Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The News

B & H PhotoVideo is offering a free webcast on the Panasonic GH4 next week:
Panasonic GH4 Live Webcast Discussion: Professional 4K in the Palm of Your Hand | B & H
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Live from the B&H Studio in New York, B&H hosts a panel discussion with special guests Eduardo Angel, David Flores, and Mathew Frazer who will explore and discuss the new 4K Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4.

Dan Chung of News Shooter offers thoughts on the Panasonic GH4 vs the Sony NEX-FS100 (the latter is,as he notes, an HD camcorder.)

The job at hand is to edit a 60 minute documentary, colour correct the footage, perform a sound mix, add music and insert some motion graphics. At first glance things look relatively straight forward. In essence we are looking at a Road Movie, the car (first generation VW Beetle) has to get from Quitto in Ecuador too Ushuaia in Argentina. Every thing more or less happens in a linear fashion, Kilometre for Kilometre and country for country. The disclaimer here is that because the project is going on 5 years old, many of the tried and tested work flows will break!

FCP X: Move Projects To Audition | Larry Jordan
I’m of two minds about audio editing inside Final Cut Pro X. I like its ability to place and edit audio. But it comes up short when I need to clean-up poor audio or do some complex mixing. For this reason, I use Final Cut to mix audio for simple projects, but Adobe Audition when I need to get serious about my audio. (I don’t use ProTools because I’ve had such poor luck using iLoks.)

Final Cut Pro X Slowdown | LACPUG
Here is a list of some causes I have found and that have been reported by others. In some cases, a problem in the Mac OS or Final Cut Pro X itself could be the issue. If that's the case, we'll have to wait for a fix from Apple.

To this day, one of the most common questions that I get asked by beginner videographers & DPs that are new to the DSLR world is - ‘What is ISO’? I get that question so much that I wanted to answer it in this article once and for all, helping to explain the basic fundamentals of ISO to those that are just starting out.

PD Movie Remote Air Two | ikan
The PD Movie Remote Air Two wireless follow focus system is a complete solution that brings reliable performance to the most involved shooting situations.Designed for cine style lenses, this dual channel system allows you to precisely control both focus and iris/ zoom with a single unit. The durable aluminum unibody hand unit is lightweight, and features an OLED display with channel and connection strength read outs. With 20 channels to choose from, the unit maintains peak performance without interference up to 300 feet away.
This wireless follow-focus is $2,499 and available for pre-order. There's a video on Facebook.

Why That Video Went Viral | New York Times
In a study led by Rosanna Guadagno, a social psychologist at the University of Texas at Dallas, 256 participants much preferred to forward a funny video than one of a man treating his own spider bite. But they were likely to share any video that evoked an intense emotional response, Dr. Guadagno found.

FAA seeks to unleash small 'low-risk' drones for films and farms by November | Engadget
The overlord of all things that fly even wants to dole out permits quickly and aims to greenlight commercial flights (of machines that pose no security risk and weigh less than 55 pounds) as soon as November. According to Bloomberg, the agency has already started taking requests from various companies, though the FAA's unmanned aerial vehicle crew are still discussing how they can expedite approval requests.

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