Wednesday, January 12, 2011

News From Here & There

Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Review
Scott Simmons has posted a very detailed review of DaVinci Resolve, comparing it to Apple's Color. He's impressed by it's powerful features, though it may cost much more than it's $995 list price due to hardware requirements, and users of Color trying to switch might find it more difficult to learn and master.
When compared to Apple Color, Resolve's power comes at an expense: the expense of buying the proper hardware to get optimal realtime performance out of Resolve and the expense of a necessary control surface (sorry, there are no iPad apps out yet for control). And then there's the ultimate expense: the time to learn and use Resolve to its full potential. I think it's safe to say there are a lot of Color users out there who will not be able to afford the full monetary cost of installing Resolve for the Mac.

StudioDaily: Review: Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve for the Mac

Color Grading Tips
Aaron Williams has been continuing his series of tips for color grading. Color Tip 21 is about producing the "Blockbuster" look:

The “Blockbuster” or “Transformers” look = Cool shadows – usually blue or teal, and warm skintones, usually an orange color. Pushing the skintones warmer usually means the midtones, but it can be the highlights too if the footage is bright.

Before and after
He shows the adjustments in Apple Color, as well as before and after screen images. Personally, I like the adjustments to the face; though I don't like the loss of detail in the black shirt.
AaronWilliams: Colorist Tip 21 – Blockbuster Look

Easy Motion Graphics in Final Cut Pro
In the latest Episode of Red Giant TV, Apple Certified Master Trainer, Simon Walker shows you how to quickly create animated motion graphics backgrounds and text treatments in Final Cut Pro - with NO KEYFRAMES!
RedGiantSoftware: Episode 51: Look, No Keyframes! Easy Motion Graphics in Final Cut Pro

Kessler SmartLapse Tutorial
Tom Guilmette has been playing with the Kessler Crane and has put together a video tutorial on motion timelapses.
I have been testing out the new firmware over the last few weeks and I am very happy with the results. You can playback a ElektraDrive motor equipped Cineslider, Pocket Dolly, Shuttle Pod or Revolution move from 30 minutes to nearly 30 days.
TomGuilmetteKessler SmartLapse Tutorial

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