Friday, March 01, 2013

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Blackmagic Solves Infinity Focus Issue with Cinema Camera, Will Require Hardware Fix | Joe Marine | No Film School
It seems that this problem mainly applies to specific lenses like the Tokina 11-16mm
When I tried the same collimated lens on some 5Ds, 7Ds and even a C300, the witness marks fall short of the expected distance which indicates to me that there’s some fair amount of tolerances built into the Canon cameras to cater for still lenses where the tolerances are not as critical as cine lenses.

Getting creative with a Lensbaby and water guns to make it rain
| Von Wong Photography
Enter the idea to use waterguns to create rain. They were light, portable, easy to clean up and easy to find. People weren’t terrified about the idea of having a watergun used in studio and it wouldn’t require any special setup. All I needed was a surface for the water to bounce off of and lo and behold, I’d have rain! (or something close enough.)

Why should I buy a TeleprompterVon Wong Photography
I’ve found that having one of these nifty devices can really help me improve the quality of the videos that I can bring your way. I took a little bit of practice to get things right. Initially I had problems with my eyebrows and expression and looked a little bit forceful… but after a couple tweaks, focusing on getting the right body language and proper camera angle it does deliver some really solid results.

A Radical Workflow Idea for Final Cut X Users | RON DAWSON | Dare Dreamer
I had previously thought that in order to create a compound clip, you had to have a project first. You would build a project, then select all the clips, then group them into a compound clip (which from here out I will just call “comp” for short). In watching John’s tutorial I learned that you can actually create a comp without creating a project first (they save the creation of a project until the very end). This was totally eye-opening for me.

Sony Action CamPlenty of Rad, But Too Much RTFM | Mathew Honan | Wired
It seems that the tiny Sony Action Camera is a great small camera, but not a great action camera...
The bottom line is that while this camera has a great app, is super small, and takes very nice video, it’s just not that easy to use. While I like it a lot, generally speaking, it seems better-suited for activities where it can be mounted externally and controlled with the app, rather than worn on the body.

Novo Camera Demonstration and a Side by Side Test Against The GoPro
| Cinescopophilia
Nick Lantz from Radiant Images demonstrates the steroid induced GoPro Novo digital cinema camera. The Novo camera is available for hire from Radiant Images starting at $250 a day up to $750 for a week.

Vimeo announces 'Looks' feature, now lets users add visual effects to videos
| Edgar Alvarez | Engadget
In partnership with Vivoom, the company announced today that it's bringing over 500 visual effects to the service as part of its Enhancer toolbox, giving folks the ability to easily add some flavor to their own video productions straight from a web browser. Furthermore, Vimeo's made it possible to preview these filters in real-time

From Shawshank to Skyfall, How Master Cinematographer Roger Deakins Got These Ten Shots | KYLE BUCHANAN | Vulture
The Big Lebowski"We were all laughing so much!" Deakins said of this trippy Big Lebowski dream sequence, where Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore cavort among dancers wearing bowling-pin headdresses. "We were trying to re-create a Busby Berkeley feel. It was a high-key, very lit sequence; I wanted it kind of bright and white."

Disney's Chimpanzee | Definition Magazine
The remoteness of the location also called for it to be as light and portable as possible. Generally speaking, the more robust the camera, the heavier it is. Martyn was looking for something extremely special from the AJ-HPX3700 if it was to meet all his requirements. “Walking 15km a day through hot, humid rainforest with a camera bouncing around on your back is tough,” recalls Martyn. “The Panasonic camera was substantially lighter than the next camera we would have considered. What’s more, it never failed once in 350 shooting days.”

'Game of Thrones' director David Petrarca shrugs off piracy, says it doesn't hurt the show | T.C. Sottek | The Verge
Petrarca shrugged when a panel mediator noted that Game of Thrones was the most pirated show of 2012; the show was downloaded about 3.9 million times per episode, which was more than a million downloads per episode more than the second-most pirated show How I Met Your Mother. "That's how they survive," he said.

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