Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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Outlining As You Write | Stu Maschwitz | Slugline
While sort of an advertisement for this script writing tool, a lot of the article is about writing, not the tool:
I'm working on an outline for a feature, and I thought I'd share my process. The document I've started in Slugline will evolve from notes and ideas, to a rough treatment, to a complete outline, to a scriptment, to a completed screenplay. Throughout this evolution, I'll use various Slugline features to support my workflow.

The “Frankenstein” Steadicam | Evan Luzi | The Black and Blue
Interesting article about making do with what you have (and the budget you have), rather than the 'right' way to do it:
I’m even more proud of the fact that we completely dismantled the RED battery mount and found a way to gaff tape it to the bottom of the Steadicam rig. Then we used the cable to juice the RED with its own batteries. This had a two fold effect: it gave us more power and it gave a greater counter weight to the RED’s heavy body.

Ep. 46 - "It's All News"NeedCreative Podcast
  • Adobe force charges a subscription - our thoughts on Creative Cloud
  • Apple - the direction of the company, and their changing view on Pros
  • FCPX as it currently stands, as compared to Premiere.
  • The Canon 5D3 now with raw 14-bit recording. 
  • and more

$200 off Bower 24mm f1.4 lens | B & H Photovideo
This Samyang / Bower / Rokinon is available under different badges, with different mounts and in a Cine model as well as a "regular" version. But at $499 for the Bower model until May 31st, this is about as cheap as you can get it. It's available in Canon, Nikon, Sony A mount, Olympus 4/3rds and Samsung NX mounts. Sure, it isn't as good as the Canon 24mm, but it's $1,000 cheaper, and for video use it has manual aperture settings.
The Cine model adds geared focus and aperture rings, and step-less aperture, but the mechanics are still the same, so it's debatable whether it's worth spending over $200 more for that.

Stratastencil Animation, Dance, and Poetry Take Flight in 'The Me Bird' | No Film School
Take a poem written by Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, combine it with transfixing stratastencil animation, throw in a strong piano score from Conrado Kempers and Pedro Carneiro, and have Brazilian design and motion graphics studio 18bis blend it all together.

Using Magic Lantern RAW on Your Canon – Is It Worth It? | James DeRuvo | Doodle
Primarily a response to one Canon RAW naysayer:
Weber goes on to say that using hacked cameras while there are proficient RAW options out there shows what he calls an “inherent lack of professionalism.”  Oh please.  Frankly, I think he has a better argument on the reliability side of the issue.  “CF cards are being capped out with the data rate on raw and dropped frames or corruption is far more likely to happen as a result of offloading the buffer. Just unnecessary risks all around.”

Andys Free Region Tool Plugin for FCP, Premiere Pro, Motion and AE | Noise Industries
Andy’s Free Region Tool plugin allows you to apply effects only to the part of the image that needs it. Compatible with Final Cut Pro, Motion, After Effects and Premiere Pro.

Understanding planar tracking in mocha HitFilm | FXhomeHitFilm | YouTube
HitFilm 2 Ultimate includes mocha HitFilm for planar tracking and camera solving. In today's tutorial we introduce the concept of planar tracking and explain some of its quirks.

CoreMelt SliceX brings mocha planar tracking to Final Cut Pro X | iT Enquirer
CoreMelt's SliceX originally was a keyframe based tracker. This meant that with every move of the shape you're trying to rotoscope or turn into a mask, you needed to create a keyframe. Powerful, but tedious. SliceX "powered by mocha" now makes SliceX the best since — heh — sliced bread. You get the tracking power from mocha with the SliceX preset shapes. You also get the ability to create shapes in freeform manner, just like what you're used to in mocha Pro.

ALEXA metadata for Lincoln MKZ campaign | ARRI News
The team utilized ALEXA’s in-camera HTML webpage to create the lens data table for the lenses used on the job. This built-in application is easily connected from the camera via Ethernet to a laptop running a web browser. Lenses with built-in Lens Data System (LDS) like the ARRI/ZEISS Master Primes, can communicate data directly to the camera through the PL mount data contacts. Lenses that are not LDS-enabled need only a lens table to be created and installed in the camera prior to shooting.

LockCircle Professional LockPort USB Port Saver | Cinescopophilia
The LockPort USB is a new product developed to help avoid damaging your 5D Mark2 and Mark3 mini USB camera port. The LockPort USB protects the fragile output on your camera from tough production abuse with a rock solid innovative ultra-thin clamp and a smart “mini to full-size” USB adapter.

Storytelling Mistakes from Star Trek Into Darkness | Tony Reale | NextWaveDV
I didn't actually read this as I am going to see the movie in the next day or so:
Big, massive, epic SPOILERS ahead! We will be talking about a few major plot revealers so if you haven’t seen the movie and want to be surprised, read no further. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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