Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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Flying with gear… | Philip Bloom | Blog
Philip explains how he gets lots of gear onto planes:
With smaller cameras it’s a bit easier, they can go in smaller bags like the ones Petrol make below (which take my C300 or FS100 just fine, too tight for my F3). My main carry on bag is made by Think Tank. I use the Airport Security V2 when flying to the US and back or internally there and the Airport International for the rest of the world. The US hand luggage max size is slightly bigger than the rest of the world…like the country

7toX for Final Cut Pro 1.0.1 – Details on the Bug Fixes | Philip Hodgetts | Blog
Only a few days after release, and already an update to 7toX for Final Cut Pro for XML transfer with FCPX:
  1. Bug fix for DV 720×576 sequence settings
  2. Bug fix for 44.1 kHz audio settings
  3. Bug fix for 0% Speed Rate
  4. Bug fix for markers on Generators
  5. Bug fix for non-standard frame rates.

Final Cut Pro X Multicam Editing | Webinar | FilmmakingWebinars
March 13, 2012 @ 10:00 AM PST to 11:30 AM PST
A free webinar on Multicam, though I think they mean angle, not angel in the last paragraph...
Two new tools make multicamera editing in Final Cut Pro X both fast and fun: The Angle Editor allows the editor to see all the synchronized angles at once, adjust sync, add filters and effects as well as add or remove angles at any point in the editing process. The Angle Viewer provides a new way to view Multicamera Clips viewing either a few angles or many angles at the same time while editing. Switching angles can be done by either the mouse or with keyboard shortcuts.

In this webinar, we'll take an indepth look at the Angel Editor, the Angel viewer and all the other tools included in the new version of FCP X for Multicam editing.

By the Light of the Moon | Barry Goyette | Vimeo
Really low-light footage shot with the Canon C300:
Consider this an exercise into how far the Canon C300 can be pushed in terms of sensitivity. In this new edit there are sections at the beginning and end that, with the exception of a few cars passing by, all available light is from the waning full moon a few nights ago.

In NYC on March 3rd? Don't Miss the Free Creative Conference DIY Days (I'll be Presenting) | Ryan Koo | NoFilmSchool
Ryan will be speaking at this event in a session: Building a valuable relationship with your audience:
We’ll take a look at all of the different methods of making yourself accessible in a connected age — Facebook, Twitter, and some less obvious choices — and we’ll see which ones work (and which ones don’t). Ryan will draw from his experiences building his website, NoFilmSchool, which two years after launch is currently averaging 750,000 pageviews a month.

HANDS ON: Canon EOS-1D X (sample images and video) 2-11-12 update | Ron Mart | Blog
An updated look at the 1D-X:
The biggest improvement in HD video has now been improved to prevent any moiré (i.e., that annoying effect you get when videoing someone in a herringbone suit) as well as better compression. Video will also now embed a time code which will be a big benefit to cinematographers.

I had a chance to sit one-on-one with Hollywood Director of Photography, Shane Hurlbut, and he was thrilled about the video improvements. He felt like Canon addressed his major pain points he faced when filming his upcoming movie, Act of Valor, with the 5D Mark II.

Canon PowerShot G1 X review | Sharif Sakr | Engadget
Engadget seems to have mixed feelings about this camera, though they ultimately seemed to like it:
Video quality was par for the course for a still camera -- but that's still a rookie course. Audio was good and adjusted cleverly to extremely loud and quiet sounds, and there's a 3.5mm mic jack and mini HDMI output to help matters further. Zoom works while recording, but it'll often highlight bad focusing. While the continuous auto-focus during video was better than some stills cameras we've seen, it still couldn't quite keep up with quick changes in distance

The H.265 codec brings Ultra HDTV resolution in 2013 | Alfonso Maruccia
| Neowin
The next compression standard?
H.265 will be designed to support new, still to be created video delivery and streaming technologies from day one, including devices working at 4K and Ultra HDTV (also known as 8K or 4320p) resolutions. Just to put things in perspective, the Ultra HDTV definition contains about 16 times the amount of pixels present in a 1080p video stream.

Magic Lantern firmware development | Google Groups
An update to the Magic Lantern software:
When recording movies or shooting JPEG, the camera discards the extra data above the clipping point (called "saturation level" in dcraw). On the other hand, good RAW software will use this extra data to recover quite a bit of more detail in highlights.

This update brings the ability to record extra highlight data, just like with "dcraw -H1" (see first link). I didn't do any serious testing, but I think you can get around 1 stop of extra highlight detail.

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