Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,12/03/12 12:12:16 PM
Sony Electronics has announced suggested list pricing for its newest CineAlta 4K cameras – the PMW-F55 and PMW-F5 – as well as their related 4K accessories. These new technologies, announced in late October to tremendous industry response, are designed to meet the growing demand for HD, 2K and 4K content creation across a wide range of professional applications. The suggested U.S. list pricing for the new products, planned to be available in February, are: •PMW-F5 CineAlta 4K Camera $19,400 •PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K Camera $34,900 •AXR-R5 RAW Recorder $6,300
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,12/03/12 12:12:09 PM
Violent sun storms are the cause of the gorgeous auroae caught in Nicholas Buer's time-lapse film, "Spirits," shot mainly over northern Norway. Explains Slate's Bad Astronomy, "Auroae are the result of subatomic particles from the Sun—protons and electrons—captured by the Earth’s magnetic field, and then channeled down into our atmosphere. At a height of about 100 kilometers (60 miles) above the ground, these particles slam into the atoms and molecules in our air, causing them to glow. The colors tell you which atom is which: green and red are from oxygen (usually, that is; sometimes nitrogen can glow red as well but it’s much weaker), while blue is nitrogen. These colors can even sometimes merge to form purple and pink aurorae! It’s quantum mechanics, and it’s gorgeous."
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,12/03/12 12:12:34 PM
Photographer Stephane Vetter caught the Leonid meteor shower with his Nikon D3 and Sigma 8mm fisheye lens. Watch the incredible time-lapse of the night sky below. (via Huffington Post)
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,11/30/12 02:11:31 PM
Three cinematographers, Laura Bellingham, David Lee and Adam Frisch, collaborated on the simple but effective film "Tears," shot entirely on Nikon cameras and using Nikkor lenses (in fact, what the promo is touting). "Tears" looks at all the different emotions that can bring on the waterworks with beautifully composed silent vignettes. Watch it below.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,11/30/12 02:11:02 PM
Panasonic has announced system pricing and initial delivery date for its new AK-HC3800 studio camera system, featuring three high-sensitivity 2/3 type 2.2-mega pixel IT CCD sensors and a next-generation, 38-bit DSP (Digital Signal Processor) with 16-bit A/D converter. The AK-HC3800 and AK-HCU200, AK-HRP200G and AK-HVF70G system components will be available in December with suggested list prices of $30,500, $14,650, $2,455 and $6,995, respectively. The combined suggested list price of under $55,000 makes the HC3800 the most cost-effective studio camera in its class.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,11/29/12 12:11:22 PM
The beautifully surreal animated titles for the Playgrounds Digital Arts Fest was a collaborative effort between three artists: Gabor Ekes, Jordi Pages and MRK, who each took on a segment and let their ideas feed into one another's. Says Pages, "Most people in our industry who are passionate about what they do, would agree that these kind of collaborative projects are some of the greatest projects you could possibly get involved in...When you take a project like that on board [for free], it is not for the money, is because you love what you do.” Read more and watch the whole sequence here on Watch the Titles.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,11/29/12 12:11:27 PM
Filmmaker (and Canon C300 owner and advocate) Nino Leitner shot the below short film, "Alex," on the Canon C500 and details his experience with the new camera on his blog. He writes, "I think the C500 will take its place in the production world quickly, because the C300 has taken the broadcast world by storm for good reasons. It's using the same 4K sensor but it delivers what many were hoping for the C300 to deliver -- 4K raw uncompressed footage, 120 frames per second in 4K 'half raw' and 2K, and a whole lot of other varieties, with the image quality we have to love from the C300." Read his full review here.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,11/28/12 06:11:04 PM
Here's time-lapse done a little differently: through a fisheye lense. Photographer Stephane Vetter was able to create a view of the entire night sky using a Nikon D3 and a Sigma 8mm fisheye lens. Watch below. (via PetaPixel)
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,11/28/12 05:11:55 PM
Greg Roden While shooting the PBS series Food Forward, producer/director Greg Roden added the Sachtler Ace fluid head and tripod system to his arsenal. “With just a cinematographer using a Sony EX3 or Canon EOS 5D running onboard sound or sync sound, I am able to sling a Sachtler Ace over my shoulder and head out for an all-day shoot in any location, far from a production vehicle,” he explains.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,11/28/12 05:11:48 PM
To facilitate Felix Baumgartner’s Red Bull Stratos 120,000 ft. skydive, Riedel Communications provided communications solutions, fiber-based video and signal distribution and wireless video links from the capsule’s onboard cameras. Within the capsule that transported Baumgartner into the stratosphere on October 14, Riedel installed a video control system for nine HD video cameras with specially developed telemetry control. On the ground, communication systems were integrated into a single infrastructure using a Riedel Artist Digital Matrix system.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,11/28/12 05:11:27 PM
Phosphene was called back by HBO to reprise its visual effects role on the third season of David Simon’s New Orleans-based HBO series Treme. “In this kind of grounded, realistic, character-driven drama, the visual effects challenge is always making sure the audience has no idea there are any effects in the show,” says Phosphene partner and VFX executive producer Vivian Connolly.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,11/28/12 05:11:30 PM
Colorworks provided color grading services for Universal’s The Man With the Iron Fists, the action-adventure film directed by RZA. Senior colorist Trent Johnson describes the look of the film, shot in China by cinematographer Chi Ying Chan, as lush and rich, in keeping with the style of classic Chinese martial arts films of the ’70s and ’80s. For a flashback sequence set in the United States, Johnson developed a special color effect, desaturating the scene to black and white and then applying spot color to certain highlights. “We brought back the yellow glow of a lantern and a flame and restored the red to blood,” Johnson explains.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,11/28/12 05:11:26 PM
Directed by Paul Dugdale, the film Coldplay Live 2012 comprises footage from several Coldplay concerts around the world. To record the band’s performance in Paris, production company JADigital utilized ARRI Alexa cameras equipped with ARRI’s new Fiber Remote Option. Designed for broadcast-style multicamera productions, the Fiber Remote Option allows Alexa and Alexa Plus cameras to be connected through a SMPTE 311M fiber connection and controlled remotely for live image capture.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,11/28/12 01:11:18 PM
Sony Europe will be running a live-chat on December 4th all about their new F-series of cameras. The chat will feature Sony experts as well as the key crew behind two short films recently shot with the Sony F5 and F55. The chat is taking place on Sony Europe's Facebook page at 6 PM GMT (1 PM ET). Register for a reminder here.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,11/27/12 05:11:11 PM
Adam Garstone of HD Magazine reviews the Panasonic AG-AC90, writing, "For its very competitive price (around £1500 plus VAT) the AC90 is a really nicely packaged product. It’s lighter than it looks, but is made of good quality plastics and feels like it’ll stand up to the normal levels of abuse. It’s well balanced too, whether you are holding it at eye level or low level by the top handle. The audio controls are protected by translucent, smoked plastic covers and the LCD slides away into the front of the top handle, giving it a sort of lop-sided hammerhead shark look. Overall, it looks and feels a lot more expensive than it actually is." Read his full review here.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,11/27/12 04:11:20 PM
Christoph Malin shot this otherworldly time-lapse from the volcanic island of La Palma, one of the Canary Islands. Writes Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy, "Some things to look out for in the video are the Milky Way—the galaxy in which we live—rising majestically into the sky, the combined light of billions of stars forming a flat line and bulging central core. I never get tired of seeing that! Also, at about 4:10 you can see clouds rolling over a ridge like a wave that never quite crashes, and then a few seconds later a distant lightning storm flashing. In fact, as gorgeous as the sky is, I think perhaps the terrestrial weather steals this video; the shots of clouds lit from below by the city lights and streaming like a dream across the frame are simply wonderful."
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,11/27/12 04:11:52 PM
John Hess of FilmmakerIQ.com has created an infograph comparing the color temperature of different lighting situations to the auto white balance settings of your camera. See it here.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,11/27/12 01:11:24 PM
Cinematographer Den Lennie reviews the Blackmagic Cinema Camera for HD Magazine, writing, "These days you cannot just own one camera; you need several and then it’s a case of the right camera for the job or shoot. The BMCC is a very impressive camera and at that price you can’t really afford not to want one." Read his full review here.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,11/27/12 12:11:05 PM
Filmmaker Andrew Reid gives his first impressions of the Ikonoskop A-Cam dII, especially as it compares to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. He writes, "All in all I felt the Ikonoskop was a powerful 16mm film replacement for purist filmmakers. I don’t think it has has quite the consumer or mass market appeal of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera but it has the all important cinema DNA and rare qualities at the price point like global shutter. It is a versatile camera. On one hand a soulful narrative filmmaking camera, but on the other hand a good action sequence camera because focus is far easier on 16mm for fast action and the global shutter eliminates jello and skew altogether. Like the Blackmagic Cinema Camera it is also a far better choice for green-screen and keying FX work than a compressed 8bit cinema camera or a DSLR."
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,11/27/12 12:11:43 PM
Alister Chapman used the Sony FS700 to document some of the beautiful landscapes of Iceland, including slow-motion shots of geysers erupting (shot at 240 fps). Watch below. (via XDCam-User)