Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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The C300 and the Ice Cream Factory for “You and your Canon C300″
| Philip Johnston | HD Warrior
Despite the title, this is not a post about shooting with the Canon C300. It's about looking for "the shot," and creating visually interesting shots with some imagination and lighting:
I planted two 600W LED lights behind the mixtures but the white light destroyed the effect I was looking for so I added red and yellow gells to the lights and then added a third camera light at the back and lay a blue gel on top of it.

Review of the Canon 5DmkIII now with full video review and footage
| Philip Bloom | Blog
Philip has expanded his review, adding a 17 minute video that you can view on his blog or on Vimeo: "I am much happier with this camera now, than I was a few days ago when I first got it." There's some nice footage of New Zealand too:
EDIT: After doing some experimenting do some work on it in post. Bit of grading and post sharpening the footage is coming to life beautifully. Detail that is not there before is coming out….thankfully! I am still shooting footage and testing camera out. I will update this review in a few days…
Canon 5Dmk3 video review | Vimeo

Nikon D800 Test Footage | | Vimeo
And here's some footage shot with the D800:
We went and took some test footage at Shelby Farms in Memphis, TN with the Nikon D800. Shot with a Nikon 35mm f/1.4 lens.
They also have some 5D Mark III footage too | Vimeo
Or you can check out Nikon D800 Barbie Fashion Show from Yves Simard on Vimeo.

Analyst: Online video to overtake DVD, Blu-ray viewing in 2012 | Jared Newman
| PCWorld
The end of the optical disc? Steve Jobs would be happy:
Online movie consumption will rise to 3.4 billion views or transactions this year, IHS projects, compared with 2.4 billion views for physical media.

Filmmaking Book Recommendations | Vincent Laforet | Blog
Vincent mentioned the first book on his list, Save The Cat, at his recent talk at the Boston Creative Pro User's Group:
The following are a list of books that deal with filmmaking which I would recommend. They range from the technical to the anecdotal – but there is something to learn about the craft of making films in each of them. I have broken them down into three different sections: Screenwriting, Filmmaking, and Post-Production.

Will Canon launch EOS Movie line as well as 4K Cinema EOS at NAB 2012?
| Andrew Reid | EOSHD
I would not bet money on Canon announcing another DSLR - or even a video camera - at NAB; they always seems to bring things out much later than when I expect them to. Of course, I've been wrong before...
In my opinion, the reason the 5D Mark III is not all we hoped for on the video side is not to protect the C300, it is to differentiate it from something we’ve not yet seen. Something big. How else to explain the lack of video features on the 5D Mark III?
So I wouldn’t be surprised to see an FS100 competitor from Canon at NAB. Sharing the C300′s sensor, but dropping the HD-SDI, broadcast codec and robust build quality. It would hopefully still maintain an ND filter, giving it one up on the Sony rival around the $5000 mark.

Which to get as a low budget shooter – 5D Mark III or GH2? | Andrew Reid | EOSHD
A look at these two cameras from an interesting angle; lens costs:
Here’s a gear guide along with a round-up of footage for low budget shooters. There’s a big difference in price between the very capable Panasonic GH2 and the new 5D Mark III. One is $800 new and the other $3500. All the discussion so far has been about the camera – is it worth $3500? Well unless you’re going to drill a hole in your lens cap and do pinhole photography, it all comes down to the price of lenses not the body.

Tutorial: A Dynamic Look at Adobe Dynamic Link | Pete Bauer | DVInfo
An After Effects tutorial:
  • What Adobe Dynamic Link does for you and how it goes beyond import / copy-and-paste, and how it differs from “Edit Original…”;
  • The basic data paths and work flows;
  • Some additional tips and caveats, including a particular circumstance when Dynamic Link may NOT be the right tool for the job.

The “Paying To Work For Free” VFX Business Model | VFX Soldier
Ooh oh! VFX house Digital Domain tells investors how good it is now that it's going to be a "school"; suddenly, lots of cheap student labor!
Classes starting in the education space, what’s interesting is the relationship between the digital studio and the college. Not only is this a first in a number of ways that we’ve talked about, but 30% of the workforce at our digital studio down in Florida, is not only going to be free, with student labor, its going to be labor that’s actually paying us for the priviledge of working on our films.

Hands on with the Bloggie Live Wi-Fi camcorder | Bryan Hastings |
A review of the Sony Bloggie. Mostly positive, but I do think these are a had sell to someone with an iPhone or Android phone:
In reality, the Live Streaming setup took time to figure out and it didn’t always work smoothly. I had to sign up for a live-streaming service (in this case,, and sign into the same account from both the camcorder and the smartphone at the same time to get Live Streaming to work.

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