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Saturday, January 29, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Birger Engineering announced this a adapter a few months back. Its finally ready to ship in the next few weeks. This adapter lets you use Canon EOS glass on a AF100 M4/3's camera and you can control the iris of the lens through the camera. About $700, but considering it can let you use all your EOS glass from your EOS body, not a bad deal either.
I have to say, 3D is something I've never thought of as more then an effect that works here or there. Its cool for certain films, but I don't think it works for all forms of film. Walter Murch agrees, read his letter here
Maybe we'll see more common sense used when creating 3D films now... or not.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tascam has released V1.2 firmware for the DR-680 8 track recorder. Whats new ?
• MS Stereo Support ! you can record 1/2, 3/4, 5/6 each as its own MS pair, and decode it during playback correctly, and mix to the headphones correctly. What a great feature to get !
• GANG Function - The GANG function allows you to adjust multiple channels at the same time on the TRIM, PAN and LEVEL screens. Set the range of channels to be ganged by pressing the number keys for the channels at both ends of the range at the same time.
• Improved front panel control : you can do most things on the front panel now... except step back out of some menu items which still requires the |<< button. That said, what the have changed is MUCH better then before
• Better power management. I had personally gotten this one on their radar : when you power the unit on the DC input connector, it assumes its AC power. When the battery dips below acceptable voltage, the unit shuts off corrupting at least the last file recorded. Now the unit will perform a proper shutdown and close files out when it senses power is too low for operation. Much better, but still not ideal which is to monitor power on the DC connector as a battery rather then AC power supply and show it on the display.
• You can enter some menu's now in record when you could not before
There are still some operations like shuttling audio during playback that want to use the "top" data dial rather then front panel dial, but its a good improvement from before. You can get the firmware update here from Tascam.
Monday, January 24, 2011
What started out as a pretty simple series of tests got a lot more complicated. I completed another round of tests using a simple chip chart. Now I need to make one disclaimer here, the chip chart I got my hands on was not a great one. It wasn't one of those expensive official 10 stop charts, but rather a printed one that came with an old copy of On Location. Before you all get excited about this, please consider what I needed for these tests : a way to generate some cleanly stepped values for highlights. In this purpose you'll see the chart did just fine. It also let me look at some other more interesting things that the camera is doing, especially comparing the output of the hardware scopes to what the codec records.
Shot, edited, just need to write it up. More surprises about what the canon cameras are doing in terms of video out vs what the codec is recording to card.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Do you think you are getting paid enough ? Working short days or long ones ? Does staff or freelance pay better ?
Some answers here at http://motiongraphicdesigncensus.org/
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Thursday, January 06, 2011
How about something cool from CES ! GoPro, which has announced they would have an add on LCD panel for the GoPro Hero HD camera for at least the last year, finally has shown them at CES. Its not on their website yet. They also finally showed the extra battery pack they were promising forever as well. The extra battery will give you 5 hours of run time which is great. The LCD will reduce that by 30% or so if you leave it on all the time.
Then there is the 3D version. Its two HD cameras mounted side by side in one case, but one camera is flipped upside down right next to each other. The lenses are almost touching.It seems odd that they put them this close, rather then right side up which would be about 1.5" apart, but maybe it looked too weird that way due to the wideness of the lens. We'll see. So besides the new case, there is a jumper setup linking the two cameras together since you'd want them to use the same exposure, and have they frame scanning in sync. You also have to have 2 cameras as well.
As for if 3D ever goes anywhere, time will tell. Yes its being pushed harder than DVD or HD ever was, but no one wants it. I think most folks generally see it as a way to try and force everyone to buy a lot of new hardware... for what ? consumer polls show almost no one would actually buy 3D LCD's. It really remains a movie theater novelty. I saw Avatar in 3D and really liked it that way, however I don't think I need or want all movies see to be in 3D at all. It really changes how a movie is shot and edited which may not fit with the film's style and theme. OTH with so many films being over cut, slowing down the pace of edits might not be a bad thing either.
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Canon basically revamped it consumer line of HD palmcorders, the Vivixa series. Some nice improvements to be sure. They also announced the XA10 camcorder which is a continuation of their pro-ish camera line. Its small, its AVChd, it has a decent lens with 8 blade aperture. There was no dslrnews though today. Maybe they will put out some firmware updates over the next day or two, maybe not. Given that CES is a consumer event, this isn't too suprising that there's no dslr news. Here is...
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Saturday, January 01, 2011
I'd like to say happy new year, but for the first person to have a RED EPIC, its not. It was stolen yesterday in the french alps while he and his family where sleeping. read more here
As for was it dumb thieves grabbing what they thought was just another video camera, or industrial espionage, time will tell, or maybe not. The answer will be if the camera ever turns up, and where.