Monday, December 12, 2011

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BTS Of Reverse Parthenogenesis | Wide Open Camera | YouTube
A short video where Jared Abrams shows the lighting setup they are using for a scene.

Phantom Flex Test Shot - 2000 FPS - ISO 1250 | Tom Guilmette | Vimeo
Tom has posted a very short video shot with the Phantom. at 2,000 fps. The explanation is well worth reading:
The set we were on was huge. That meant a large area had to be lit. I asked the DP to use large wattage lamps to avoid 60 Hz flicker in the high speed footage. I also wanted plenty of room to work. Even in front of the key source.

We had a 3 ton grip truck. The main key source were two nine lights camera right through silk. The fill was camera left and consisted of a 5k and 2k through silk.

An EF 70-200 f/4L IS II in Mid January? [CR1]
EF 35 f/1.4L II & EF 24-70 f/2.8L II | CanonRumors
There are reports that Canon will be updating several lenses in the springtime. You just have to wait until CES to find out (CES runs January 10 - 13) I'm most interesting in the 70-200 f/4L IS II:
  • It will include a newer version of the Canon fluorine coating reducing light scatter within the lens.
  • The new coating will drastically increase the scratch resistance on the front element.
  • The lens will be fully metal, besides the zoom and focus rings.
Of course, these lenses will more than likely be more expensive than the current versions, and for video, some of the advancements may not really be needed, maybe it would be better to get the current version: EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens [$1,131.00 with rebate through Jan 7]

Mobislyder Test Clips | Glidetrack | Vimeo
A video shot with the Mobislyder; the inexpensive slider for the iPhone or other small camera. This was evidently shot with a Canon SX200is. Pretty impressive...

DIY HDSLR automated timelapse and slider rig from Greg Royar | Planet5D
Another automated slider based on a DryLin Igus slider (NOTE: the model he used is currently unavailable.)
I decided I wanted to make an automated slider/timelapse rig, but didn’t want to pay the hefty cost that some of the manufacturers charge. I did some reasearch and found all the parts I would need to create my own. Here is a list of parts you will need if you decide that you want to make your own as well.

Thunderbolt devices are still irritatingly thin on the ground | Richard Gaywood
A look at the small number of Thunderbolt devices, and their relative expense. The picture doesn't look too rosy for rapid price drops:
None of these are remotely mainstream devices. The 2 TB LaCie disk is almost twice the price of an equivalent eSATA/Firewire model, at $329, which will be just as fast using eSATA as it is Thunderbolt.

Philip Bloom wants a Canon C300 for Christmas | RockySmokey | Vimeo
Okay, this is just crazy! Santa made Philip Bloom a special video.

The Case of Philip Bloom.. | Jim Jannard | RedUser
Looks like Santa had already given Philip one present: the whole Philip Bloom / RED Epic saga ends with Jim calling off the fanboys:
I guess everyone makes mistakes... this one was mine.
A lot has been posted about this so I thought I would clarify from our perspective.
This situation is my fault... no one else's. My apology was offered to Philip and apparently accepted.
Philip has returned his EPIC and cancelled his Scarlet order.
We will not allow any disrespectful posts here on Reduser about Philip or anyone else...

Jagged Edges w/ CS5.5, FS100 1080p30 | Brandon Vincent | DVX User
Brandon is having problems with NEX-FS100 footage in Premiere. Premiere seems to think it's interlaced, not progressive:
so after doing a little digging in some other threads on this board, I found someone else running into this problem with Premiere as well. It's interpreting the .mts files straight from the camera with an Upper Field First for some reason. When you go to the clip and choose Modify -> Interpret Footage it verifies this. This is clearly wrong and I can't figure out how to make it default to what it SHOULD be.

Videomaker's Best Video Products of the Year 2011 | Videomaker
Feel free to disagree with Videomaker's best-of list for 2011 (that's why they make lists like these!):
Most Groundbreaking Camcorder: Sony NEX-FS100
BEST Professional Camcorder: Canon XF300
BEST DSLR: Nikon D7000
BEST Advanced Editing Software: Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11

Fun Facts and Dates in Digital Editing ‘Firsts’ | Ashley Kennedy | PremiumBeat
A history of digital editing; make sure you also read the comments for some additional information:
1985: Quantel released The “Harry.” The Harry was the first all-digital video editing and effects compositing system. Due to technical limitations, it could record and apply effects to a maximum of 80 seconds of 8-bit uncompressed digital video.

Do You Recognize These 10 Mental Blocks to Creative Thinking? | Brian Clark
| copyblogger
Some useful tips/warnings for if you're finding it difficult to start that project:
9. Being Wrong is Bad
We hate being wrong, and yet mistakes often teach us the most. Thomas Edison was wrong 1,800 times before getting the light bulb right. Edison’s greatest strength was that he was not afraid to be wrong.

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