Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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Canon EF Mounts For All | Matthew Duclos | Circle of Confusion
Matthew looks at the Canon EF mount, and it's use by more camera manufacturers, including RED and Blackmagic Design:
A fine tool for still photography, the Canon EF mount is a bastard child to it’s cinematic parents. The resolution of the focus control is determined by the lens motors and other components that have nothing to do with the camera. The aperture can only be adjusted in 1/4 stop increments and cannot be pulled smooth for transition shots. Nothing devastating, but certainly isn’t helping the fight for the Canon EF mount to be the go-to motion picture lens mount.

| Dan Chung | DSLR News Shooter
A Chinese firm that converts Zeiss still photo lenses into cine style lenses for a reasonable fee, but you have to send them to China for the conversion:
Chinese firm GL Optics is going one further and adding a proper mechanical aperture to ZE mount lenses – as well as adding full cinema style modification with gearings, non-rotating lens front. This way you can have your cake and eat it – correct way round focus AND and manual aperture. The only other people I know who do this to EOS fitting lenses in the Japanese firm Technical Farm who do something similar to Canon zooms.

“In Rod We Trust” -My take on Zacuto’s “Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012″ | Nino Lietner | Nino Film
Having said that, a lot of factors always add a lot of uncertainty. The skills of a particular DP make a hell of a lot of difference in these tests and can make a camera look really good or not-so-nice. For instance, I think the F65 and the C300 could have fared much better if handled differently.

Audio Editing for Video Editors, with Kanen Flowers | Adobe
A free webinar this Thursday, August 30, 201210:00 AM - 11:00 AM US/Pacific
Presenter Bio: Kanen Flowers is the troublemaker behind Scruffy.TV and the host of popular podcasts That Post Show and Scruffy Thinking. He is also the writer & creative director of That Media Show as well as the web-series, HERO PUNK. Kanen has written code and founded tech companies. 

Choosing a Broll Cam, 5D2 or Nex5n | Sam Morgan Moore | Blog
Conclusion. The FS100 is a different class of camera from both the 5d2 and Nex5n.The Nex5n seems to come a clear second.One can only wonder if my Nikkor lens is a lot softer at 70 than 35.

Ep. 10 - Convergence with Carl Olson | Need Creative Podcast
In this 10th episode of the NeedCreative Podcast, your co-hosts Paul Antico and Jason Sidelinger were joined by Special Guest via Skype, Carl Olson of the Digital Film.TV Digital Convergence Podcast, to discuss the past week's events in indie filmmaking and technology, and to discuss where the indie "film" industry is going.

After Effects Roundup | Rich Young | ProVideoCoalition
A weekly woundup of After Effects tutorials and news:
Elementary by Kevin Schires is a new AE Script that creates shadows, reflections, and more for Element 3D, Particular, Plexus and other 3D plug-ins with 3D layers. If you prefer to do it manually, Peder Norby recommended Andrew Kramer’s tutorial 108. Particle Shadows for creating shadows for Element 3D

TEMPTATION: Abandoning Apple 'Blessed' GPUs for faster 'Divergent' GPUswith CUDA and OpenCL support | Bare Feats
More benchmarks; this time using 'non-standard' GPU's to accelerate Adobe software:
The gains of the 'atypical' GPUs over 'normal' Apple GPUs depend upon the pro app and function within the pro app. For example, if you are using After Effects CS6 to render Ray-traced 3D animations, there is much to be gained by switching to a CUDA compatible NVIDIA GPU. However, if you are rendering an OpenCL effect like Iris Blur in Photoshop CS6, you won't gain any speed over a Radeon HD 5870.

Super Hi-Vision 8K TV standard approved by UN agency | BBC
A new high-resolution television format has been approved by the UN's communication standards setting agency.Broadcasts in 8K will offer a resolution of 7,680 by 4,320 pixels - roughly the equivalent of a 32 megapixel photo.

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