Thursday, March 14, 2013

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Adobe to cut off boxed sales of Creative Suite, Acrobat | Electronista
"As Adobe continues to focus on delivering world-class innovation through Creative Cloud and digital fulfillment, we will be phasing out shrink-wrapped, boxed versions of Creative Suite and Acrobat products,"

Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini Monitor Review | Daniel Freytag | Blog
The big deal about this pocket-sized box is that it actually provides an SDI and HDMI output with 10 bit 4:2:2 video. It works with a wide range of software such as Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro 7 & X and of course DaVinci Resolve. It's a really nice option if you need to show a preview on an external display. The UltraStudio is only $145 ($137.75 B&H), which makes it a really nice solution for broadcast quality outputs.

The NEW JVC GY-HM70 with some interesting features | Philip Johnston
| HD Warrior
The camera records on two SDHC or SDXC memory cards in the AVCHD Progressive format at 28Mbps. And its unique dual battery system keeps you recording for hours and hours since the batteries may be hot swapped during recording. Never before has this much performance been packed into an affordable, professional shoulder supported camcorder

The Pumpkin Massacre Shot at 700fps | Cinescopophilia
Oh, this is a little more expensive than I realized ($33,579)
When he first laid eyes on the lightweight, compact VFC-7000 camera at a Toronto tradeshow last summer, Von Wong was impressed with the camera’s slow motion capabilities. He capitalized on the camera’s ability to capture high-speed HD recordings when he later used it to shoot a creative video that focused on his long hair.

Two Years On: Matt Allard revisits the scene of Japan's Tsunami | Matt Allard
| DSLR News Shooter
I find when filming heartfelt interviews in situations like this it is a good idea to shoot them on a long lens and to also resist the temptation to use reflectors or lights. The reasoning for this is to try and make the person feel as comfortable as possible. Having a bright light or reflector in your face doesn’t make anybody feel comfortable. All the Interviews and shots were done with available light except the Interview with the government spokesman.

Smashing the Mirror: Gender Inequality in Film | Briony Hanson | movieScope
There are a couple of very basic questions here, starting at the very beginning: why, for example, are film schools chock-full of female talent in the lead creative fields? Across both UK and US film schools the number of female production, direction and screenwriting students is almost level—if not slightly edging above—the number of male counterparts. Yet the minute school’s out the stats drop off dramatically and the number of women translating that experience into feature films barely even registers

How to interview a difficult subject (like Dick Cheney difficult) | MINA HOCHBERG
BE PATIENTI was advised wisely that the most important thing would be to be patient, that he would only come around slowly. And in fact that was the right advice because it took him seven months [to reply]. I sent him a letter and I heard back from his camp about seven months later. He invited me to come have lunch at his home in the Washington D.C. area. He thought it over for several days, but then I heard back that he was open to participating.

George Lucas Is Opening An Illustration, Comic and Animation Art Museum
| Amid Amidi | Cartoon Brew
George Lucas’s next big project is thrilling: a museum dedicated to the popular arts such as illustration, comics, film design and animation. According to an interview with CBS, he initially plans to rotate his personal art collection which numbers thousands of pieces, and includes works by Maxfield Parrish, N. C. Wyeth, and Norman Rockwell.

First impressions shooting with Sony F65 cameras | Affonso Beato | Blog
The F65s have an incredible Dynamic Range (14 stops), but it's 16bit digital processing, give us a much richer color information which makes a big difference on this case. Our visual impression is that it has 16 stops instead, case that was checked recently when I brought 20 min of different shots to be tested on Sony Color Works ACES workflow.

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