Thursday, May 17, 2012

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CAMERAS: Food Fights with the FS700 | Art Adams | ProVideoCoalition
Art and Adam Wilt got to borrow a Sony NEX-FS700 and shot some high-speed fruit:
I should mention that I set the camera’s shutter at a hard 1/1000th of a second. I don’t like to use degrees to set a digital camera’s shutter because degrees are relative: the exposure changes depending on the frame rate, whereas I’d like to choose a shutter speed and know exactly what the camera is doing at any given time.

Unusual Camera moves with the ALEXA M | Michael Murie | Filmmaker Magazine
Seeing a behind-the-scenes shoot with the Alexa M offers some ideas for different ways to place your camera:
Don’t have the budget for the Alexa M? Well you can still use that DSLR in the same way that they used the Alexa M, and this video has some really interesting ideas for getting a camera closer to the action. I was particularly intrigued by the methods used in the ice hockey sequence, the skateboarding, and the attachment of the camera to the sword. And remember, you can always try doing something similar using a GoPro and Duct Tape like Ricki Bedenbaugh did in this video:

“I’m Stuck in a Rut, I Want to Direct” | Evan Luzi | The Black and Blue
Evan offers some thoughts on how to make the switch:
2. Any shmuck can pick up a camera and shoot something, then edit it with final cut or iMovie. But learn pacing, learn cinematography (not just lighting, but how to composite a shot), learn to move the camera and learn how certain moves effect you emotionally as an audience member.

(SR5) Full resolution picture of the new All Black 18-200mm lens!
| Sony Alpha Rumors
It's a new lens; or is it the old lens just in black?
Here is the first 100% real picture of the Sony 18-200mm E-mount lens that will be announced tomorrow. I am not sure yet but I think the only difference between that lens and the current 18-200mm lens is the…color. But I repeat I am not sure, there could also be some minor optical changes…

Tripod FAQs | Michelle Brooks |
Some tips and questions answered about tripods:
What is the tripod that folds up the smallest? Most tripods do not fold up smaller than 34” long. That’s the norm. Now, folding up length is different than standing minimum height. But to answer the question, as far as I know, the one that folds up the smallest for travel is the Manfrotto 701, 502MVK at 29.9” long.

Canon C300 Log LUTs and More Scene Files | Andy Shipsides | AbelCine
Andy offers some new LUTs for the Canon C300:
The next LUT Canon provides is a CLog to Video file, which gives a little more range in the highlights when converted. I prefer this conversion for post grading in general. You can download my 1D LUT version of the file (Sony format as well) and my 3D conversions. Note that these all convert black levels to code value 64, giving a “legal” black range. These files give you a gamma shift only, they do not adjust the color values of your image.

Learn After Effects CS6 | Adobe.TV
A collection of tutorials on the basics for After Effects CS6 with Getting Started and new feature tutorials.

DV Expo East Panasonic Presentation: The Benefits of Wireless Streaming in Your Camcorder | Creative Planet Network
A session on June 20th in New York on using Wi-Fi with Panasonic cameras:
Steve Cooperman's presentation will cover a range of solutions--from the new wireless streaming capabilities in the AJ-HPX3100 P2 HD camcorder to the benefits of a new proxy recorder (Focus FS-P250) with a wireless web interface--as well as the capabilities of Panasonic's new AG-HPX600 P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorder coming this fall.

Side By Side | Website
SIDE BY SIDE, a documentary produced by Keanu Reeves, takes an in-depth look at the switch from film to digital:
Through interviews with directors, cinematographers, film students, producers, technologists, editors, and exhibitors, SIDE BY SIDE examines all aspects of filmmaking — from capture to edit, visual effects to color correction, distribution to archive. At this moment when digital and photochemical filmmaking coexist, SIDE BY SIDE explores what has been gained, what is lost, and what the future might bring.

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