Monday, December 17, 2012

Quick Links

The Hobbit Arrives with a High Frame Rate, and New Sony Camera Prices
| Michael Murie | Filmmaker Magazine
As the first movie in wide release to be shot and shown in 48p, the acceptance – or success – of the movie is being closely tied to the future adoption of 48p. This is, of course, ridiculous. The success or failure of a single film is unlikely to define the future of a format. But we’re still left with the question: Is 48p (or High Frame Rates) a good thing, a bad thing, or just different? And why does this discussion feel suspiciously like the one about 3D?

Everything you ever wanted to know about HFR and The Hobbit | Tim Dashwood
| Dashwood 3D
Tim is the developer of Stereo3D Toolbox, and here he offers his thoughts on 3D in The Hobbit:
Well, the stereoscopic 3D execution is not perfect, with numerous stereo window violations and some depth map/inversion errors on dimensionalized VFX shots. These are issues that left me with strained eye muscles (specifically in my right eye), and cannot be remedied by viewing the HFR version. However, overall the film has many good S3D moments and the visual effects (in 24 fps) are spectacular, but they start to show their seams at 48 fps.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Review Part 1: Initial Thoughts | Joe Marine
| No Film School
It's rumored that with production problems solved, the Blacmagic Cinema Camera will start shipping in greater quantity...shortly:
If you can’t get around the usability issues, that’s perfectly understandable, but anything else that would make this camera better hardware-wise would make it that much more expensive. I don’t think this camera is all that appealing at $6,000-$10,000, but for $3,000, it’s an absolute steal to get footage that has just about as much resolution at 1080 and nearly as much dynamic range as cameras costing 10-20 times as much.

PREVIEW: Making Blackmagic (Cinema Camera) Work for You on 12.12.12
| Rule Boston Camera | Vimeo
In this short, edited preview, Rule’s Equipment Manager, Adam Van Voorhis, and NoFilmSchool’s Managing Editor, Joe Marine, highlight key elements featured in their 2-hour Learning Lab session on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. For more details, watch the 2-hour version! No time? Take a look at key aspects of the camera here!

The Video Journalist Kit Series Package | Sony
PDF brochure : Grab & Go [PDF]
Sony sells the Sony VJBK1T Turnkey Field Acquisition Backpack for $4,200, a backpack that contains a HXR-NX30 camcorder [$1,999] , UWP-V1 wireless audio, an Xperia Tablet, Tripod, an LED video light and a few other accessories.

Variable ND Filter Shootout | Dave Dugdale | Learning DSLR Video
The Tiffen wins in sharpness
The Genus requires a little more post work than the Tiffen
I am buying the Tiffen
If you are short on cash I would get the Genus

Avoiding RAM Starvation: Getting Optimum Performance in Premiere Pro
| Karl Soulé | Adobe
I can’t stress enough the need to ‘balance’ the system to get proper performance. There’s never a danger of having “Too much RAM”, but too many processors is not necessarily a good thing!You can check this on your system – using the stock effects, when you render previews or render your output files, you should see all the CPU cores being utilized. They won’t exactly be used the same amount, but roughly, they all should be about the same for common tasks.

The future of streaming video – four predictions for 2013 | Kun Gao | Gigaom
There will be significant progress made towards a new monetization model beyond the traditional ad-supported and subscription service ones. The American household spends, on average, nearly five hours per day watching video content. As such it is one of the best methods we know for generating product interest.

To Form a More Perfect | Dylan Callaghan | Writers Guild of America
Interview with Lincoln scriptwriter Tony Kushner:
My initial plan was to do September of 1863 all the way to the end and that proved to be just completely impossible. It was much too much material. Then after the [Writers] Guild strike in '07-'08, when I went back to work on it, I had a realization that I could focus just on the last four months and that pretty much every theme I'd begun to see as recurrent in the four years of Lincoln's administration occurred during that four-month period. 

No comments: