Friday, November 30, 2012

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The future of 4K video and the cheapest way to shoot it | Tony Reale
| NextWaveDV
A look at the actual -estimated - cost of some 4K options:
So what’s the most cost effective option for 4K? There is one last option that we haven’t talked about. The FS700 + Sony’s 4K option gives you 16bit 4K RAW. But remember back when we talked about the AJA Ki Pro Quad? 4K 10bit for $3995. Sony has hinted that the FS700 will support third party 4K recorders. Right now the Ki Pro Quad is one of the only 4K recorders on the market.

Mahout - Sony F55 CineAlta 4k Camera Demo | Stargate Studios | Vimeo
Sony asked Sam Nicholson, ASC, and Stargate Studios to produce a short film to test the F55. Nicholson, along with production teams from Stargate LA and Stargate Mumbai, travelled to Sri Lanka to produce the film, hiring local talent and crew to help in the production. "Mahout" follows an orphan girl who helps a baby elephant escape an abusive owner and return to his herd in the wild.

Watch 'Mahout,' One of the First Films Shot on the Global Shutter Sony F55
| Joe Marine | No FIlm School
As far as the look, it seems very similar to much of the other offerings from Sony. Watching in compressed form on Vimeo is certainly not ideal, especially since this was shown in 4K at the presentation yesterday, but one of the biggest things that is impressing me is the dynamic range. For a global shutter camera, it’s remarkable that Sony has pulled this much latitude out of the sensor.

GoPro Hero3 - 240fps in Slo-Mo | Jeff Foster | ProVideoCoalition
This is a brief shoot/edit workflow project demonstrating the GoPro Hero3 (Black Edition) running 240fps and editing at 30fps in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 for the entire video.
While there are certainly limitations in image quality and resolution shooting standard dev in the WVGA 240fps mode on the GoPro, you can still achieve some pretty amazing and smooth slo-mo action shots.

Are the new iMacs good enough for video editing | Larry Jordan | Post
When you think about it, a 4K image is less than 16 megapixels, so the challenge isn't the image size; it's playing that many frames per second in realtime. This gets me to the heart of the issue: any Mac, even a Mac Mini, has the horsepower to edit video. The real constraints are the speed of your storage, the complexity of your video codec, and the depth of your effects. 

Creating snow in After Effects | Rich Young | ProVideoCoalition
Not that templates or stock footage are expensive… There are many, many tutorials for snow-related effects that can be used straight from the free projects or mimicked easily, even if you haven’t seen snow in years. First, to help with a forum question, here’s Michael Park on how to make snow stick 

I Want My 4K TV: Sony introduces first collection of 4K Ultra HD content
|  Ray Hartjen | Sony Blog
Last week I sort of shot off my mouth and suggested 4K content was going to be available in the home. Today, that 4K dream came true as Sony officially introduced the 4K Ultra HD Video Player. Bundled exclusively as a special value add loaned to purchasers of Sony’s XBR-84X900 4K LED television, the player is a hard disc solution that comes preloaded with the following full-length feature films

Switronix PB70 BMCC external battery review | Andrew Reid | EOSHD
Build quality is pretty good, though the casing of the unit is high grade plastic it feels robust and the threads are of course metal. Weight comes in a very good 0.63kg. The camera itself is 1.7kg. Dimensions are: 6.25 x 1.8 x 3.3″. Charging time is around 3 to 5 hours and the battery of course ships with its own charger. [...]
All in all, it is such a simple solution and I’ve had absolutely zero issues with it so far. Very reliable.

Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters: Have a Driving Reason to Write
| Karl Iglesias | Script Mag
Gerald DiPego: For me, writing borders on an obsession. It’s almost like I don’t have a choice, like breathing. While you can certainly rack yourself with doubt, there is a persistence about it where it isn’t this sense of “should I do this or not?” but more “I can’t help this, I love it, I need to do it.”

You Want To Start A Film Production Company? Why Not Make It A Non-profit?
| Chris Mason Johnson | SF Film Society Blog
A non-profit isn’t right for all projects, obviously. Comedies without any socially relevant/meaningful content, for example, wouldn’t make sense. And yes, you do need to prove “educational value” to the IRS. The non-profit I’ve created, Serious Productions, Inc., will have a life beyond Test and has a broader mission statement that Test fits into: to capture aspects of LGBT lives and experience that might otherwise be lost in the bigger historical narratives that dominate.

Doha Panel: Making Films Shouldn't Be Creators' Key Goal in Age of Transmedia | Stuart Kemp | Hollywood Reporter
According to the panel, the digital age amid a growing opportunity to make material available across multi-platforms such as smart phones and tablets can negate the need for old school methods of content creation and distribution.
Tousi said there are three drivers of change in the digital world - demographic shifts, a reshaped global power structure and disruptive innovation.

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