Friday, September 20, 2013

Bits & Pieces

Dueling Reviews
I was intrigued when the news of Sony's sensor/lens add-on for your smart phone, the DSC-QX10/B Smartphone Attachable 4.45-44.5mm Lens-Style Camera ($248), first appeared. But, after thinking about it for a bit, I decided it would be something I'd carry around for a while, and then just leave at home. Then I got interested again; maybe it would be useful if it wasn't that expensive, and the pictures were better than I get with my iPhone camera.
But now the reviews are coming in, and I'm not too sure what to think, as you can see from these two reviews that seem to come to different conclusions.
Note that this is the review of the lower-end model. There is the DSC-QX100 Lens-style Camera as well, but at $499, I'm not sure I'd be tempted to get that. I think I'll just continue to drag along the Sony NEX-5RK when I need - much - better pictures.

Sony Cyber-shot QX10 review: a WiFi 'lens camera' that mounts directly on your smartphone | Engadget
...after spending a full week with the QX10, including shoots in Berlin and Alaska, it's hard not to revel in Sony's accomplishment. Built-in LCD or not, the Cyber-shot QX10 is truly a fantastic camera. It complements just about any smartphone, and at $250, it's within reach of many consumers.

Fed up with your smartphone camera? No problem—just snap on a new one |
...image quality is better than your smartphone's, yes, but not by much. The biggest gain is in terms of optical zoom, but the camera's awkward handling makes actually utilizing that 10x telephoto a challenge. And while the QX10's pairing behavior and user interface are better (or at least less convoluted) than any other WiFi implementation we've seen, shooting with the app still felt arbitrarily limiting—almost like a chore.

Other News

WriterDuet App Lets You Collaborate on Screenplays Online in Real Time for Free | NoFilmSchool
Enter WriterDuet, a new, free online collaborative app that allows multiple writers to collaborate on a screenplay online in real time. Collaborators can write and edit any scene simultaneously and see the additions and changes of their partners as they happen on the screen.

I've had very mixed results with audio repair software, but Izotope has received a lot of praise for their software. The have a sale going until September 27th too.
RX3 from iZotope is a piece of software that claims it can remedy many of the common audio issues like noise, pops and crackles and even clipping. Using sophisticated techniques it can do things that were unimaginable a few years ago. Newsshooter contributor Clinton Harn took time to speak to iZotope’s Matt Hines about RX3:

Supermeet 2013 - Larry-Jordan - Is Final Cut Pro X ready for professional editing | YouTube
Larry Jordan talks about if Final Cut Pro X is ready for professional editing and also demo's Change List X from Intelligent Assistance.

The First Short Film Shot on the RED Dragon? | Filmmaker Magazine
This morning, Norwegian filmmaker Gunleik Groven wrote me with a link to Sweet…, which he described as “Probably the world’s first short shot on [RED] Dragon.” In it, he creates four distinct worlds, each with a different look, and the results are very striking.

Video from the Sony FDR-AX1 4k Camcorder | YouTube
You'll want to go to YouTube to see the 4K Original file...

The Business

Why Getting on Upworthy is the New Goal for Kickstarter Campaigns | IndieWire
Until a video the team had uploaded to Vimeo was embedded in a post for the site Upworthy on August 22.  Here's a look at the project's progression using analytics made available through the site Kicktraq:Upworthy is a site started by former MoveOn executive director (and the author behind "The Filter Bubble") Eli Pariser and former managing editor of The Onion Peter Koechley.  They're a company that posts inspiring or shocking videos with a strong social message and ethic.

The Unspoken “Yes”: The IFP Filmmaker Conference Financing Panel | Filmmaker Magazine
One subject all the panelists agreed on was the need for producers to educate themselves on the business of film — or, at the least, to find producing partners with that knowledge. “Film school tells us how to make a movie but not to get one funded,” said Shine. “Know how your investors will get paid back.” 

Tools on Determining Your Worth | Thaddeus Setla | Zacuto
CorporateThis type of work is usually the one that pays the bills, but it doesn’t always start this way. In the beginning, you tend to do work for a fraction of what you know your worth. With a few years experience that same company isn’t really fond of you raising your rates, but you tend to keep them on as clients because you are loyal.


Wayne said...

Having a micro 4/3ds back with lens mount that stuck to you phone is possible too. With the future 7gb/s speed of WiGig wireless, eventually lossless 4k can be done this way. Maybe it has it's place.

Unknown said...

yes image picture quality is depend on camera lens and best camera lens always capture quality pictures.
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