Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Getting Started in Aerial Video | Make
The most popular quadcopter for aerial filming is the $679 DJI Phantom because it’s ready-to-fly (RTF) out of the box and was designed to hold a GoPro camera. (The new Phantom 2 Vision has a built-in camera instead, plus an FPV system — see tip 4 below.) The Phantom is the perfect platform, even for beginning hobbyists, because it’s easily hackable — there is a vibrant third-party accessories market, mostly consisting of enterprising individuals selling mods online.

Open Source Apertus Axiom 4K Camera Project Exploring Swappable Sensors, Lens Mounts, & Filters | No Film School
The Axiom Alpha prototype with the CMV12000 image sensor is just the beginning, we want to offer a wide range of different image sensor modules in the future. Whether it be a Super16, Four Thirds or Full Frame Sensor or a module that allows fine-tuning the sensor alignment shift for Stereo 3D, there are so many possibilities. 

Tutorial: Making an eye in 3D by Jorge Sanchez | Corematte
This is a different modelling tutorial than what you see on a regular basis, it is focused on my observations of the eye and in a topology that lets you make an eye that needs modest geometry yet still allows to be effectively rigged, giving you an eye to which you can give a lot of expression thus it can make your model less of a geometry construction and more art.

MPEG LA Announces License Terms for High Efficiency Video Coding HEVC/H.265 | Cinescopophilia
High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC, also known as H.265 and MPEG-H Part 2) is a standard designed to improve video coding efficiency for the benefit of Internet and mobile service providers and consumers with increased speed and capacity. HEVC is also expected to deliver next generation higher resolution HDTV video displays for 4K and 8K Ultra High Definition TV (“UHDTV”).

What Is YouTube's VP9 Ultra HD Streaming Technology? | Toms Guide
Google tries again to replace H.264 (and H.265) with VP9, having not really accomplished it with VP8:
VP9 is a new video codec that will compress video files to half the size that the current encoding technology, called MPEG-4 or H.264, can achieve. More important, it will be used to compress video files and streams at 4K resolution, which is four times higher than HDTV resolution.

Avoiding crashes and other problems with Red Giant software and After Effects | Adobe
A tip from Adobe:
The folks at Red Giant have recently been releasing updates that help with crashes and other problems.We strongly recommend that any users of Red Giant software go to this page and download and install the most recent versions of their software.

Interview with The Skeleton Twins and War Story D.P. Reed Morano, ASC | Filmmaker Magazine
I talked with both directors about each film for so long before it happened, that I had so much information to work with once we finally started shooting – it was embedded in me by that point. Aesthetically, I had the same taste as both directors about what we thought was best for each film. The director and the d.p. have to be on the same page or it doesn’t work.

Editing & Music: An Interview with Three Editors at the Sundance Film Festival | Filmmaker Magazine
Filmmaker interviewed the editors of just three of the many films premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival that revolve around and focus on music. All three editors were separately given the same questions about working on a film heavily embedded in music and they answered independent from one another.

Interview with Love is Strange Screenwriter Mauricio Zacharias | Filmmaker Magazine
...once you start casting and bringing a crew of artists to work on the film, the script becomes alive. Details of an actual location can be added, maybe new ideas or even an actor’s trait can be incorporated. But, in working with Ira on both these films, the structure doesn’t change.

TV goes 4K as next generation of ultra-sharp home screens hits Consumer Electronics Show | 
Will 2014 be the year that 4K finally takes off? Walking around the showfloor at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, you could be forgiven for thinking that it already has. The new video display format was everywhere, from the curved TV screens shown off by Samsung, LG and others to camcorders, smartphones and projectors.

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