
focus area).
4. Selectable ISO or GAIN sensitivity display.
5. Selectable Focus indication in FEET or METRES (E-mount lens only).
6. Selectable Shutter indication as EXPOSURE TIME or SHUTTER ANGLE.

Intel demos Xeon E5 due for Mac Pro, working Knights Corner | Electronista
Oh No! Not Mac Pro rumors!!
The arrival of the Xeon E5 could end a drought for workstation processors. Apple's Mac Pro, and most other Xeon-based workstations, have had to use chips that in some cases haven't been updated since 2010. In part through Intel's timing, rumors have surfaced that Apple might axe the Mac Pro and focus all its attention on home PCs like the iMac.

Why all HDMI cables are the same, part 2 | Geoffrey Morrison | C|Net
Do you need to pay for expensive HDMI cables? Not if the cheap ones work:
Because of how the HDMI technology works, it's not possible for the cable to do anything to the picture but make it disappear. If the cable is defective, you're likely to get no picture or "sparkles," which look like white dots or snow. If you get this, return the cable; it's broken. If you're getting an image, it's exactly what your Blu-ray player or cable box is sending, 100 percent.

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