Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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NEX-FS700 Significantly reduced shutter when in Super Slow Mo! | Alister Chapman | XDCAM
Rolling shutter is almost gone when shooting at high speed with the NEX-FS700:
This is very interesting and requires further investigation as it suggests that the sensor read out process is different in the high speed mode. It is probably just a significantly faster scan rate, but it could also possibly be a global shutter of some kind. It’s just a shame that you can’t access this read out mode for normal shooting.

My 5 cinematography tipsTwitter
Evan Luzi offered these 5 tips is one post:
  1. Use Less Lights
  2. Point the Camera & Shoot
  3. Bounces Work
  4. Gaffers = good
  5. Perfection is a Commodity
Jake Ures ‏added:
6. Light can never be too soft.
7. A steadicam is not a dolly.
8. Don't move the camera if you don't have to.

Sony F65 hands on review part 1 | By Martin Chab | Zitrin
A review of Sony's big, expensive camera:
Let me tell you one thing. The Latitude of this camera is insane!!!!! period.
No other camera that i used so far comes even close to it. And the reason is not only the sensor itself but because of the fact that the RAW files are stored in 16 bits per channel linear. That means that the data is never clipped.
Don't you believe me? see for yourself. This take was shot in midday full sun without any reflector or help to lower the contrast ratio of the image in any way.

Sony F65 3D: Pushing the Limits of Digital Cinema Acquisition | CineGround
Using the F65 for 3D:
Being the first to put the F65 into a 3D arrangement meant that there were a lot of elements to the workflow that were still up in the air. Application support for the Sony F65 is still spotty, so we knew there would be challenges in that area. Thankfully Light Iron works closely with a company called Colorfront.

Competition is good: Life after Red | Michael Sutton | Wide Open Camera
Mike thinks RED might have their work cut out for them:
The best part of Arri, Sony, Canon and others bringing real 4K competitive cameras to market is that it will make Red make changes. Just as Red forced change in the industry by setting the bar higher, these other companies are going to force change on Red to improve its products and the way its deals with its customers.

Sigma E-Mount 30mm and 19mm f/2.8EX DN Lenses - Hands on Review!! | Jay
A review of the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens [$199] and the 19mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens [$199] which may be worth looking at for the NEX-FS100...
Over the course of the month I’ve had some really good opportunities to test these lenses out in a variety of ways including video focus tests, corner sharpness tests, fringing, shooting into the sun, and more!! I also shot mostly in jpeg mode for this round as the automatic lens correction that is built into the Nex-5n is awesome!! I also tweaked my jpeg profile a bit on the Nex-5n by lowering the sharpness and saturation a tad.

Playing with the Canon 70-200 F4 L | Chadwick Paul
A friend has the Canon 70-200 F4L lens, and while it might not be as flashy as the f/2.8L, at $1,249 with IS, or $709 without, it's a lot easier on the wallet - and a lot lighter too:
I had the pleasure of having a relaxing, family oriented weekend just recently so I thought it would be fun to try out my new Canon 70-200 in my studio. So far, I’ve only made a few hundred exposures with this lens and an hour or so of video, but I love it! It is one of those less talked about 70-200 lenses, but offers incredible image quality.

Mystery camera revealed – Sony NEX 5N in cine housing with cooling mod
| Andrew Reid | EOSHD
A housing for the NEX-5N:
It essentially turns the tiny toy-like NEX 5N into a mini Red. Advantages include a secure full sized HDMI port, cooling system, integrated Sony monitor, robust build quality, better handling and protection for the camera itself from drops, etc. As you can see, looks wise it is quite an eye opener too, turning the NEX 5N into something much closer to a digital cinema camera.

C300 Grip Relocator | Zacuto | Vimeo
An interesting accessory for the C300, the C300 Grip Relocator [$337.25] lets you use the C300 handle in place of your rigs handgrip:
The Zacuto C300 Grip Relocator moves the Canon C300 grip to a Zacuto handgrip. This allows you to maintain stability and control your camera without ever removing your hand from the handgrip on your gorilla or shoulder mounted rig. With this Grip Relocator, you can control the stop and start button, use iris, menu navigation and have an extra programmable button all at your fingertips. To get more information on the C300 Grip Relocator.

Benchmark Tests: Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 vs. Apple Final Cut Pro X
| Streaming Media Producer
Premiere is faster...
These results are targeted primarily for streaming producers, and apply to a much lesser degree to longform producers, if at all. Within the streaming media production community, however, these tests reveal that the Adobe CS6 encodes faster than FCP X, and can shave hours of rendering time off longer, more complex projects.

“The Solar Odyssey”: Taking part in a documentary, Part One | Michael Murie
| Filmmaker Magazine
Shooting with the Sony NEX-FS100:
You never know where an interesting project can come from — a friend, a client or even from Twitter. Such was the case for Boston-based DP Todd Mahoney, who spent ten days documenting the progress of The Solar Odyssey Project after seeing a tweet looking for someone to sub for their regular d.p. The Solar Odyssey is an attempt to cover the waterways of “The Great Loop” in a solar-powered boat. The project is led by skipper and adventurer Jim Greer, and technologist and host Philip Hodgetts.

Red Giant Acquires Technology from Singular Software | Red Giant Software
Important info about Singular Software products
Q: What will happen to new product development, like PluralEyes 3.0?
A: All development for Singular Software products will continue full-steam. PluralEyes 3.0 for Mac is scheduled for release in Summer 2012, and PluralEyes 3.0 for Windows will follow soon after.

The Art of Color-Correction on 6.27.12 | Rule Boston Camera | Vimeo
I was disappointed to miss this tutorial the other day, but now the video is up on Vimeo:
Colorist Rob Bessette of Finish Post presents an overview on the art of color correction with a step-by-step look at the finer points of Black Magic Design's DaVinci Resolve.
For more information about Rob Bessette, visit

Write a Script A guide to scriptwriting essentials | BBC
The BBC is promoting script writing - though some of it's intended for UK residents only:
When you’re new to writing, just getting to the end of that first script is really hard. This section of the website is for those who want to write, who have an idea that is itching to get out, and who would like a guide or structure to help them take it from idea right through to a first draft. What you get here is a series of steps in the writing process with essential elements, questions and challenges you will face. It’s not designed to be exhaustive. But it’s not just a basic ‘how to’. It’s the essentials of what we believe go in to making a good script.

Animating in Element 3DVideo Copilot
We are only one day away from launching our new plug-in Element 3D and a new demonstration video is online to show you creative ways to animate 3D objects with the plug-in. Think of other creative uses while you watch!

Discuss: 4D Is Coming To U.S. Theaters, Will You Care? | Edward Davis
| The Playlist
Oh No! I thought 3D was bad enough, here comes Smell-O-Rama again!
4D attempts to be much less lo-tech, utilizing seats that rumble (Canadian company D-Box already has a number of these in theaters), strobe lights that flash and even blind the audience, plus gusts of air and smoke, and even water spray, that expels within the theater. 4D is apparently already a hit in places like Seoul and Mexico City and CJ Group is banking that U.S. audiences will be willing to shell out an additional $8 on top of the regular ticket for their 4D experience.

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