Monday, January 06, 2014

The News

This week I enlisted the help of Wushu expert Alex Leng to test the performance of the new Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q when recording 2K RAW at 240fps from the Sony FS700.
[...] be warned 2K RAW at 240fps eats up a lot of storage space in a real hurry. . There was only 10 minutes of record time available using two raided 256GB Convergent Design drives (they need to be RAIDed to do this).

Amazon Studios to Shoot in 4K | Red Shark
"As a premium original content creator, we’re excited about 4K and the future of Ultra HD technology, particularly as we move into drama series next year,” said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. “All of the pilots and series we produce next year will be shot in 4K.

YouTube: 2014 is the year of the high-def stream | C|Net
VP9 is a big deal for the Internet, and YouTube's support of it is both an in-house quid pro quo and beneficial for the Internet at large. Matt Frost, a senior business product manager for Google Chrome's Web Media team, said at Google I/O 2013 that the royalty-free VP9 will save organizations such as schools, startups, and programmers who want to create video projects millions of dollars.

Google to push royalty-free VP9 4K video codec as H.265 alternative for YouTube | AppleInsider
While VP8, Google's initial attempt at a royalty-free video codec, failed to gain much traction, the search giant is now focusing its efforts on ultra-high-resolution 4K video with its new VP9 codec, with a large-scale unveiling with YouTube multiple hardware partners set to take place next week, according to a new report.

Copy grades from Resolve to SpeedGrade | iLoveHue
As I was changing software so often, I needed to find a way to move grades, tools and looks across platforms and I found out I’m not the only one doing this. This is why I’m writing these articles on looks exchange between apps. The first one is about building a grade in Resolve and moving it to SpeedGrade to use it in another project.

Watch: 1-Hour Roundtable With Spike Jonze, Steve McQueen, Paul Greengrass, Nicole Holofcener & More | IndieWire
There's some pretty interesting tidbits too, including Jonze elaborating on a project he tried to make prior to "Being John Malkovich." "The worst failures are when you fail yourself, you fail your [original] intention," he said. "I've come to realize success to me is, 'How close did I get to that original feeling that I started with?' The initial feeling that set me in motion that makes you have to do something."

Billboard: Digital music sales decrease for the first time ever, vinyl continues to grow | Engadget
It was inevitable: After years of highs and then a plateau, digital music sales saw their first decrease in 2013. Last year, digital song purchases dropped almost six percent according to a Billboard report, while digital album sales dropped 0.1 percent.

Exacerbating the strain is a contract system that rewards low fixed-price bids. That can force effects houses to absorb the cost of last-minute change requests and push workers hard. 

Why TV, film production is running away from Hollywood | Press Telegram
Primarily due to production tax incentives offered in 41 other states and numerous foreign territories, fewer and fewer shows are being shot in Southern California.

Sony's beyond definition online expo
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
10:00AM - 6:00 PM ET
Hear presentations by Sony and industry experts: DP/cameraman Doug Jensen, sound engineer Rick Camp, Sony's CTO Hugo Gaggioni, Sony's Training Manager Andy Munitz, and more. They'll be online to answer your questions and share additional insights.

Title: Sony HXR-NX3 Live Webchat | FaceBook
Date: Thursday January 16, 2014
Time: 13:00 GMT
Our brand new HXR-NX3 professional camcorder is ideal for the professional videographer and we're hosting a live webinar this month where you’ll be able to ask your questions directly to Sony experts, as well as those who have used the camera.

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