Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Drowned Drones: When a Multicopter Hits the Water | MAKE
Even if you manage to retrieve your aircraft, you will likely lose all of your electronics, your camera, and your gimbal. Getting footage back is about all you can hope for, and even that isn’t a given. A fully-loaded DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter with gimbal, GoPro and first-person view transmitter (FPV) is currently worth about $1,400. Losing a rig like that is very painful, but losing a larger multicopter with a gimbal-mounted SLR can cost upwards of $10,000.

Netflix ends 2013 with 44 million subscribers, will keep experimenting with pricing | Engadget
Netflix had a big year in 2013 with award-winning original content, new features and millions of new customers. Now, the company's fourth quarter report reveals it wrapped up last year with over 44 million customers worldwide. Interestingly, an entire section of the letter to investors is related to the recent appeals court ruling that struck down key parts of net neutrality.

Awards Season, Through the Eyes of Bruno Delbonnel | ASC
The ASC will be well represented at the Oscars this year, with four of the five nominees in the cinematography category sporting the hallowed initials — Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC; Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC; Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC and Phedon Papamichael, ASC. (The fifth nominee is Philippe Le Sourd.)

The End of 35mm film distribution. Cinema will never be the same: It will actually be better. | Red Shark News
The downside here has really already occurred: film labs always survived not on the relatively small volumes of material created by shooting films, but on the much larger volumes of print distribution. In the US, at least, this business has been in terminal decline for some time, and while there's no comfort in the further whittling away of that revenue stream, the lion's share of the damage to the availability of photochemical services is already done.

Tangent Element Control Surface: Getting Started | Mixing Light
The Tangent Element is one of the newest and most versatile control surfaces on the market today. It’s a modular set of four panels that can be bought individually, allowing you to add to the set as your budget and needs dictate. The full set currently costs about $3500US.

WGA West Going After Deadbeat Producers For Scribes’ Pay | Deadline
Today the guild started a new initiative “to address the chronic problem of late payment to screenwriters.” In an email from WGAW President Chris Keyser and Executive Director David Young sent out to members today and posted online, the guild says its “goal is to change the culture of late pay that persists in Hollywood.”

Using a Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 EF Mount lens I shot everything wide open at ASA1600 (film mode Prores), and then graded the footage inside of FilmConvert 2.0 and added some Denoising to compensate for some of the noise in the blacks.
I'm still relatively new to the whole ProRes workflow, and I'm definitely new to using FilmConvert & Denoiser so this may not be the best BMPCC video you have seen online, but as far as a quick walk shooting some run 'n' gun footage at 0*c it'll do fine in my opinion.

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