Thursday, December 20, 2012

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Masterclass in Why HFR fails, and a reaffirmation of what makes cinema magical | Vincent Laforet | Blog
Vincent goes into the issues he has with the image of The Hobbit:
My final answer:  if HFR does become more of a standard, then we’ll all stop paying attention to the new technique, and perhaps be able to refocus on story. The points I make above about being able to choose where I look, and what I choose to focus on and getting lost in any part of the frame, and becoming more immersed by seeing "less" do ultimately make me doubt this will happen until the 3D process as whole gets much much better.

Let’s Cook | Stu Maschwitz | prolost
A good write-up on using the Blackmagic Cinema Camera for the first time:
As perfectly expressed by Vincent Laforet (the generous loaner of this particular BMC), the Blackmagic Cinema Camera is a perplexing mix of unmatched bang-for-the-buck, along with some maddening shortcomings and inscrutable design decisions.

Made with After Effects | Chris Meyer | ProVideo Coalition
Send in clips for this 'competition.' Deadline is January 9:
We are happy to announce that for the third year in a row, we will be working with the folks from motion for their annual Made with After Effects show. Upload a piece up to 3 minutes long that heavily involved After Effects in creation, and you will have a chance to win prizes and get some well-deserved public recognition.

Digital Bolex Xmas Ornament | Thingverse
A cute little 3D ornament...all you need is a 3D printer. Though you could probably make it out of cardboard....
This ornament is based on an illustration done for the Digital Bolex coloring book.

USB 3 vs Thunderbolt | Larry Jordan | Blog
Architecturally, Thunderbolt is built for higher speeds than USB 3.0. My recommendation is use Thunderbolt for the best performance and reliability. If you need PC compatibility, use USB 3. Thunderbolt for Windows is coming soon and, when it arrives, is the best choice for maximum performance.

Kodak Sells Their Digital Imaging Patent Collection for $525 Million | Bobby Zhang | The Photographer
There was previously word on Kodak selling their patents, and now the company has officially sold its digital imaging patent collection to 12 big name companies such as Apple, Google, and Microsoft, to name a few. Every company who backed Intellectual Ventures’ and RPX Corporation’s bid will receive rights to Kodak’s intellectual property.

Blackmagic Design Announces New Low Price For Compact Videohub | BOCPUG
Blackmagic Design today announced a new lower price on its popular Compact Videohub to $2,995. Compact Videohub features 3 Gb/s SDI, ASI, auto switching SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI formats, full SDI re-clocking, USB, redundant power inputs, ethernet and serial router control for only $2,995.

Removing a Stuck Lens Filter Using a Method That's Both Effective And Terrifying
| Tim Barribeau | Pop Photo
This is why I don't put UV filters on my lenses...
Many photographers keep some sort of filter on their lenses at all times — even if it's just a UV filter to stop the glass from getting scratched. But what do you do when a filter gets hopelessly stuck? Photographer Craig Pulsifer was faced with exactly that problem, and the method he says was advised by a Canon Professional Service technician is more than a little scary.

Clean and Flat Is Where It’s At | Ethan Winer | Audio Undone
My preference is to record most things (though not fuzz guitars) clean and flat. You can add a little grit later to taste when mixing, but you can’t take it away if you added too much when recording. To my way of thinking, any preamp that is not clean and flat is colored, and I’d rather add color later when I can hear all of the parts in context. A coloration that sounds good in isolation may sound bad in the mix, and vice versa.

A natural born story teller becomes a distribution innovator: Ed Burns' Hybrid Film Career | Steve Ramos | Fast To Create
Convinced that the old ways of releasing art-house movies were no longer profitable, Burns set out to build his own release models as a self-distributor focused on digitally streaming movies to multiple platforms via iTunes, Google play and VOD all with the publicity boost from his celebrity profile.

Color Correction Tips From Steve Hullfish | Terence Curren | Pro Video Coalition
Links to a video of the presentation:
Pro Video Coalition's own Steve Hullfish brought the art of color correction from the dark arts to the light of day in 2002 with his book Color Correction for Digital Video: Using Desktop Tools to Perfect Your Image (now in its 2nd Edition), followed in 2008 by The Art and Technique of Digital Color Correction (2nd Edition just released). At this special Editors' Lounge, Steve Hullfish gave a boost to attendee's color correction skills by revealing his tips and tricks in an up close and personal presentation.

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