Sunday, May 06, 2012

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Firmware Updates to the Sony F65 | Andy Shipsides | AbelCine
A look at the firmware update from Sony for their large cinema camera:
Sony has been working hard on the F65 and has now announced some major updates to the camera. In the current beta version of the F65 firmware, SR Codec (HDCAM SR format) recording has been enabled in addition to F65RAW. The current firmware has some limitations and a few fixes were requested, so this is definitely a welcome update.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 / In depth : Plug-ins | Adobe
Adobe has a page that lists plug-ins for Premiere Pro CS6:
Third-party plug-ins and tools for Adobe Premiere Pro
Enhancements to the powerful tool for professional digital video editing
Add even more capability to your Adobe® Premiere® Pro software. Find the latest and greatest plug-ins available from third-party developers.

Avid Media Composer or Premiere Pro CS6: Saying Goodbye to Final Cut
| Richard Keating | Screenlight
A Final Cut Pro X user decides it's time to move on:
So why am I turning my back on Final Cut Pro? First is the fact that it is such a completely foreign interface. Now, I’m the farthest thing from a Luddite and I don’t fear change, but I spent the last 9 years of my life becoming very proficient at something and now it’s just gone. There is a huge cost in terms of both time and energy associated with learning new ways to do things in FCP X. Right now it seems like it would be far less disruptive to my workflow to switch to Premiere Pro CS6, or even Avid than it would be to continue using Final Cut Pro X.

Days Out with the Phantom Miro M120 | filmbot | vimeo
Jim Geduldick has been playing with the Phantom Miro M120 and posted this clip of skateboarding and motorcycles:
I was lucky enough to be the first person to shoot with the new Vision Research Phantom M120 camera systems. This is just a sample of a project I have had in my head for a while. With help from Abel Cine I was able to test out the camera's before they shipped and put this little edit together. Being able to have a small form factor high speed camera like this for my projects is a long time wish.

The emerging skills needed by film publicists | Sheri Candler | Blog
Tips for those promoting films:
-Technical skills. The ability to code, photo and video edit and format, graphic design, link building and SEO, as well as keeping up with every little trick Facebook settings can throw at you will become increasingly useful. In order to use the new tools effectively and keep to a modest budget, personal training should be undertaken to develop a good understanding and at least a basic level of performance.

JAG35 at NAB 2012: a $1300 Wireless Follow Focus, Friction Follow Focus, RED Rig, and Slider | Joe Marine | No Film School
JAG35 offers several low-cost filmmaking tools, this clip looks at their wireless follow-focus:
JAG35 makes one of the cheapest wireless follow focuses in existence. Now they’ve improved upon their design and made the entire system much more durable. They also are introducing a clever follow focus that is friction based for newer lenses, but doesn’t have to be mounted to the side like many other friction-based follow focuses.

NEXFS700, SR1 Recorder F3 and IP Live Production @ NAB 2012 | CrewsControl
| YouTube
A look at Sony's NAB announcements, including the Sony NEX-FS700:
The NEX-FS700U is a high speed camera with a 4K sensor. It does 960fps at it's lowest resolution and 240fps at full HD resolution. Sony's 4K recorder is still under development so the camera can't record at 4K just yet. The 35mm sensor PMW-F3 camera has a new recorder the SR1. Ever wondered what S-Log is and how it is used with the F3? Peter Crithary explains S-Log & LUTs. IP Live Production let's you send 3 HD-SDI, genlock and tally over live IP transmission while controlling remote pan and tilt heads.

Two ways to create a reflective floor in After Effects | Rob Garrott |
A couple of different techniques for After Effects:
On this edition of Design in Motion, we’ll see two different techniques for creating a reflective floor, one that explores transformation of a duplicate layer, and one that creates your reflective floor with a mirror. Both techniques yield final products that look very similar. The real difference in the two will be the amount of control you need.

12 Things You Didn't Know Your DSLR Could Do | Dan Richards
| Popular Photography
Applies more to still photographers than video, but some tips for DSLR users:
4. Zap dust with software using dust mapping.
Yes, your sensor shakes to remove dust, and you carefully use a blower to loosen dust from the glass plate in front of the sensor, but you may still get persistent dust spots in your photos. Many cameras allow you to map the dust spots and rid your images of them later in software.

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