Monday, February 03, 2014

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A look at different ways to put together your video kit. Note that this is oriented towards news and documentary, rather than narrative filmmaking:

The $5000 question: What kit made our essential gear guide? | News Shooter
For the camera, Matt went for the Sony RX10 with integrated zoom lens, while Dan opted for the versatile Panasonic Lumix GH3 with a variety of Nikon interchangeable lenses. Commenter Peter Roise also chose the GH3 but preferred to use native Lumix lenses as the main optics, while another user called Heri suggested the Olympus EM-1

Here's what the Blackmagic Cinema Camera was made for | Red Shark News
I know it sounds obvious, but the Blackmagic Cinema Camera was designed for making films. The only reason we make such a self-evident point is that we've seen so many tests, that you could be forgiven for thinking that this camera was used solely for demonstrating itself!

SONY 4K, HD Cameras Cover Every Angle For the Super Bowl | Sports Video
FOX Sports will use six Sony 4K cameras (five F55s and one F65) to capture ultra-high resolution images for its “Super Zoom” technology, giving television viewers a crisp, clear look at close plays.
How Fox Is Using 4K at the Super Bowl | Mashable
"It allows us to do an electronic zoom and maintain resolution," Jerry Steinberg, Fox's senior vice president of operations, told Mashable. "We have five Sony F55s and one Sony F65, all connected to the Super Zoom workflow."

Instant Replay, Instant Bias | Slate
Indeed, another of Burns’ experiments, using footage of a man on a bicycle who hits a target with a foam sword, found that when we watch something in slow motion, we perceive an increase in the amount of time the person—whether a football player or a cyclist with a sword—had to prepare for the act.

Personally I don't like high-frame rate stuff. There, I've said it...
Re-framing the question: HFR is OK…Now can we finally do 30 fps? | FilmJournal
The rate of 24 frames per second is insufficient for a high-quality motion imaging system. Period. There, I said it. I may as well start with my cards on the table. It's a painfully clear fact that 24 fps is inadequate for representing the motion of any faster movement than two people sitting and talking to each other.

Aesthetically I like 2001, even if the movie itself leaves me cold. But this article is great; a breakdown of the typography in the movie, including the observation that the '0' or 2001 is made with the letter 'O' rather than the number '0' in the typeface:

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY | TypeSetInTheFuture
Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi masterpiece – seems an appropriate place to start a blog about typography in sci-fi. Amongst other delights, it offers a zero-gravity toilet, emergency resuscitations, exploding bolts, and product placement aplenty. It’s also the Ur Example of Eurostile Bold Extended’s regular appearance in spacecraft user interfaces.

TCM Bringing 'Casablanca' to 20 Cities for Free Screenings in March | IndieWire
Ten of the cities have already been selected: Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle, Miami, Denver and Washington, D.C.
In selecting the other 10 cities, TCM wants fans to cast their votes for where they'd like to see the movie screened.

Anatomy of a Scene: Video of ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ | New York Times
In this video, the director Jean-Marc Vallée narrates a scene from his period film about Ron Woodroof, a Texas rodeo rider who is diagnosed with H.I.V.

Is Television Still the End Goal? | The Video Link
The answer is no for Believe Entertainment Group co-founder Dan Goodman, who is happy working in the digital space, producing series like “The LeBrons” and “In the Booth” (featuring DJ Tiesto). “Trying to be flexible and minimal is the spirit of what we think digital business is all about,” he said via phone.

Looks like you should buy Hitachi drives...
Backblaze stats on 27,000 hard drives show which ones keep on ticking | TUAW
Best of the BB batch? Hitachi/HGST's Deskstar 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB models. Beach says, "If the price were right, we would be buying nothing but Hitachi drives. They have been rock solid, and have had a remarkably low failure rate."


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