Friday, March 29, 2013

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Apple aims to win over video editors | Chris O'Brien | Los Angeles Times
That campaign, timed to coincide with the National Assn. of Broadcasters convention that starts April 6 in Las Vegas, will feature users like Julian Liurette, who followed the firestorm from his video editing desk in Toronto at the Globe and Mail newspaper.

What's new in Final Cut Pro X [X 10.0.8]  | Apple
  • Sony XAVC
    Shoot with Sony’s latest professional digital video cameras — the F5 and F55 — then import XAVC files directly into Final Cut Pro X and start editing immediately. With support for resolutions up to 4K, you can work natively or convert to Apple ProRes in the background for even better performance.
  • ProRes Log C
  • Multichannel Audio Editing
  • Unified Import
  • Streamlined Share
  • Dual Viewers

XAVC APPLE FCPX plugin [ Edited ] | Sony
Here is the XAVC plugin for Apple Final Cut Pro X that enables native XAVC editing
NoteThis plug-in requires:
Final Cut Pro X 10.0.8 or higher for XAVC format
Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6 or higher for XDCAM format
This plug-in supports SxS Card but not Professional Disc. XDCAM Professional Disc users can use Content Browser software to ingest material into Final Cut Pro X.

Ang Lee Talks “The New Illusion Of Cinema” At London’s 3D Creative Summit
| Deadline
I don't think Lee is going to endear himself with the VFX community:
Speaking of the cost of visual effects, he said he had feared that the economic reality of Pi would not match the artistic demands of realizing it. “It would be like the number Pi: it keeps on going and makes no sense.” 3D, then, was a way to keep the budget manageable.

F5/F55 Quick Tip: Updating Firmware | Ian McCausland | AbelCine
Sony recently released a new firmware update for their F5/F55 cameras. Firmware v1.10 comes with a number of image processing and metadata improvements. See below for a full list of the changes:

Switronix TorchLED BOLT variable temperature LED light review | Andrew Reid
This is a very powerful panel. It is 200 watt and gives 7300lux at 2ft and 3800lux at 1m. You can mount it on the camera, or use it as a stand-alone ‘sun gun’ which is how I used it. The BOLT has a standard 1/4″ mount thread (metal) on the base and comes with a 1/4-20 swivel hot shoe mount in the box.

Hacked Panasonic GH2 and a GH3 on multicopter shoot BBC Top Gear special in Africa | Andrew Reid | EOSHD
The interesting thing about this is that you can get some nice video by attaching a small camera to a small aircraft...
The company Extreme Facilities who provided the BBC with multicopter drones for the recent Top Gear Africa Special have posted some behind the scenes shots of the GH2 and GH3.

JVC ADIXXION GC-XA1 On RC JET (Malaysia) | qick1314 | YouTube
And an even smaller action camera attached to a small model plane:
JVC ADIXXION GC-XA1 attached under a RC JET plane which fly with the speed of 300km/h.

Shooting Video with the Nikon D800 | Nice Lady Productions | Vimeo
This video has relevant information for Nikon D4, D600 and D7100 camera users, as the video shooting settings are very similar. Please note: you can not change the Aperture in Live View Manual video mode on the D600 and D7100 cameras unless you use a lens with manual aperture on the lens, but you can on the D4 and D800/e. D600 and D7100 are wifi enabled (with an adaptor) for transferring files and controlling the camera remotely.

Shooting Video with the Nikon D800 from Nice Lady Productions on Vimeo.

SNL Backstage: Behind the Scenes with the Film Unit | NBC

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