Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/17/13 05:04:13 PM
Art Adams of DV Info writes: How much lighting and grip equipment did I use to shoot a short film in 4K Canon raw in a forest? One bounce card. For one shot. And it turned out to be overkill. That’s pretty amazing. My late aunt used to joke that if she wrote a memoir she’d call it “When the Bobbin Runs Out.” She was an avid seamstress and she worried about this constantly: the bobbin is a spindle that feeds thread or yarn into a sewing machine, and it often sits inside a cylinder that prevents the sewer from seeing how much material is left. “You never know how full it is,” she’d say, “you just know it’ll run out eventually.”
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/17/13 05:04:31 PM
In this video from Movie Machine, Rick Young takes a first look at the $995 Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. He says, "It looks like many of the other compact cameras you might find out there, but it's not anything like any of the other compact cameras...it's got a super 16mm sensor in it, it takes micro four third lenses with an active mount, so it actually talks to the lenses. And they call it a pocket cinema camera and it gives you the 13 stops of dynamic range." Watch below.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/17/13 05:04:59 PM
Stillmotion explains how they created a preternaturally adorable and memorable wedding video that's entertaining for anyone to watch -- even if you're not part of the couple (or the couple's parents). They explain, "Winnie and Jerry’s wedding feature is a great example of how investing in the couple’s individual story (and not so much the wedding-ness of it all) will make all the difference in their film. After meeting with Winnie and Jerry, hearing their story, and asking them all the right questions, we had all the necessary information to start assembling their perfect wedding film." Watch the film below and get more of their tips for making a unique wedding video here.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/17/13 04:04:11 PM
Definition Magazine writes: GoPro know when they are on to a good thing. Pretty much everyone who jumps out of an aircraft, surfs a tube, dives a coral reef, or races using internal combustion will have a GoPro glued to them somewhere - at least, if they are being followed around by a film crew. So it’s no great surprise that the GoPro Hero 3 is a bit like the GoPro Hero 2 - only better - no one wants to change a winning formula.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/17/13 03:04:15 PM
Adam Wilt of DVInfo.net writes: In the beginning there was the Canon 5D Mk II. It wasn’t the first HD-capable DSLR, but it was the first one good enough for serious work. Once Vincent Laforet’s “Reverie” went viral, there was no putting the large-sensor, low-light, super-shallow-depth-of-field genie back in the bottle—no matter how soft the images, how prevalent the aliasing, and how much bother it was (for the two years prior to firmware version 2.0.3) to deal with 30p images in a 24p world.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/17/13 12:04:40 PM
Jon Fauer of Film and Digital Times writes: Killer Donuts? No, They’re not the latest lethal offering from craft service. OConnor’s new anti-reflection rings (donuts) were two of the most simple-why-didn’t anyone-think-of-them-before innovative products of NAB. Prototypes were seen at Cinec and Cine Gear — now they are ready to reduce reflections between the back of your mattebox filters and the front of the lens. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/17/13 11:04:32 AM
Danny Lacey's short sci-fi film "That Day," shot by Philip Bloom on the Canon C300, is now available to view in full online. Says Bloom about the experience, "For my part as DP, I had to decide which camera I was going to shoot this on, how to shoot it, and what I needed to achieve this. I decided upon the C300…why the C300? Well first off it is my newest camera and I really wanted to see it pushed in this situation. I was looking at the F3 which would have worked great, but for me this camera made more sense. Especially as it’s the EF version and there would be some hand-held work. Those IS lenses are a dream for that." Read his full account of the shoot here on his blog. Watch "That Day" and an extensive making-of below.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/17/13 11:04:13 AM
Cinescopophilia writes: So you went to NAB 2013 and got caught up in the “Game Changing” hype didn’t you? Of course you did, it was a relentless machine, but what if we told you the game is still the same and just the rules have changed. Wait we already did that didn’t we. Enter the world of RC, and flying your camera rock steadi is nothing new. Try out a few RC forums and you will find open source and professional projects working on getting the perfect rig up and flying. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/17/13 11:04:38 AM
Sarah Silbert of Engadget writes: The Anycast Touch is not only a sleeker incarnation of Sony's all-in-one studio, with a slider design and a manageable-enough 6.6-kg (13-pound) body; it's also the company's first such system to feature a touchscreen interface. The machine sports two touch-enabled displays, allowing users to adjust audio controls, type via an on-screen keyboard and edit footage, among other functions. Video sources are assigned to one side of the panel, and tapping a particular input will bring up the footage in the middle preview window.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/16/13 05:04:37 PM
Watch this quick and gorgeous timelapse from Dan Marker-Moore, who captured an orange moon making its way up through an L.A. sky. Marker-Moore captured the photographs for the timelapse over the course of a half-hour. (via Huffington Post)
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/16/13 03:04:42 PM
Zach Honig of Engadget writes: One of the hottest gadgets at NAB isn't quite what you'd expect. Freefly, the company behind a series of professional-grade cinema hexacopters, is demoing its new Movi three-axis stabilized camera gimbal. We heard some rumblings about such a device last week, but the $15,000 price tag is quite a turnoff -- until you see it in action. We dropped by the company's booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center to check it out with an attached Canon EOS-1D C. Movi weighs in at just 3.5 pounds, jumping to 10 pounds once you mount the Canon camera and lens. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/15/13 03:04:19 PM
In the below video from News Shooter at NAB, a representative from Kinefinity introduces the KineRAW Mini which records at 2K and has the same sensor as the KineRAW S35. Watch below.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/15/13 03:04:18 PM
Chase Jarvis writes on his blog: Last week we checked out the Supraflux Video Camera Stabilizer, a small stabilizer that has been lighting up kickstarter, already making over double their goal with almost a month left. Today we’ve got the other side of the spectrum with the MoVi from my very good friends Tabb and Hugh at Firefly Systems. I’ve used these guy for several years now as go-to help for aerial RC choppers and other fun toys… but in the past week they’ve dropped a much more hi-tech entry that’s already built a lot of worthy buzz as the next big thing in camera stabilization.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/15/13 02:04:24 PM
In this video from News Shooter on the NAB floor, Will from Manfrotto introduces their new pro line of LEDs that will consist of five on-board models and three 1x1 models. Watch below.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/15/13 02:04:47 PM
Max A. Cherney of Indiewire writes: To select a camera for Scott Waugh's street racing film "Need For Speed," cinematographer Shane Hurlbut pitted nine cameras against one another in dozens of tests simulating every possible shooting condition. Then, Hurlbut had each camera’s footage color graded and presented with a 4K projector on a 42 foot screen. Hurlbut didn’t tell anyone working on the project, including the director, which camera was which. It would be a blind test. Eventually, Hurlbut revealed the details, but the unanimous, final decision was based on the picture alone. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/15/13 11:04:47 AM
In this video from News Shooter at NAB, Colin from DJI Innovations talks about their Phantom copter for aerial photography. He says, "Currently there exists a gap between what a storyteller sees in his mind's eye, and what kind of shot they can get, and what they can actually put on the screen. So we're trying to create creative tools for creative people to be able to close that gap between what they see in their mind and what they can see on the screen at the end of the day." Watch below.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/12/13 01:04:24 PM
Sony has introduced XAVC S, which they are positioning as a more consumer-friendly version of their 4K codec. Explains RedShark News, "Dispensing with the decidedly 'pro' MXF wrapper, XAVC S uses MPEG-4 instead. It is based around the familiar h.264, which should ensure wide compatibility once applications support the XAVC S format. Designed to 'encourage growth of 4K content in the consumer market,' we can probably take this announcement as a prelude to Sony's launch of a range of consumer and prosumer 4K cameras." Read the full story here.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/12/13 01:04:58 PM
Toronto studio Teehan & Lax has released a free, open-source system that allows users to turn Google's Street View images into a hyperlapse, a timelapse with movement. Jon Lax tells the New York Times, "“Our intention in releasing the source code is to allow people to make things with this." Read the full piece here. Watch the software in action below.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/12/13 12:04:55 PM
EOSHD.com give their thoughts on Blackmagic's two new cameras (the Pocket Cinema Camera and Production Camera 4K). They write, "For the second NAB in succession Blackmagic are bulldozing down the image quality / price barrier for film production. 4K compressed raw, global shutter and Super 35mm was the unique preserve of Sony with the F55 until today, and that was a $36,000 camera. This is a $4000 one. Gone is that extra margin – unsettling stuff for the big guys. Here’s my own personal look at the cameras and the consequences."
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/12/13 12:04:48 PM
DP/editor Erik Naso is mighty impressed with Convergent Design's new Odyssey7, writing, "This new monitor and recorder is packed with features I have never seen before in a combo unit. The 7.7 OLED monitor is 1280×800 8bit RGB 3400:1 contrast. Super deep blacks with the OLEDs. The interesting idea behind this is it’s a monitor first. If you want to use it as a recorder you purchase the codecs and the SSD drives from Convergent Design." Read the full piece here.