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Zacuto Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout and other News

Zacuto Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout and other News | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

The second part of Zacuto's Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012 has been posted. To recap:

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The Three-Minute Film Challenge

The Three-Minute Film Challenge | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

Yesterday I went out to Salem MA where a group of enthusiastic DPs and actors had gathered together for a Three-Minute Film Challenge. Organized by Paul Antico and Rick Macomber, everyone was invited to bring a scipt with the object of shooting a three-minute movie. The other wrinkle was that the plan was to shoot it all using a Canon C300.

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A quick look at Adobe Story

A quick look at Adobe Story | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

For those unfamiliar with it, Story is a script writing application. The interesting thing about it is that it’s actually an AIR application, and it either runs on the net or locally. One advantage of this is that sharing files via the internet is very simple. Story was previously available as a free beta version, but they have now transitioned to a “freemium” model.

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URLAI website analysis

URLAI website analysis | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

Just for fun, I ran the blog through URLAI and got the following results:
Text analysis
notesonvideo.blogspot.com is probably written by a male somewhere between 36-50 years old. The writing style is academic and happy most of the time.

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Glidecam HD-1000 Review

Glidecam HD-1000 Review | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

The last few weeks I've had the good fortune of trying out a couple of newer versions of things I already own; specifically the LansBaby Composer, and now the Glidecam HD-1000 [$389.00]

I bought a Glidecam 1000 Pro over ten years ago, so it's interesting to see what's the same, and what's been improved when comparing it to one of their latest stabilizers.

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Rokinon 14mm Wide Angle Lens

Rokinon 14mm Wide Angle Lens | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

I like wide-angle lenses. Whether using video cameras or still cameras, inevitably I find that I need to get further back to get the image I want. And sometimes, you can't physically move back far enough. I think I also like the somewhat distorted point of view you get.

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Headphones

Headphones | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

The first high-quality headphones I ever bought were a pair of Sony MDR-7506 [$99.99] that I bought in the late 1990's. They weren't cheap then, but they are still going strong (they have been repaired with Gorilla glue, and the outer cover of the headphone pads have peeled off.]

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Manfrotto's Fluid Video Monopod

Manfrotto's Fluid Video Monopod | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

As good as in-camera stabilization and FX stabilization software might be, getting a good, steady shot can still be difficult, especially if you’re holding the camera for long periods of time. That’s why tripods are still vital pieces of equipment.

But a good tripod can be large, heavy, awkward, and require large amounts of space to setup. That’s why I’ve been intrigued by the idea of shooting with a monopod. I recently spent some time with the Manfrotto Video monopod, and while I don’t think it’s perfect for all occasions, I can see it as a useful tool for certain situations.

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Apogee MiC Review

Apogee MiC Review | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

The first good quality USB microphone I ever owned (by good quality I mean a condenser mic with a large diaphragm, or a mic that cost more than $40!) wasn’t a very happy experience. The microphone didn’t work without drivers installed, and even then it often had conflicts with one thing or another. After struggling with it for a month or two I found it was easier to go back to the XLR mic and a USB audio interface.

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Notes from Adobe After Effects Webinar

Notes from Adobe After Effects Webinar | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

On Thursday Adobe hosted another webinar in their CS6 series, this one on After Effects and featuring After Effects Product Manager Steve Forde. Steve focused on four primary areas in the demo: the Global Performance Cache, 3D Camera Tracker, SpeedGrade and 3D modeling. He also talked a bit about graphics cards and answered other questions from the audience.

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SMPTE New England Meeting Report - NAB Panel

SMPTE New England Meeting Report - NAB Panel | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

Thursday’s SMPTE-NE meeting at WBZ Boston was a panel discussion of the new, the exciting and the scary at NAB this year.

The Panel was moderated by co-founder of Avid, Peter Fasciano. and featured Bob Lamm of Broadcast Pix, Willis Peligian of the Willis Group, lighting expert John Gates of Gates Service Group, and Boston Creative Pro User Group’s own Dan Bérubé.

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Sony Announces Several Cameras

Sony Announces Several Cameras | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

The NEX-FS700 looks interesting; I liked the FS100 but I really wished it had ND filters so that I didn't have to bother with ND filters in front of the lens. Sony has listened to me! (and lots of other people that mentioned this short-coming when the FS100 was released.) Oh, and thrown in the promise of 4K as well.

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Off Topic

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Last Tuesday I went to a lecture at MIT on "Documentary Film and New Technologies".

 

I thought that there would be a discussion of new technologies (DSLRs! WiFi enabled cameras!), ubiquitous filmmaking (cellphones! iMovie for the iPad!), new distribution (iTunes! YouTube!) and unique sources of funding (KickStarter!) Instead I got a rather esoteric discussion on how traditional funding sources have changed a little, and hints at interactive media replacing linear storytelling - with a dash of maybe.

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Notes On Video: Is film still alive?

Notes On Video: Is film still alive? | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

At the recent Three Minute Film Challenge DP Brandon Vincent was documenting the event with a DSLR film camera, and I had to ask him why:

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What Do You Think Of The Apple TV?

What Do You Think Of The Apple TV? | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

That was the question a friend asked me the other day. It was a loaded question because he’s a rabid Windows/Android user, and I’m a rabid Mac/iPhone user, which means that we usually don’t talk about computers or phone’s at all…it’s just easier that way.

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Problems with Final Cut Pro X projects

Reader Ross Hunter dropped me a note last week about a problem he had encountered after updating Final Cut Pro X with a project crashing. He outlines the issue below, along with the solution he found [Note: this is an amalgam of a couple of emails]

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Notes On Video: Adventures with Adobe Customer Support

I logged into Adobe’s website, and figured that the first thing I would do is add the software to the list of products we had registered. (I also thought that this section would provide a link for downloading the software.) I went to the “My Products & Services” page, clicked the button to add software, entered the serial number … and it told me it was an invalid serial number.

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The problems with Prometheus ; even if it is only Science FICTION

The problems with Prometheus ; even if it is only Science FICTION | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

I'm going to come right out and say it: I wasn't that impressed by the movie Prometheus. The movie was nicely shot, the acting was good, effects mostly believable, and it moved along quickly, so you didn't have to dwell so much on the problems with the story.

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Lensbaby Composer Sweet 35

Lensbaby Composer Sweet 35 | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

I bought one of the original Lensbaby's - now called the "Muse" series [$149.95] - several years ago. I think that was before we were using DSLR's to shoot video and still thought of them as just "still cameras" And as a still effects lens, the Lensbaby can be a lot of fun; it provides a very ethereal, unworldly feel to an image.

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Adobe SpeedGrade Webinar Notes

Adobe SpeedGrade Webinar Notes | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

If you’ve seen other Color Grading tools like DaVinci Resolve or Apple’s Color, then SpeedGrade will seem somewhat similar with it’s primary and secondary layers, color scopes and three-way color corrector. It’s also different in that it doesn’t have some of the unusual interface elements; like the nodes for organizing effects in Resolve.

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Notes on Adobe Prelude Webinar

Notes on Adobe Prelude Webinar | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

Last week’s free Adobe webinar of Adobe Prelude featured Wes Plate, Product Manager for Meta Data workflows. Wes started by explaining the history of Prelude’s development. Prelude evolved from a pilot project for BBC and CNN who shoot lots and lots of video and needed a file based interface geared towards journalists, camera people, producers and assistants, for logging footage before going into post-production.

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Are Software Subscriptions A Good Idea?

Are Software Subscriptions A Good Idea? | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

Last week Adobe rolled out their Adobe Creative Suite 6 update, and on Friday they started up their Creative Cloud. The "Cloud" is a subscription model for the Creative Suite. For $49.95 a month ($29.95 introductory for the first year for existing CS users) you get access to all of the Creative Suite software.

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Notes On Video: Notes from Adobe's Premiere Pro CS6 Webinar

Notes On Video: Notes from Adobe's Premiere Pro CS6 Webinar | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

Yesterday Adobe hosted a webinar with Adobe Product Manager, Al Mooney. Mooney began the demonstration with an analogy: “If Premiere Pro was the car, and the Mercury Playback Engine was the engine, then we had a beautifully engineered engine, but the car wasn’t quite as good.” So this release, to further the analogy, is all about tidying up the car. To that end, they focused on two things:

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Sony NEX-FS700 Pre-NAB Chat

Sony NEX-FS700 Pre-NAB Chat | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

Yesterday Sony Europe held a chat on Facebook covering the three cameras they have announced for NAB, including the NEX-FS700. You can review the chat log here, but I've assembled the discussion of the NEX-FS700 into a more coherent - and readable - format below:

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The instability of media

The instability of media | NotesOnVideo | Scoop.it

At the MIT forum "Documentary Film and New Technologies" I was taken by this answer from Patricia Zimmermann to a question about the difficulty - particularly with interactive work - of knowing which platform to use. I found the answer fascinating because it is really about the longevity of mediums. I look at the floppy disks I still have lying around, with documents created in old applications; should I be trying to preserve them? or should I be thinking of the medium as more like theater; something that exists for a moment - or a year - in time, and is then gone?

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