Final Cut X update 10.0.3 makes the tool usable?

Final Cut X might be ready for primetime

Final Cut X is ready to be used professionally? Maybe...

Larry Jordan posted an entry over on his blog about the new Apple update for FCX. Let me preface this by saying I don’t use FCX, nor have I ever liked FCP. I consider myself a Vegas/Premiere guy, much to the chagrin of others who will repeatedly tell me it’s “not the industry standard”. Then again I’m not a professional editor, nor have I ever tried to be. However, I know some of you who are fans of Final Cut, so without further ado here is the feature list:


  • Multicam editing with automatic sync and support for mixed formats, mixed frame rates, and up to 64 camera angles
  • Media relink for manual reconnect of projects and Events to new media

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Nikon D800 Test Film –

Nikon D800 release film test footage motorcycleA new short showing off the low light capabilities of the Nikon D800  has hit the internets. Showing a mix of lockoffs, slow pans and quick motion motorcyling, the film showcases a wide variety of shots.

To my eye (and this is open to interpretation) it appears very similar to stock 5D footage. It also appears to be ungraded, straight out of camera. It would be interesting to see what sort of range folks will have once they get footage Read more

LA Film Fest deadline approaches!

Los Angeles Film Festival Deadline February 10th 2012 Heads up guys – it looks like the LA Film Fest entry is due on the 10th. You have a few days to get your entries in. There are quite a few good opportunities offered through the fest as well, including distribution assistance and press. Take a look for yourselves –

Rokinon and Bower announce 24mm/1.4 Lens


Rokinon / Samyang 24mm/f1.4 lens

EDIT 2/26: B+H is now accepting pre-orders @ $699 


Rokinon and Bower is essentially a rebranded korean company, originally called Samyang.

Samyang cut its teeth creating security camera lenses. Often times these lenses had to be efficient, wide angle, and fast. Then, I presume, a lightbulb went on in somebody’s head, essentially saying, “Hey guys, we have good quality optics, and there’s a burgeoning indie film market, could we make some money here?”. The answer is a resounding, yes – as some camera tests at Read more

Canon publishes 4K patent – with intent to develop

Canon released 4K patent filing

What will Canon's new 4K camera be?

A document released recently sheds light on Canon’s patent filing for a 4k compressed raw output camera. Specifically it appears that the main aspects of the patent are as follows: Read more

Camera Projection Timelapses

Patryk Kizny at LookyCreative posted a video showing their method of animating a camera move through a static timelapse shot. Check out the video here:

Camera projection timelapse test – breakdown from Patryk Kizny on Vimeo.

This is a technique I’ve been using for years, so maybe I could throw together a tutorial for you guys. Whaddya say?

Michael Ellsberg on circumventing formal credentials and collegiate debt

The worth of a diploma in post-2008 american economiesI am guilty of occasionally perusing Tim Ferris’ blog, to find some interesting tidbits. If you’re not familiar, Tim is oft referred to as a sometimes charlatan/con-man, but regardless he does have interesting content from time to time. In this case, an article written by Michael Ellsberg on getting a job/ getting ahead/getting on with your life without the need for ‘formal credentials’. 

This struck a chord with me since I have essentially achieved a similar feat. I came out to Los Angeles in 2008, at the worst financial point in recent memory. No money, no job, no parental support, no college degree, at 19 years old. Daunting. Fast forward 3 1/2 years, and I have become a commercial and film compositor, achieving the oft-referred to “6-figure salary” (not as great as it sounds).

How is something like that possible? Many acquaintances of mine often refer to their 100K+ student loans as the shackles that continue to hold them back financially, struggling with debt. If you’re a young kid who can’t have your parent/s afford to co-sign a ginormous loan with you, what do you do? You’ve been told that college = success your whole life, but what about the financially crippling effect of being spit out of the school directly into a stagnant job sector that no longer applies, even though 4 years ago it was brimming with opportunity. Well, my friends – this is the very purpose of this blog. Fake it till you make it. Prove you’re worth a damn and create credentials more valuable than a piece of paper. Go read Michaels’ post, and ofcourse, share your thoughts in the comments.

Nikon D4 Release Video

The New Nikon D4 DSLR, Nikon's answer to the 5D

The D4 Cometh

A release video for the Nikon D4 shows “extreme athletes” doing what they do best. The camera seems to shine in low light, especially around the campfire shots. I am of the opinion that any camera in a professionals hands will look good, moreso if there is a post and grading pipeline involved. I feel like this Read more

Hacking the 5DMkII

canon 5DMKII hacked HDR higher bitrateIt looks like EOSHD has a hands on pre-release beta of Magic Lantern’s newest update for the 5D. The features list is sounding pretty impressive. Some highlights include:


  • 3x the original 38Mbit / sec throughput (if you have a fast enough CF card)
  • Leica M8 style split screen focusing aid – allowing  full view of your frame while you achieve focus
  • HDR video, for bracketing exposure/ISO


It appears that there will be Read more

Eye Tracking Video – How Audiences View Films

Oftentimes you hear people discussing what defines good cinematography in technical terms, however what the audience is actually paying attention to depending on the action in the scene and what’s lit or in focus can be hard to decipher. Until now. This is an eye tracking test that was performed on a scene from There Will Be Blood, showing what audiences paid closest attention to.

There Will Be Blood with gaze locations of 11 viewers from TheDIEMProject on Vimeo.

When the dots grow, it means the watcher has kept their eyes fixed on that point of the frame for a longer period of time. I find it incredibly interesting, but would love to see this same method applied to a larger (hundreds) sample size.