Thursday, October 18, 2012

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The Effects of Diffusion on the C300 Color Fringing Issue | Josh | MagicGoggles
The C300 is a fantastic camera; I wouldn’t have gotten one if it wasn’t. But like all cameras, it has its weaknesses. One minor one occurs when you blow out highlights. The edges can look sharp and aliased (sawtoothed), and can sometimes show green fringing. This is different from the chromatic aberration that’s present to some degree in all but the best lenses, but it remains to be seen if it’s entirely unrelated. 

#TheNewF Webchat | Sony | Flashbook
They haven't announced 'it' yet, but they have announced a web chat!
Due to daylight savings adjustment, the scheduled time in the chat client below may not appear correctly. The chat will take place at the following times: Tuesday 30th October - 12noon San Francisco, 3pm New York, 7pm London, 8pm Paris / Berlin.

Camera Shootout from MyTherapy | movieScope Magazine
UK Digital colour correction studio Mytherapy have released a teaser of their comparative camera test to show how the Sony F65, RED Epic and Blackmagic Cinema Camera measure up when capturing skin tone in a controlled studio environment.

I Crossed the 180 on Myself | Ron Dawson | Dare Dreamer
So I’m editing a series of testimonial videos I shot last week. I was shooting with two cameras: one set as a close-up, the other a wider shot.I bring up the angles in my NLE and I see the oddest thing. The subject in the close-up is looking in one direction (left to right) but the in the wide shot he’s looking right to left. This totally trips me up.

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition: 4K Video from an Action Cam | VideoMaker
The HERO3 comes in three configurations: White Edition, Silver Edition, and Black Edition. Most exciting is the Black Edition, which features 4K video recording at 12fps and 2.7k footage at 30fps. It also includes built in wi-fi with a remote. For those not interested in the low frame rate, 4k video and wi-fi remote, all versions of the GoPro HERO3 can be controlled via iOS or Android devices. 

GoPro, The Little Action Camera Company That Could, Unveils Its Latest Line-Up
| Tech Crunch
So what’s new? The top model, the HERO3 Black Edition, is 30 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the HERO2 with a $399.99 price tag. Its image processor is twice as fast, and the camera can capture 4k video at 15 frames per second, 2.7k video at 30 frames per second.

Sound Forge Pro Mac | Sony
Sound Forge now on the Mac:
Built on a clean slate for OS X, Sound Forge™ Pro Mac provides a contemporary application environment that’s perfect for recording, editing, processing, and rendering broadcast-quality audio master files. A fresh statement on audio editing software, Sound Forge Pro Mac includes a comprehensive suite of mastering, restoration, and repair tools for immediate results.

Q & A with Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister | Carrie Seidman
| Arts Sarasota
What’s troubling to me is that digital has eclipsed film before it has eclipsed it artistically. I will be accepting of digital when it is the equal of film; there’s something wrong with technology that moves you backward rather than forward.

'Dark Knight' Cinematographer Calls 'The Avengers' an "Appalling Film" -- Is He Right? | Erik Davis | Redforward
What Pfister is saying makes sense. Yes, technically, every shot in a movie should go toward servicing the story. Unfortunately that's not always the case with really big films that attempt to sandwich in product placement while fulfilling talent requests from A-list actors, not to mention the hundreds of notes a director might receive from the studio and producers.

Available Today: Color Grading with Media Composer and Symphony 6 | Avid
New book. Sample chapter available at the above link.
Fortunately, not long before starting the book, I had the pleasure of meeting Patrick Inhofer, owner/colorist of Fini TV, and the man behind the successful Tao of Color training site. Patrick was the perfect addition to the project. He is the nicest guy, and it was a real pleasure to work with him. But most importantly, his collaboration infused the book with advanced grading techniques and practical advice on everything from setting up your grading suite to managing clients.

Street Car Chase Scene made with RC Cars | FilmmakerIQ
Some of the shots are really good in this:
Filmmakers Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch team to create an intense Need For Speed style car chase with the use of remote controlled street racing cars, cop cars and a helicopter.

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