Monday, March 12, 2012

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4K for £4k – full resolution sample frames from the JVC HMQ10 | Andrew Reid
Some images from a prototype JVC 4K camera that will cost about $5,000:
Here are some frame grabs from the JVC HMQ10 4K camera which is the first semi-pro 4K camera, that breaks under the £4K mark. The frame size is 3840×2160 and it is the biggest step up in resolution yet seen for video standards. 4K makes the difference between 720p and 1080p seem minuscule!

Tascam DR-100 mkII vs Zoom H4n Review | Paul Joy
Paul has updated his comparison of these two recorders:
I did find that my recordings with the DR-100 were much more accurate in terms of getting the levels correct, I set both units so that there was very minimal peaking being reported and the resulting levels on the DR-100 were higher then the H4n and still free from any peaking distortion. I’m not sure if the H4n just reports peaks at lower levels but there was certainly a difference.

Teens are watching more TV, not less, report says | Joe Flint | Los Angeles Times
Online video not as popular with teens as thought?
Currently, teens watch almost four hours of television a day. Although that is about two hours less than most adults, it is up from the roughly three hours they spent in front of the television in 2004. Adults have always watched more television than teens — even though it is generally assumed that kids, not their hard-working parents, are wasting their time in front of the boob tube.

Apple employing improved compression for new iTunes 1080p videos | Josh Ong
| AppleInsider
A look at the new 1080p compression being used on iTunes and the new Apple TV and iPad:
After comparing relative file sizes and video quality of the 720p and 1080p versions of iTunes content, ArsTechnica reported on Thursday that 1080p versions (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) were on average just 1.5 times larger than their 720p counterparts (1,280 x 720 pixels), despite having 2.25 times the number of pixels.

FAQ: What is the best format for rendering and exporting from After Effects?
| Todd Kopriva | Adobe
This article links to several other tech notes on settings for rendering from After Effects:
Examples of lossless codecs include Animation and PNG at highest quality settings in a QuickTime container. Losslessly compressed movies often don't play smoothly in a media player, but that isn't relevant because that's not their purpose. See "FAQ: Why does my output file not play smoothly, and why is my output file huge?"

What did Kubrick have to say about what 2001 "means"? | Playboy | Kubrick FAQ
An interview with Kubrick from Playboy magazine about the meaning of the film 2001:
I intended the film to be an intensely subjective experience that reaches the viewer at an inner level of consciousness, just as music does; to "explain" a Beethoven symphony would be to emasculate it by erecting an artificial barrier between conception and appreciation. You're free to speculate as you wish about the philosophical and allegorical meaning of the film -- and such speculation is one indication that it has succeeded in gripping the audience at a deep level -- but I don't want to spell out a verbal road map for 2001 that every viewer will feel obligated to pursue or else fear he's missed the point.

New Royalty Free Music Website For Independent Video Producers
| Cinescopophilia
When they see free, you still have to pay for the music, but it's a one-time upfront fee:
Most importantly, the website offers independent producers a legal alternative to using unauthorized music within their projects. A license from offers the assurance that the music can be used within a commercial project without any risk of litigation. Best of all, due to the generous terms of the ‘royalty free’ agreement, the customer can use the same music again and again, for life!

Sony Updates SR-PC4 and F65Viewer | Jeff Lee | CineTechnica
Sony updates the SR-PC4 memory transfer unit to support the F65:
With this update, the SR-PC4 can now play back F65RAW footage from the SRMemory cards via the HD/SDI port. Being that the F65 records F65RAW in full 8k sensor resolution, which produces a demosaiced resolution of 4096×2160, the SR-PC4 will first down-convert the playback footage to 2048×1080, then provide a 1920×1080 cropped image.

Video Space Calculator 1.0.1 released - audio support, H.264, Phantom and more | Digital Rebellion
Video Space Calculator is a $2.99 iOS utility that calculates files sizes:
You can now calculate audio sizes as well as video. Swipe to the left to set the number of audio channels and bit-depth. Currently it assumes you are dealing with 48 KHz PCM audio but it is likely that we will add further customization in future versions.

[TaoColorist] Sunday Morning Reading (Rear View Mirror Edition) | Patrick Inhofer | Tao of Color
This weeks color grading newsletter from Patrick Inhofer is a look back at the best articles of the past year:
The Soap Opera Look (and how to avoid it) - Ever had a client complain that their final product looked 'video-y'? Here's one possible problem they might be having (and how to fix it).
Rescuing Dark Footage - Using composite modes to build up underexposed images while (hopefully) minimizing noise.

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