Sunday, April 01, 2012

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Head-to-Head Video Comparison of the Nikon D4, D800, Canon 5D Mark III & Canon 5D Mark II DSLR | Cameratown
At the moment this is just a low-light ISO comparison of the four cameras - more is promised later:
Based on these video comparisons it is clear that the king of low-light is the Nikon D4 ($6000), followed closely by the Canon 5D Mark III ($3500). In third place is the Canon 5D Mark II ($2100) and in last place for ISO noise suppression is the new Nikon D800 ($3000). Please note that this is just based on ISO noise levels in video mode.

Nikon D800 vs Canon 5D mkIII boxing test | DSLRNewsShooter | YouTube
Jello comparison:
Side by side rolling shutter test of the Nikon D800 and Canon 5D mkIII at the Gleasons gym in New York. Do not use this clip to assess anything more than rolling shutter performance as the white balance and exposure are not optimally set for either camera.

A comparison of the $1,795 litepanels 1x1 vs. the Manda CN 900, which I haven't been able to find listed on eBay, but I assume is a Chinese clone much like the ePhoto 1000 LED 5500K Professional Video Studio Portrait LED Light Panel Lighting Light Panel 1000LED [$370] far as colour accuracy goes the Litepanels is listed as having a colour rendering index (CRI) of 90. The higher the CRI the more faithful the colour reproduction. The Manda’s CRI is not listed. The Manda has a slightly lower color temperature (closer to 5400k than 5600k). When balancing the camera using the Litepanels 1×1 the color seemed more accurate (ie. Closer to natural light)

Monster Hunter - Short Film Shot on Sony PMW-F3 with S-Log | Tom Guilmette
| Blog
Tom blogs about shooting a short film with the PMW-F3:
We decided to shoot this film on the Sony PMW-F3 with S-LOG installed. The dynamic range of this camera with this firmware update is incredible. I call it a baby ARRI Alexa. I would guess I was getting about 14 stops of latitude between the darkest part of the picture and the brightest using S-LOG. I’m sure the internal Sony codec did not help me, but when Joe looked at the compressed XDCAM footage off the SxS cards on his edit system, he was blown away. It looks amazing and holds up quite well.

Sony LA EA2 on Nex VG20 | Filenstyle | Vimeo
At first I was excited to find this video on the LA-EA2 A-Mount Lens to NEX Camera Mount Adapter that allows you to mount Alpha lenses to NEX mount cameras and use TTL Phase detection autofocus. You lose about a third of a stop of light, but the auto-focus is supposed to be faster and will work better in low contrast settings than the other auto-focus options available on NEX cameras.
Unfortunately, this video just shows attaching the adapter (and a lens) to the camera. There's nothing else.

1080p video smackdown: iTunes vs. Blu-ray | Iljitsch van Beijnum | Ars Technica
While not as good as Blu-ray, iTunes seems to hold up surprisingly well:
I was surprised to see how close the iTunes 1080p download comes to Blu-ray, considering that it's only a fraction of the file size. And let's be honest: there are lots of Blu-ray titles that look much worse than this iTunes download. But despite an impressive effort by Apple, Blu-ray still reigns king when it comes to image quality. And unlike iTunes titles, BRDs can have uncompressed multi-channel audio, multiple audio language options, and special features.

Introducing the RH-1 "Ultra" Anamorphic Lens for Canon DSLR | PictureShop
| YouTube
Am I wrong to think that this is not an April Fools joke, as it was posted on March 31st? Then again, what use is such a narrow band of image?
The RH-1 provides an ultra wide field of view, with no distortion, that's nearly double that of other ultra wide lenses currently on the market. The RH-1 f/2.4 is housed in a break resistant polymer composite.

Checking Out the Baselight Plugin | Alexis Can Hurkman | Blog
In-depth look at this color grading plug-in for Final Cut Pro 7:
On the plus side, it provides terrific tools for grading. On the other hand, being a plug-in, it relies on Final Cut Pro 7 for all grade management and image comparison functions, and while that’s not the worst thing in the world, the experience still doesn’t come close to using a dedicated grading application (such as the full Baselight).

how to get the latest information from Adobe professional video and audio teams | Todd Kopriva | Adobe
If you have to know what's new in CS6 ASAP:
If you want to stay up to date and get the big news as soon as it’s available, I recommend subscribing to the team blogs for the video and audio applications. If you’d like to keep up with a daily stream of information beyond the big stuff that goes on our team blogs, then you should also consider following us on Facebook and/or Twitter.

'Charlie Bit My Finger' Has Earned $500,000 in 5 Years [VIDEOS] | Kate Freeman
| Mashable
How to make money on YouTube: though the odds may be about the same as winning the lottery:
Once the video reached 50 million views, the family began raking in cash from YouTube ads and television spots.
With more than 436 million views, the video has become a pop culture phenomenon. The only video watched more on YouTube is the official theme of the 2010 World Cup.

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