Friday, June 14, 2013

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Sony’s Sub-$10,000 PMW-300 Is the EX3′s Successor | StudioDaily
Sony announced the PMW-300 camcorder, refreshing its XDCAM line-up with a semi-shoulder mount camera that uses the same EX-mount interchangeable lens system as the PMW-EX3, meaning both 1/2-inch and 2/3-inch lenses can be used. And it adds the broadcast-friendly 50 Mbps MPEG HD 422 codec to its recording options.

Behind the Scenes of the New Sony 4K Commercial | Sony Blog
If you’ve seen the spot, you know this was no small production. But what exactly does it take to create something like this? As it turns out, it takes 4 days on location and a whole lotta people. Our team selected Miranda Beach in New Zealand as the main set (ironic, since our Cinematographer on the job is Academy Award Winner, Claudio Miranda. No relation).

First impressions of the F55 | Sony
Cinematographer and hugely influential blogger Philip Bloom got his hands on the F55 back in April and immediately set about making a short film designed to put the camera through its paces. “It’s a surrealistic short film set in a disused tunnel, which really pushed the camera’s sensitivity and is a challenging first use of the camera,” he says. 

Regaining discipline and the importance of planning…PLUS a challenge for you!
| Philip Bloom
This brings us back to the idea of tight rushes. Editors love tight rushes…just not too tight. It’s always better to overshoot than undershoot. Nobody wants to run out of shots, it’s preferable to have too much to play with than too little…but the sign of inexperience is overshooting.

What Cameras Are Festival Filmmakers Using in 2013? | No Film School
From everyday devices (Apple iPhones) to old stalwarts (Panasonic AG-HVX200), and high-end (Arri Alexa) to DSLRs (Canon 5Ds), filmmakers are making quality movies with a dizzying array of cameras — over 33 were used in making this year’s Tribeca offerings.

The $900 JVC GC-PX100 camera looked interesting because it promises over-cranking of 200fps or more....but looking at this footage shot with the camera, I don't think it's very useable, except for home movies.
We took the JVC GC-PX100 into various shooting environments to test its high-speed frame rates, autofocus, detail, moire, rolling shutter, low light capabilities, dynamic range, color, saturation, and image stablization.

Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L Non-IS Discontinued? | CanonRumors
Still seems to be listed at B & H for $1,299:
We’ve heard from a few people that the EF 70-200 f/2.8L is in the process of being discontinued. A few people have said they have attempted to get broken lenses fixed and have been told by Canon USA that parts for the repair are no longer available and will not be in the future either.

Technicolor's Color Certified Program ensures consistency across displays (video)
| Engadget
There's THX certification for TVs, ensuring potential buyers that they'll get solid home-theater visuals, so why shouldn't there be an equivalent for your gadgets' displays? Technicolor, along with software company Portrait Displays, is stepping up to the plate with a new standard for guaranteeing hue quality across PC and mobile panels. 

Resolve V9 "Copy a look with Auto Keyframes" | icolorist | Vimeo
How to copy a grade with 2 keyframed shapes from 1 clip to another using the Auto Keyframer

Creative Stop-Motion Makes Excellent Use of Forced Perspective and The Moon
| PetaPixel
In preparation for the all-night festivities to come, Vania Heymann, a second year student in Bezalel school of art and design in Jerusalem, put together this very creative mix of video and time-lapse that uses forced perspective and the moon to advertise the coming festival.

Steven Spielberg Predicts 'Implosion' of Film Industry | Hollywood Reporter
Steven Spielberg on Wednesday predicted an "implosion" in the film industry is inevitable, whereby a half dozen or so $250 million movies flop at the box office and alter the industry forever. What comes next -- or even before then -- will be price variances at movie theaters, where "you're gonna have to pay $25 for the next Iron Man, you're probably only going to have to pay $7 to see Lincoln." 

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