Thursday, March 01, 2012

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Canon Rumors & PhotoTips Live Launch | CanonRumors
If the 5D Mark III is announced this evening, these guys will be doing a live webcast about it. And if it isn't announced, there is a fall-back plan:
All this will start at 11PM EST on Thursday, March 1, 2012. If there is no 5D Mark III to speak of, James and I will sing A Cappella show tunes instead.
Personally, now I'm hoping Canon doesn't announce it!

Magic Bullet Denoiser II is Here! | Aharon Rabinowitz | Red Room Blog
Last year, Red Giant had to discontinue the sale of their Denoiser product due to a licensing issue. But they promised a new product, and now it's here:
We’ve developed Magic Bullet Denoiser II from scratch (completely new code) to bring you the quality of Denoiser 1, but with more stability. Red Giant owns this code 100% – which means the product is not going anywhere.
We have spent lots of time developing the default settings for Denoiser II to give you the best possible look as soon as you apply. There’s is always room to tweak setting, but often you won’t need to.

Why I'm Embracing Final Cut Pro X...And Liking it! | Den Lennie | Jigsaw 24
Admitting that he isn't a "serious" editor, Den explains some of the reasons why he likes Final Cut Pro X:
The other cool feature of FCP X is trimming and editing during playback. You are able to make changes while the timeline is in playback, which is very useful. I also like how you can fade your audio in/out by simply dragging the slider on each clip. This is another super fast time saving feature.

Final Cut Pro X: Best practices for creating layered graphics files | Support | Apple
A tech note from Apple explaining how to work with layered graphics in FCPX:
If you use any Photoshop adjustment layers, you should flatten them prior to importing the file into Final Cut Pro X. You may want to save a copy of your file with Photoshop adjustments flattened for use in Final Cut Pro X and also keep a master version of the file with the Photoshop adjustment layers unchanged to allow you to make changes as necessary.

Review of the Metabones EOS Smart Adapter | Bryant Naro | Vimeo
A lot of people have been looking for a good Canon EOS to Sony E-mount adapter - could the Metabones be it? The build quality of this adapter seems to be good, and Bryant notes that Metabones says there's a firmware update that will fix the problem he had:
An issue I've found is that sometimes switching lenses causes the adapter to not recognize the lens at first. After detaching completely (so the contacts aren't meeting) and resetting the lens, it can be controlled.

"It now feels like my EF lenses and the FS100 are finally a complete camera system."
Metabones EF to E-Mount adapter for Sony NEX Review | Andrew Reid | EOSHD
Andrew also posts a review of the Metabones adapter, though he was using it with the NEX-7 rather than the NEX-FS100. He's unhappy about the way Metabones has resolved the firmware issues (requiring the adapter to be sent back to Hong Kong) but he likes the adapter:
Frankly even without the discrete communication with the camera body for changing aperture, reporting EXIF and operating optical image stabilisation the Metabones adapter is worth the money for the build quality and tripod mount alone, not that there are any alternatives any way!

Micro Camera Slider DIY Tutorial | Friedhelm Fischer Blog
How to put together a small slider suitable for the GoPro Hero using one of the smallest tracks Igus makes. Igus sells some complete packages through Amazon [i.e. DryLin® W1040-A], but nothing this small, so you'll have to try and buy directly from them if you want to go this route:
This video tutorial show you how easy it is to build up a professional Micro Camera Slider...
It is really easy! Very, very easy! All you need are some special stuff and 3 minutes time.
Watch the tutorial movie and enjoy.....

Notes On The Nikon D800 | Dan Chung | DSLR News Shooter
Dan got to spend a brief amount of time with a D800:
If you are recording the clean HDMI signal with an external recorder and no card in the camera then I was hoping you could use the expanded focus to check sharpness during shooting. Sadly the HDMI output of the image is also enlarged when you expand the image to check focus on the rear screen (unlike on video cameras like the Sony F3 or Canon C300). There may be a way around this but we couldn’t find it.

Mykim | Paul Antico | Vimeo
Paul Antico and Mick Jones shot this video with the Canon C300. Much of it using the "cheap" Rokinon (Samyang) 35mm f/1.4 Wide-Angle lens [$499].
This is a little taste of a story about Mykim Dang, a multi-faceted artist not quite like any other. You can read more about her work at
Shot on the Canon Cinema EOS C300, in Cambridge, MA.

Red Workflow: Working with R3Ds | presynkt productions | Vimeo
A short video discussing the RED workflow (with the Scarlet) that they are using. They are using Adobe Premiere to natively edit the R3D files.

Genustech Guide to 3D Production. Part 6: Making Anaglyphs and editing overview | Genus | YouTube
The last in a series of videos on shooting and editing in 3D:
This is the 6th and final part in a series of videos on the basics of Stereocopic 3D video production. In this video Alister Chapman, designer of the Genus Hurricane Rig explains how you can create Anaglyph video clips for editing and gives an overview of editing software and plugins. Other videos in the series cover how we see depth, 3D space, convergence, cameras and the Derobe method for very simple yet effective 3D production.

MPEG LA offers patent license for 3D video | Stephen Shankland | C|Net
Details on licensing for 3D Blu-ray:
Building the MVC technology for 3D video into a Blu-ray player will cost 10 cents per device, and selling discs costs a penny a pop, according to newly released licensing terms.

MVC (Multiview Video Coding) is used in Blu-ray disc players, personal computers, video cameras, software, and other situations calling for 3D video. It's what's known as a codec, a specification for encoding and decoding video so it can be stored more compactly or streamed more efficiently across networks.

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