Tuesday, March 05, 2013

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Lightworks for OS X to be revealed at NAB | RedShark News
They've been promising a Mac version of this NLE for a couple of years...could it be just around the corner?
Note that this is a first showing of the OS X software and that it will still need to go through the same stages as the Linux version: probably a private Alpha, and then a public Beta. But because of the similarity of large portions of the code, testing on all three versions benefits each specific one as well.

Review of the Sony NEX-EA50 camcorder | Philip Johnston | HD Warrior
Philip gives the Sony NEX-EX50 a very positive review - about the only thing that it really lacks is built-in ND filters. Low-light isn't too bad either - maybe not as good as the more expensive cameras, but it's no slouch...and it's only $3,599...

Sony NEX- EA50 Review from Philip Johnston on Vimeo.

Canon Announces the Development of New High Sensitivity Sensor | CanonRumors
I wonder how much ND you have to slap on the front of this...
Using a prototype camera employing the newly developed sensor, Canon successfully captured a wide range of test video,*4 such as footage recorded in a room illuminated only by the light from burning incense sticks (approximately 0.05–0.01 lux) and video of the Geminid meteor shower.

Sony Responds to RED, Blackmagic Fix and Avid Continues to Decline
| Michael Murie | Filmmaker Magazine
Two weeks ago RED announced that they were suing Sony for patent infringement for technology used in Sony’s PMW-F5, PMW-F55, and F65 cameras. Last week Sony posted a response on their Pro video website. First noting that the F65 has been commercially available for over a year, and that the F5/F55 were announced in October, they go on to say:

Review: Drift Innovation HD Ghost Action Camera | Definition Magazine
Detailed review of the Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder:
Action cameras aren’t particularly renowned for their image quality, but in good light the HD Ghost performs very well. Colour rendition is good and even the internal mic performs well enough (except for the inevitable wind noise at high speed). There have been various reports of the camera mis-judging exposure, but I wasn’t able to provoke this behaviour with the latest firmware.

using the Canon EOS 6D in movie mode (model: Anastasia) | Neil vN | tangents
A test with the Canon 6D....unfortunately it doesn't really address image quality compared to other cameras; I've heard some say the 6D isn't as good at the 5D Mark III:
The big differences between the 6D and 5D mark III – the 6D doesn’t have a headphone jack to monitor the audio being recorded. This is a huge drawback if you want to use the camera specifically as a video camera.
Please note:  testing the video quality for artifacting and moiré is outside the scope of this review. So you would want to do more research here.

Get a Sneak Peek at the Sony F5 and F55 | Zacuto
Zacuto was lucky to have Kari Hess from Abel Cine Tech visit with the Sony F5. Check out this first look video as Steve Weiss, Jens Bogehegn and Kari Hess discuss the features, rig set up and much more for the Sony F55 and F5!

Replay: Image Restoration and Touch Up in After Effects Seminar
On Thursday, February 28th, Toolfarm's Michele Yamazaki demonstrated project-saving methods of restoring and touching up images using Boris Continuum Complete in Adobe After Effects. Here is the archived video of the event, in case you missed it, and more information on links mentioned in the session.

Why a visual effects company can win Oscar for Life of Pi and still go bankrupt
| Brent Bambury | CBC
When Rhythm and Hues Supervisor Bill Westenhofer accepted the Oscar for his company's visual effects work on Life of Pi, he was played off the stage before he could tell audiences the company is bankrupt, and the industry is suffering. Scott Ross, founder of Digital Domain and former general manager of Industrial Light and Magic, explains why even Oscar winners can go broke in the VFX industry's race to the bottom. 

Excerpt from Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012 | Zacuto | Vimeo
Interesting advice for film students:
Alan Thatcher and Janusz Kaminski discuss their time at Columbia College and what approach film students should take to be successful in the film industry.

A New York State of Post | StudioDaily
But California does not offer a separate credit devoted solely to post-production, and New York does. It is this difference, say those closest to the Empire State Film Post Production Credit, that could eventually put New York City's post business on a par with Los Angeles, Vancouver and London.

In Oakland, Photojournalists Covering Crimes Become the Victims | CAROL POGASH
| New York Times
Watch your gear; the thieves are watching...
Robberies and assaults are changing the way journalists report in Oakland. Armed, plainclothes security guards sometimes accompany news crews on pieces, even mundane ones. Some camera crew members are refusing to take assignments in Oakland at night. And while crime provides the daily drama for much of the local television news, reporters are spending less time on the street and more time at the Oakland police department.

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