Wednesday, March 06, 2013

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How to make an HD camera rig for less than $3K - including the camera!
| Craig Marshall | Red Shark News
Putting together a rig based on the NEX-VG20....I think I'd use the NEX-EA50...
The VG20 sports a large 4 piece spatial on-board microphone with a ‘dead kitten’ blimp and full manual audio control circuits with auxiliary microphone inputs and a headphone output jack. Although the VG20 is equipped with an external stereo microphone input, there are no balanced XLR microphone jacks. Remember, Sony does not advertise the VG20 as a ‘professional’ camera.

Ang Lee and the uncertainty of success | Jeff Lin
From age 30 to 36, he’s living in an apartment in White Plains, NY trying to get something — anything — going, while his wife Jane supports the family of four (they also had two young children) on her modest salary as a microbiologist. He spends every day at home, working on scripts, raising the kids, doing the cooking. That’s a six-year span — six years! — filled with dashed hopes and disappointments.

Avid DNxHD vs. Apple ProRes vs. GoPro Cineform: Recompression Generation Loss | Angelo Lorenzo | Fallen Empire
So what exactly is the take away if you won’t see this level of compression “in the wild”? It seems that Avid’s DNxHD either has more aggressive compression or pre filtering/blurring than the other codecs which may lead it to being less suitable for a greenscreen intermediate than ProRes or Cineform. 

14 Trends Filmmakers Should Watch In 2013 | Elliot Grove | Raindance
2. Socially conscious filmmakingFilmmaking that embraces important topics. Documentaries like Lottery of Birth, House of Numbers, How To Start A Revolution and Jeremy Irons’ Trashed are just a few of the growing number of films made by politcially and socially aware filmmakers.

Top 10 Cities to Be a Moviemaker: 2013 | Kyle Rupprecht | MovieMaker
7. Boston, MA (score: 27.5)And speaking of production, the city is host to many production (and post-production) facilities, including Modulus Studios and Sound & Vision Media. Boston also has some burgeoning film schools—including programs at Emerson and Boston University—but the town, culturally, remains more literary than cinematic. The only thing holding Boston back right now is resident moviemakers’ access to new work. 

Slo-mo gets a different point of view | TVBEurope
Quick look at the Polecam:
The LMC Antelope Pico PoV camera is particularly suitable for live sports production, and has been used for the German Bundesliga and Winter sports – a Pico was used on a white Polecam (to disappear into the background) at the start gates at the Alpine Skiing World Championship in Schladming. Polecam’s Founder, Steffan Hewitt, also recently used the Pico in China, to cover the Rory McIlroy/Tiger Woods Duel at the Jinsha Lake Golf Club in Hengzhou.

Review – Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II | Justin VanLeeuwen | CanonRumors
The more I used this lens, the more I got to know it, the better my images became, and the more impressed I was with it.  Often relying on flash modifiers and scenes built with speedlights and strobes, I took pleasure in exploring natural light situations, and allowing focus isolate my subjects instead of contrast.  I know that if it was a regular piece in my kit I would likely bring it to every job I had just to try for some of the impressive three-dimensional feeling images it creates.

Video Compression for the Web – Part 1: A Brief History | RON DAWSON
| Dare Dreamer
I’m not even going to pretend to understand all the complexities that go into this 5th revision of hypertext markup language. Suffice it to say that a key component of it is the added simplicity of displaying videos online. It is a standard that does not require Flash. And more and more content producers are switching to creating HTML5-compliant videos and websites. (Here’s a great overview of HTML5 Video).

Sony F55 - Out for a Skate | Nigel Akam | Vimeo
I shot this test footage with the F55, recording the XAVC 100mb, and 4K codec. Transcoded in Davinci Resolve 9.1 lite to Pro Res hq. Edited in Premiere CS6.We shot overcranked in S&Q mode to 60 fps, as well as some 23.98. Hypergamma 4, and S-log2 were used. Only colour grading was to white balance a couple of shots at beginning that looked blue. ISO ranged from 1250 to 5000. We're trying to show footage straight out of the can.

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