Friday, September 07, 2012

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Video review of the BlackMagic Cinema Camera!! | Philip Bloom | Blog
Philip has posted his video review of the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera:
I for one will continue to use my C300 for the bulk of my work as the workflow is way faster, the image super sharp and the dynamic range just a stop less than this camera. It isn’t raw though or prores HQ…but as most of my work is documentary work the C300 is by far the best choice for me…yes for me…It is an expensive camera and way out of the budget of many.

Shipping thread - Blackmagic Cinema Camera | EOSHD Forum
Looks like the camera has been delayed:
The camera's production has been hobbled by a parts shortage. Terry from Blackmagic:"Would love to give dates and a more exact timeline, but right now we can't until we get info on when that slow to arrive component will arrive in bulk. When we know that, we will communicate when we will be shipping in volume right away."

Blackmagic in New Orleans | Diamond Blog
Write up on shooting with the BDCC:
We are shooting some RAW DNG daylight today and will be posting a graded edit along with some RAW DNG and Pro Res files soon. You can click on the pictures to get the full 1080 versions as well as save them. Remember that these are low res. We will be posting Hi Res stills when we get back from the road.

Texting is Gefährlich – A Cinema Camera Short, Part 1 | Marco Solorio
| One River Media
Another write-up and images from shooting with the camera:
We even wanted to keep rolling shutter and vibration in there. Mounting the camera on the Porsche with its stiff suspension proved well, and obviously not a typical solution. I almost didn’t want to include that footage, but felt that the audience would want to see ALL shots in their extreme variants. Again, rolling the dice and taking chances.

Canon 1DC Camera Tests from “The Ticket” | Shane Hurlbut | Hurlblog
Shane got to shoot with the Canon 1D C:
We found that we could boost the ISO higher on Neutral and get less noise and banding than with Canon Log. Canon Log limited us to about 1250-1600 ISO, where Neutral gave us a workable noise level around 6400 ISO. We shot 70% of the film in Canon Log to gives us that expanded latitude

Viewfinders “The curse of the new camcorders” | Philip Johnston | HD Warrior
Interesting thoughts from Philip about the quality of the viewfinders on video cameras. The externals LCDs have improved, but the viewfinders have gotten worse. Perhaps they should just stop putting them on and acknowledge that in the +3K range, people will buy external viewfinders rather than use tiny little ones:
When I read the specs for the C100 I could not believe that Canon are planning on using a 0.24 inch viewfinder in an $8,000 camera. My Canon Legria HFG10 has an 0.24″ viewfinder and I think it’s unusable. I realise that the C300 0.52 inch viewfinder is usable – but not great. At least they could put the C300′s viewfinder on the C100. 

Rokinon 8mm Cine Lens Review | Ricky Perrone | YouTube
A nice short video review of this budget Cine lens:
  • Specifically geared toward video
  • Clickless aperture marked in T stops
  • Teethed aperture and focus ring to work with follow focus
  • Solid well built lens
  • Priced at around 349$

Declicking a Rokinon/Samyang 35mm 1.4 lens | DSLR Film Noob
You can sort of convert a still lens into a cine lens by de-clicking it:
If you have the Rokinon/Samyang 35mm f1.4 lens, an easy upgrade is to “Declick” the aperture ring. Youtube member c2thew does a pretty good job in this video of walking you through the process. It isn’t very hard to do and gives you the ability to have smooth aperture transitions.

A Complete Guide to Setting Up a Home Color Grading Suite | Ryan E Walters
| NoFilmSchool
In the room I have dubbed “The Viewing Room” in my house, my goals were threefold: 1. Have a tightly controlled room that I could grade my work in, 2. Be able to view 10-bit content as I grade, and 3. Be able to watch blu-ray’s and content from my computer (web pages, photoshop, etc.) directly on my 50″ Plasma.

Anatomy of an iMac Suite | Walter Biscardi | Biscardi Creative Blog
Here’s a good look at the iMac configuration, that’s the iMac in the middle, a Dell 24″ monitor on the left and a Flanders Scientific LM-1770W reference monitor on the right.  Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 is the editing tool.The iMac configuration is as follows:  27″, 3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, 256GB SSD Startup Disc, 1TB Secondary disc, dual Thunderbolt ports.

Premiere Pro CS6 (6.0.2) update: HiDPI for Retina Display, bug fixes, and new supported GPUs | Todd Koptive | Adobe
The update for Premiere adds: Windows 8 certification, Mac Retina support and expanded support for GPU processing: GT 650M (which is in the newer MacBook Pro computers) and GTX 680

  • tearing in image when using XDCAM EX footage
  • numeric keypad keys couldn’t be assigned to keyboard shortcuts
  • audio deleted when enabling Audio Follows Video without enabling multicam for audio track
  • color shift introduced by Three-Way Color Corrector at default settings when GPU acceleration turned off
  • color shifts in some imported M2TS assets

Organizing Your Premiere Pro Project | Andrew Davis | Premiumbeat
A tip on organizing projects:
In Premiere Pro you can import items directly into a bin.  To do so, simply open a bin and choose the standard import methods (as referenced above).  The items will automatically be imported into the open bin.  This can save a lot of time when organizing your Premiere Pro project.  Create bins specifically for your sequences to keep them organized and all in one place.

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