Wednesday, December 29, 2010

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 not, though it does tell you why the 5D isn't updated as frequently as the Rebel cameras!
43rumors: Japanaese 2010 system camera sales analysis

Nikon D7000 video review
Camcorderinfo have posted a review of the Nikon D7000, focusing on it's video capabilities, and they're pleased that Nikon has finally taken a serious stab at video, but:
Even with all these updates, however, Nikon is still a step or two behind Canon and Sony as the best manufacturers of video-capable DSLR cameras. The D7000 suffered from a sloppy interface, confusing controls, and a lackluster performance in our motion test. While we do love the option for 24p and 30p recording, we wish there was an option for 60p as well.
Camcorderinfo: Nikon D7000

Split Screens in Final Cut Pro
Chris Fenwick provides a video demo of how to do split screens in Final Cut Pro. He shows a simple and a more complex way of doing it.
OneOnOne: Tutorial - FCP Split Screen Low Down

Templates for Apple Motion
If you have Apple Motion, you might want to check out the templates that MotionVFX offers. They're having a 40% off sale, and even if you don't end up buying anything, you might get some graphic ideas for your own projects!
MotionVFX: Happy New Year 40 percent OFF SALEDecember 28, 2010

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