Friday, December 14, 2012

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Street Price Drop for the Sony PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Cameras | Cinescopophilia
As expected, the street price of the PMW-F5 and the PMW-F55 is a few thousand less than the list price. Good news, if you have the budget:
Abelcine have listed the street price for the Sony PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 CineAlta cameras and it is pretty darn good. Forget the official suggested list price from Sony which saw the PMW-F5 CineAlta 4K Camera at $19,400, and the PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K Camera at $34,900.

Sony shows off new Sony 4K cameras & more 4K content is on the way
| Tom Di Nome | Sony
Mainly a marketing piece, but there is some interesting comments about Sony's new cameras in this post:
Doug Wellman, assistant dean at the USC School, said it best: “these pieces that we shot really highlight the full gamut of the cameras’ capabilities, and the flexibility and performance they can offer on location.”

I am typing this inside a steel and concrete re-enforced building. All I can hear is the howling of the wind outside and the pop of rebar contracting from inside the bowels of the bunker-like structure. The temperature outside is 6 degrees F and the windchill is -25 at 60 miles per hour sustained.

“Be open minded” says Schilowitz from RED about HFR 3D | 3D Focus
Schilowitz agrees: “A lot of the industry is depending on what happens to The Hobbit and asking whether people will embrace it or love it; will they get what Peter Jackson gets? I think the biggest thing that people have to understand is you are going to have to watch this more than a few minutes to start to really understand why this is so amazing and so powerful.”

Television Production Moves Forward In 4K | Carolyn Giardina | TVNewsCheck
Made in Jersey had just two airings on CBS this fall before it was yanked by the network for failing to draw an audience. But the legal drama may be long remembered in Hollywood production circles as one of the first big-budget TV show to be shot in 4K.

Watch the GH3 skateboarding documentary I helped shoot for Panasonic (plus a useful GH3 vs 5D Mark III video) | Andrew Reid | EOSHD
Last month I was invited by Panasonic to shoot a documentary for a skatepark in Hamburg, as an opportunity to test out the GH3 and offer some feedback on the camera. [...] How does the GH3 compare to it’s main rival in the Canon camp for video, the 5D Mark III? Have a look at the next video for some clues.

Exclusive First Look at Samyang Uncoated Lens Set | Cinescopophilia
“The main reason behind having the anti-reflective lens coatings removed from the Samyang DSLR lens was to produce a more unique visual look when using modern & affordable DSLR lenses. It’s something of an experiment – this has not been done before with these type of lenses, and the initial lens test results look extremely good.

Testing Your Camera’s Emulsion | Shane Hurlbut | Hurlblog
I treat each new digital camera that comes out as a new film emulsion, one that needs to be tested before I can use it to help tell my stories. Finding out its strengths and its weaknesses is all part of the process. There are three parts to the process. The first is to find the sensitivity of the sensor. Part two is the latitude of the sensor. Part three is taking your camera on location to put it through the paces in different lighting scenarios, both day and night.

4k presets for Adobe Media Encoder | Karl Soulé | Adobe
I was asked the other day when Adobe will offer a 4k output from the H.264 encoder. The answer is simple – it’s there today!Currently, the Media Encoder (and, by association, Premiere Pro) doesn’t ship with presets for 4k H.264 output, simply because it’s not a common enough format. But it’s reasonably simple to make your own.

The Power of Teamwork. Another Lego Lesson | RON DAWSON | Dare Dreamer
Listen to your team mates, even if they aren’t as experienced as you. Sometimes they may actually have a good idea. Don’t let pride keep you from growing.

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