Friday, November 01, 2013

The News

New Creative Cloud pro video features now available | Adobe
The updates to Adobe's Creative Cloud are coming out. The Prelude Live Logger iPad app sounds interesting:
The 150+ new features in Adobe Premiere® Pro CC, After Effects® CC, SpeedGrade® CC, Prelude™ CC, Adobe Media Encoder CC, and Adobe Story CC Plus that were announced at IBC last month are available effective immediately via Adobe Creative Cloud. Today we are also delivering a new iPad app, Prelude Live Logger, which adds another tool to your arsenal for faster, more efficient production workflows.

announcing the After Effects CC (12.1) update, one of several October 2013 updates for Adobe professional video applications | Adobe
Among many other changes and fixes, this updates enables After Effects CC to run on Mac OS X v10.9 (Mavericks). This full update makes it unnecessary to install the previous After Effects CC (12.0.1) patch. Unlike the After Effects CC (12.0.1) patch, the After Effects CC (12.1) update can be used to update the trial version of After Effects CC (12.0).
Paul Antico passes along the following tips for Mac users:
If you installed After Effects 12.0.2 (?) to fix the Mavericks crash bug, you have to go and change the permissions on the 12.1 preference folder in your library to add yourself as read/write rights or it will crash.
Also, to get the GPU rendering to work on an iMac with a 680MX processor, you have to reboot the machine otherwise you will get a message saying there is not enough VRAM.

First Look: DJI Phantom 2 Vision | ProVideoCoalition
I have the original Phantom ($479), and it is cool. This looks even cooler, though at a sizeable increase in price ($1,199). I think I'll probably just hang on to what I have.
For the shear fun of flying, I must say the Phantom 2 Vision is a major upgrade in the experience - especially for novices and hobbyists. The camera's optics are clear and provide good quality HD video and hi-res photos to give you a POV shot like you've never experienced before. However, if you're looking to shoot professional-quality video productions, you will need a much more sophisticated piece of gear - complete with at least a 2 or 3-axis gimbal and a professional camera. 

Finding the Right Story to Tell: The Making of AfterDeath (Part 1) | Michael Murie | Filmmaker Magazine
The first two parts of a really interesting interview with a first-time feature film maker.
The psychological thriller/horror movie AfterDeath is the first feature film of directors Gez Medinger and Robin Schmidt. Shot on a tight budget and a tight schedule, the development and shooting of AfterDeath offers a lesson to anyone looking to make their first feature. 
Script Development, Casting and Locations: The Making of AfterDeath (Part 2)

Editing 4K on the new 15″ MacBook Pro | blog.alex4d
Although it has been possible to create 4K timelines for many years, smooth editing of 4K footage requires instant playback of more than one stream of video footage at once. For example if you had clip A transitioning to clip B while clip C is overlaid as a picture in picture, your editing software would have to play back clips A, B and C at the same time – changing the transparency of clips A and B while scaling clip C.

Canon 5D Mark III Firmware 1.2.3 Released | HD Cam Team
4. Fixes a phenomenon in which the histogram of a LiveView image is incorrectly displayed when an HDMI cable is connected.
5. Enables the brightness of the camera’s LCD monitor to be adjusted even when an HDMI cable is connected.

Have we missed the new killer feature in Mavericks for video editors? |
It now takes only a few clicks to link two Thunderbolt Macs together with a Thunderbolt cable and it should be possible to share media from a third device such as a Pegasus Promise Thunderbolt RAID. With the caveat of 'We haven't actually tried it ourself', this will make a huge difference to the smaller edit shop

Glidecam Ships iGlide Stabilizer for Lightweight Cameras | StudioDaily
Only $129 for the Glidecam iGlide, though it's only for cameras under 14 oz. A review on Amazon complained about the adjustment of the head, which they considered rather imprecise...but then Videomaker has a positive review.
Glidecam started shipping its new iGlide, a $149 handheld camera stabilizer designed for the tiny likes of GoPro cameras, the Canon Vixia, and—with a $49 iGlide Adapter, the iPhone. If you're looking to get the most out of an inexpensive camera, that's a pretty cheap way to help your footage look not quite as cheap.

A Feast for the Eye and the Ear - The Best Cinematographer's DVD Commentaries: Part II | MovieMail
But Heat of the Night wins the day, really for the contagious delight Wexler and Jewison share in revisiting a film about a Philly cop (Sidney Poitier) investigating murder in a bigoted Southern town. Plainspoken and impassioned (“That was a bitch to light!”), Wexler discusses his famed hand-held work, borrowing DIY techniques from the French New Wave and making a film during, and emanating from the white heat of the Civil Rights Movement. 

Sony’s RX10, possibly the best hybrid for the serious documentarist: a few things to considermike kobal
Interesting discussion of the $1,298 RX10:
When I mentioned that I really believe this camera could be very interesting for all of us (even achieve GH2 cult status), because there is no line skipping and Sony finally managed to employ a processor powerful enough to allow for full 5k readout (sadly we will only be able to record it in full HD) we all knew that this should result in much cleaner looking footage than what we are used to from our DSLR’s. It also has a built in ND filter, clean HDMI (4:2:2) out, Zebra and peaking options…… I had their attention.

Exclusive: Artwork And Test Footage From Pixar's 'The Blue Umbrella' | The Playlist
The footage, which you can watch below, is a hoot: it features director Saschka Unseld underneath a blue umbrella very much like the one in the film, and shows him sliding around the Pixar campus. You can see that they are testing what the umbrellas look like, how they bunch together and interact. It's also kind of surprising to see how small the crew is for a short that is perceived as a technical breakthrough (and Oscar front-runner for Animated Short). 

Full frame kaleidoscopic video with the Sony RX1 | EOSHD
The Sony RX1 has amazing stills but awful video! I began thinking how could I use this otherwise great little camera for video? The answer is to rough up the image beyond comprehension, with trick filters. Here’s how I did it.

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