Thursday, February 21, 2013

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ARRI’s New ALEXA XTs – Internal ARRIRAW, True Anamorphic Capture, Better Lens Metadata (But Still No 4K) | Neil Matsumoto | HD Video Pro
Today , ARRI announces its new  ALEXA line with features that have been requested by professional users. The ALEXA XT, ST M, XT Plus and XT Studio cameras will replace all previous models with the exception of the original ALEXA. ALEXA camera owners will be able to purchase individual upgrades that give you the same features of the new XT configuration.

Canon Service Advisory Emails Sent for 5D Mark III & EOS-1D X | CanonRumors
But the updates aren't expected until April and May...
Depending upon the shooting conditions, it may take slightly longer for the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X digital SLR cameras to acquire focus when using the Speedlite’s AF Assist Beam, compared with that of the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS-1D Mark IV digital SLR cameras using the Speedlite’s AF Assist Beam.

Diary of an Avid Switcher – Part 1: Humble Beginnings | Jonny Elwyn | Blog
My overriding thought about the journey so far is that for the past 10 years I heard nothing but how great Avid was and it was the only thing real professional editors used. Which I never really believed to be true and now I own it, and I’m starting to embark on the long road to learning it properly, I feel like I’ve moved out from under the shadow of the mighty Avid.

Should you work for free? | Seth Godin | Seth's Blog
On the other hand, for a long time it made perfect sense for opinion leaders without big blog followings to write (for 'free') for the Huffington Post. And there's still a line of people eager to write for the New York Times op ed page, not for the money. And if Oprah calls, sure, answer her, even though her show isn't what it used to be.

5 Tips on Clearing Music For Your Film | Celine Palavioux | RainDance
Tip 3: Have a plan B!Unfortunately and for many reasons, you may not be able to clear the track that you really want. So come up with alternatives early on. There are approximately 9000 record labels in the UK and several hundreds production libraries so surely there must be something out there that you use….

Digging with the F55 - Behind the Scenes of Dig | Fried Pixel Films | Vimeo
A behind the scenes look at 'Dig', the first film in Europe to be shot on the PMW-F55. Directed by Michael Blackwood Barnes.
Produced by Fried Pixel Films, a new venture from Cinematographer Steve Lawes and Director Martin Scanlan, for Sony Europe

Vinten Vision Blue3 Tripod Head Announced | Cinescopophilia
Vinten announced the Vision blue3 75mm tripod head, which they claim is developed for today’s intermediate weight 1/3” chip camcorders and highly accessorized lightweight DSLR cameras.

FStoppers Lighting Diagrams- Head Shot | FStoppers
I'm always interested in different lighting techniques, even if they are more applicable to still photos..
This was my first attempt at this technique. Though I am happy with the result, it doesn’t look like a Schoeller. For my second attempt, I will try adding a second light to get more catch light. I’ll also try flagging the strobes to restrict the lighting to just the model’s face.

I don't know how to write this letter | Letters of Note
Kubrick shows you how to let someone down easy...
In June of 1972, [Anthony] Burgess supplied the filmmaker with the first half of his manuscript; Kubrick rejected it by way of the following letter, thus ending the collaboration. Burgess was undeterred, and Napoleon Symphony was published as a novel in 1974. Kubrick's movie, however, failed to materialise.

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