Tuesday, January 04, 2011

News From Here & There

Is Resolution Everything?; The End of the RED Scarlet Dream
A couple of years ago, RED announced Scarlet, which was going to sell for around $3,000 and provide high quality video and stills; think of it as a serious competitor to Canon 5D, but with it's strength being video rather than stills.

Except that things went wrong; maybe the DSLR's were too good, or the tech to create what they had imagined was too hard, but now the Scarlet has become the Epic-S and will be priced at around $12,000.

RED thinks that the Epic-S "will have no price/performance competition" (because it will support 5k, REDCODE RAW, and HDRx.) Except that it will have competition; the Canon 5D, the Panasonic AG-AF100 and the Sony PMW-F3 to name but three.

Kurt Lancaster has written an interesting piece about the Scarlet/Epic-S, particularly focusing on whether their high-resolution (5k) support is what's needed, and he comes to the conclusion that he would be better off with a Canon 5D (As an addition to Kurt's notes; I was told that a lot of Avatar was shot in 1920x1080.) Why I dropped the Red Scarlet Dream and Got a Canon 5D Mark II

Rolling Shutter Comparison: 5D vs Panasonic GH2
Mike Kobal has posted a video comparing the Rolling Shutter of the Canon 5D vs. Panasonic GH2. The GH2 definitely does a better job than the Canon 5D (though personally I don't find the Canon's objectionable at typical pan speeds.)
MikeKobal: Rolling shutter comparison, Canon 5D mark II vs Panasonic Lumix GH2 @ identical panning speed

Installing QuickTime 7 on Snow Leopard
A FinalCutPro User's Blog explains an easy way to install QuickTime 7 on Snow Leopard (no discs required!): QuickTime7 & Snow Leopard

iTunes Supports Script Searching and Scene Sharing the iTunes version of the film "The Other Guys" users access a search button that allows them to input a word and find when it was said in the script, as well as pull up a link to the exact moment in the movie that the line was said. 
AppleInsider: New Apple iTunes movie features allow script searching, scene sharing

Editing Glee
An interesting article about how the TV show Glee is edited:
Often needing to complete an episode a week, the post production schedule on "Glee" is unrelenting. Brad's team gets five days to complete an editor's cut, then four more working with the director to incorporate his or her input, two days for the producer's cut and three or four more days for the executive producers to lock the show. 
TVTechnology: Editing An Attitude

YouTube IS a TV Station!
The Italian government's Communications Authority has determined that YouTube is a television station, and as such is subject to more regulation and responsible for content.
Engadget: Italy rules YouTube and other video sites are like TV stations, are liable for content

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