Sunday, March 18, 2012

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DataVideo iPad Prompter upgraded for Canon C300 | Philip Johnston | HD Warrior
I have the DataVideo TP-200 Teleprompter, and for $575 (plus the cost of the iPad if you don't already own one!) it's a great little device. However, Philip has discovered that the C300 is too tall for it; he demo's a workaround:
Sometimes you buy technology and it works just fine but the DataVideo iPad Prompter as it stands won’t work with the Canon C300 without severe vignetting.
The problem lies with the camera itself, it’s too high and brings the lens far to close to the top of the 45˚mirror and on a 17mm lens the top part of the mirror assembly and the sides interfere with your picture.
The answer is to lift the mirror assembly 32mm above the base plate.

Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter | Dong Ngo | C|Net
A while back I experimented with the Seagate USB 2.0 and Firewire adapters for their GoFlex Desk drives, and found that while there was a measurable difference in copying really large files, the impact on day-to-day things like rendering in FCP was very small. I wonder if the Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt Adapter (STAE122) adapter, at $189 plus the cost of the cable, will make more of a difference:
The bottom line: All things considered, the Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter is currently the best investment for those who want a superfast storage device to use with a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac.

Little Known Way to Make Hidden Marks for Actors Outdoors | Evan Luzi
| The Black and Blue
Simple idea for putting down marks using golf tees:
Normally for marking actors outdoors I use a piece of chalk or these DIY steel T-marks, but these methods are blatantly obvious if the camera were to pick them up. Obviously, you can’t expect the audience to suspend their disbelief if they see a group of actors all standing on white “X’s” drawn on the asphalt, so in those situations, I’m left without any marks at all.

Final Cut Pro X: Troubleshooting basics | Apple
Some tips for helping with FCPX issues, including this nugget:
In order to verify that Final Cut Pro X is working as expected, it's always a good idea to review the documentation to ensure that you clearly understand the expected behavior of what you're trying to do in Final Cut Pro X. Following this step thoroughly could save a lot of time by eliminating perceived issues.

FCP X: Adding Keywords Manually | Larry Jordan | Blog
An introduction to adding keywords to clips in FCPX:
In FCP 7, we organized our files using folders and file names. In Final Cut Pro X, we organize files using keywords. There are two ways to apply keywords: automatically and manually. Here’s an article that describes how to apply keywords automatically.
However, most often, we need to organize our clips manually as we figure out the organization we need to make sense of a project. Keywords are perfect for this – and very fast, both to apply and to use.

video tutorials for working in 3D by Andrew Devis | Todd Kopriva | Adobe
Collection of tutorials for After Effects:
Andrew Devis (who has been creating a lot of great material lately) recently published a five-part series on setting up 3D scenes and animating cameras in After Effects. I appreciate how simple Andrew managed to keep these video tutorials, while still showing how to fine-tune and control 3D animations.

What’s happening at NAB 2012? | Scott Simmons | ProVideoCoalition
Scott is attempting to keep track of what's going on at NAB:
There’s a ton of both official and unofficial events that happen during the day and in the evening. There’s not really an official list anywhere and as I’ve been trying to compile a list of my own I thought I’d post that list of events here on the Editblog. I’ll continue updating this list as the show draws near. If you have anything to add to the list please put them in the comments below or email them to editblog [at]

Digital Bolex | Forum
Now there's a forum for the Digital Bolex:
Building the Digital Bolex - What to include, what not to include
The Future of Cinema - The Power of Local Films
Lenses and Accessories for the D16 - Wishlist of LENSES for the D16

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