Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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Canon 5D Mark III update to unlock high-end HDMI video | Stephen Shankland
| C|net
Canon promises an update to the 5D Mark III firmware in April of next year:
When shooting video, HDMI Output makes possible the recording of high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera's HDMI terminal. This, in turn, facilitates the editing of video data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during motion picture and video productions. 

Canon 5D Mark III Getting Uncompressed HDMI in Official Firmware Update
| Joe Marine | No Film School

So why is Canon announcing this now, when we can’t get it until next year? There are a couple possibilities, but a good theory might be that they are trying to take away a little of the thunder from whatever Sony is announcing at the end of this month. It’s likely going to be a new camera with 4K capabilities that will slot above the F3, and while that’s worlds away from a Mark III with clean HDMI, this announcement may get some of the focus back on Canon.

What's new in Final Cut Pro X | Apple
Apple announced the iPad Mini, new hardware, and also released a significant update to Final Cut Pro X:
Multichannel Audio Editing
Edit multichannel audio faster than ever. A simple keystroke reveals separate audio channels when you need them and collapses them when you don’t — right in the timeline. Easily disable individual channels or select ranges for fine control of timing and volume. And access the Inspector to view details of any audio file, rename individual channels, or hide them in the timeline.

Final Cut Pro X: Best practices for updating | Support | Apple
Before installing an update to Final Cut Pro X from the Mac App Store or performing steps in Final Cut Pro X: Troubleshooting basics, be sure you have a current backup. Follow the steps below to back up your Projects, Events, and your current version of Final Cut Pro X.

Apple sneaks out significant update to Final Cut Pro X | Serenity Caldwell
| MacWorld
Version 10.0.6 is Final Cut Pro X's most significant update yet: The program now supports the RED camera line, adding both native Redcode Raw editing and transcoding to Apple’s ProRes format. The update also adds new multichannel audio editing tools to the timeline, dual viewers (allowing editors to compare shots on the fly)...

Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6 Update | Philip Hodgetts | Blog
Persistent In and Out Points
You got them. And it’s a good implementation, allowing multiple ranges to be created in a clip. I am not a fan, and wish it were an option. Over the last two months I’ve added keywords to “ranges” I didn’t intent to have because the In and Out were held from the last playback or edit I made. Not what I want.

Final Cut Pro 10.0.6 Quick Look | Mark Spencer | Pro Video Coalition
Paste Attributes.Yes, finally, you can now choose specific attributes to paste to other clips.  But most importantly, Apple has improved on it by letting you “stack” attributes so that previous attributes will not be wiped out by the ones you are pasting. You can even paste Audio Enhancements. This is something you could not do in previous versions of FCPX.

Editing Canon MXF footage in Final Cut Pro X ( FCPX ) without transcoding
| Paul Joy | Blog
After downloading the demo version of MXF Import and running the installer nothing much seemed to happen, but the next time I ran FCPX and navigated to some C300 footage with the import window it could see the MXF files.
One word of caution here. if I selected an individual MXF file in the import window dialogue box and tried to preview it FCPX would lock up, so that part didn’t work to well.

Actors and Actresses: What are the biggest misconceptions about acting, actors and actresses? | Marcus Geduld | Quora
One of the hardest aspects of acting is listening. Actors have memorized the script, so they know what everyone is going to say. As humans, when we know what someone is going to say, we tend to tune out. We do this without thinking about it, and it's really hard not to do it, as anyone who has ever been lectured by a parent can tell you. 

Corporate vs. Documentary Interviews | Ron Dawson | Dare Dreamer
I used the popular analogy of Michelangelo carving a statue out of a block of marble. He starts with the block, then chips away at it until it becomes the statue. Likewise, when conducting interviews during a documentary, the interviewee is that block of marble, and you’re chipping away (using your questions as the chisel) to get down to the “statue,” which is your story. Naturally, you’ll continue to chip and sculpt in the editing room.

5 Reasons you shouldn't wait to "Fix It In Post" | Chris J. Russo | Film Independent
1. Work backwards – think from finish to startOnce your editor comes on board, determine what your post needs are before you start shooting. Create a post workflow from the beginning that works. “Ask yourself, ‘what kind of movie am I making?’ The next Brokeback Mountain? Or Paranormal Activity? You need to devise a plan for how to make the movie you want.”

SMPTE 2012: Douglas Trumbull Urges 'Experience-Creating' Cinema
| Carolyn Giardina | The Hollywood Reporter
“It is now possible to make movie experiences that will be tremedously lifelike,” Trumbull said of the use of high frame rates, adding that this would be appropriate for use with the “types of content that IMAX has explored over the years. … such as being on board the space station. I would also like see dance, opera, Cirque du Soleil.”

Apple announces new iMacs with great features for video editors | Gary
| Videoguys
WOW! This is the iMac I've been waiting for! Ivy Bridge i7 processors, NVIDIA Kepler GPU, Fusion drive, Thunderbolt and more! Not sure if it has USB3 ports or not. The ability to upgrade to 32GB of RAM is sweet! This should become the go to desktop for Mac based video editors. The Kepler GPU will ignite the Mercury Playback Engine. . I'm sure the new FCPX will run great on it, and I'll bet Avid Medai Composwer 6.5 will as well.

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