Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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Day for Night: Magic Bullet Looks vs Baselight suite | SUPER MASSIVE | Vimeo
An interesting comparison. Baselight maybe looks more 'realistic' but hard to see what's going on!:
Footage shot with various camera settings on ARRI Alexa, 19-90 zoom lens. Half graded with Magic Bullet Looks and FCP 3 way colour corrector, gradients added. Half graded on Baselight suite for comparison.H264 compression very harsh on all gradients and masks, horrible artefacting - all baselight graded material looks perfect on Dolby monitors. Download least compressed h264 for closest impression. (But still knocked down to prores and then H264).

How to Keep Track of Your Battery Levels | DSLR Video Shooter
Most people don’t know this, but there is a built in way to label your batteries as full or empty. This works best with the Canon LP-E6 batteries, but you can make it work with any battery with a simple mod. If you look at the back of your LP-E6 battery you will see two colors, blue and gray.

Top 10 Video Interviewing Tips For Documentary Filmmaking
| Desktop Documentaries
Prepare, but be spontaneousEven though you have prepared questions in advance, allow yourself to veer off from questions if the interviewee says something interesting or unexpected that you’d like to explore further. Sometimes the unplanned “spontaneous” questions & answers create the best moments.

Sony F35 reaches $12,000 on eBay from $250,000 in 2008 | Andrew Reid | EOSHD
I always say ‘invest in lenses’, these truly hold their value and sometimes even go up 1000% in value like some of the rarer anamorphic lenses on eBay.There’s some crazy depreciation going on here in camera-land though. The depreciation on high end cameras is worse than a luxury car.

Speaking of 4K Broadcast, Japan is Flying off the Handle: TV is 4K in 2014. Plus, an 8K Future? | Dave Kendricken | No Film School
I realize that spec can drive tech and all that, but 8K? In 2016? 8K in any time-frame is simply amazing, there’s nothing else to say about it — but in just three years? Pretty unbelievable stuff, even if it doesn’t materialize: the push alone is going to make waves. Of course, 4K TVs may be (well actually, they pretty much are) pointless at certain distances....

Zero Dark Thirty (Script) PDF | Mark Boal | Sony
Sony has made available the script for the movie in PDF format.

Episode 92 - Motion Graphics with Magic Bullet Looks | Simon Walker
| RedGiantTV
In this episode of Red Giant TV, Simon Walker shows you how to enhance and alter motion graphics with Magic Bullet Looks, even if you aren't working in a motion graphics program like After Effects or Motion, and are instead working in a video editor.

6 Dos & Don'ts for Better Content Marketing | Marla Tabaka | Inc
1. Don't Skimp on DesignSure, it's the quality of the content that will keep your visitors coming back, but don't underestimate the power of a slick, eye-catching site. Designing your site with a high-quality screen resolution will help your viewers to think of your site as premium, as does using high-quality images that take up their entire frames.

Amazon launches Cloud Transcoding service | Daniel Freytag | Blog
So far only Brightcove, which is known for its video hosting services used by clients such as the New York Times, provides a similar Cloud Transcoding service. In comparison to Brightcove you can start with Amazon's AWS right away without any complicated registration.

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