Monday, September 03, 2012

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In the RAW | John Brawley | Blog
John's been playing with the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera for some time now, and offers these thoughts on working in RAW:
A RAW workflow asks a lot from those who would use it.  Firstly, it pretty much demands an extra *processing* step.  In the same way shooting on film meant you had to “process” the film.  The same thing happens with raw workflows, and you can’t realistically use the RAW files to edit with.  You have to transcode them into more edit friendly forms. There are two ways to approach this.

Sony's FS100 vs. Blackmagic's Cinema Camera: a Low-Light Showdown | Joe Marine | No Film School
Joe offers his thoughts on the low-light test shot by Frank Glencairn:
As far as noise goes, yes, it exists. There is no noise reduction happening in the camera, unlike the FS100 which is getting a little bit of noise reduction through the image pipeline as well as a smoothing of the noise thanks to the AVCHD codec. Either way, the BMCC is no match for the FS100′s bigger sensor, especially since it can go well above 10,000 ISO (but most of you probably could have guessed that already).

BMCC...which frame is prores which is raw? | Philip Bloom | Facebook
Philip posts some frames from the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera:
So here we go. Side by side comparison of #BMCC prores & raw, both untouched and then graded...

Focus Peaking Making Its Way onto More Digital Cameras | Michael Zhang
| Peta Pixel
More and more manufacturers (and third-parties) are now baking it into digital cameras: Pentax is offering it in its K line of DSLRs, and the feature can be added to many Canon DSLRs using Magic Lantern firmware. According to 43Rumors, Panasonic will be offering focus peaking as a feature in its upcoming Panasonic GH3 mirrorless camera.

Resolve 9 - Upgrading the Pain-Free Way | BlackmagicUser
Patrick Inhofer offers a video that explains how to upgrade:
If you're already using Resolve you've possibly already upgraded which isn't to say you won't benefit from the wealth of information contained in this video. If you're new to Resolve you'll undoubtedly learn a lot here but we also have basic tutorials listed that'll show you the quickest ways to get the ball rolling after install etc, which might be better suited to you.

Tutorial - FCPX - Exporting Clips using a Timeline | Chris Fenwick | One On One
My friend Danny wanted to know how to export portions of a large clip and make a series of shorter clips. There are a couple of ways to do it, and this is the way that most resembled the way he used to do it in FCP7. There is another way to do this that I highlight in another video. 

known issues with CUDA 5.0.17 and 5.0.24 driver (including crashes and kernel panics) | Adobe
Tech note from Adobe explaining issues with the new CUDA drivers from Nvidia that cause crashes and kernel panics in Premiere Pro.
  • forcing or allowing the system to go to sleep while running CUDA applications on 2012 MacBook Pro models with automatic graphics switching will cause a system crash (kernel panic). 
  • CUDA applications will not automatically engage the discrete GPU on 2012 MacBook Pro models with automatic graphics switching. 

Video Cards for Adobe Premiere CS5, CS5.5 and CS6 | Studio 1 Productions
Lengthy article on using video cards with Premiere Pro:
This article covers a lot of information, not just how to unlock the video.  It coves topics such as the video card requirements for the unlock to work,  how to setup Premiere for GPU Acceleration, I show some benchmark results, talk about power supply requirements, video card cooling, how to do the unlock and more.  Please read the article in it's entirety.

Guest Post: The changing face of music videos | Olly Knights | Philip Bloom
Interesting look back, from the band's perspective, of making music videos:
Now although we enjoyed the sheer madness that our lives had become we had always privately questioned the true worth of these high budget video’s that seemed stilted and difficult, as a band we were constantly trying to steer them into deeper philosophical realms like our music but had to battle a label and a media more interested in how we looked and acted, it was all surface, it was the world of pop.

"Side By Side" Director Chris Kenneally on How Keanu's Curiosity Sparked the Film | Tribeca Film
CHRIS KENNEALLY: I was working as post-production supervisor on a movie called Henry’s Crime, which Keanu produced and acted in. He was really curious and wanted to know how post-production worked and how the technology was changing. One day we were sitting in Technicolor, and we were watching the two colorists at work—side by side—to make sure that the chemical print matched the digital work that we had done.

Globe on Screen to broadcast Shakespeare and Marlowe plays in cinemas
| MovieScope
Upcoming broadcasts if Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing, and Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus:
Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe said “With the advent of new technology it is now possible to see and hear theatrical productions in the cinema with a wonderful sharpness and clarity.  We are delighted that these productions will be finding new audiences, who can experience Globe shows as if they were in the building.”

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