Thursday, July 05, 2012

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My First Weekend With Sony's New FS700 | Ro Tierney | Blog
A fairly detailed report on the first few days with the Sony NEX-FS700. Seems they are turning up in New Zealand already:
The handle and grip are obviously a massive improvement over the FS100. The built-in ND’s, XLR inputs and HD SDI & HDMI outputs reminded me of what video cameras are supposed to have. As for ease of use, well it will take some getting used to with regards to button placement, etc, but everything seems well thought out and I found myself getting used to it very quickly. It is a breath of fresh air.

FS700 vs F3 talking head | Mskogstrom Photography
Comparing the footage from the NEX-FS700 with the Sony PMW-F3:
First inital reaction is Yes. Footage looks very good and looks easy enough to match to the F3. All footage shot to a PIX240 in Prores 422HQ. Both cameras are white balanced in the Key light. Both read 3000K, but there is a distinct difference in the red wall. Both cameras are shot in STANDARD out-of-the-box-setting. One camera comes very close to the actual color of the wall and that is…… the FS700.

Sony NEX-FS700 User Group | Ken Steiger | Facebook
Ken offers his first thoughts on the NEX-FS700:
I compared similar shots to a 5D mkii that I used for a week in March. Everybody loves the shallow DOF on that thing. But I never felt like I could get an image in razor sharp focus when I wanted it. Now I understand. The low level and shadow detail is awful. Very murky with low contrast fine detail in the shadows. When comparing the shots suddenly my image is crisp. And not "edge enhancement" crisp. So I will figure out how to get a "grip" on the ergonomics, because the image I am seeing out of this puppy is beautiful.

And more sample footage:
FS700 - 240FPS Beach, water, waves, dogs | Charles Wood | Vimeo
Lens is a Canon 70-200mm IS I, ISO 500, Shutter speed 500-1000, 240fps

Smoke | Ro Tierney | Vimeo

10 Lightworks Tutorials for Video Editors | Danny Greer | Premiumbeat
Lightworks is a free video editing application that's very powerful; here's links to some tutorials:
For many editors Lightworks is foreign territory, with a unique user interface and editing workflow. To address this Editshare recently released a series of free Lightworks video tutorials that cover the basics of working in the application.

Canon EF 40mm F2.8 Pancake Review | Andrew Reid | EOSHD
A review of this $199 pancake lens:
Canon have produced a decent lens here for the price. It does make your Canon DSLR more stealthy like a mirrorless camera. Well – 50% of the way there. It has advantages with an anamorphic as outlined above although that is a very niche use for it, it is the main reason I bought one. AF on the lens although not silent is fast, and the aperture seems to have the ability to be continuously variable rather than stepped in movie and live view mode on cameras that support it.

How To Improve Your Color Corrections Using “The 60-Second Rule” | SpliceVine
This month, Patrick Inhofer is posting a series on color correction here:
Professional colorists all agree that when you first look at an image, you’ve got 45-60 seconds to make your initial judgement about how the shot looks and what’s wrong with it, and then apply your initial corrections. After those first 60 seconds pass, your brain takes over and re-works the image to balance out the inconsistencies, dulling the quality of our work.

Learning To Fly: Steadicam Gold Workshop 2012 | Dan Chung | DSLR News Shooter
Dan reports on the Steadicam workshop he participated in; at least I think it was a Steadicam workshop:
Jerry explained the physics of the Steadicam and had a multitude of practical pointers on how to operate correctly. He taught us how to set up a rig, how to hold it and how to operate in the missionary, Don Juan and Goofy positions. If you want to get into Steadicam the very first thing you should do is buy his book – The Steadicam Operator’s Handbook. It details all the theory we learned on the course and there is no more comprehensive guide to Steadicam around. All the students received a copy of the manual.

Applying LUTs to Log Footage in FCP, Premiere, Avid and Resolve | Andy Shipsides | AbelCine
Working with LUTs in NLEs:
We are often asked how to use these LUTs and work with Log in general, so I have put together some methods for using LUTs and other plugins to work with Log footage in different NLEs. There are a lot of great programs available that make this process very easy, like Scratch Lab, YoYotta, ColorFront OSD, and many more. For the purposes of this demo though, I’ll focus on some inexpensive (or free) utilities that can tackle the problem.

Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only) | B & H Photo Video
For 36 hours (ends sometime today) B & H is offering a special deal - a couple of hundred dollars off - on the Canon 7D, with a free accessory.

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