Monday, December 31, 2012

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Rick takes an indepth look at the $1,169 ikan D7w:
The new ikan D7w IPS panel field monitor is here. First revealed at NAB 2012, this monitor comes with all the bells and whistles you would want packed into a nice 7 inch 1280 x 800 HD screen. It has waveform, vector scope, RGB parade, 4 panel view and priority view. Add to that peaking, pixel to pixel, false color, clip guides and DSLR scaling all with a viewing angle of 178 degrees. There's 3G SDI and HDMI loop thru, a headphone jack and a mini USB port for firmware updates. I tested a BP-950G battery which lasted about 3 1/2 hours.

Our Top 12 Posts of 2012 (or, the Tyranny of the Listicle) | Filmmaker Magazine
I only got to number 9 in the top 12...though I also came in at 10 and 12. Have to do better next year...
9. Canon 5D Mark III: Does More, Costs More. New on the site this year is Michael Murie’s column, “The Week in Cameras.” The Alexa aside, this post demonstrates our independent community’s continued interest in the DSLR form factor. Murie assessed what was upgraded in this camera and what wasn’t a few days after its announcement.

Manfrotto Fluid Head Comparison | Dave Dugdale | Learning DSLR Video
Since the Francier with it’s built-in drag works well with long lenses zoomed in but is pretty heavy and can’t do a whip pan to save it’s life, I went with the Manfrotto 701HDV Pro Fluid head Mini because of two reasons; the 701 is very light which works great with my new light weight Induro tripod for traveling, and the second reason is it works fine for wide angle shots that require fast movement.

edelkrone SliderPLUS+ demo | YouTube
A neat trick makes this slider much smaller than the length you can move the camera:
Since the release of SliderPLUS+ there has been a wide interest and many filmmakers were very enthusiastic to see the worlds first slider that can move twice its length. Up till now we only had the chance to show the virtual images of the SliderPLUS+ but now we are happy to share you the first demo video showing a real SliderPLUS+ fully working in action.

10 Dirty Secrets Of Independent Film | Elliot Grove | Raindance
2. It’s who you know, not what you know.A good political mind is a far better asset to a budding filmmaker than anything else. Get really good at building relationships with the people that will matter to your career; distributors, sales agents and journalist. While you are at it, find out who the hot new PR’s are, and budget their fees into your monthly budget.

The price of the Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC tilt-shift lens revealed in Russia | Photo Rumors
I've always wanted to get a real tilt-shift lens, but could never justify the cost. Maybe this Samyang will do the trick:
Samyang Russia published the price of the 24mm 1:3.5 ED AS UMC tilt-shift lens on their website: 34,090 rubles (around $1,100). For reference: the PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED costs $1,999, the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II sells for $1,949. The Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 lens is expected to be released in March, 2013.

Choosing Neutral Density Filters with Infrared Protection: Necessary or Overboard | Dave Kendricken | No FIlm School
I don't like ND filters at the best of times, now I have to worry about IR?!:
Whether or not you need IR filtration may be as much about your own preference and tastes as it is about your budget and gear — some cameras will hold up better to post correction of IR pollution than others, so you’ll have to use your own judgment depending on what you’re using.

After Effects 3D Integration VFX Tutorial Part 1The Theory of 3D Integration VFX | Tobias | Surfaced Studio
3D integration is a technique used for combining real live footage with virtual elements that were created, animated and rendered inside a 3D program.Most modern television shows and films contain some sort of 3D integration effects, but depending on how well they are done, you may not even notice 3D integration is a complicated process, but can be used to create anything you can possibly imagine: from super slow motion 3D bullets to alien planets or strange creatures tearing down entire cities! If you can imagine it you can – theoretically – create the effect

Canon Sells More DSLRs Than Anyone Else in 2012 | CanonRumors
It looks like Canon had a good year:
An interesting note about Canon, if you remove the lowend of the DSLR market (Rebels, D3xxx/D5xxx), Canon’s marketshare increases. I imagine the 5D Mark III plays a big part in that, as well as the EOS-1D X.

Perspective: Objects in Pictures Are Not Always As They Seem | Michael Zhang
| PetaPixel
I new that the chair was fake from the beginning, but was fooled by a couple of other things:
The video above is only 44 seconds long, but we’ll bet it’ll take up at least a minute and a half of your time — you’ll just have to watch it twice. It was created by British psychological professor Richard Wiseman, and demonstrates the power of perspective. It’s titled, “Assumptions.”

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