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BBC cameraman Christian Parkinson tells all in his new e-book – Camera Confidential

BBC cameraman Christian Parkinson tells all in his new e-book – Camera Confidential | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

I’ve just published a new book about working as a TV news and documentary shooter. Camera Confidential is for image makers who love to tell stories. No matter what you call yourself – cameraman, video journalist, shoot/edit, multimedia journalist, backpack journalist, SoJo, photog, shooter, photojournalist, video producer or visual journalist – this book will have something for you.


Camera Confidential is not about the technical side of video journalism. It doesn’t explain white balancing, the difference between CCD and CMOS sensors or different camera specs – I’ll leave that to the guys here at Newsshooter. Instead, this is the book I wish somebody had given to me when I started shooting many years ago. It will answer questions such as: How do I find my first job? What paperwork do I need to complete when travelling with kit? What gear should I carry in a war zone? How should I protect my camera when shooting in the desert/snow/jungle? How do I shoot an anonymous interview?

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10 under-the-radar websites every film buff should know about

10 under-the-radar websites every film buff should know about | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
These blogs routinely produce some of the most insightful work around
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Video Now report

Video Now report | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

From October, 2013 until February, 2014, Video Now  visited newsrooms across the United States to interview and observe reporters and editors producing video journalism. Video has become an important editorial tool, as well as a potentially large revenue source for newsrooms. But, as of the fall of 2013, there seemed to be no consensus on how to produce news videos or how to profit from them. With that in mind, Video Now , funded by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, set out to answer three main questions:

⋅ How do news organizations define video?
⋅ How do they produce video?
⋅ What is their return on investment?

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Canon announce $33K US 17-120mm ENG style servo lens for large sensor cameras

Canon announce $33K US 17-120mm ENG style servo lens for large sensor cameras | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

Canon have pre-released information about their new Cine-Servo Zoom Lens. Designed for ENG, documentary and narratives this new lens features an incredible range of 17-120mm, at a bright T2.95 (although it drops to T3.9 at 120mm). This is a direct competitor to the popular Fujinon Cabrio range. Canon seem to have traded the extended zoom range with the loss of the constant aperture at the long end.

Canon say it’s optics have been designed for 4K performance. It has an eleven blade iris for smooth bokeh and features a removable servo zoom.  The lens mount is interchangeable between PL and EOS mount

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Travel Ninja: 26 tips for travel survival

Travel Ninja: 26 tips for travel survival | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Become a Travel Ninja! – 26 practical tips for travel survival This post is from a section of my upcoming book – “Camera confidential” which covers everything about becoming a successful news and documentary shooter.
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Why Detroit’s WXYZ Made the Move to Final Cut Pro X

Why Detroit’s WXYZ Made the Move to Final Cut Pro X | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it

The biggest hurdle, he admits, was training. "But we had a great combination of outsiders we brought in to train a core group of internal editors that went on to train their comrades. As I move from station to station and we discuss the transition, almost everyone has told me the same thing: 'The first week it was difficult to wrap my head around it. But now that we have it, I don't ever want to go back.' I've heard that quote verbatim again and again. 

 

"From 2002 up until this moment, we've been developing a native workflow. Our workflow started out as HDV and throughout it stayed HDV. That's a big reason we've become so fast," he says. "We never had to worry about different file types on the timeline. And that's exactly what we liked so much about FCPX: we didn't have to worry about all the different emerging file formats like GoPro and iPhones. Now we can take a mix of content—from users covering a storm or from our own experiments with new cameras—and drop different formats right on the timeline. FCPX handles that mix of H.264 and HDV, which we typically import as MPEG-2 QuickTime files and render as ProRes, exceptionally well. And Thunderbolt is just such a wonderful IO that opens up so many more ways for us to ingest content.
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"We give all our editors access to Motion templates," says Thurber. "Before we had FCPX, it would take 15 or more minutes to render out a 3D motion template we needed out in the field. Now, with X, we can eliminate that 15 minutes by reracking the timeline play, and it will render out as it plays. It was worth the wait to get that kind of seamless workflow."

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I'm a big fan of FCPX, if you haven't noticed. this story has some great insights and quotes.

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The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age

It's an astonishing look inside the cultural change still needed in the shift to digital — even in one of the world's greatest newsrooms. Read it.
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no matter what medium you work in, you should read this report

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Film archive British Pathé has released its entire collection to YouTube

Film archive British Pathé has released its entire collection to YouTube | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Film archive British Pathé has released its entire collection to YouTube, making more than 85,000 rare 20th Century videos available to the public. History enthusiasts are now able to browse more than 3,500 hours of some of the most significant moments of the last century. Included in the vast release is unique footage of both World Wars, the Titantic, boxing legend Muhammed Ali and England’s glorious 1966 World Cup victory over Germany.







British Pathé says the films, which span from 1896 to 1976, cover every aspect of global culture and news. The archive’s general manager, Alastair White, told Sky News: “British Pathé is considered to be the finest news reel archive in the world. We decided to publish our entire archive to YouTube to ensure the maximum number of people can enjoy viewing British Pathé films.” The YouTube channel has been set up in collaboration with the German company Mediakraft Networks, an online television network.







Although the videos were previously available on the British Pathé website, it is the first time they have been made accessible for browsing and sharing. In a joint statement, British Pathé and Mediakraft said the project was set up to allow students, teachers and journalists to view, share and embed the high-resolution videos. It said the footage “paints vivid pictures of almost forgotten lifestyles, peculiar technical inventions and everyday life that British Pathé presented in newsreels, cinemagazines, and documentaries.” —British Pathé Publishes Archive On YouTube







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just wow. this is a big deal and will be invaluable for curious minds (and perhaps doc filmmakers).

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Did the BBC approve the iPhone for news gathering?

Did the BBC approve the iPhone for news gathering? | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
I've been working with the BBC as a freelance cameraman/editor for the last 7 years and recently came across the  YouTube video below, published by "BBC College of Journalism". I guess when yo
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Lexar® Professional Workflow USB 3.0 Card Reader

Lexar® Professional Workflow USB 3.0 Card Reader | Indie Filmmaking | Scoop.it
Lexar New Four-Bay USB 3.0 Card Reader ideal for multicam dslr video workflow, batch photography for wedding s, fashion, media, news or education.

Via UnitedByPhotography
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might be pretty useful!

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CinemAloha's comment, September 6, 2013 4:38 AM
When I started shooting events a couple years ago, I thought of everything except the data wrangling of my workflow. It was a complete mess! Using only one reader with multiple cameras is a receipe
CinemAloha's comment, September 6, 2013 4:39 AM
edit: recipe for disaster. This Lexar 4 Bay USB Card reader is a godsend.
UnitedByPhotography's comment, September 15, 2013 6:34 PM
Definitely a boon for multicamera, shame no network port option though.