Rokinon is releasing quite a bargain lenses aimed at the DSLR shooters. But how well do they hold up?
DIY hacker Kip Kedersh hacks into a $1 impact alarm and installs a tilt sensor to rig up a simple motion alarm.
Canon has introduced two landmark full-frame, professional digital SLRs in 2012 — the EOS 5D Mark III, and the top-of-the-line EOS-1D X. In today’s two-hour presentation at B&H’s Event Space, Canon product educator Eric Stoner will deliver an informative and exciting presentation highlighting the relative strengths of each, as well as dissecting their differences.
The stores may be gone, but people are still getting bills from the defunct video store chain.
Talk about Red Tape: Consumers across the country say they are being harassed into paying bills they don’t owe to a company that no longer exists. And it’s not the first time. Like a monster in a bad horror flick, every time this Hollywood Video debt collection controversy seems to be killed, it keeps coming back to life.
When Hollywood Video and its parent, Movie Gallery, went out of business in 2010 and declared bankruptcy, they had only one real asset: unpaid fees. About 3 million U.S. residents owed money to the firm — a lot of money — nearly a quarter of a billion dollars, according to the Rhode Island attorney general’s office. But attempts to collect that money on behalf of Hollywood Video’s creditors have become a series of bad horror flicks to former customers, who claim they are being repeatedly harassed by debt collectors waving bills the consumers don’t owe. And now, an NBC News investigation of 500 complaints filed against one of those firms in the past 90 days — Universal Fidelity — shows that consumers accuse the company of everything from bullying to threatening to ruin their credit, despite promises to all 50 state attorneys general that it would never do so.
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John Brawley released some more footage from the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. This time it’s the visuals from a short with writer/director/actor Ian Meadows.
It’s been shot ProRes in FILM mode. And until the camera has finished it’s ProRes certification, I won’t be able to release any of the original camera footage. You’ll just have to be happy with this ! As soon as I can I’ll make some ProRes files available. (and DNG !)
It was shot with just myself and a sound recordist plus I had a focus puller, Ella Gibbons helping me out again. So entire crew is myself, a sound and focus puller. Ian was acting as well as directing along with the gorgeous Ella Scott-Lynch.
I did a very quick, mostly single node grade in Resolve after doing an edit in FCPx.
Lenses were again, the lovely Zeiss Compact Primes. The widest I had in the CP’s was the 28mm, so the two extra wide shots were done with the 15-85 Canon EF-S.
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Rich Harrington demonstrates how get the most out of the lighting you are using. In this episode, Rich demonstrates how to get the best skin-tone, hair light, and background light by using different light modifying techniques. Learn how to use lighting accessories such as gels, dimmers, flags, reflectors, and cookies to get a great-looking interview.
Mark from Vimeo’s film school outlines the basics of lighting used in film/video.
Light. What is it? Nobody knows for sure. It’s a mystery that has plagued our world for ages. What we do know however, is that we can do really cool things with it, like make our videos look a lot better. You can also make it look a lot worse if you do it wrong, so try not to do that, okay? Let’s break down some commonly used types of lighting that are available, and how you can use them to your advantage.
Power: Up to about 20K Watts
Color Temp: Around 3200K. The color balance of tungsten lights are orange/yellow. Check out this lesson if you need a refresher on color temperature.
Best Use: These are ideal for indoor locations where ordinary household lights can be seen. (You will need a blue gel over a tungsten light to simulate daylight.)
Tungsten lights are simply larger versions of the everyday lighting found in your home, using a filament of tungsten wire. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes which make them handy as they’re often more portable than other types. Also, dimmers work great with these things! Fun fact: These lights originated in Tungsteny, Italy which is a place I just made up.
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Philip Bloom took a pre-production Sony PMW-200, the replacement for the Sony EX-1 out to Leads to shoot 10 minutes of footage from one location.
Sony have had their better codec the XDCAM 4:2:2 around for a while now, but this is just the second time it has been implemented in a small-ish camera – the PMW 100 has a single 1/3? sensor but with the better codec. The PMW 200 is much better, and bigger, with 3 CMOS 1/2? 4:2:2 sensors. Larger sensors mean better low light performance generally and a little bit better ability to get a shallow depth of field.
Unfortunately, having never shot with the Canon XF300, I cannot compare. All I can say that as a replacement for the EX1, it’s better in a few ways. The low light is improved. The codec is improved and the lens is better. There are other improvements such as better button placement, and the EVF is pretty good!
The interval record mode for timelapse is as good as the EX1/3 and so much better than the Canon XF one, down to the wonderful 16, 32, 64 frame accumulation mode meaning incredibly good low light streaky timelapses and 1 frame per second intervals. The Canon can at its fastest do 2 frames per 1 second, which isn’t as smooth.
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Award-winning composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch, joins Enrique Cerna to talk about writing music, his first big break , his childhood and about his process for writing scores for films. Airdate: Sept.16, 2009
At 10:32 PST Earth Time on August 5th, 2012, the scientists at JPL in Pasadena received the signals indicating that Curiosity safely touched down on Gale Crater on the fourth planet from the sun. The first small 64×64 thumbnails set the scientific community but now some full resolution images are coming through.
Here is a shot of Curiosity with it’s parachute deployed as it decelerates from over 13,200 mph to just 2 mph in a matter of 7 minutes.
The video of the descent: