Another post from the adventures of Rodney, Drew & Lan and the C300:
... then shot this non scientific test for low light with the Canon C300. Rodney shoots a lot of TV stuff and has much more knowledge than I do on how good this test really is. I was blown away at how well we were able to see Drew when we lit him with just an iPad. Yes thats right we lit a person with just an iPad and shot it with a C300. Now some of you might we thinking it is unrealistic to actually use an iPad in a production to light something. I’m not going to tell you if it is right or wrong… but it is a possibility.
The Ultimate low light test with a Canon C300? perhaps not, but a real eye opener as my eyes were starting to close | Drew Gardner
Drew also posted the video, with only a few more details:
It was a fun day, but by close to 2AM on the 1st January I was fading FAST. At this point after much, much rambling about life the universe and everything Rodney suggested we do a low light test shot with the Canon C300.
With an iPad
Yes, an iPad as a light source.
SONY FS100 K-Tone Picture Profiles Preview | Frank Glencairn | Blog
Frank continues his experiments with Picture Profiles for the Sony NEX-FS100:
K-Tone Picture Profiles are the first “out of the box” profiles I made. That means, it does not require color grading (of course you can grade it though if you want).
I look at it, as I look at specialty lenses. Some odd vintage glass, that I may find on a flea market for a few bucks and adapt it on the camera for some special looks and shots.
What I want to say is, this is not an everyday production profile. It´s more experimental, vintage, sweet-home-Alabama looking. So play with it and let me know what you think.
The Winner in reverse order | Philip Johnston | HD Warrior
In a two-part article, Philip first looks at the six top cameras he got to play with in 2011 [Camcorder of 2011…6 cameras 1 winner,] and crowns the NEX-FS100 the winner:
I was told by a Sony birdie when I asked the question “Whats the difference between the FS100 and the F3 ?” Sony “The FS100 is slightly noisier than the F3 and has no SDI or ND filters” Kidology as far as noise in my books this camera may not have S-Log but the picture is rock solid and bloody brilliant up to 18dBs and this comes from a man who has witnessed the F3′s fantastic noiseless pictures for himself.
[...] Once you get your head around the ND filter problem and in my case bought a smashing GenusTech Rig which then allows you to swap Vari-ND filters very easily and the fact that my Sony PVM-740 monitor has an HDMI socket…your sorted.
Kodak warned by NYSE that its shares may be delisted if they don’t rally back above $1 | AP | Washington Post
Things aren't looking good for film, or for Kodak:
Under NYSE rules, the Rochester, N.Y., company has six months to regain compliance with the minimum share price requirement. That means its stock must have a closing price of at least $1 a share on the last trading day of any calendar month during the period and must maintain that average over the previous 30 trading days or on the last day of the six months.
Final Cut Pro X Tips | Larry Jordan | Blog
Larry posts a lot of short tips on using Final Cut Pro, and Final Cut Pro X, including:
FCP X: Quick Color Correction
You know the drill… The deadline is crashing down around you and one of your clips was shot by a color-blind orangutan and it is ruining your entire opus. But, you don’t have time for a complete color grade – in fact, the video scopes are pretty much of a mystery. What to do?
Easy – read this. This color correction technique isn’t perfect, but it is REALLY fast and gets you close enough to keep your job.
FCP X: Create a Picture-in-Picture Effect
A picture-in-picture effect is a very popular effect in that it allows us to see two images at once. This tutorial shows you how to create this in FCP X.
FCP 7: Putting Video Inside a Shape
Valentine’s Day is coming up, so I thought I would use it as the example for one of my favorite effects – putting video inside a shape. This effect is also called a “traveling matte.”
Screenwriting Structure | Jill Remensnyder | Zacuto
Jill offers some tips on story structure:
Your audience subconsciously expects certain things to happen at certain points in a movie. Your job is to reveal the information so seamlessly they forget it’s coming and are hooked to keep watching more. Pacing the release of information is critical to keep your audience on the edge of their seats. Remember, every great film (even comedies) have suspense. Don’t think of suspense in terms of its genre, think of it in terms of keeping your audience glued to the screen.
OK, let’s try again: this is the Nikon D4! | Nikon Rumors
Rumors about the D4 are that it will be announced this Friday, and it may support uncompressed video out HDMI?