Thursday, April 03, 2014

The News

Calling all colourists – Grade Panasonic GH4 4K ProRes next to Arri Alexa 2K ProRes | EOSHD
The camera records a LOT of data in 4K mode. The internal codec is compressed to 100Mbit/s and packed into an 8bit 4:2:0 codec but 4x the resolution of 1080p means you can oversample 2K from it and gain 10bit precision and 4:4:4 colour sampling. This theory has been backed up by people in the know, specifically David Newman at CineForm / GoPro in this EOSHD interview.

New Canon XF205 And XF200 Professional Camcorders Deliver Ideal Performance For Run-And-Gun, Cinéma Vérité Filmmakers | CanonRumors
Positioned above the XF105 and XF100 Professional Camcorder models, the new Canon XF205 and XF200 Professional Camcorders are equipped with the upgraded zoom lens, CMOS sensor and image-processing platform featured in the XA25/XA20 High Definition Camcorders. 

Canon Announces $33K US 17-120MM ENG Style Servo Lens For Large Sensor Cameras | News Shooter
Canon have pre-released information about their new Cine-Servo Zoom Lens. Designed for ENG, documentary and narratives this new lens features an incredible range of 17-120mm, at a bright T2.95 (although it drops to T3.9 at 120mm). This is a direct competitor to the popular Fujinon Cabrio range. Canon seem to have traded the extended zoom range with the loss of the constant aperture at the long end.

Canon Cinema EOS: Which Camera? | DV Info
As I studied, it became apparent that each of the four cameras that carry the Cinema EOS label has its own unique capabilities. Rather than simply adding features as the price point climbs, it appears that Canon specifically engineered each model for a particular market segment. Since I wanted to be capable of shooting in a wide variety of situations, well, therein lay my quandary.

Surprise! Sony Alpha A6000 video mode makes huge improvement | EOSHD
I have the NEX-5, which is a very nice little camera - though I primarily use it as a stills camera. The A6000 is $648 for pre-order.
The Sony A600 is the best Sony consumer camera yet for video. A Nikon D5300 in a mirrorless body, with far more features, the image quality is closer to the FS700 in 1080p than to a NEX 7 or A5000. The pristine sharp EVF, a magnified focus assist which can be activated whilst recording (rare!), peaking, zebra, 16:9 screen and of course the mirrorless form factor. This is arguably the best current ‘cheap’ camera for video, de-throning the GH2 and GH3. At just $650 it is an absolute bargain.

Sensor Color Balance: What It Really Is | DV Info
In those old days it was common knowledge that the blue channel was always the noisiest, although for the longest time I never understood why. It took a little lesson in the native response of silicon to lightwaves before I caught on. This web page points out that silicon is sensitive to wavelengths of light from 300nm (UV) through 1100nm (IR) while the human eye only sees from about 400nm (deep blue) to 700nm (bright red), so it’s fair to say that silicon is most sensitive to IR, or light we can’t see anyway.

Fantastic addition for C300 users (£2,799) | HD Warrior
It's $2,999 here in the US:
Providing access to any in-camera function using the standard operating menus, the RC-V100 features dedicated interfaces that allow users control of common settings such as iris, zoom and white balance, whilst a number of more advanced adjustments, such as knee point/slope and master pedestal, can also be made directly. Support for custom settings is provided in the form of four buttons that mirror the operation of assignable camera buttons 1-4 on the body itself.

30 Tips for being an Outstanding Camera Assistant | Film Camera Course
1 Always be a good time keeper and turn up at least 15 minutes before you are expected to start work. General rule of thumb: “If you’re on time… you’re late!”

BAVUG is celebrating our 10 yr Anniversary! | Boston Avid Users Group
It's $10:
Join us Apr 16 at the East End Grille in Somerville for BAVUG's 10 yr anniversary celebration. We'll enjoy some great food, drinks and conversation in one of Somerville's trendiest new hangouts.Please note that there is limited space at this event.Registered attendees only please.

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