Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Just the news

The most interesting thing to come across the wires yesterday was this low-light comparison between the ARRI Alexa, Canon C300 and Sony F55 by Thomas Weber. The Alexa was rated the best picture below 800, while the F55 was the best at very high ISO's. The C300 did well in low light, and was no slouch considering it's considerably cheaper that the Alexa or F55.

Want to get into movie production? MovieScope offers two articles which paint a somewhat contradictory and confused picture of what's going on. In "The Film Release Slot Machine" distribution experts explain "how a decline in studio production bring opportunities for the independent sector," while in "Digital Distribution and the Invisibility Dilemma," "Industry analyst Michael Gubbins examines why the growth of digital cinema and on-demand platforms may see independent content disappearing…"
It's sort of like when matter and anti-matter come together...

But why worry about that? Sony want's to sell you a 4K camera, and has some information on 4K workflows which might help: 4K for Live Production.

Looking for a budget external digital recorder? The Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle is a bargain, though it might not offer all the options you need (there's no display screen) and attaching it to your camera might be a struggle. Matt Allard at News Shooter takes a look at a possible solution: the Geardear Cage for the HyperDeck Shuttle.

Popular Mechanics talks to Nick Woodman, founder and CEO of GoPro.
"Our goal was to create a celebration of inspired humans doing rad stuff around the world."

Final Cut Pro X Not For Complex Timelines?
Philip Johnston of HD Warrior explains problems he's had with a complex Final Cut Pro X timeline:
A common cause of this is over-use of compound clips, especially compound clips inside multiclips. I have seen this lead to multi-gigabyte project files, even though the timeline was only a few minutes long.

How Can Composers and Sound Designers Better Collaborate in Film? Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound Have an Answer | IndieWire
"This idea of getting sound involved beginning with the script hasn't been taught in film schools. Our hope is that we're starting a movement that will take sound more seriously and integrate both of them more fully into the filmmaking process rather than their being the caboose at the end of the train,"

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