Technicolor offers CineStyle Profiles for HDSLRs

In cooperation with Canon, the technicians at Technicolor have spent the last 12 months developing color profile settings for Canon HDSLR cameras that offer much more dynamic range. This is achieved by putting the camera’s standard H.264 REC709 color space into a log color space which allows much more freedom in picture manipulation in post. These profiles are available for free to download on the Technicolor website:

…The Technicolor CineStyle™ is a Picture Style (profile) for Canon EOS DSLR cameras that optimizes the dynamic range in the image by leveraging the capabilities of the Canon imaging chipset. Cinematographers and their post-production partners will have greater flexibility in color grading and finishing their projects.

— Technicolor | Read The Full Article

The Government’s War on Cameras. looks at how law enforcement is playing on the public’s ignorance of the laws to prevent citizens from recording in public.

Who will watch the watchers? In a world of ubiquitous, hand-held digital cameras, that’s not an abstract philosophical question. Police everywhere are cracking down on citizens using cameras to capture breaking news and law enforcement in action.

In 2009, police arrested blogger and freelance photographer Antonio Musumeci on the steps of a New York federal courthouse. His alleged crime? Unauthorized photography on federal property.

Police cuffed and arrested Musumeci, ultimately issuing him a citation. With the help of the New York Civil Liberties Union, he forced a settlement in which the federal government agreed to issue a memo acknowledging that it is totally legal to film or photograph on federal property.

Although the legal right to film on federal property now seems to be firmly established, many other questions about public photography still remain and place journalists and citizens in harm’s way. Can you record a police encounter? Can you film on city or state property? What are a photographer’s rights in so-called public spaces?

These questions will remain unanswered until a case reaches the Supreme Court, says UCLA Law Professor Eugene Volokh, founder of the popular law blog The Volokh Conspiracy. Until then, it’s up to people to know their rights and test the limits of free speech, even at the risk of harassment and arrest.

Who will watch the watchers? All of us, it turns out, but only if we’re willing to fight for our rights.

After Effects Tutorial: Rolling Shutter Fix

Here is Mike Huetz tutorial for eliminating the “jello effect” caused by CMOS’s rolling shutter. This tutorial uses footage from a Nikon D90 (720, 24fps) you may need to adjust the speed percentage for your footage. This method increases render times, but it should be worth it.

Top 7 Movie Stars that Served in WWII

It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S., a day that commemorates Service Members who who have fallen in the line of duty. We thought this would be a good time to look back at a past era when Hollywood went to war. We can’t list all the all the stars that served in WWII with Top 7 list, but we highlighted a few examples below (in no order).

Audie Murphy – US Army (Received the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military’s highest award for valor, along with 32 additional U.S. and foreign medals and citations.)

Charles Durning – US Army (Received Silver Star for actions during Battle of the Bulge.)

Clark Gable – US Army Air Corps. (Awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.)

Alec Guinness – British Royal Navy (Operated landing craft on D-Day.)

James Doohan – Royal Canadian Artillery (Landed in Normandy with the U. S. Army on D-Day.)

Henry Fonda – US Navy (Awarded the Bronze Star.)

Jimmy Stewart – US Army Air Corps. (Twice awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions in combat.)

Realistic Tilt Shift Effects with Final Cut Studio

In this tutorial from by Dennis Steib you will learn how to setup posterization effect in Final Cut, create masks in Apple Motion, build up a realistic TS-Effect in less time and do speed color grading.

Here is the Raw-Clip for practice in a zip file.

Shot on Canon EOS 5D MkII @ 30 fps
Lens: Canon 24-75 f/2.8
Software: Final Cut Pro 7 and Motion 4

Final Clip:

Fairytale Lighting in After Effects

In this tutorial by Red Giant Software, Harry Frank demonstrates how to take a regular, run-of-the-mill shot and turn it into something beautiful and moody, straight out of a fairytale. You’ll learn how to set up a down-and-dirty 3D track, add volumetric light and dust to a live action shot, and then finish it with some simulated camera lens blur.

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