Monday, October 07, 2013

The News

“Making a Film is Like Climbing a Mountain”: Director Nick Ryan on the Staggering Logistics of Making K2 Documentary The Summit | Filmmaker Magazine
We all draw. Then some of us get to the age of seven or eight and we kind of think it’s childish. You don’t want to draw anymore and you move on to something else. So everyone has these raw abilities that many grow out of. Filmmaking, if you look at it out of context, is kind of ridiculous, but to be able to actually make something, which hopefully has a meaning and a message, I think that’s wonderful. It’s a privilege.

FCP X: Soften Skin Texture Quickly | Larry Jordan
However, for those situations where you either don’t yet own Beauty Box, or the deadline requires something that will render REALLY fast, here’s a technique you can use to soften skin tones and add a bit of a glow to a romantic closeup.

Sony and Canon Glass on NEX at the Cincinnati Reds | Swainhart
For this little demo we are comparing the Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens with the Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM, using the Canon Extender 2x III, attached to the 5N with the Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony NEX Camera Speed Booster.

Interested in the GoPro Hero 3+ Black?
GoPro Hero 3+ And Hero 3 Black Side By Side Comparison | WideOpenCamera
This video just looks at the exterior to the two units.

GoPro Hero3+ and Hero3 Head to Head | YouTube
This is side-by-side video.

Best Camera for Under $1000 | Weapons of Mass Production | YouTube
This is practically out-of-date (less than a year old!!) but an amusing comparison between the Canon T4i, Sony NEX-6, Panasonic GH2 and the hacked Panasonic GH2. It's still interesting - and the T5i not that different from the 4i - and comes to a final, but rather mixed conclusion:
So we have our winner - This is the Canon T4i - I'm not totally thrilled with this camera, this thing is a trade-off and it's a little bulkier than say the's not the best overall, but it is the best balanced camera.

Editor: The Amateur vs. The Professional | Josh Short | ScreenLight
How is it that the professional editor in a $20,000+ non-linear editing suite has to compete with the 18-year-old neighbor with a MacBook Pro and FCPX who lives in his mother’s basement?

The Top Video Marketing Mistakes (and Solutions) | ReelSEO
Shooting and editing web video takes time, and cutting corners doesn't do you any favors. If your production looks rushed or amateurish, viewers may not want to watch it—they may even see it as an unflattering representation of your business, and leave your site altogether.

A @freefly MoVi tour of Rule Boston Camera | Michael N Sutton | Vimeo
Mike made this short walk-through video of Rule Boston Camera. It gives you a good feel for MoVi footage, though Mike has only been operating the unit for a few days. You can definitely notice a slight up-down motion during some of the walks. One possible solution for minimizing this effect I've heard is to use a Steadicam vest and arm with the MoVI.

Meanwhile, in the world of Quadcoptering...
I took the quadcopter out today and ended up doing a little weed-whacking. That's what happens when you fly in light rain, and too low and too close to little trees. Fortunately, no damage to quadcopter, camera, or even the tree, maybe just a bit to my pride!

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