Sunday, May 20, 2012

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At the Summer Box Office, a Battle Between Two Ways of Filming
| Jason Apuzzo & Govindini Murty | The Atlantic
Another article about digital vs film and the documentary Side By Side:
A sophisticated and even-handed take on what remains a controversial subject in movie circles, Side By Side looks at how digital technology has emerged over the past decade to challenge photochemical filmmaking. With almost 70 interviews featuring such directors as Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, and James Cameron—along with an impressive array of leading cinematographers, editors, producers, and technical innovators—it seems destined to be the authoritative documentary on this subject for years to come. And if you're curious, Side by Side was shot digitally.

Speedgrade CS6 - First look | Nikolai Waldman | Colorgrader
A look at SpeedGrade; the conclusion seems to be that this is a 1.0 release and you might want to skip it:
The biggest minus is that I can't get realtime playback and I really hope that Adobe will listen to the users and add tools from the other CS products like Video playback from Premiere and masks and tracker from After Effects so CS7 will become a real competitor in the Color grading market. As for now I would rather spend the US$ 999 on another grading software.

Layer Mixer instead of Parallel node | Nikolai Waldman | Colorgrader
A tutorial for Davinci Resolve:
When using Davinci Resolve most of the time you use Serial nodes and in some instances you use Parallel nodes. In some cases Parallel doesn't do the job, instead you can use Layer Mixer.

If you want to have a B/W image and want to keep 2 colors you can do the following.

CCD: The heart of a digital camera (how a charge-coupled device works)
| YouTube
Most digital cameras these days use CMOS sensors, but a lot of this description applies to both technologies:
Bill takes apart a digital camera and explains how its captures images using a CCD (charge coupled device). He also shares how a single CCD is used with a color filter array to create colored images. This video is based on a chapter from the EngineerGuy team's latest book Eight Amazing Engineering Stories

Writers + Directors, Part 2: Working With a Director | Jill Remensnyder | Zacuto
I'm not sure it's accurate to believe that every Director loves the script they are filming, but here's some tips on the writer/director relationship:
What the director needs and expects from you is help maintain their vision for the scope of the film. The director’s vision may not be the same as the writer’s. Don’t fret if you don’t see everything eye to eye- they might just surprise you. After all, they love your script and taking it on as a project is a huge commitment. No one is setting out to destroy your story. (Not intentionally, of course.)

free 3D material options project and tutorials for After Effects CS6 | Todd Kopriva | Adobe
More resources for After Effects users:
John Dickinson has created a free After Effects CS6 project that includes several 3D materials, such as glass, steel, chrome, copper, and plastic. This project demonstrates how to work with the material options and other features in After Effects CS6 to create various looks using the new ray-traced 3D renderer.

Q&A: C-Stands | Stroboist
In praise of the C-Stand:
If you are used to traditional folding light stands, C-stands can look big, cumbersome and a little unwieldy. That's because they are big, cumbersome and a little unwieldy. But they are worth their weight in gold when it comes to multi-purpose usefulness.

The Magic Touch – Controlling FCPX With Trackpad Gestures | Danny Greer
| Premiumbeat
Controlling Final Cut Pro X using gestures with an Apple Trackpad.
Video editor Jason Chong has devised a way to edit his Final Cut Pro X projects by defining custom gestures using the free Mac application BetterTouchTool. Once the gestures have been specified in that application you can perform editing functions in FCPX with a few finger swipes on the Trackpad. Jason has generously shared his custom FCPX gesture presets (download here), so you can quickly get to using this technique in FCPX.

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