Posts Tagged ‘ filmmaking

Scarlet Full Frame 5k Enabled

This story is currently developing, but it appears that the newest firmware (v3.3.3) allow the Scarlet to shoot with full frame lookaround. This means the full 5K sensor is being utilized. This means that your crop factor is now 1.3, just like the EPIC. The original post from the Reduser.net thread:

SDI out feeds full sensor FOV when look around is enabled.

Samurai is now recording full sensor FOV to 1080p ProRes…not as good as 5k of course, but it definitely makes the Atomos even more useful…..stwooooooooops!

My TV clients are going to love this.

-Dane

 

Long story short, the ability to use the full sensor at 24fps is limited to HDMI/SDI output. This means you can only record 4:2:2 at 1080p, but it’s 1080p full-debayer downsampled from 5k!! This means you can attach an Atomos Samurai to the camera, and you’re ready to rock and roll, with more manageable file sizes. Seems pretty tempting especially if you’re shooting for web delivery.

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KineRAW S8 Footage with breakdowns

I’ve posted about the KineRAW cameras in the past, and have noted the analog qualities of this RawDNG camera. A new post showcasing some of the footage shot with vintage lenses and elmoscope anamorphic adapters has surfaced in the form of a short (test) film. The short itself is laughably bad, presumably on purpose, but it does showcase a few different shooting setups. Even if it’s not your cup of tea, it’s still worth sticking around towards the end to see the ungraded plates reference.

Check it out:

MVPA Submissions Due

Music Video Production Association

Music Video Production Association

The MVPA Awards are due at the end of the month, so if you’ve made any videos over the last year – you might want to consider submitting. The categories run the gamut from ‘Best Of’ genres, to specific disciplines. Keep in mind, submitting will cost $65 per video, as well as an additional $75 to join the MVPA as a director. This, their website states, will give you access to all related galas and parties that they hold.

With Music Videos changing in both budget and scope, it will be interesting to see what sort of competition will be lurking in the “Best Video Produced for Under $25,000” category.

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REDCINE-X Pro Release

REDCINE Beta Release

The new beta release

If any of you were in the same boat as me when it came to using REDCINE, you were in for a world of hurt. Mainly, due to stability issues, the software would auto select and hold different sliders at random, and crash. It seems these problems have been fixed in the latest beta release, and I couldn’t be happier. From their change log:

REDCINE-X Professional Build 12 Beta

CHANGES SINCE LAST BETA RELEASE (BUILD 11)

  • Added: Support for slugs when importing FCP7 XML files.
  • Fixed: Issue where clips in bins would sometimes not appear.
  • Fixed: Issue where REDCINE-X PRO would crash on Mac OS X 10.5.×.
  • Fixed: Issue where incorrect FCP7 XML files would be generated if
    handles were enabled.
  • Fixed: FCP-X XML import issues.
  • Fixed: Issue with “Clip” output resolution not working in all cases.
  • Fixed: Miscellaneous stability issues.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, grab it here.

De-Mystifying ‘Crop Factor’

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The Crop Factor Conundrum

There has been quite a bit of discussion lately on the crop factor of cameras like the Scarlet. There is a recurring phrase that I’m seeing which goes something along the lines of, “You will need to shoot at 30mm because the lens will become a 48mm.”. Yes, that’s true – the lens will have a 1.6x magnification factor, and 30 multiplied by 1.6 is, in fact, 48 – but guess what? That 30mm will still behave like a 30mm, regardless of if your field of view changes or not. However, let’s take a step back for a second, because we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Back when I first began making films there was a de-facto camera for indie filmmakers – the DVX100. A plastic fixed zoom lens gave you plenty of framing options, allowing the camera to shoot anywhere you wanted to in glorious 24p. Jump forward to a couple years ago, and we had the 5DMKII, a camera which changed the indie landscape and gave people the added bonus of using custom glass. Here’s the snag, a lot of people that have shot on the full-frame 5D are now moving on to shooting with other cameras and becoming flustered when their 50mm is now an 80mm equivalent in terms of Field of View (FOV). This is nothing new, in fact many cameras have an ASP-C crop sensor, oftentimes Read more

Canon 5DMKIII Specs Leaked

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The New 5DMKIII

The 5DMKII was a camera that changed independent filmmaking overnight. The ability to use any lens in natural light with beautiful results with a stills camera created a flash market of video hungry shooters, and created a HDSLR market overnight. Canon had created a monster, by mistake. The video mode was just a happy accident as far as they were concerned.

Ever since the 5DMKII became popular, there has been discussion on what its next iteration, the 5DMKIII, would bring. Many have speculated about reduced moire, rolling shutter fixes as well as higher light sensitivity. According to a leak released today, the facts back up some of these claims.

Canon Rumors posted the specs for the new 5DMKII, which is supposed to be officially announced on March 2. From their post:
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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?

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

 

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The Manifesto

The year was 2005, and I had just received my first award, from the Chicago Film Festival. It was a project I had shot on the newly released DVX100A, in 24p. It had been cut, composited and color graded in Sonic Foundry’s Vegas. The idea of a 24p prosumer camera for a few thousand dollars was a game-changer, and disrupted the market. Suddenly everyone and their mom was shooting low Read more