Marco Solorio from One River Media shot some fantastic test footage of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and compared it to 5DmkIII footage. Marco does a really good job of showing exactly whats great and not great about both cameras.
Scott Thrift, a filmmaker from Brooklyn, is currently kickstarting a really unique and interesting product called “The Present”
Check out this video to learn more.
Kudos Thrift, good luck!
Lytro just released the first consumer light field camera. For the end user a light field camera means a photographer can select focus after the camera records the image. But this is only the beginning. Light field technology essentially allows photographers to capture the depth of a scene without the need for two cameras. Here’s an example from Lytro’s gallery. Click with the image to adjust the focus.
This first version of Lytro’s camera uses the image data captured to translate into determining the focal point of the image.
PC Magazine did a pretty good job of explaining some of the technical details of the Lytro camera. You can read the article here.
Being able to record depth information with a single camera will completely change the way filmmakers create 3d stereoscopic movies. Currently there are only two effective
ways to create a 3d image, either shoot with two cameras or perform a very labor intensive 2d to 3d conversion. Two camera stereoscopic systems are great but they are very clunky and provide very little latitude after the images are recorded.
Light field recording will give 3d stereographers the a much larger rangeof flexibility and control.
Lyrto has already taken this technology into stereography, here is a video that shows some of the uses of light fields in 3d. (glasses are required)
I am still learning about the technical details of light fields and I am planning on learning more and hopefully posting more technical information in the future.
Vimeo just announced a new service, the Vimeo Music Store. The store includes 45,000+ music titles that are a mix of creative commons and commercial songs categorized by Genre, Tempo, Theme, Mood, and/or a specific instrument. Vimeo is a huge creative commons advocate and by introducing a music sharing service they bring the creative commons community a step closer to their mission of totally free and easy sharing between artists. The pay per song rates are $1.99 for personal use and $98 for commercial use. The library is powered by FMA (one of my favorite places to find music) and audiosocket.
It is probably worth explaining the difference between vimeo’s personal use and commercial use and what it may mean for the artist who is trying to use the song for their own creative work. Personal use means the derivative work may not make any money or have any potential to make money this does not mean the artist cannot publish the work, it just can’t be published for profit. Commercial use means you may potentially make money off the work. If the project will be submitted to film festivals, used on business websites or any for profit venture a commercial license is required (this includes websites with ad space). Additionally, note that these prices are not a blanket, universal license (although that is available as well). According to Vimeo:Should you wish to obtain a license for certain activities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For new licenses made within two (2) years of this License, Licensor will provide perpetual, worldwide licenses for the following media and uses at the following rates: A large portion of the songs in vimeo’s musicstore are in the creative commons meaning they may be used commercially or personally for any type of work. Creative Commons is a wonderful non profit organization that has helped artists share their work for almost a decade (started in 2002). One of my favorite motion graphics artists, Beeple, is a big proponent of creative commons. As a matter of fact, he mentions it briefly in a recent interview with the blog nutriot. I’m planning on putting together a much bigger post on my views of creative commons licensing and how it can be implemented to the best effect soon.
This image is from 1000memories.com a site that helps organize and sort online images. It’s hard still really hard to wrap your head around just how many photos are shared on facebook. I think it’s a testament to how much change has occurred in the way we all think about photography. I wonder what Andre Bazin would say…
Keeping track of information is a pain but there are lots of ways to make it easier and more organized. Here’s a few that I use every day.
So, in no particular order…
1. Dropbox – Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably already heard of Dropbox. If you haven’t it download it now. It is in my humble opinion the internet storage solution to beat. Dropbox seemlessly integrates an shared web folder into your operating system making it super easy and fast to share files between all your computers and mobile devices. The free version gives you 2 gigs of storage space for a premium it can be expanded. I have been using it for a while now and it’s made my job both as an artist and an educator much much easier. You can even share your folders with other users and have a public folder to share your files with anyone.
2. Instapaper – Thanks to facebook, google, linked in, twitter, and all the other social applications available today I am inundated with links to articles and other cool stuff throughout the day. Unfortunately because of the nature of social media it can be difficult to keep up with it all and get any actual work done during the day. Instapaper helps by bookmarking sites and sharing them with your devices and computers. By bookmarking things with instapaper I can save sites to read at my leisure without worrying about missing out on them. Instapaper completely free on computers and Kindle. The iphone app is $5. It also has features that integrate it with another app on this list, Evernote. Instapaper has a subscription plan but it does not provide any additional benefits. It’s more of a donation plan.
3. Ge.tt – This great little site provides an extremely low profile yet flexible solution to sharing large files with other people. It’s very easy to use, relatively fast and is available for the low low price of $0 (my favorite).
4. Evernote – My colleague Scott introduced me to this fantastic app for sharing notes between all my different devices. I have been using it for everything from todo lists to shopping lists to inspiration and image sharing. There’s not much this little guy doesn’t do.
5. MPEG Streamclip – File wrangling can be a pain especially when you work in a building that uses tons of different file formats. Being able to quickly convert footage is a huge time saver. Streamclip is perhaps not the most intuitive or smooth looking solution out there but I find it to be the most flexible. It is also my app of choice when ripping scenes from dvds for lecture material.
So, those are my favorite time saving apps. If you have any that you’d like to share post them here, I’d love to hear about them!