Friday, December 06, 2013

The News

Inside Canon Japan 2013 | Creative COW
In November 2013, I went on a Canon Optics Press tour to Japan with a small group of journalists, to meet with and interview a number of leading Canon executives. We also enjoyed a hitherto-rare event: a tour of Canon's optics factory in Utsunomiya, which has ordinarily not been open to outsiders (even several Canon employees on our trip had never been) where we met many of the people responsible for making those lenses and saw the processes that go into creating them.

Say Goodbye to Old 5.1 Audio and Hello to the New Immersive Sound Standard | Cinescopophilia
Now, Study Group 6 has developed a system for the next-generation ‘immersive’ and ‘personalized’ audio system, which will allow TV audiences to be ‘enveloped’ in the sound as it traces the source of the audio track both laterally and vertically across the screen.

SC6Dual TRRS input and headphone output for smartphonesRĂ˜DE
The SC6 is an input/output breakout box for smartphones and tablets. With two TRRS inputs and one stereo headphone output, the unit connects to any TRRS device and allows the use of one or two smartLav microphones as well as headphones for monitoring and playback.

What Do You Do When Your Funding Falls Through? PROXiMITY | Filmmaker Magazine
What do you do when the funding for your short movie falls through? Make a different short movie! That’s what Ryan Connolly of Film Riot did after a large portion of the funding he was counting on for his big-budget short film project Outsiders fell through just days before shooting was to begin.

Grant Petty reveals origins of Blackmagic cameras (concept was offered to major manufacturers) | EOSHD
Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty has revealed he approached camera manufacturers in 2011 with the idea of producing a DSLR-style model with high dynamic range and increased video quality but was turned down. “They don’t care about the product. Their only goal is to extract as much from the business as they can. It’s incredibly short-termist, and greedy”.

Panasonic GM1 review – another pocket cinema camera | EOSHD
Panasonic have chosen not to remove very much from the GX7 and GH3 in creating the GM1 and it’s paid off, for this is an excellent camera in its own right for shooting high quality video and stills. It’s a great alternative to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for those who want a larger sensor and smaller file sizes. 

BBC expect 4K to raise the bar for quality broadcasting | IP&TV News
“What’s significant about HD was that producers loved the process of actually making in HD, they loved the way it looked. If you’re making what you make in a way that looks so much better, it shows if your presenters are a bit rubbish, your sets are a bit rubbish, and your scriptwriting is a bit rubbish.”

The Timeless Question: “What is my Next Upgrade?” | Planet5D
1) A Prime LensNo matter what type of shooting you do, there is that perfect focal length that you find yourself going back to over and over again. Maybe it is the sweet spot on your walk-around/ run-and-gun lens, or maybe it is an end of your zoom lens that does not deliver quite as sharp an image as you would like. 

More Arguments In Favour Of Cloud-Based Production Services | Definition Magazine
With the BBC aiming to increase out-of-London production levels to 50% by 2016, an increasing number of dramatic programmes are set to be filmed on location outside of the capital – but still produced with the help of staff in other locations. Aframe’s work for Timeline TV coiuld show that cloud computing approaches are more than ready for prime time. 

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