Wednesday, September 05, 2012

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IFA show report – Sony FS700 4K firmware due in a few weeks for same price as F3 S-LOG upgrade? | Andrew Reid | EOSHD
Some tantalizing details on the 4K upgrade for the Sony NEX-FS700:
Encouragingly this 4K firmware update is ‘weeks away’ according to Sony, unless that strategy changes or any unforeseen consequences occur. I asked about pricing and I am told it will be similar to the S-LOG upgrade for the Sony F3 which currently retails for £500 + VAT at CVP in the UK. It is just a firmware update. 

Exploring Frame Rates and Resolutions On A Phantom Flex High Speed Camera
| Tom Guilmette | Blog
In most cases during our test, in order to capture a bullet leaving the barrel of the gun, we had to be out on the open range. The Phantom was not doing well under the shade of the small roof that was over our heads. You will see in some of the 10,000 frame per second shots, the footage is grainy. I had to work on it in post because it was so dark in the Phantom Flex viewfinder and resulting file. The Zeiss CP2 85mm f2.1 was really struggling near the end of the day to allow us to get usable stuff at super high speed.

The Great ‘OGRAPHER Giveaway! | Zacuto
Get to hang out with Philip Bloom!
So how does this work? It’s really simple. One photographer and one filmmaker (ahem) will be chosen to win on October 2, 2012. Just click the link below to enter and you could find yourself chatting it up with Mr. Bloom and blowing $1,500 in gear and music for your films! Don’t worry though, if you don’t win this first place prize, we are offering 2nd and 3rd place prizes of a Z-Finder Jr and an iPhone Point’n’Shoot!

Back to School with SpeedGrade | Eric Philpott | Adobe
A replay of a webinar on Speedgrade, as well as other educational tutorials for the program:
The recording of of our recent “SpeedGrade for Aspiring Colorists” webinar just became available.That webinar was aimed at editors who are interested in adding color grading to their workflow – and we know that there are a lot of you out there! Our presenter, editor and colorist Jeff August, started off by taking us through the color correction tools in Adobe Premiere Pro, and then moved on to see how much you can do with color and look design in SpeedGrade.

The Making of “A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman” | Adobe
A free webinar coming up: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific Time
This presentation will cover Made Visual Studios’ digital workflows which relied on After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, and other Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium tools to weave the creative visions and talents of many contributors into a film that mirrors Chapman’s genius.

'Sophie' - Behind the Camera | Phil Arntz | Vimeo
Some fun behind the scenes showing people running around with cameras (a Sony NEX-FS100) making a war movie!
This is a short montage of what goes into making a film, behind the camera. All the BTS Footage was shot by Daniel Freytag who came up with the genius idea of mounting his GoPro to the camera rig too!

Redrock Micro Delivers Another First: The New ultraCage | blue for Canon EOS C100 | Digital Picture
Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable professional-level cinema accessories, announced today the new ultraCage | blue for the Canon EOS C100. Built in partnership with Canon for the premiere at IBC 2012, the ultraCage C100's form-fitting design matches the ergonomics and size of the C100, adds needed support and mounting features, and minimizes bulk and weight.

Carl Zeiss to Show New Compact Prime and Compact Zoom Lenses at IBC
| Studio Daily
Zeiss will introduce the new Compact Prime CP.2 25/T2.1 lens at IBC next week in Amsterdam. The company will also show a new full-format 4K CZ.2 Compact Zoom lens, the second Compact Zoom in its new series introduced at NAB in April.

R.I.P. THE MOVIE CAMERA: 1888-2011 | Matt Zoller Seitz | Digital Junkies
An article at the moviemaking technology website Creative Cow reports that the three major manufacturers of motion picture film cameras — Aaton, ARRI and Panavision — have all ceased production of new cameras within the last year, and will only make digital cinema cameras from now on.  As the article’s author, Debra Kaufman, poignantly puts it, “Someone, somewhere in the world is now holding the last film camera ever to roll off the line.”

Color Grading 101 - Part 1, Getting Started in resolve 9 | Den Lennie | F-STOP
| Vimeo
I've created a FREE 4 part video series called Color Grading 101. Since Black Magic Design released DaVinci Resolve 9 Lite powerful color grading is now accessible to all. However if you are moving from layer based 'looks' like Magic Bullet , then there are some key differences when using Resolve.I'm a DP first and so wanted to share my journey into color grading from the point of view of a shooter.

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