Thursday, July 29, 2010

News From Here & There

Shooting ENG style with HD SLRs
Personally, I'd much rather use a "real" video camera in most stand-up ENG systems, but that doesn't mean people aren't doing it. Createasphere has put up a video with Daniel Plym, Director of Video Publishing at, showing how he uses his Canon 5D for red carpet shoots. He uses the 5D with a Zoom audio recorder, Zacuto Z-Finder, Sennheiser Wireless microphone, Pluraleyes software and Final Cut.

Excellent stuff here, though from everything I've heard, the Tascam DR100 is better than the Zoom H4n due to issues with that device, including it's propensity to not close files when the batteries run down.
VimeoHow-to: Shooting ENG style with Dual System Audio on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Netflix sends money to studios
Looks like the movie streaming business is taking off.
For the first six months of 2010, Netflix has paid the studios $116 million for streaming content, compared with $31 million for the same period last year.
Greg Sandoval at CNET looks into Netflix's transition from a DVD mail-rental service to a web-streaming one.
CNET: Netflix delights studios with big checks

3D TV shipments rise
While the revenues from 3D films may be going down, sales of consumer 3D hardware is going up! Panasonic announced two days ago consumer 3D cameras/lenses, and sales of 3D TV's is on the rise:
3D TV shipments could reach 3.4 million this year, a sharp increase from the 214,000 units that shipped last year, said Paul Gray, director of European TV research at DisplaySearch.
Driving the sales are the increasing number of 3D devices, and falling prices: Amazon currently has a 40" Samsung TV for $1499.Samsung UN40C7000 40-Inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D LED HDTV (Black)
MacWorld: Blu-ray 3D, more TV models boosting 3D TV shipments

Students: Get Avid Media Composer for $295
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Ansel Adams or Uncle Earl?
Earlier this week there were reports of previously unknown Ansel Adams negatives that had been bought at a garage sale. If so, it would have been one of the biggest garage sale "wins" as they were valued at $200 million. But now a woman in Oakland has come forward to suggest that these pictures might have been taken by her Uncle Earl.
Is it curious that these items could be worth $200 million or $45, not because of the inherent worth of the visual image themselves, but purely upon their authorship... Photo Mystery: Ansel Adams Or Uncle Earl?

Vimeo Festival: win $25,000
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