Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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Panasonic AG-HPX250 Delivers Master Quality In A Compact Size | Tony Muzzatti
| Crews Control
DP Bill Mills went on a 10 day safari to three conservation areas in southern Africa with the Panasonic AG-HPX250 ($5,595]:
The HPX250’s is the first P2 HD handheld camcorder that records in 10-bit, 4:2:2 independent frame, 1920 x 1080 resolution in the AVC-Intra 100 codec. To most professional camera operators and cinematographers the importance of capturing in 10-bits is a must. 10-bit capturing allows for four times more precise color sampling, while also eliminating the video artifacts often seen in 8-bit device recordings.

A roundup of the current Blackmagic footage | John Brawley | Blog
John recently posted some footage from the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera, which raised some questions that he addresses in this post:
The aliasing is not from the camera in this case, as you can see from looking at the very first clip. This was introduced by the post process.
And there's an update on availability of the camera from @SafeHarborComp:
This just in from Blackmagic -- BMD cam should be ready to ship in 2 weeks, resellers will have by 3rd week of August. Unsure how many.

Metabones creates second-generation Canon EF to Sony NEX 'Smart Adapter'
| DP Review
Heralded as the first electronic adapter for mounting EF and EF-S lenses on Sony NEX cameras with aperture control directly by the camera body, EXIF and image stabilization lens support, the Metabones Smart Adapter has since become an indispensable tool for the most demanding cinematographers and other professionals. Now, the Second Edition adds numerous incremental refinements based on customer feedback.

Ep. 6 - You Must Toil | NeedCreative Podcast
The latest issue of this new podcast is out, covering a bunch of topics including:
  • The Olympics in London - the opening ceremony
  • The new EOS M Mirrorless Camera
  • Doing Voice Overs for drama
  • Red Giant has a new Denoiser out

Real Samyang/Rokinon Cine lenses coming in September 2012 | Cinema 5D
The official Rokinon facebook account just announced that they've been developing cine lenses featuring smooth T-stop rings and they also appear to have built-in follow focus gear rings.
"Rokinon 35mm T1.5 cine lens will be available in U.S in few weeks and Rokinon 24mm T1.5 & 14mm T3.1

Color Correction Basics – Working with the Waveform | Eric Philpott | Adobe Blogs
New to color correction, this blog post will get you started with the wave form monitor:
The Waveform display shows the pixel densities for the Red, Green, and Blue channels in your image. The image above shows all three channels floating somewhere between 20 (in the shadows) and 70 (in the highlights). To get the shot balanced, we’ll want the shadows to come down to around 0 and the highlights to reach up towards 90.

Using an Audio Compressor in FCP X | Mark Spencer | Pro Video Coalition
Steve Martin from Ripple Training talks about using an audio compressor in Final Cut Pro X. He demonstrates versatility with FCPX’s compressor to sweeten your audio to improve its overall quality.

Fundamentals of Video: Cameras & Shooting | Anthing Q. Artis
Get free access to this introductory video course through August 10th (you have to "like" it through Facebook)
Anthony Q. Artis' Fundamentals of Video course will be free to Facebook fans now through August 10th. The course covers shooting with shallow depth of field, understanding exposure, white-balancing, and foundational concepts of lighting. In addition, Anthony discusses sounds, an often-misunderstood aspect of video, and shows how to properly set up mics and adjust audio levels on a shoot.

Does Mountain Lion do graphics faster? | Bare Feats
Does the new version of Mac OS X effect performance? Seems to:
The Mac Pro with the Radeon HD 5870 gained speed running Photoshop CS6's OpenCL effects and Motion 5's RAM Preview. It lost ground running Premiere Pro CS6's Fast Color Correction and all but one 3D OpenGL scenario.

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