Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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Racing with planes – shot on Sony NEX-FS700 | Peter Previc
| Too Much Imagination
Peter continues his posts on using the NEX-FS700, this time concentrating on the slow-mo function:
I only shot at full 1080P resolution so I didn’t test beyond 240fps. Reduced resolution didn’t interest me. You can record 8 seconds at 240fps and 9.5 second at 200fps (at 50Hz setting) and you end up with 1 minute and 15 seconds of super slow motion footage. You can set the trigger to be at the start, middle or at the end of action. I choose end trigger as you can wait for action to happen. You don’t need to expect it.

An NEX-FS700 Amuse-Bouche | Adam Wilt | ProVideoCoalition
Adam compiles a list of other posts about the NEX-FS700, while adding some of his own thoughts about shooting with the camera:
480 line-skips a fair amount (and appears, on the charts, to pixel-skip as well, though that might simply be an artifact of different demosaicing in slo-mo); 960fps further decimates the vertical resolution and windows down to half-width on the sensor, too. You’ll see increased noise in the 480 and 960 fps clips as a result, though Sony cautions me that the multi-layer circuit boards still need to be optimized to reduce crosstalk: this camera is a “fairly good, stable, underperforming engineering sample”, and shipping versions may well yield cleaner images.

90 Seconds - Shot on Sony NEX FS700 | James Miller | Vimeo
Finally, another short film shot with the NEX-FS700, by James Tonkin & James Miller, in association with Den Lennie

Canon EOS C100 & C500 Coming? [CR1] | CanonRumors
Rumors of Canon announcements are heating up too; now two cameras?!
I received some info that 2 new cameras would be talked about at NAB next week in Las Vegas. The names C100 and C500 were mentioned.

Canon to unveil EOSRAW recording format? New high end camera specs
| Andrew Reid | EOSHD
Andrew adds to the rumor mill:
What I am hearing as of the beginning of this week is that Canon have developed a new raw recording format in-house.
This is called EOSRAW and it will be efficient enough to be recorded to CF cards.
It is capable of up to 12bit 4K (as the new AVC Ultra format from Panasonic is expected to do).

How I opened my 5D Mark III – and why you have to be crazy to do it | Andrew Reid | EOSHD
What seemed to start out as an April Fools joke has turned into a fad; removing the optical low-pass filter on the 5DMkIII. Andrew explains how he did it, adding a list of cons:
The anti-aliasing filter (optical low pass filter or OLPF) contains a coating that blocks light in the infrared (IR) wavelength. Infrared light mainly affects the colour balance of black fabric – shifting them toward red for a purple hue. You need to use an IR block filter on the lens with some light sources especially where non-reflective objects like grey and black fabrics are in the frame.
and the pros:
The fabled increase in natural sharpness and resolution for video (also for stills)

Prolost Flat | Stu Maschwitz | prolost
Stu explains the settings he uses when shooting with Canon DSLRs:
For shooting video, I’ve set up every Canon HDSLR I’ve owned the same way since the very beginning, and the 5D Mark III is no different.

Start with the Neutral Picture Style
Set Sharpness to zero—all the way to the left
Set Contrast all the way to the left
Set Saturation two notches to the left

Final Cut Pro X Updates to 10.0.4 | Danny Greer | Premiumbeat
An update that adds very little:
Improvements to broadcast monitoring. Image quality and responsiveness get a boost and compatibility is expanded to include PCIe and Thunderbolt devices.

Sony Revises Expected Loss to $6.4 Billion | HIROKO TABUCHI | New York Times
Sony announces bigger than expected loss, but doesn't confirm job cuts:
During a news conference at its headquarters in Tokyo on the projected annual loss, equivalent to $6.4 billion, the electronics and entertainment company stopped short of confirming reports that it planned to eliminate 10,000 jobs

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