Sunday, November 27, 2011

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Sony F3 4:4:4 RGB uncompressed workflow | Christoph Tilley | _mxr blog
Christoph explains the capture workflow he's using with the Sony PMW-F3:
I am capturing the 4:4:4 output of the F3 into the Ultrastudio 3D connected via Thunderbolt to a 17″ MacBook Pro. The Blackmagic software running on the MacBook Pro is capturing in 10-bit uncompressed RGB and saving the files on a Promise Thunderbolt RAID5. Because the Thunderbolt RAID is so fast I can run an additional task while capturing. Adobe Media Encoder is watching the incoming folder on the RAID and is encoding the uncompressed files to ProRes4444. The finished ProRes files are saved on a 3,5″ SATA HDD docked in an eSATA dock. The dock is connected to the MacBook Pro via an ExpressCard eSATA adapter from Sonnet (that’s why it has to be a 17″ MBP for now until Thunderbolt to eSATA adapters are available).

First Short Subject Shot On RED Epic - Austin Orth - Frontside Coffee
| Tom Guilmette | Blog
Tom writes about how he approached this short piece, and the equipment used:
I had four Zeiss CP2 lenses with me. I used the 21mm t2.9, 35mm t2.1, 50mm t2.1, and 85mm t2.1. These lenses are very light and super sharp. The only problem with them is the fact they are slow and require more light. Plus I found the Epic not as light sensitive as a Canon 5dmk2 DSLR or other large sensor cameras.

Apple made a 64bit Final Cut Pro 8 and then decided to kill it | FCP.Co
Richard Harrington speaking at a meeting of the Television, Internet & Video Association of Washington DC claims Apple did a 64-bit version of Final Cut Pro 7 (i.e. 8)
"There was a Final Cut 8 and it was 64bit and it was done and they looked at it and said 'This is not what we want to do, this is evolutionary, this is not revolutionary' and they killed it."

GoPro HD Hero 2 review | Camera Labs
A video review of the new GoPro HD Hero 2:
Once again the headline upgrade is the ability to capture Full HD 1080p video with ultra-wide 170 degree coverage, whereas the earlier HD Hero could only achieve this at 720p (16:9) or 960p (4:3). If you're into slow motion, a new 120fps mode at 848x480 will slow the action by four times. The still photo resolution has been boosted from 5 to 11 Megapixels and you can now take a burst of ten shots in one second. The timelapse feature which takes photos automatically at preset periods is now available at half second intervals, and there's now both HDMI and external microphone ports. Perhaps most exciting of all is the upcoming Wifi accessory which will allow you to remote-control up to 50 HD Hero 2 cameras using a smartphone and even view their feeds on-screen.

Balancing the NEX-FS100 on Steadicam Merlin | DerranNL | Blog
Configuration and setup for using the Sony NEX-FS100 on the Steadicam Merlin, along with video:
I chose this camera and lens configuration especially for use on the Steadicam Merlin. Because the 16mm pancake lens is very light weight and has auto iris and focus capabilities, it makes it an ideal partner for the camera and Merlin. Also the ability to put on the ultra wide converter (I always like the ultra wide look on a Steadicam) makes it a great choice.

SONY FS100 100FPS 'BLOG' STYLE EDIT | Robin Schmidt | Vimeo
Shooting in Smooth Slow Rec mode (slow motion) with the Sony NEX-FS100:
The edit on this film is dire, the music I used is a cheap trick to make the film seem more important and it's way too long. Like I said, 'blog' style.

Sony E 24mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* ZA SEL24F18Z (Tested) | SLRGear
A review of the forthcoming Sony/Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens for NEX (E-mount) cameras.)
The Sony 24mm ƒ/1.8 Sonnar T* ZA is a quality lens, nicely finished in a matte black finish. The lens feels very sturdy and fairly heavy, weighing in at 8oz: it's worth noting that the NEX-7 weighs just over 12oz, so for the camera platform it provides, this is a very light combination. The lens has only one control on it, the manual focus ring. The lens uses a metal body mount, and plastic 49mm filter threads. There is no depth-of-field scale, distance scale or infrared index.

Panasonic AG-AC160 Gets AVCHD Progressive Firmware Update | Cinescopophilia
Firmware update expected next year:
Panasonic announced new firmware for its AVCCAM handheld camera recorder AG-AC160 will be available in 2012. The new firmware will allow AG-AC160 to record in Full HD Progressive formats complying with AVCHD progressive standard.

A useful plugin to see your Mac’s performance: MiStat | Daniel Freytag
| Freytag Film
Short post about an interesting app, MiStat, for monitoring Mac performance:
MiStat shows detailed information for your CPU, memory, disk usage, disk activity and network activity. You can view realtime history graphs for CPU, memory, network and disk activity.

Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone for Apple iOS Products | B & H
You can now pre-order th2 iM2 plug-in mic for the iPhone 4/iPad and iPod Touch for $79.99


Peachpit Press is offering an "eBook Deal of the Day," and this week the title is Richard Harrington's Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques. The book sells for $41.99 on Amazon, and $37.79 in the Kindle edition, but you can get it this week for $9.99 at Peachpit: Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques

NOTE: If you go to Amazon [this link:] Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques you can "Look Inside" to see the contents of the book.

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