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NHK unveils a 33 Megapixel video camera

In effort to see just how much detail you could possibly see in one image, Japanese researchers have developed a 33 Megapixel video camera housed in a completely unergonomic computer case. In case you’re wondering, 33 megapixels is called “Ultra High Definition” or “Super Hi-Vision” and the image weighs in at 7,680 x 4,320 of video goodness. That’s roughly four times as the area of RED’s 4k.

Envisioning “The Tree of Life”

Dan Glass, Visual Effects Supervisor for Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” discusses the visual design and how they put together a sequence that goes all way back to the creation of the universe.

Trailer:

…Considered by many to be an enigma because of his reclusive nature and the long gaps between his films, American director Terrence Malick returns to the big screen with The Tree of Life (2011). Partly autobiographical, the story revolves around a boy growing up in the 1950s American Midwest whose relationship with his strict father and nurturing mother haunts him into adulthood. Featuring a cast of Brad Pitt (Se7en), Sean Penn (Mystic River), Jessica Chastain (Jolene), Joanna Going (Inventing the Abbotts), Jackson Hurst (The Mist), Fiona Shaw (Fracture), Crystal Mantecon (The Waiter), and Tamara Jolaine (Tough Love), the drama ignited worldwide curiosity when word came out that it included footage involving the formation of the universe. Could this be the resurrection of the mysterious project Q which was to explore the origins of life on earth? Given the responsibility of creating the nonexistent imagery was Visual Effects Supervisor Dan Glass, who has worked with the likes of Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins) and The Wachowski Brothers (The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Speed Racer).

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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.

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The Government’s War on Cameras.

Reason.tv 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.

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