Thursday, April 19, 2012

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Canon stopping EOS 5D Mark III shipment (?) | CanonWatch
It appears that Canon might have suspended shipments (though unless confirmed by Canon, these sorts of reports should be regarded with skepticism):
Canon Canada has begun informing dealers that shipments of the EOS 5D Mark III have been suspended while the company sorts out a solution to a metering error problem that can occur in dark environments when the top LCD backlighting is switched on.

FCPX Multicam - 7Lions - Born2Run | Chris Fenwick | One On One
Odd that Chris posts this as he has hardly been a fan of Apple and Final Cut Pro X:
FCPX 10.0.3 with the new Multicam tool was released the day before the shoot and I decided to give it a go. To be honest… I don’t know a better tool for a job like this. The 20 angles synced up perfectly and Paul and I actually had a blast cutting the piece. After a few minutes the technology sort of dissolved into the background and we were just picking shots and tricking out the cut.

Lightworks Technology previews at #NABSHOW: 64-BIT Lightworks & Lightworks for Linux | EditShare | Posterous
Lightworks v1.0 for Windows will officially be available in May, with versions for Linux, followed by Mac after that.
But, when they rolled out the Windows pre-view over a year ago they said they were also going to develop a Mac version, but it appears they haven't even started, so I wouldn't bet money on a Mac version coming out this year.
Lightworks has been completely re-architected to make it easier to port to multiple operating systems, with the Linux version being the first non-Windows version to be shown by EditShare, Lightworks will be the only tri-platform professional NLE and will allow users of multiple operating systems to enjoy the benefit of Lightworks’ lightning-fast workflow. Although this is a technology preview, progress is expected to be rapid and announcements will follow in due course.

Carl Zeiss Lenses - Tumulus | Carl Zeiss Lenses | Vimeo
A demo video shot with the new Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed lenses and a Sony PMW-F3.

NAB ’12: Canon EF Cinema Zooms | Mitch Gross | CineTechnica
A look at new cinema lenses from Canon:
Previously, we reviewed the 14.5-60mm (T2.6) and 30-300 (T2.95-3.7) lenses. Now Canon has added two lightweight versions designed for handheld work. The zooms come in both PL and EF mounts and have focal ranges from 15.5-47mm (T2.8) and 30-105mm (T2.8). We are excited to see all the new lenses here at NAB and look forward to getting our hands on these in the future. These two zooms lenses should start shipping by the end of the year.

Fear and 4K in Las Vegas: Filmmaker IQ Peeps at Canon’s Pixels | John P. Hess
| FilmmakerIQ
Interesting discussion of how the Canon C500 works, and how that 4K image may give DP's some headaches:
I have been a more than a little skeptical of 4K in the past. I’m not necessarily reversing my opinions on 4K but I can really appreciate the beauty of it when blown up on a large screen.

But speaking as a low budget filmmaker I’m really concerned that 4K will make things worse rather than better. When you have sharp focused images popping out, it just highlights the other shots that aren’t quite in focus. And that’s not to mention the post pipeline needed to handle it.

NAB ’12: Sony PMW-100 | Andy Shipsides | CineTechnica
Oh, yeah, Sony announced cameras other than the NEX-FS700 this year:
The Sony PMW-100 is the latest addition to the XDCAM HD422 lineup. It has many of the same features found in the PMW-EX1R camera, but with the addition of 50 Mbps 422 XDCAM recording to SxS cards. This makes the camera a perfect companion for the PDW-F800, PDW-700 and PMW-500 cameras. It features a newly developed 1/2.9-inch “Exmor” CMOS sensor with full 1920×1080 resolution.

The Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 / Cineflex RC Helicopter | Cinescopophilia
A very cool looking - and I assume expensive - remote control helicopter for camera work!
Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS integrated with CINEFLEX is the ultimate gyro-stabilized solution for aerial cinematography. The CINEFLEX is a multi-axis coordinated gimbal control system that provides layered isolation, steering, and fine correctional movements to stabilize a wide selection of precision optics to a sub-pixel level.

How the Jobs Act will transform film financing | Matthew Savare, Esq & Richard Jaycobs | Filmmaker Magazine
The Jobs Act may effect crowd funding, amongst other things:
The portion of the law that has received the most attention thus far is the creation of an entirely new and novel exemption from registration under Section 302 of the Act in connection with “crowdfunding.” Although many people mistakenly believe crowdfunding is currently legal, sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are not investment platforms. Instead, they allow producers to raise money through donations, usually in exchange for a copy of the film, some branded merchandise, or other swag, but not for an interest in the production itself.

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