Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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What’s in a Name? | Alexis Van Hurkman | Blog
For those interested in color grading, an interesting discussion about the use of the in-phase indicator as an approximate guideline for the angle at which human skin tone may fall:
To clarify, I would never and have never suggested that this line is a strict guideline for human hue. In my “color correction handbook” I wrote and illustrated more pages then my editor may have wished about the subtle variations of human skin tone, color interactions between a subject and the illuminant of a scene, and how the in-phase indicator under discussion is merely a general signpost. Like speed limits, nobody follows them exactly, but they let you know you’re around what you ought to be doing.

Review of Sony NEX FS700 Part 2: Pros and Cons | Philip Bloom | Vimeo
Philip finishes up his review of the Sony NEX-FS700, listing the five "cool" things he likes best about the camera, and the four "no so cool" things:
1. Price
2. Image quality
3. Super cool slow motion
4. ND filters
5. 4K ready

Not So Cool: 1. 4K external recording only and doesn't ship with the camera. Not the biggest selling point
[uhh....but it was number five in the cool features! -Ed]
He goes on to say that if you're happy with the NEX-FS100, and don't need the new features (i.e. the ND and high frame rates) then stick with it. And he's started an NEX-FS700 forum on his website: Sony FS700

Canon vs Tamron VC vs Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 Comparison Review | Dave Dugdale
| Learning DSLR Video
Dave looks at three different lenses, and really likes the stabilization in the Tamron lens:
The first thing I wanted to know was how good was the VC or vibration control on the Tamron, [...] as you can see by these hand held shots it works amazingly well, almost like having a monopod. This shot looks like it is locked off on a tripod, but they are not, all are handheld using a black rapid strap, side to side it is usually smoother but here I did pretty well moving down. And when you put the Tamron on a glidecam like the the Blackbird I am reviewing, it makes flying a camera a lot easier for a beginner like myself.

iMacs to replace desktops, moving closer | Walter Biscardi | Biscardi Creative Blog
Lots of pros are wondering if Apple will ever replace the Mac Pro line. Maybe they'll replace it with the iMac:
With the advent of super fast RAIDs via Thunderbolt connections, there’s not a whole lot you can’t edit on an iMac. Then AJA delivered literally what I asked for a few weeks ago. A simple Thunderbolt to SDI adapter to allow quality video reference to our Flanders Scientific monitors. The T-Tap gives us both SDI and HDMI output so I can feed the Flanders and Plasma Screen simultaneously.

Editing Trailers | Tej Babra | Blog
Discussion of the art of making trailers:
Editing trailers is an art form of it’s own. Many times editors don’t even have a final film completed to edit with. We often see trailers many months, and in the case of teasers a year ahead of schedule. Editors are given a certain amount of footage depending on what is available, and a time slot to create usually 2 min theatrical trailer and a 30 second TV spot. This means the editor has to be very creative in their art to sell the film.

Inside the Iron Man armor with the HUD's designer | Jeff Blagdon | The Verge
A short piece on creating some of the graphics for Iron Man:
If you're wondering about Hansen's workflow, all of his work for the film was done in Illustrator, After Effects, and Cinema 4D, although the initial rough sketches (pictured below) were hand drawn in pencil. As far as research goes, the designer mentions he worked with an A–10 pilot on the flight menu, and it shows — the UIs are fantastic, but they never stray too far outside the possible.

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