Saturday, October 20, 2012

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Camera Shipping Update: 10/19 | Grant Petty | BlackMagicDesign
I was going to do an update today, but I still have not quite got the latest info I need to update everyone accurately. However what I do know is there is a small amount of cameras shipping again, but its slow because some of the testing software needed to qualify sensors before they ship to us was completed later than we expected. However things are starting to move. I hope to have more info next week.
The supplier is quite upbeat though and expects a lot more sensors next week to ship so that is good.

"Pepephon"- Sony NEX-EA50 pre-production test footage | Johnnie Behiri | Vimeo
The camera is very lightweight yet feels comfortable on the shoulder. Lightweight means you can easily mount it on your existing HDSLR accessories like a slider or tripod.
Needless to say that by having a shoulder mount video camera the need for a rig and external audio device is eliminated.
The most striking weakness of this camera is the absent of a built-in ND filter.
I would love to go out with one of the camera engineers and film outdoor in normal lighting conditions and see his response to the footage while shooting without ND filter.

IBC round-up, my hands-on take on the Canon C100 on video (with Den Lennie & Guy Thatcher) | Nino Lietner | NinoFilm
I was really positively surprised that the C100 “feels” like a C300 … they used the same material and didn’t compromise on that at all. Also, the same sensor … and all that in an even smaller form factor. Not bad at all. Sure, inferior codec and no HD-SDI, but to be honest, it will be enough for a lot of people! Especially considering there’s clean 4:2:2 out from the HDMI port. One big advantage over the C300: The C100 has an internal microphone in the attachable grip!

Cineform-Protune + GoPro Hero3 & Post | Mike Seymour | FXphd
While much of the popular press may focus on the jump to 4K, we wanted to flag the incredible shift from being a ‘straight to YouTube’ camera to a camera that now also offers a very real alternative for those wanting to intercut GoPro footage – a pipeline that assumes there will be grading, that there will be post, and outputs from the camera in a format that lets you maximize both.

GoPro Hero 3 | Vincent Laforet | Blog
There will always be a need and room for craft, lens selection, exposure decisions, shooting angle, camera movement etc. AND NECESSARILY SO!   But for most of the public out there (and many pros!), the GoPro is the perfect introduction to the value of simply capturing a moment – AND ENJOYING THE MOMENT rather than being stressed about framing, sharpness, focus distance etc.  let alone worrying about damaging the camera or having it stolen…

Show Own Color | kitsuney | Vimeo
Interesting slow-motion video shot with the Sony NEX-FS700. Some of the color looks off though; not sure if that's intentional or not...

Sony NEX-VG900 Hands-On | VideoMaker
Short look at the NEX-VG900, Sony's full-frame sensor, E-mount consumer video camera.

Diagram, Shotlist, and 'Pocket-Block' Your Scene with the Shot Designer App
| Dave Kendricken | NoFilmSchool
An intuitive interface allows precise control for plotting (and animating) all the essential aspects of shooting your scene in a classic top-down diagram style. A limited (single-scene-at-a-time) release is available for free, and the $20 Pro version has some key perks too. Read on for the intro video and a more detailed list of Shot Designer’s features.

Lens Bokeh Explained | Mitch Gross | AbelCine
Bokeh is one of the more misunderstood concepts in optics. The term was coined for photographic use in 1997, from the Japanese word boke, meaning blur or haze. In recent years, “bokeh” has been simplified to refer to how the shape of a lens’ iris is rendered in out-of-focus points of light in an image, such as streetlamps at night. Much is made of how many iris blades are used in a lens and how round the iris aperture is as it is stopped down, but these are only minor aspects of bokeh.

Applying Creative Looks across Multiple Clips [in Adobe SpeedGrade]
| Eric Philpott | Adobe
The power of SpeedGrade lies in the way it allows you to build up color corrections and creative looks as grading layers. Because grading layers are non-destructively applied in SpeedGrade, you can play around to your heart’s content until you get your footage looking just right.

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