Thursday, February 09, 2012

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7 professional editors share their FCPX experiences | Philip Bloom | Blog
Seven editors provide very detailed explanations of their views on FCPX:
If you think this sounds like flowery hyperbole, you may be right. It’s hard to think of ways to convey feelings about software. So, I am merely trying to express the small sense of elation that I felt when I realized the upside of losing my trusted track framework. I felt encouraged to experiment more. I felt slightly liberated in my timeline edits. For someone who grinds away in editing interfaces day after day, year after year, for more than a decade, this was a notable change. There is something new here; a different way to edit.

Final Cut Pro X named PCMag's Editors Choice for high-end video editing
| Daniel Eran Dilger | AppleInsider
Interesting award, though I wonder if architects look to PCMag for software recommendations?
After its third minor update, Final Cut Pro X has been awarded "Editors Choice" for high-end video editing by PCMag for "loads of power, ease-of-use, and no-wait performance" and its "highly usable and precise interface."

Moving From iMovie to Final Cut Pro X | Larry Jordan | Larry's Blog
So many joked that FCPX was just iMovie Pro, but here's instructions for iMovie editors moving up to FCPX
With the recent release of FCP X 10.0.3, a lot has been written about the ability to – at last – move Final Cut Pro 7 projects to FCP X. However, there’s another segment of videographers that can also easily migrate to the power of Final Cut Pro X: iMovie users. Let me show you how this works.

Nikon D800 1080p sample leaves videographers giddy | Chris Davies | SlashGear
They don't seem to actually justify the claim that the Nikon D800 [$2,999.95] is leaving videographers giddy. I'm not saying it's not, it just would be interesting to have some explanation of the claim!
There’s also a behind-the-scenes clip showing how the D800 showcase was put together. It’s an altogether impressive piece of work, with the DSLR showing its strengths not only in capturing smooth high-speed footage but also in low-light situations and under harsh indoor lighting which can often spell death for flesh-tones.

Johnnies Behiri Tries Out A Pre-Production Nikon D4 And Gives His First Impressions | Johnnie Behiri | DSLR News Shooter
Thoughts after spending 24 hours with a pre-production Nikon D4 [$5.999.95]:
- Audio quality: Very nice. I dare to say that the D4 is producing a cleaner sound than my Tascam DR-100 audio recorder.
- Needless to say, having a headphone socket is a real treat.
- Crop factor: I can’t say enough good things about this function. Simply put: AMAZING! Nikon representatives told me that the best video quality produced by the camera is at the 2.7 crop factor setting. You are able to toggle between full screen and 1.5 crop factor as a second option.

DIGITAL CONVERGENCE PODCAST EPISODE 60: The Uber-Megapixel Nikon D800 And Has FCP X Got Its Groove Back? | Digital Convergence
Both the Nikon D800 and FCPX in one podcast!
Are the new Nikon D800 and D800E - each sporting a huge 36 megapixel full-frame sensor - worthy competitors of the venerable Canon 5D Mark II? planetMitch ( gives us the details on these new Nikon cameras.
The big news last week was Apple's 10.0.3 update to FCP X. Post-production guru Chris Fenwick ( gives FCP X's new multicam feature a thorough work out on a new music video that was shot last week.

Joy Ride - Behind the Scenes | Sandro | Vimeo
Behind the Scenes video of "Joy Ride" directed by Sandro for the Nikon D800.

Joy Ride - Behind the Scenes from Sandro on Vimeo.

Sony Announces Expansion of E-mount Lens Including 5 New Lens Types
| The Sony Blog
Not much detail here, and I can barely read the diagram!
For those doing the math, that amounts to 8 new lenses in addition to the 7 currently offered. Though official specs of the new lenses have yet to be released, we are able to share a larger diagram outlining the Sony Imaging Team’s strategy for this lens roll out. Take a look and as we get more info, we’ll be sure to share.

Cheap DIY Follow Focus Solutions | Evan Luzi | The Black and Blue
From clamps to Zip Ties, Evan looks at several very cheap follow-focus solutions:
Most of these DIY follow focus units will be more usable on still or ENG lenses. This is because those lenses are not geared like Cine-style lenses and a lot of these solutions depend on the sticky rubber of the still lens’ focus ring. Still, this could be a jumping off point if you’re trying to make a DIY cine-style follow focus

First Day Shooting With Sony F65 | M. Night Shyamalan | WhoSay
But will this be the first movie shot on the F65 that is actually released?
Day 1. Two firsts. This is the first time I am shooting on a digital camera. The camera I am using is a Sony F65, and I am the first filmmaker to use it.

Kessler Crane Equipment Test | Chris Weatherly | Blog
Most of this short film is shot hand held, with a few "epic" shots done with the crane:
Yesterday I got together with several of my video making friends to test some new Kessler Crane gear that Josh Fulkerson had purchased. Our main focus was to use the Kessler KC 12/8 Crane with Revolution Head and Oracle Controller. Josh also purchased a Cineslider, but I’ll save that for a rainy day.

Kino Flo LED Celeb 200 | the C47
This new LED light isn't out yet, but this may be the first look at what the presenter describes as "LED v2.0". Street price over $1,000, but under $2,000 [so $1,999 -Ed]

Autoscript Launches Pro Prompting App for iDevices | TVTechnology
PicoPrompt is $69, though there is the free version too:
Autoscript has partnered with Teleprompting Techniques to offer a professional prompting app for use with the iPod, iPad and iTouch. PicoPrompt is available via the App Store, along with Picoscroll, a free scroll app. Autoscript is also offering a scroll control and a connector for the i-Series range. It is also offering an upgrade to its WinPlus software.

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