Thursday, February 02, 2012

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HD HERO2 Firmware Update with GoPro CineForm Studio | GoPro
The GoPro Hero2 firmware has been updated to v.70 and reportedly adds support for the 3D Hero system and other minor enhancements.
Current Firmware: v.70
The HD HERO2 firmware update process varies based on computer operating system.
Before downloading, please verify the operating system version of your computer. Then, select the corresponding platform below.
Once downloaded, save the software bundle to your desktop, unzip the contents, & install CineForm Studio.

Sennheiser SKP 300 G3 Plug-On Transmitter With Phantom Power
| Cinescopophilia
Yesterday I happened to attend an interesting audio workshop at Rule Boston Camera given by a rep from Sennheiser; and he didn't even mention this was new!
Sennheiser is extending its evolution wireless ew 300 G3 series with the addition of the SKP 300 G3 plug-on transmitter. Whether it is for a speaker’s podium or for fast mobile use in video productions, the SKP 300 G3 converts any conventional cabled microphone quickly and easily into a wireless one. The phantom power required by condenser microphones is also supplied by the rugged transmitter – a highly versatile device that enables cabled microphones to become wireless with ease.

SCLP11X15 1.5x Wide Angle Zoom Lens for PMW-F3 | Sony
Sony has official details on another lens for the PMW-F3. This one lists at $7,700.00, but you can get it for $7,500!:
The SCL-P11X15 is a wide angle PL mount lens offering 1.5X zoom from 11-16mm developed for easy integration with the PMW-F3 Super 35mm CineAlta compact camcorder. Please note: PMW-F3 v1.30 or later operational software is required for full operational compatibility between the PMW-F3 camera and the SCLP11X15 lens.

Other Sony PMW-F3 News
And it was a red-letter day for PMW-F3 news yesterday, with Sony bowing to "popular demand" and "repositioning" SLog "for USA Only / Existing F3 owners"; i.e. slashing the price from almost $4,000 to $899.

Existing PMW-F3 owners that wish to purchase the SLog RGB444 option should call Sony service and book the upgrade NJ 201-833-5300 or LA 323-352-5000. Reportedly, unlike the "current" purchase option, which is/was provided on an SxS card, for the $899 price the F3 is sent to Sony Service and S-Log is uploaded.

Any PMW-F3 owners that already purchased CBK-RGB01 (the S-Log, RGB444 option) can get $2,500 off either the SRR1 or the 14x powered zoom.

Note, the CBK-RGB01 S-Log Gamma Option for PMW-F3 Camera still lists at $3,680 at B & H (at the moment!)

Meanwhile, the Sony NEX-FS100 with lens is $200 off, and the body only is $300 off. Are these the pre-NAB sales, or a response to the Canon C300?

Blackmagic Design Releases Support For Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 Broadcast Monitoring | Blackmagic
Blackmagic also announced support for Final Cut Pro X:
Blackmagic Design today released Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1, a software update for its capture and playback products that adds broadcast monitoring support with the new Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 update.

Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1 for Mac OS X is available for download now and is free of charge for all Blackmagic Design customers. This update includes support for all current DeckLink, Multibridge, Intensity and UltraStudio models.

Lip-Syncing Animation with Expressions | Adobe After Effects CS5: Learn by Video | video2brain
An advanced tutorial on doing lip-syncing:
This project was a test project for a job for the BBC. They needed a minute of lip-synced animation and I needed to complete the project in a day. This is the project I put together as a test to see if the technique would work. Luckily, it did and I got the job done on time! Audio used by permission. "Memories Of Your Own" - Words and Music by Jason A. Levine
They also offer the following free tutorial: What’s New and Changed in After Effects CS5.5
In this free workshop, Adobe Technical Support Lead Todd Kopriva is your guide to the changes in the CS5.5 version of Adobe After Effects. You’ll learn how to use the new Warp Stabilizer and Camera Lens Blur effects, camera layer settings for depth-of-field blur, camera commands, stereoscopic 3D features, and light falloff properties.

Final Cut Pro X Tutorial - Adjusting Clip Connections | Dan Allen | YouTube
Dan continues to produce free Final Cut Pro X tutorials, this one on how to adjust clip connections by using the command or cmd+alt or cmd+option keys.
How do you change which clip the audio is connected to in the FCPX Timeline/ project / storyline. Well its really simple. Final Cut Pro also offers you the option to hide the clip connections whilst still making them visible whilst selecting that specific clip or audio or b-roll footage. This is really handy in keeping everything in sync when using the magnetic timeline

Adobe Prelude | Philip Hodgetts | Blog
Philip reports on Adobe's showing of Prelude at the recent Supermeet:
Essentially Prelude is an ingest, logging and rough cut tool. It’s designed to make it easy to add log notes (a.k.a. metadata) quickly and easily, then perform a rough first string out to send to a craft (skilled) editor for the real work. Now obviously, any tool that encourages the entry of metadata is good by me!
Scott Simmons also wrote about it here: Adobe teases Prelude at the San Francisco Supermeet, FCPUG changes its name

Red Scarlet And Zeiss 15.5-45mm Test With Hot Models. Pillow Fight Wide Open Camera style | Wide Open Camera | YouTube
I'm not sure that you learn much from this video about the Scarlet or the lens, except that feathers make a bit of a mess:
Here is a little BTS from our shoot with the new RED Scarlet camera. We wanted to shoot 120fps but that is not available yet! Total bummer. We had to resort to 60fps at 2K. The interface is really easy and the camera worked well for our little test. I can wait to really beat the crap out of one now!

Dealing with Petty Cash and Expenses | How To Film School
Sometimes you just have to go back to the basics:
ALWAYS GET A RECEIPT! This is a difficult habit to get used to if you aren’t already doing it for your personal finances. Always be sure to ask for a receipt, if you are giving an individual a cash payment, be sure to get a signed, hand written receipt or an invoice from them.

JVC Unveils ProHD Portable Monitor Series |
JVC announced three new portable monitors:
VC Professional Products Company has announced the DT-X71 Series of portable ProHD LCD monitors. Ideal for field and studio applications, the new seven-inch AC/DC monitors offer 1024x600 resolution with a 160-degree viewing angle and can display 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p video signals at a variety of frame rates.

The art of “lens whacking”, real lights leaks and ones done in post | James Miller
| Philip Bloom
Guest blogger James Miller writes about light leaks; I think I'd rather do this in post:
When a cameras lens is fixed firmly to a camera the only light falling on the sensor is through the lens. Thats great most of the time and when you want something different you can either add effects, layers, overlays in post. Or you can remove your entire lens.

“When you take the lens off it creates an effect, look and feeling that is totally different, you really can connect to image. Because it’s real and not added in post, it’s randomness gives a dreamlike quality. Its almost like how your mind remembers images and I love the feeling it gives. Its a romance, it really is.”

EOS Utility 2.10.4 for Mac OS X Lion | CanonRumors
Canon has updated their EOS Utility.

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