Showing posts from 2010

Happy New Year!!!

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous N E W - Y E A R!

News from Here & There

Sony PMW-F3 vs Panasonic AG-AF100 Philip Bloom has received his production Panasonic AG-AF100, and has also had on loan for a week a pre-production PMW-F3. He clearly likes the PMW-F3 "This feels like a really meaty professional camera and if feels reassuringly expensive," but as he tweeted, there are other considerations: image is definitely cleaner with F3, but AF has the 1080p 60fps overcrank and is SO much cheaper. - Philip Bloom, Twitter Also, check out his comparison of field-of-view for both cameras with the same lens. PhilipBloom : Field of view comparison between the Panasonic AF-101 and Sony F3 PhilipBloom : Got a production Panasonic AF-101, hurrah and shooting with Sony F3k for first time today Camera Sales in Japan The 43rumors site has a chart showing the sales for DSLR cameras in Japan. The Canon EOS Kiss X4 (that's the T2i here in the states) has 13.6% of unit sales, while the 5D Mark II has just 1.6%. Does this mean anything? Probably

Movie Year In Review

The figures are in for the year, and Toy Story 3 was not only top at the box office, it is also the highest-grossing animated film of all time (on an adjusted basis). It's also one of the best-reviewed movies of the year. It receives an almost perfect 99 out of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes. Disney ( DIS - news - people ) is also pushing the film for a Best Picture Oscar instead of just hoping for a Best Animated Feature win. The studio recently unveiled a clever line of "for your consideration" ads comparing Toy Story 3 to past Best Picture winners. Forbes : The Top-Earning Movies Of 2010 But it's not all good news; while the total box office remains high for the year, total attendance has fallen (the difference made up by increased revenue from 3D movies.) A full 8% of this year's box-office revenue, or about $850 million, came from the additional $3 to $4 a ticket that moviegoers paid to see films such as "Toy Story 3" and "Clash of the Titans

CES is coming

The Consumer Electronics Show runs January 6 through 9th, and there should be something interesting announced by someone at the show. Last year Sony announced the HXR-NX5u and the HDR-AX2000 along with several consumer video cameras. It's also the time that Canon announced their updated consumer video cameras, as well as the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens. Neither company usually announces much pro-video gear at the show; though the HXR-NX5u is in Sony's professional range, and the EF 70-200mm is a pro-lens....which means you never can tell! The Canon Rumors site has a 5D Mark III rumor and they also separately report that Canon will announce some kind of camera - other than the point-and-shoots and consumer video cameras - at CES, though he's not sure what. He doesn't think it's the 5D Mark III, and I suspect he's right; unless Canon is feeling pressure from the Panasonic AG-AF100 , it would be unusual - and early - for them to announce the 5D Mark II

A Grittier "True Grit"

I saw the Coen Brothers version of True Grit yesterday, and enjoyed it a lot. As I suspected, it was very similar to the John Wayne movie; the same characters, the same plot, and many of the same dialog lines. There were some differences in the story, but the plot was essentially the same. This movie seemed visually a lot richer and more detailed than the original - the locations looked more authentic and less like movie sets. Jeff Bridges was much harder to understand at points than John Wayne was, while Matt Damon's performance as LaBoeuf gave Bridges less chance to steal the entire movie. If you liked the original movie, or like westerns in general, you'll enjoy this movie. I do have one complaint though; I found the color grading of the movie somewhat annoying; a lot of it was very washed out. The Coen's seem to like to manipulate their movies - O Brother, Where Art Thou? was the first movie digitally graded and had a very yellow look, while their movie A Seri

News from Here & There

It's the holidays! Time for some Do-It-Yourself projects! How to make a rockwool acoustic panel A short how-to-video on Vimeo on making acoustic panels with rockwool and costing about 1/4 the cost of professional panels. I just wish the music in the background wasn't so in the foreground. Vimeo : How to make a rockwool acoustic panel How to build a dolly "Well, I know I'm not the first to do this, but I won't be the last. What follows is my Dad and I building a skateboard dolly. It came out great. For around $100 here is what we came up with... " mike.miller.producer: Skateboard Dolly Build A Panasonic AG-AF101/AG-AF100 test shot We had the opportunity to make a test shoot with Panasonics new AG-AF101 in order to see what this baby can do. We shot on a cold and snowy hamburg day in an old, dark factory with a small crew. We had about six hours of shooting and a hell of a time! 101 Images - AG-AF101 from Saubere Filme on Vimeo . An

Chocolate Film

Sebastian Wiegärtner shot this corporate film for on the Canon 7D using Canon 24-70 mm 2.8 and Canon 100 mm 2.8 L IS macro lenses and the Kessler Pocket Dolly Traveller 2.0 and Manfrotto 504 HD w/ 546 GBK legs. Shot in 720p / 50fps and graded in Apple Color , with additional exposure adjustments in Magic Bullet Looks . Looks like the holidays to me!! Image Film Chocolate Manufacture from Sebastian Wiegärtner on Vimeo .

News from Here & There

Marshall V-LCD50-HDMI 5" Monitor Review Michael Reichmann of The Luminous Landscape reviews the new Marshall V-LCD50-HDMI 5 " Monitor: If you're a camcorder or DSLR user shooting video you likely already know of and understand the advantages of a small HDMI monitor. The LCD50 will be found attractive because of its small size and low weight, its modest price – just over $500 at B&H – and range of attractive features. The Luminous Landscape : Marshall V-LCD50 HDMI Monitor Redrock Micro NANO Running Man Rig Review Eric Koretz at The Image Hunter reviews the new light-weight Running Man rigs from Redrock: The video definitely wouldn’t have been as stable if I didn’t have that Nano. The Running Man handheld rig is quick to build, stable when using and easy to pack away. It fills a need that is surprisingly hard to create in hand held rigs. The Image Hunter : Redrock Micro NANO Running Man Rig B & H : Redrock Mico Nano - RunnningMan [$439.95] In

Panasonic GH2 Shipping In America?

Amazon says the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2  [ $998.19 ] is temporarily out of stock, but Engadget reckons that some are turning up in the hands of lucky buyers... Engadget : Panasonic's Lumix GH2 now shipping in America

News from Here & There

How to Speed up rendering in Final Cut Pro In Red Giant QuickTip 26 :, Apple Certified Master Trainer, Simon Walker, shows you how to speed up rendering on the Final Cut Pro timeline. RedGiantSoftware:  Red Giant QuickTip 26: Faster Rendering in Final Cut Pro Comparing the Sony PMW-F3 to the Canon 5D Mark II Fxguide has some video that compares these two cameras, and demonstrates that the F3 has less rolling shutter, and doesn't have the artifacts you can get from the 5D because of it's line-skipping algorithm (the 5D has to go from the high-resolution sensor image down to a 1920 x 1080 image very quickly, so it uses a fairly crude algorithm to do it. This can cause moire patterns in fine details.) Some commentors think that the cameras shouldn't be compared because they aren't in the same price range, but that's wrong; independent and some big-studio filmmakers are using the 5D Mark II (just see Canon's recent television add) and the F3 is going after

Color Grading Tips

I previously mentioned that Aaron Williams has been tweeting color grading tips. Clearly the effort aroused some attention, as he is now blogging the tips with more detail (and graphics) The latest tip concerns using RGB Parade to make simple color adjustments.

Amazon Deal-of-the-Day on Roku XDS Streaming Player

Amazon's Deal-of-the-Da y today is $20 off the Roku XDS Streaming Player . $79.99 Roku allows you to instantly stream tons of entertainment on your TV. Watch over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, Hulu Plus and more. Listen to music on Pandora, or listen to your own iTunes playlists. Watch major sports, news, or original Internet programming. Amazon: Deal of the Day

A cool little "making of" video

Stillmotion Photo + Cinema was hired by Canon Canada to make an advertisement about a new service they are offering where they will turn a photo into an oil painting (using real oils and real artists!) Interesting . But what I found particularly interesting is the making-of-video. I actually like it better than the commercial! ...we wanted to bring the viewer into the scene where they are hammering on the deck but to do that we had to get very low to the ground where the action was. one of the things i like most about the cinevate atlas30 is the ability to shoot underslung. we actually removed the legs and just rested the end blocks on apple boxes so that we can quickly go between standard and underslung mode throughout both shoot days. There's a blog post explaining how the project was planned and shot, working with a slider, etc. There's some nice shots in there... canon artworks behind the scenes from stillmotion on Vimeo . Stillmotion blog : Artworks By Canon

Apple to shut down download site.... comes the Mac Apple Store . It's been reported that the Final Cut Pro download site will close on January 6th...that's the same day that the Mac Apple Store opens, so I don't think you can take that as an indication that Apple is abandoning Final Cut !

FXFactory Update 2.5.3, plus PHYX Stylist

Noise Industries has released a free update to FxFactory, 2.5.3 . This update adds two new effects; an Analog TV filter which adds scan lines, distortion and the curve of an analog tube TV to footage, while the Channel Switch transition  emulates a channel switch on an analog TV. PHYX Stylist is a new set of filter effects that includes Skin Light (for adjusting skin tones) as well as Fog Generator , Cathode Ray (emulates night vision, old or damaged televisions and electronic rifle scopes), Haze Removal and Sparkle Star (photographic star filter) All work with After Effects , Final Cut , Final Cut Expres s and Motion . Video demos : Analog TV , Channel Switch & P HYX Stylist . Noise Industries

News from Here & There

Creative COW DSLR Video Podcast Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman have started a podcast on DSLR Video. You can download it from iTunes . CreativeCow : Creative COW DSLR Video Podcast DSLRs for Digital Cinema DP, effects cinematographer and VFX supervisor Dave Stump talks about how he thinks HDSLRs fit into the film cinemtographers toolkit. He's neither totally for or against them, seeing both the advantages and disadvantages: It obeys a really old axiom, that when the only tool you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. If you know only one kind of camera, then every job you do looks like a job for that camera. But ultimately, what we learned from CAS is that every camera has its strengths and weaknesses. If you let the job tell you which camera to use, rather than just your knowledge of only one camera, then you are ultimately doing the greatest service to your producer. Creative COW : DSLRs for Digital Cinema: Their Potential, Your Responsibility Dian

Philip Bloom Short Film Competition - What This Year Has Meant To You

Philip Bloom has run a few short movie challenges over the last few months, and now he has an end-of-year competition that even has some prizes. You have until December 31st to produce a video no longer than 5 minutes that reflects what this year has meant to you. More Details: The biggest and best “weekend/ holiday challenge” so far…PRIZES TOO!

DualEyes Beta Available For Mac

Singular Software has launched the DualEyes for OS X public beta program. Winner of TV Technology's 2010 Mario Award for its breakthrough technology, DualEyes is a standalone application for the automatic synchronization of video and audio clips in dual-system audio production. Designed to work alongside any video editing application, DualEyes is streamlined to accomplish the task of replacing in-camera scratch audio with separately recorded high-quality audio. The DualEyes for OS X public beta program is available for Mac OS X 10.5 and later, and can be downloaded here: . My review of the PC version can be found here: DualEyes for Windows

VideoQ&A: Changing the Sequence settings in Final Cut

Here's a follow on from the question earlier in the week dealing with Flip footage that was in a Final Cut Express sequence set to DV-NTSC 32 kHz Anamorphic (I suggested he change the sequence to Apple Intermediate Codec 720p 30)... I didn't know I could change existing sequence settings - huge revelation! Thank you. So I changed the settings to Apple Intermediate Codec 720p 30. Then my sequence, which had the video filling the frame, changed to look like this: So you can imagine I'm like, "Whu?" Maybe a different setting? Or...? A test export looks great, and is 1280 x 720! But I can't afford to start from scratch at this point. Recommendations? -CW I'm not sure if there's a quick way to change it (i.e. change everything with a click of a button.) I feel like someone once told me about doing that, but I can't remember how; though it might have been in Final Cut Pro ! The slightly easy way to do it is this in the sequence; double

Daily Color Tips

Aaron Williams , DI colorist, filmmaker, drummer and self-described "all around nerd" [ as if drummer wasn't bad enough ] says that "in order to be useful for once on Twitter" he plans to post daily tips on colorizing of the things he's learned over the years. Some examples: 1: Order of Operations 1. Match shots within scenes 2. Create your look 3. Use windows to fix specific problems & distractions. Stick with that order and you'll never leave a time limited session with an unfinished product/unhappy client 2: *always* watch the footage all the way through before coloring. then your looks will fit & change w/the mood of the film. You'll also be able to grade faster since you know what's coming up & will already know the problem shots/scenes Follow Aaron at: @videoaaron Home Page:

PHYX Color

I've been playing with color correction in Final Cut Pr o using the Three-Way Color Corrector for some time now, and though I'm getting better at tweaking things the way I want them to be, I still have a long way to go to get really good at it. And never mind Apple Color ... Which makes the idea of a preset bunch of color correcting filters somewhat appealing. Phyxware has released the color filter set  PHYXware Color , which runs within Noise Industries FxFactory ( FxFactory is both a collection of video filters, as well as a filter engine that other developers can develop and sell their own filters for.) PHYXware Color consists of five filters: BleachBypass , Glow Dark , Selective Saturation , Shift Suppress and Techni2strip . The first two provide a wide range of general image manipulation, while Selective Saturation and Shift Suppression adjust a specific color range within the image. The Techni2strip film simulates the Technicolor 2-strip process first introdu

60D Firmware 1.0.8

Fixes a phenomenon in which captured images may become overexposed when using the camera’s built-in flash or an external Speedlite in combination with the lenses listed below: EF300/4 L IS USM EF28-135/3.5-5.6 IS USM EF75-300/4-5.6 IS USM EF100-400/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Canon : Download page

2010: Year in Rewind

2010 was an exciting and interesting year. The year where HDSLR's went from strange oddities to acceptance in television and film work. We saw many firsts, including the first TV episode shot on an HDSLR, the first consumer 3D video cameras, and the first iPads . Not all the action was in the budget and consumer end of things, with the arrival of products like the ARRI Alexa , Zeiss CP.2 lenses , and AutoDesk Smoke . But it wasn't all clear sailing for manufactures, with RED having problems trying to keep ahead of increasing competition, while several manufactures - Redrock and Tiffen to name two - announced products and then seemed unable to ship them. The consumer electronics industry wanted this to be the year of 3D, but it truly was the year of HDSLR video. And now with Panasonic and Sony poised to release new large sensor video cameras, we may be in for even more changes. An amazing year. Here are some of the highlights: January  Sony adds support for SD cards

VideoQ&A: Burning Flip video to DVD

A recent question arrived about how to burn video captured on a Flip to a DVD. You'd think it would be pretty straight forward, but... Earlier this year I got a Flip. I tend to use it for family videos. I'll take bits of footage and edit it together in Final Cut Express , and then export little 400 x 225 movies via the QuickTime Conversion / MPEG-4 export option (H.264). Then I email those mp4 files to grandparents, etc. The files are nice and small, look good, and everyone (Mac and PC users) can see them - works out great! So my problem: It's the time of year where I make DVDs to give to family members. In the past, it's been 640 x 480 video and I've used iMovie and there have been no problems. This year I'll be exporting 1280 x 720 sequences, via Final Cut Express . I'm wondering if you can recommend a formula for exporting from Final Cut Express so the video will look good on DVD? I've been trying Quicktime Conversion / MPEG-4 / H.264 and, even

Final Cut Pro vs. Adobe Premiere Pro: Round 3

In the early rounds it looked like Adobe Premiere CS5 had scored a knock-out blow with it's ability to easily edit H.264 files without need for transcoding. Though you can edit H.264 files from DSLRs in Final Cut without transcoding to ProRes first, it can get tedious as  the program constantly wants to Render the content before playing. I admit to being biased; as a long time Premiere user who switched to Final Cut when Adobe stopped Mac support a few years back, I've been loath to jump back, but I kept hearing these good things about Premiere CS5 . Another important detail; I'd heard some time ago people saying that you shouldn't edit natively in Final Cut because of issues with decompression/recompression, and I had wondered whether Premiere had any of the same problems. But when I didn't hear anyone mention it, I assumed not... So at the risk of being too easily lead by my own prejudices, I am intrigued by this article from Paul Joy where he tries expor

Panasonic GH2 Preorders @ Amazon

You can pre-order it with the 14-42mm lens for $998.19, but no firm delivery date: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 16.05 MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3-inch Free-Angle Touch Screen LCD and 14-42mm Hybrid Lens (Black)

RED GIANT one day "Secret Sale"

Red Giant Software is having a one day 40% off Secret Sale today, and you can get the discount prices at  AV3 Software  ( this site is an AV3 affiliate .) Sale is today only . AV3 Software : Red Giant Software 40% off

Ben Brownlee Webinar on FxFactory Plug-In Technology with Final Cut & After Effects

Noise Industries and present a 90-minute FREE webinar on FxFactory plug-ins tomorrow, Tuesday, December 14th at 10:00 AM PST Hosted by VFX artist and guru Ben Brownlee , attendees will be guided through the more than 160 visual effects plug-ins of FxFactory Pro , from motion tracking, to creating 3D splines, stunning lighting effects, unique 3D filters and transitions, and more. Tune-in live on Tuesday, December 14th at 10:00 AM PST to to catch the free FxFactory plug-ins webinar. The webinar will be placed on-demand shortly thereafter, free to all viewers. NOTE: two attendees will win a full copy of the Noise Industries FxFactory Pro application.

Tiffen Smoothee

The Tiffen Smoothee , the Steadicam for iPhone 's and Flip cameras, is still not available, though a recent email from Tiffen says that "The first Steadicam Smoothee unit will be available for the Apple 3Gs iPHONE camera very shortly. Really!" The Smoothee will cost $199.95, which includes the Smoothee , Camera Mount Device, Carry Bag and Quick Start Guide. In January they will have the Smoothee for the iPhone4 , new iTouch and Flip Mino . The mount is interchangeable, and according to Tiffen will be available separately for $24.95 (so you could use your iPhone and your Flip with the same Smoothee .) You can sign up to be notified when it's available at this page: Tiffen : Reservation For Steadicam Smoothee

Sony PMX-F3 Videos

Hands on with the PMW-F3 Models Shot with the new Sony F3, Sony 35,50,85 mm lenses, Cooke S4 21,50,100 lenses Models - Sony F3 from Nigel Akam on Vimeo . Bonhomme From Sony, shot with the PMW-F3

Panasonic AG-AF100 Brochure

Panasonic has released a 16-page PDF brochure on the upcoming AG-AF100 : Panasonic :  Panasonic AG-AF100 PDF

Boston DSLR Meetup Report

Last night was the latest Boston DSLR Meetup at E.P. Levine in Waltham. A capacity crowd turned up and filled the studio to hear Rich Harrington, a video editor, producer and co-author of multiple books, including From Still to Motion [ Amazon $31.49 ]. I've seen Rich speak before, and he certainly believes in packing in the information. I suspect he drinks three or four cups of coffee before he begins, and once he starts, he doesn't stop - and only takes questions in 30 second breaks along the way. Pizza and socializing before the meeting starts He's a man of strong opinions too, quite happy to tell people when they are wrong. Noting the variety of people in the audience - from still photographers to videographers, producers and editors - and the need to cover many different topics, he suggested that if you found yourself bored during the talk, just wait two minutes. Rich Harrington getting ready while Dan Bérubé stands in for the screen There was a lot

News from Here & There

Iris adapter for Canon lenses on 4/3rds mount Thinking of getting a Panasonic GH2 or a Panasonic AG-AF100 , but already have Canon EF lenses? A mount from Kipon in Hong Kong provides a manual 14-blade iris (there's also a US manufacturer developing an adapter for Canon to the 4/3 mount, but there's no information available about it yet.) EOSHD : Canon-Micro 4/3rds lens adapter with mechanical aperture control Large Sensor Cameras High Definition magazine features an article about the new large sensor cameras from Panasonic and Sony (you can read it in a flashy online viewer.) HighDefinition : Digital Issue 45 Createasphere Webcasts Createasphere has a series of webcasts coming up featuring creative teams from the TV series GLEE , Dexter and Boardwalk Empire discussing the challenges they face. Createasphere: The Best of TV Webcasts Canon 7D used to shoot Community stop-motion episode NBC used a 7D for an upcoming Christmas episode of “ Community ”. Broadc

Arri Alexa presentation @ Rule Camera, Dec 15

Learning Lab Series December 15, 2010 Arri’s Alexa: Compact and Affordable Digital (35mm Film-Style) Camera December 15, 2010 Join Arri’s Technical Sales Rep, Guenter Noesner, for an inside look at the new Alexa – an affordable alternative to film with superior image quality, portability, direct-to-edit workflows and much more. RSVP to: 10am to 12noon December 15, 2010 Rule : Events Page

News from Here & There

Sony PMW-F3 Target Release Date Sony hopes to release the PMW-F3 on Feb 1st. "Pre-orders will have priority" Zeiss CP2 Review Matthew Duclos got his hands on a set of Zeiss CP.2 lenses, and he thinks they are worth the wait. These lenses have very similar optics to the ZF (ZE Canon) series, but the focus throw is extended to about 300 degrees, there's an interchangeable mount, and they have uniform housing dimensions. But if you're on a budget, and the $3,900 (or more) price is too much, consider getting a ZF lens instead... MatthewDuclos : Zeiss CP.2 Arrives, Worth The Wait? B & H : Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 28mm/T2.1 Cine Lens (EF Mount) [$3,900] B & H : Zeiss 28mm f/2.0 Distagon T* Lens with ZE Mount for Canon EF Mount SLRs [$1,283] Webcast: Shane Hurlbut, ASC and Jacob Rosenberg discuss how their movie Act of Valor was shot using Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR cameras Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 12:00 PM EST Due to its small, unintimidating

Art of the Pitch, February 12

The Filmmakers Collaborative is offering a workshop on film pitching this February 12th from 9:30 am - 12:20 noon at the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston MA. Speakers : Sonia Feigenbaum – Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities Beth Hoppe – Executive Producer, “ Frontier House ” (PBS); “ Curiosity ” (Discovery Channel) Joseph Tovares – Senior Vice President, Corporation for Public Broadcasting Julian Hobbs – Executive Producer, History Channel Pitching your film project effectively is one of the most important elements in helping with outreach, collaboration and fundraising. Join us for this exciting pitch panel with selected experts, who will help deconstruct your pitch and teach you how to be successful in pitching your film projects. If you would like to pitch your film or work in progress, please submit a short description of the project and a link to a video sample to jen[at] by Friday January 14th. $40 regular registration $3

Boston DSLR Meetup: Dec. 9th with Rich Harrington

When : Thursday, December 9, 2010 6:30 PM Where : EP Levine, 219 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA 02451 Network & socialize with fellow DSLR filmmakers for our Holiday gathering of the Boston DSLR Meetup and Boston Final Cut Pro User Group ! Plan to have a great time to screen your shorts and meet some great DSLR shooters, filmmakers and digital storytellers and talk about movie making! COLLABORATE & START A PROJECT And, for December, we will begin our mission goal to get members involved to collaborate together in crews to start a project - Stay Tuned for updated details! DSLR Workflows – From Pre-Production to Post Richard Harrington , Rhed Pixel Join Richard Harrington, a Director and Editor as he shares practical workflows for DSLR projects. Learn essential planning techniques including planning for storage, synchronization, and gear selection. Rich will also demystify post production with a particular emphasis on native editing. Learn how to transcode less and edi

Mark Schubin @ The Boston Quality Workshop

A few weeks ago I attended the Public Television Quality Group's Boston Workshop. This two day event covered everything from shooting and editing to delivering the program to PBS. But you didn't have to be a PBS producer to get something out of this experience. Emmy award winning SMPTE Fellow Mark Schubin started off the event with a presentation entitled: Things You Can and Can't Fix in Post . Beginning with the statement: You can fix anything in post only if you have enough time and money, Mark covered a wide range of topics from lenses to lighting. He demoed using a polarizing filter to cut reflections, he pointed out that it’s not always a good idea to do filtering during production since most optical filtering can be closely emulated by digital filtering - and he stressed the fact that it's the camera operator that's the most important function in the equation. Here's some of the themes of the talk: Acquisition starts the chain and affects eve

Sony PMW-F3 live webchat with Jason Wingrove tonight

This evening Jason Wingrove will be the guest in the planet5d HDSLR chat. Jason is one of the first to have used the new Sony PMW-F3. The chat will be starting at 8pm EST. Planet5d : Learning about the new Sony PMW-F3 – planet5D HDSLR chat Monday December 6th

New York Launch Event for Sony PMW-F3, December 16th

The PMW-F3 launch event will include a screening of some of the first footage acquired with the camera, and a panel discussion with the production teams involved. You'll also have a chance to demo the camera. Date : Thursday, December 16, 2010 | 6 PM Location : AMC Empire 25 with IMAX Theatre | Auditorium #14 | 234 W 42nd Street | New York, NY 10036 Seats are limited. Register : Sony Electronics Community

News from Here & There

Zoom Q3HD Video Recorder Looking to improve the quality of your video's audio (though maybe not the video itself?) Zoom has combined what looks like the mics from the H1 with a video camera to create the Q3HD (think of it as the love child of a Flip and an H1 perhaps?) Price is $299, and it's just started shipping. It's an intriguing option perhaps for musicians who want a simple way to make a self video with better audio. I'm just not convinced that to improve the audio you always want the mics on the camera... Zoom Q3HD:   Product Page B & H: Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder [ $299.00 ] iPhone as Audio Recorder Speaking of the Zoom H1   Photo Cine News has a short article about using the iPhone as an audio recorder in place of buying a separate device like the H1. I'm partial to the idea, though the other day I was doing just that - using the iPhone as an audio recorder for an interview - when I got a phone call. Messed up the recording. Photo C

10th Annual San Francisco SuperMeet: Jan 28, 2011

Where : Robertson Auditorium, Mission Bay Conference Center (William J. Rutter Center)- UCSF When : Friday, January 28, 2011 (Doors open 3:30PM for SuperMeet Digital How Much? EARLYBIRD $10.00 per person plus ticket fee $6.00 for Students with valid ID $20.00 at the door **Tickets on SALE now** Agenda to be announced soon ... SuperMeet

Final Cut Export Problems

It's annoying when programs do things they aren't supposed to - like crash while saving, or a feature won't work when your project gets too complicated. But I've had pretty good luck with Final Cut ...until last week when I was editing the ATC "making of" music video. Everything was going fine - I'd even done some test exports - until I made some changes and did another export and suddenly something very odd was happening; a still frame from a completely different clip was being rendered in place of a couple of clips at one point in the timeline. It didn't happen while playing back in Final Cut ; only when I exported the clip using the Using QuickTime Conversion option.. In the past I've found that odd things like this can sometimes be "fixed" by adding a "non-filter" to a clip i.e. forcing the editor to do some processing to the clip before it exports it. I tried moving the clips to another track, as well as putting anothe