Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Been curious about using Magic Lanten? This piece is great because it's a detailed interview with someone who has actually used it, and had some concerns about it too:
When the team announced they had cracked silent imaging, and that RAW video was on the horizon for the 5D mkIII, I’ll admit, even with my prior use of the firmware, I didn’t exactly jump straight on board. My mkIII was my primary source of income, and for it to break or malfunction while using an alpha build, no matter how small the chance, was not an option I could afford to take.

And if you've been tempted by Magic Lantern, their latest claim: 14 stops of dynamic range is - to me - more intriguing that shooting RAW.
Magic Lantern cracks “dual ISO” on 5D2 and 6D for 14 stops of dynamic range | Planet 5D

It seems that Sony does have a "lens camera"; basically a lens with a sensor inside it that you attach to - and control - using your smart phone. It's an interesting idea; turn your phone into an even better digital camera, I'm just not sure if people will actually buy it.
I guess it depends on; how expensive it is, how big it is, how good the pictures are, and how well it integrates with the phone.
People with smart phones are still buying small point-and-shoots. Could it replace that? Sure, but get a couple of things wrong and it won't sell:
(SR5) Hot! First images of the new DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lens-cameras! | Sony Alpha Rumors
Lens-camera: What you see on these images are the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lenses. Actually these are not normal lenses! They have built-in sensor, Bionz processor, Wifi/NFC wireless connection and SD card slot. 
First Pictures of Sony’s Groundbreaking Lens Cameras Surface | PetaPixel

Zacuto Axis | Zacuto
The latest gadget from Zacuto is an arm for attaching your EVF. It's for sale for $565.00
The Axis is our most adjustable, universal EVF mounting option! It is compatible with the Red Bomb EVF, Alphatron EVF, Zacuto EVF, Cineroid EVF and many more. It is designed to come from the top of your camera set up, it leaves plenty of room at the lens for focusing and will work with the widest of lenses.

How Google Search Drives Moviegoing | Filmmaker
Google publishes a whitepaper: “Quantifying Movie Magic with Google Search”.
The first assertion that Google makes is that moviegoer decision making is highly research-led. Their data shows a 56% year-on-year growth in movie-related search. When researching movies, 61% of moviegoers claim to turn to online resources to guide their decision. 

Netflix' Worst Nightmare Becomes Real | Yahoo
What was once originally a five-year deal, of which two were exclusive, has lapsed. Now enters Amazon. But what is Netflix thinking? This continues the streak of yet another misstep for the struggling movie giant, which has seen its stock price erode during the course of the year.


Ever wonder how f-stops are calculated:
A Primer On The Math Behind F-Stops | DYPhotography

I can believe it, though they don't say who these cameras will be coming from:
20 new 4K cameras to arrive before NAB 2014 | Red Shark News

If you're waiting for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, keep waiting. This is just some pictures - an unboxing really:
RedShark exclusive: First look at the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera | Red Shark News'

10 Filmmakers' Top 10 Films Lists: Scorsese, Kubrick, Allen, Tarantino, Nolan and More | IndieWire

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