Friday, February 15, 2013

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EOS C300/EOS C300PL, Firmware Version | Canon
Canon officially releases a firmware fix for the color fringe issues in early C300's:
Firmware Version incorporates the following fixes and improvements:
Some of the EF lens products that can be mounted on the camera can be controlled more reliably.
Corrections to the Spanish and German language texts in the View Assistance function [View Assist.].
Efforts to correct image color fringing when a subject is of high contrast have been made.
Note: Firmware version incorporates items 2 and 3 above.

Battle of the Bokeh - Canon, Nikon Sigma 35mm f/1.4 | DigitalRev
Battle of the Bokeh is back and we're looking at some fast 35mm lenses from Canon, Nikon and Sigma with the Canon 35mm 1.4L, Nikon 35mm G AF-S and Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM, respectively. This time, however, it's up to you to vote, and the video shows you the results of the blind-bokeh test. Which lens has the best bokeh?

Visualizing ‘Django Unchained’ | MEKADO MURPHY | New York Times
“Skin naturally reflects and moves in a way that makeup doesn’t,” Mr. Richardson said. “So we had to figure out a way to light him.” He and his team decided to put lights a little closer to Mr. Jackson to raise his light value. “Because the primary story circles slavery, of course every shot will, in one way or another, deal with the contrast of black and white. That was a balancing act. I hope we succeeded.”

The Need for Speed: Tools to Help You Edit Faster | Joey Daoud
| Filmmaker Magazine
For years the standard of working with NLEs has been left fingers planted on J, K, L, right hand on mouse. It’s not a terribly bad way to edit. Doing it for years you build up a fast muscle memory, but there are still keyboard tasks that stretch the limit of what you can remember, along with the span of your thumb and pinkie.Is there a faster way? We’ll look at two options, one an iPad app and the other a program to customize the trackpad.

Using Color Temp to Create Depth and Dimension with your HD Video
| Shane Hurlbut | Hurlblog
While working with one of my favorite directors, Maurice Marable, we were doing a spot in an underground parking garage. When you went with the color temp of the lights that existed in the space, the mood was blah, no depth, no dimension. I got on the scroll wheel of the Alexa and cranked it down to 2700 deg. Kelvin, and Maurice was like “Wow, that looks bangin!!!” Just the simple use of this tool can create a whole other chapter in the way you light.

That rogue employee and no legal action | HD Warrior
Pixel Film Studio lays the blame for their use of another companies footage on a rogue employee: 
“Even though we don’t buy this story, we accept the apology. We will not start any legal action against Pixel Film Studio. Let’s all move on. I hope this article will be a great lesson for everyone.”
Szymon Masiak Motion VFX

How to Clean a Camera Lens Without Damaging the Glass | Evan Luzi
| The Black and Blue
What’s in this video?

  • The best tools and supplies for cleaning lenses
  • How Rosco lens tissue can scratch a lens
  • When you should remove a lens to clean it
  • A dirty Minolta Super 8mm camera
  • And more

The grip relocator is key to making the whole thing work. The Canon original handgrip is moved off the side of the camera and down onto the rig, with a short cable allowing it to control the camera as if it were still attached. I have used the original for a while and truly love it; the new version looks even better for my needs.

1. Networking is Key
Now that you know what you’re looking for, you can try to obtain some of it for free or cheap. The first place to look is within your networks. Check with family and friends who may own video equipment, and ask them to talk to anyone they know who may work with equipment.

In the Can: Days of Gray | Kira Simon-Kennedy and Ani Simon-Kennedy
| Filmmaker Magazine
As it’s probably the case on all indie shoots these days, we could have used a bit more of everything. More people, more time, more money. But in the end, “mo’ money, mo’ problems”, and limitations led to creative problem solving. Everything happened so fast we barely had time for worry, and we were excited to get the ball rolling.

Source Code for Original 1990 Version of Adobe Photoshop Released
| Michael Zhang | Peta Pixel
Starting today, you can download a free and legal copy of Photoshop. That’s right — free and legal. There’s a catch, though: it’s the original 1.0.1 version of the program that was released back in 1990.

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