Sunday, June 17, 2012

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John Brawley on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera | @brawlster | Twitter
John is playing with pre-production Blackmagic Cinema Camera footage. The footage is embargoed, but he has posted some comments on Twitter:
Ok. Just looked at the first ProRes log clips from the #BMCC in Resolve and they are freaking awesome. Mind blown
What's awesome about the log ProRes clips is that they have an awful lot of range in the grade.

Revenge of the Great Zacuto Shootout Part 1 – Review | Andrew Reid | EOSHD
Andrew goes through all the camera footage, offering his thoughts - and some guesses on identity - on the performance of each:
Zacuto’s 2012 shootout is off to an compelling start. Despite that I have some suggestions to make it even better. I’d like to see fewer sound bites, rather, for the cinematography experts to speak a little longer. I’d happily watch an hour long episode and get the full flow of their wisdom. I’d like for there not to be such a large gap between episodes. 1 month until the next showing is too long and by then there will be tons of spoilers about the results on internet forums.

Canon T4i / 650D review – video samples [UPDATE:] noisetest | Cinema5D
A video review of the new Canon:
The handling of the camera was nice, although I didn't find the button layout perfect for video (having to reach with the wrong hand to the wrong side of the camera).

I didn't test audio or autofocus with the dedicated STM lenses.

| DSLR News Shooter
A low-light comparison of the Sony NEX-FS700 to the Sony F3 and Cinema 5D Mark III. I would have guessed that the 5D did better in low light than the FS700. Not sure if I'm surprised it does worse than the F3....
From my observations the FS700 struggled the most out the 3 cameras. It tended to produce the most noise. I think once you start going over about 1600 ISO you have to watch out for noise that may start to appear in your footage that could cause it to be unusable. Honestly speaking it all depends on what you are shooting and what you are shooting for. In a news environment you could very easily get away with using the FS700 camera at 6400 ISO and even 10000ISO if you had to.

My thoughts on FCP-10 | Philip Johnston | HD Warrior
Philip is still trying to decide whether he likes Final Cut Pro X. He's still running into some technical issues with it, though he likes it better now:
CONCLUSION : To date my experience with FCP-10 started off very badly and has become very positive over the last week, the program was less than useless till v 10.0.4 arrived and v 10.0.5 has certainly made my iMac version a lot more responsive. So far although I bought into Premiere Pro CS6, with lack of 3rd party support compared to FCP-10 and a learning curve I am now glad to have waited for FCP to mature though Mr Apple needs to get updated Thunderbolt enabled, hi-end graphic card MacPros ASAP…PLEASE !

First Time on Set? Don't Make These Rookie Mistakes | Joe Marine
| No Film School
Some tips to avoid getting thrown off set...

  1. Thinking You Should be Directing
  2. Touching Gear Without Permission
  3. Avoiding the Chain of Command
  4. Assuming Your Boss is Your Friend

"Dunes" Voigtländer 17.5mm on GH2 | Hugo Goudswaard | Vimeo
Short film shot with the new Voigtländer 17.5mm.
Superb lens. Bit bigger then it's sister the 25mm. Feels robust and super smooth.
Shot in the dunes in the north of Holland. Shot with a GH2, Glidetrack SD

4K Interoperability Agreement Based on the JPEG 2000 Broadcast Profile
| Cinescopophilia
4K moves towards a standard:
Following the recent adoption of intoPIX JPEG 2000 compression solution by NTT-AT, intoPIX and NTT-AT signed an agreement on 4K interoperability based on the new JPEG 2000 Broadcast Profile to ease the 4K adoption in the Broadcast & Video Production market.

Why Vimeo Is the Web Video Platform to Watch (in Full-Screen HD!)
| Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg | The Atlantic
Why some filmmakers like Vimeo over other video sites:
Even as the web video space gets more crowded, Vimeo continues to be the destination for content creators and viewers looking for cutting-edge videos, beautiful playback, and a remarkably positive community. A world away from cat virals, Vimeo is winning by nurturing the next generation of filmmakers (well, videomakers) and promoting their most innovative work. Their festival last week provided a fascinating look at how they're doing it.

THE WILLOWS (Canon C300) | Rick Macomber | Vimeo
Rick shot this nice summer short with a borrowed Canon C300:
I was lucky enough to borrow a Canon C300 from Dan Berube of BOSCPUG so I could really familiarize myself with it in order to use it to shoot the Boston premiere of Zacuto USA's Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012 last week. It was my 3rd time with the camera. The first time I only had it briefly to shoot HUSTLE, a BOSCPUG collaboration we did a few months ago ( And one more brief collaboration with Paul Antico on a collaboration called The Cost:

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