Thursday, April 05, 2012

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First Look at the Sony NEX-FS700 | Andy Shipsides | CineTechnica
Andy was lucky enough to get his hands on an NEX-FS700 [for at least 7 minutes-Ed] and gives it a quick look. Some interesting things I didn't know about the camera; the buttons are raised, making them easier to operate and the handle on the top seems a lot stronger too.
Oh, and the rosette is explained...
Other big features of the FS700 include: Cine gammas (the same found in the PMW-F3), progressive (P/Psf) outputs over HD-SDI and HDMI, still picture shooting, 50/60hz switchable, the ability to save picture profiles to an SD card, up to 8x focus magnification, and a sturdy body design. The camera will have a newly designed handle which attaches to the camera via an Arri style rosette.

NAB 2012…The story so far…Sony | Philip Johnston | HD Warrior
Philip just bought a Canon C300, so there may be an element of buyers-rationalization in this post, but he suggests that the manufacturers have jumped on the 4K bandwagon so fast because 3D didn't work out so well for them. [Ahhh 3D, remember when that was going to be big? - the fifties were such a wonderful time; flying cars for all! - Ed]
As to noise; if my math is correct, then the pixel size of an 11MP Super35mm sensor will be smaller than those on a 22MP 35mm full-frame sensor (i.e. the 5D Mark III) so it may not be as good as it might be, but if it's as good as the FS100 - as Andy suggests - that isn't too bad. Frankly, I'm more concerned about aliasing, moiré and dealing with color fringing, than super-super low ISO at this point.
Remember 4K is fine if the 4K picture is truly stunning but some of the tech boys I have been speaking to are worried that Sony are asking far too much from the Super 35mm sensor and noise may be an issue, especially at lower light levels. Sony do not tend to disappoint when it comes to video pictures so I am confident that the picture will be stunning…my man at NAB will tell me next week.

C300 Firmware Wish List | paragasd | Canon EOS User Forum
A list of 7 things one user would like to see in the Canon C300:
1. Waveform in the EVF. Extremely useful on the LCD but many times in run and gun situations, I don't have the LCD attached and that waveform is really missed in those situations. Seems like an easy fix.
2. Separately assignable wheels (on camera body and handgrip). Right now you can only set those wheels to be the same thing. Would be great to have Iris as one and ISO or Shutter as the other. Again seemingly an easy fix.
3. Autofocus (or electronically controlled focus).

Manfrotto 560B-1 Monopod Review | Ben Sengsouvanh | Blog
In a short video Ben reviews this monopod:
Whilst using the monopod in Japan I really got to put it through it’s paces. Since it only weighs a little over 700 grams (24.7oz) it was very easy to carry around all day in hand or strapped to my Lowepro Computrekker. With the payload of the monopod is around 2kgs (4.4lbs) I found that it can just support my Canon 7d with battery grip and Sigma 24-70 f2.8 although the point where the head mounts to the monopod leg starts to creek a bit...

Vinten to Launch New Vision blue5 Tripod System at NAB | Cinescopophilia
New tripods at NAB:
The new Vision blue5 has the same superb functionality as the extremely successful Vision blue system launched at last year’s NAB Show, but with a higher carrying capacity of 12.1 lb to 26.5 lb / 5.5kg to 12kg @ 100mm CofG. This makes the Vision blue5 ideal to support the latest generation of larger cameras used by professional videographers.

The Kubrick Series Uncut: GARRETT BROWN | MovieGeeksUnited | YouTube
If you're a fan of the Shining, Stanley Kubrick, or Steadicam, this audio interview with the inventor of the Steadicam - who also operated it on The Shining - is worth listening to:
In this unedited interview from The Kubrick Series, Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown discusses his experiences working with Stanley Kubrick on his 1980 horror classic The Shining.

The Post FCP Fog | Michael Kammes | Blog
Michael suggests that Avid and Adobe haven't done enough to lure Final Cut Pro 7 users, but doesn't clearly explain what it is he actually wants them to do [catch them with promises of chocolate chip cookies and free ponies? -Ed]
Stop ignoring the pink elephant in the room by simply offering cross grade pricing or the ability to work with FCP media and projects (this seems like getting the horse to drink before you’d led them to water, eh?). Publically own up to the gap, fill it, and reap the financial benefits. This is what I mean by not being aggressive.

Don’t Work For Free | Daedalus Howell | Creative Lot
Work for free for a cause, for a friend, or to learn something new, but never, ever do it for "great exposure." 99 times out of 100, it won't be.
Under penalty of public humiliation, never ever ask me for a creative contribution based on the prospect of “great exposure.” The fact that you believe this to be attractive to a working professional means I’m overexposed as is. And apparently to the wrong people – those who lack respect for the fact that I’ve got to buy food for my young son to wear.

How to Create A Video Slideshow in Final Cut Pro X | Danny Greer | Premiumbeat
This tutorial shows you how to create a simple video slideshow in Final Cut Pro X; something I could have done with a week ago!
One thing you may notice is that this tutorial does not address adding motion to your images in FCPX. With previous versions of Final Cut Pro you had to manually keyframe the motion of videos and stills….a process that could end up being very time consuming. However, Final Cut Pro X includes a built in effect to simply this process (dubbed the Ken Burns Effect, in honor of the famous documentary filmmaker that popularized this style).

EPISODE 67: 4K FOR 10K? | Digital Convergence Podcast
Everyone's talking about the Sony NEX-FS700. Have you ordered one yet? B & H is already not taking orders!
Chris Fenwick, planetMitch and I talk about the latest announcement from Sony: the new NEX FS700. The NEX-FS700 is touted as a 4K-ready NXCAM camcorder with a superior Super35mm CMOS sensor, super slow-motion capability and an interchangeable E-mount lens system, offering unrivalled flexibility and creative expression. The real question is, 4K at what cost?

Shane Hurlbut - Crash Cam | Vashi Nedomansky | Vimeo
Video that killed a 5D Mark II:
I edited a sizzle reel for Shane Hurlbut that consists of numerous examples of the Canon 5Dmkii being used as a crash cam for dangerous stunts.

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