Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The News

My 5 favorite things from the upcoming Adobe Premiere Pro release | Scott Simmons | Pro Video Coalition
SpeedGrade Direct Link
This is probably the signature feature of this update and that above quote from Adobe's overview video is probably the understatement of the year. Notice that the heading says Direct Link and not Dynamic Link. This is important to note and was even corrected by Adobe’s PPro product manager on Twitter:
After Effects CC: Mask Tracker | Adobe.TV
Adobe is offering info on the new features too:
Quickly create a mask and apply an effect such as color correction that travels frame by frame throughout your composite. Mask Tracker eliminates the need to adjust the mask and effect throughout time and avoids repetitive rotoscoping tasks.

IPHONE 5C? YAWN. IPHONE 5S WITH 120FPS? AWESOME! | Hand Held Hollywood
The iPhone 5S looks like an interesting step forward. My iPhone 4 is looking old..
this innovation comes with a dangerous side-effect. In about 2 months, YouTube will be overrun with well edited slow-mo videos of people being hit in the crotch with water balloons. You’ve been warned.

"White Orbs" #2_The Calibrated Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera | moribun | Vimeo
A fix for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera?:
The BMD Japan replaced My BMPCC with NEW "calibrated" BMPCC.So,I shot the car headlights tonight and I tried to compare the "calibrated BMPCC" with the "uncalibrated BMPCC" on the "White Orbs".I think the calibrated BMPCC is better than uncalibrated one, but not perfect.

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera Continues Its Adventures In Broadcast | HDSLR Shooter
This piece is on the Cinema Camera, NOT the Pocket Cinema Camera:
Just a few posts ago we talked about the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and its forays into the world of broadcast. Now it’s happened again, this time to shoot promos and PSAs to air during Nashville’s WSMV-TV news. Brian Hallet is the station’s senior producer and writer, and chose the BMCC over other cameras because of its “…high resolution 2.5K sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range and CinemaDNG RAW and Avid DNxHD codecs”

GoPro Studio 2.0 | GoPro
New software release for the GoPro:
New: GoPro Edit Templates make it easy to create GoPro-style videos
New: Trim, edit and mix video clips
New: Add titles, music, audio tracks and more
New: Fisheye adjustment control
New: Adjust video playback speed for fast or slow motion
New: Export video still frames at full resolution

12 Steps to Avoid Going Broke Applying to Film Festivals | Dan Mirvish | Filmmaker Magazine
2. Make a Personal Connection to the Festival Programmer
Try to figure out who the main festival programmer is. Sometimes they’re the “artistic director,” sometimes a “senior programmer” — it’s different for every festival. Read their websites and look at their press releases. All top festival programmers have egos that get fulfilled by putting themselves in their own press releases. 

Episode #15 – Success story Clint Regehr shares shooting a feature length documentary | F-Stop Academy
Latest podcast:
Clint Regehr is a great success story and I’m very proud that e helped him achieve his goals. 18 months ago Clint was selling software and now he’s just screened a feature length documentary in a movie theatre in Dallas, TX.So how did he do it? This podcast reveals all:

CD Quality Is Not High-Res Audio | Mark Fleischmann | HomeTheater
Interesting thoughts about audio quality and categorizing them:
If MP3 is low-res, and CD is mid-res, what is high-res? I define high-res audio as having at least 24 bits and anything greater than the CD's 44.1 kHz sampling rate. So there. I prefer 24/192 downloads when I can get them but I'm still happy to collect in 24/96 and I'm willing to at least try other sampling rates—as long as they offer something better than CD quality.

Philip Hodgetts presents Lumberjack and Producer's Best Friend at BOSCPUG | FCP.Co
We featured Intelligent Assistance's logging program called Lumberjack when it was demoed by Philip at the recent LACPUG. This time he's on the East Coast and he takes us through a quick rundown of his products that are of interest to Final Cut Pro X editors, majoring on Producer's Best Friend and then Lumberjack.

Frame By Frame: The Art of Stop Motion | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios
Check this video, and if you find it interesting, check the YouTube page (link above), which has a number of resource links.

This is an moving montage of endings from different movies:

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