Sunday, April 29, 2012

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6 Filmmaking Tips From Stanley Kubrick | Cole Abaius | Film School Rejects
Some advice from Kubrick, based on quotes from the man:
Try to See Everything
"I try to see every movie, I have projectors at home, so it's a little easier for me now; those pictures that I can borrow prints of I run at home, and those that I cannot, I go and see, but I try to see everything."

Using the New Warp Stabilizer in Adobe After Effects CS6Adobe Press
An excerpt from the forthcoming Adobe After Effects CS6 Classroom in a Book
In previous lessons, you’ve used many of the essential 2D and 3D tools you need for motion graphics design. But Adobe After Effects CS6 also offers motion stabilization, motion tracking, advanced keying tools, distortion effects, the capability to retime footage using the Timewarp effect, support for high dynamic range (HDR) color images, network rendering, and much more. In this lesson, you will learn how to use the Warp Stabilizer to stabilize a handheld camera shot and to track one object to another in an image so that their motion is synchronized.

Keying and Compositing Green Screen Footage in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6
| Adobe Press
An excerpt from the forthcoming book: Adobe Creative Suite CS6 Production Premium Classroom in a Book:
How easy, or difficult it is to pull a “clean key” (essential to achieving a convincing final result) depends on a variety of factors having to do with the quality of the footage. Was the background evenly lit? Was it recorded in a video format optimal for Chroma Keying? Does the subject have strands of long hair, or is the subject moving very quickly through the shot? These and other factors will determine whether you can achieve a satisfactory result with a single click, or if you will need to make some adjustments to get the look you want.

How to use Premiere Pro CS6 keyboard shortcuts | tutorial | YouTube
A tutorial from Richard Harrington:
This specific tutorial is just a single movie from chapter six of the Premiere Pro CS6 New Features course presented by author Dave Crenshaw. The complete Premiere Pro CS6 New Features course has a total duration of 3 hours and 23 minutes, and covers all the changes in CS6, including a redesigned and customizable user interface, a new Audio Mixer, improved multi-camera editing, revised trimming behavior, improved video adjustment layers, and more.

Elgato releases non-Apple Thunderbolt cable | 9 To 5 Mac
Great news: someone other than Apple is now selling Thunderbolt cables! Bad news: they are more expensive!
At $60 a pop, Elgato’s follow-up to the March release of Thunderbolt SSD is more expensive. The cable is also much shorter at just 1.6-foot compared to Apple’s 2-meter offering.

It is black, too.

Considering FCPX, a year later | Documentary Tech
A roundup of Final Cut Pro X opinions, one year on:
Now that the dust has settled, where do we stand?
In a post last week on FCPX, Philip Hodgetts noted one possibly-surprising fact: FCPX installs in just these few months have now surpassed those of FCP7. It makes sense in a lot of ways: At $299, more people can make the leap than with the $1,599 price point they had confronted in the past. For newbies, the program builds from their iMovie experience.

WHAT PRIVACY? | David Rosen | Filmmaker Magazine
A look at the latest privacy law making it's way through Congress:
The Electronic Freedom Foundation and other groups have raised serious objections to the bill. EFF notes that the law gives “companies the power to read users’ emails and other communications and hand them to the government without any judicial oversight whatsoever…” Going further, EFF warns that the bill’s definitions of “cybersecurity” and “intellectual property” are too broad, thus smuggling the discredited SOPA legislation into law under a new name.

Field of View Comparator | Abelcine
Abelcine have updated their Field of View comparator to include the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.

Developers begin bringing 'Magic Lantern' firmware to Canon 5D Mark III
| Evan Rodgers | The Verge
Soon you'll be able to hack your Canon 5D Mark III:
Earlier today, Alex Dumitrache of the Magic Lantern firmware development group posted the image above of the 5D Mark III displaying a rudimentary "Hello, World!" string. This might seem insignificant, but it indicates that Canon hasn't taken drastic measures to prevent the firmware from being modified. The Magic Lantern Team has brought the custom firmware to the 5D Mark II, the T2i / 550D, and many other models.

CABLE WOES | David Rosen | Filmmaker Magazine
Cable television faces an uncertain future:
Viewer erosion is one factor contributing to cable’s woes. As reported by the NCTA, the industry’s trade association, over the last decade, basic subscribers have declined by over 13 percent, to 58 million in 2011 from 66.9 million in 2001. This has contributed to the slowing of advertising dollars. In 2011, video services accounted for 58 percent of the industry’s revenue whereas in 2001 it made up 78 percent.

Forget the Future, Plan for Now | Walter Biscardi | Blog
Switching between NLE's, again and again...
Adobe has made tremendous strides forward with CS6 but there are still areas that we would like to see addressed, particularly under the hood and some core edit functions, so I’m looking ahead to 2013 for a potential more widespread rollout of Premiere Pro in our workflow. Of course, we had no idea Autodesk was going to drop this new, more edit friendly, version of Smoke on us and I’m already giving them feedback on where I’d like that product to go in the next 12 months.

Shooting with RED Epic #3: You’re Limited with Monitor Outputs and Options
| Evan Luzi | The Black and Blue
Evan has been collecting together a series of tips on shooting with the RED Epic:
...unlike the RED One which had dual outputs for RED branded LCDs and EVFs as well as an HD-SDI output, the Epic gives you one RED display output and one standard HD-SDI feed.
Essentially, you’re working down from three outputs for three monitors to two outputs for three monitors. So what does this all mean?


Peachpit Press is offering an "eBook Deal of the Day," and this week the title is Richard Harrington's Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots. The book sells for $16.49 on Amazon, and $10.99 in the Kindle edition, so you only save $1 - but you could buy yourself a McDonalds hamburger with that!: Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots

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