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metabones speed booster lens adapter canon ef to mft micro four thirds m43Metabones has already provided shooters with a variety of Speed Boosters — lens adapters that optically counteract crop factor, increase light transmission, and in many cases even maintain smart lens control. Now, Metabones has announced a new addition to the Speed Booster line: a Canon EF to Micro 4/3 mount model that will effectively allow the Panasonic GH4 (and other Micro 4/3 cameras) to have the field of view of a Super 35mm camera and also increase your lens’ maximum exposure one stop. Metabones is also going to offer an equivalent adapter without the expensive optics just to control Canon lenses on your MFT cameras. More »

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following christopher nolan diy ultra low no budget filmmaking 16mmDirector Christopher Nolan is best known for The Dark Knight trilogy of blockbusters, and a film with a sound so powerful it’s been replicated in many a trailer since: Inception. Prior to these films Nolan directed the mind-bending thriller Memento, but his career began even earlier with an ultra-low budget feature called Following. An exercise in efficient, effective filmmaking, Following is a film noir gem — and one impressively made on a shoestring. Nolan recently sat down with VICE and the Criterion Collection to talk about the making of the film. Outlining DIY tips and tricks he used to get the film made with very limited resources, Nolan also explains how some of the methods he learned making Following still influence him to this day — even when shooting IMAX. More »

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usb 3 3.0 3.1 10gbps interface bus protocol standard device connectivity digital computerGenerally speaking, it isn’t too difficult to plug something in correctly. That is to say, the relationship between a plug and its matching receptacle is often pretty self-explanatory. And yet, somehow, I still find myself trying to plug USB cables into USB ports the wrong way. USB is everywhere, and that’s not something that is likely to change anytime soon. What will change, however, is the ease of plugging things into it. That’s because USB specs have finalized the new Type-C reversible connector design announced earlier. The connector/cable type promises the 10Gb/s speeds and 100W power provided by USB 3.1, and yes, the physical incapability of being plugged in wrong. More »

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Robin Williams - Multiple ExposuresIt’s hard to sum up the value of a single person who has contributed so much happiness to the collective consciousness that their own unhappiness is eclipsed by it. As you all probably know, the great actor, voice actor, comedian, and all-around-human-being Robin Williams died very recently. There isn’t much to say about it that others haven’t said already or won’t say in the days and weeks to come, for better or for worse — but in respect to the greatness all of us have just lost, we’ll let that greatness speak for itself. More »

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acrovid footagestudio 4k video assets media transcode conversion frame rate resolution effects slow motion file filmmaking app utility tool windows pc computerApple’s ProRes family of codecs is integral to the workflow of many a camera these days. Whether you’re offline editing RED RAW footage or working right off Alexa or Blackmagic camera negative, there’s a good chance you’re doing it in ProRes — which in turn means you’re probably doing it in Mac OSX. Enter FootageStudio 4K, a standalone video encoder recently released by Acrovid. Featuring powerful codec support and a variety of frame rate & resolution conversion capabilities, FootageStudio 4K is also one of the few ways you can encode to/from Apple ProRes on the Windows platform. More »

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indieflix indiegogo campaign indie independent cinema film filmmaking revenue profit movies viewing streaming web video content monetize seld direct distribution festival service logoIn our direct distribution roundup, we went over IndieFlix as basically the ‘indie version of Netflix.’ Subscribers pay $5 per month or $50 per year to stream an ever-expanding library of films. This may sound familiar, but unlike everybody’s favorite binge-watching enabler, IndieFlix makes earning money for independent filmmakers central to its mission. You can stream on any device with an internet connection, but IndieFlix is still missing a proper mobile app – and that’s where you come in. Though an app is already in the works, IndieFlix has embarked on an Indiegogo campaign to help it reach or surpass its development goals even sooner. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Out With the Old Sensor, In With the DRAGON: RED EPIC Exposure Comparison - No Film SchoolWith DRAGON now available for purchase or upgrade in RED‘s EPIC and SCARLET cameras, it’s about time to see how well the new sensor outperforms its predecessor, the Mysterium-X. Cinematographer Ryan Walters has recently done just that at Indie Cinema Academy. His battery of tests compare everything from overall latitude, highlight handling, recoverable underexposure, low light performance, IR pollution, and more between two EPICs — one old and one new. Needless to say, if you’re thinking of upgrading or simply wondering how all the DRAGON hype stacks up to reality, you definitely want to check out his results.
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cleantechnica led street lighting lights lamps sodium vapor mercury clean green la los angelesEarlier in the year, we posted about the city of Los Angeles’ massive changeover to LED streetlights and some of the ways in which it might affect the appearance of LA in cinema. In addition to its ecological and economic benefits, this new street lighting has a lot of interesting photographic implications, particularly due to the LEDs’ more daylight-like rendition of color. Following the post I was fortunate enough to take part in a segment of KCRW’s program Which Way, LA? in which Academy Award-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister shed his own unique light on the subject. More »

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mac world lab test new mac pro thunderbolt usb 3 firewire 800 performance bandwidth throughput external hard drive cinema displayNot long ago, Macworld put the new Mac Pro to the test on the front of connectivity and external drive performance. At one point the test involved 36 devices connected via Thunderbolt, USB 3, and even FireWire 800 (via Thunderbolt docks), including an extensive list of external hard drives plus an Apple Thunderbolt display, two Apple Cinema Displays, and a 27-inch HP LED display. The results shed very interesting light on some of the capabilities — and possible limitations — of Thunderbolt daisy chains. More »

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red youtube 4k open source vp9 codec channelRED is well-known as a proponent of 4K, and as a manufacturer of cameras capable of shooting at that resolution (and higher). It’s also no stranger to the consumer 4K-viewing realm, a growing market in which the company’s REDRAY streaming player competes. Now, RED has announced it has been working with YouTube to employ and improve the open-source VP9 codec for encoding of 4K media to select channels, as opposed to the comparably-efficient but legally-entangled H.265 (aka HEVC) codec. And, to kick off the party, RED has also opened up the new “Shot on RED” channel to host and aggregate RED-shot footage and films. More »

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g-tech g-speed studio external hard drive raid thunderbolt enclosure storage video editing digital cinematographyIf you were worried that the new Mac Pro might start feeling a little lonely as the only shiny trashcan-like piece of hardware on your desk, fear not. G-Technology, makers of video editing-ready external hard drives such as G-RAID, recently announced a 4-bay external RAID enclosure with Thunderbolt 2 dubbed G-SPEED Studio. Sporting up to 24TB in enterprise-class 7200RPM hard drives, G-SPEED Studio also bears a rather uncanny resemblance to the Mac Pro. More »

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scott freeman online editing editor post production cinema film filmmaking movies tv television series avid symphony blackmagic davinci resolve media workflowPerhaps one of the most under-appreciated aspects of cinema production is the work that goes into post. Editing, color grading, and visual effects play huge roles in shaping the final piece, but unseen and often unsung is the important work of the supporting positions in editorial, such as assistant editor and online editor. The men and women doing this kind of work keep the media management madness at bay, steam-rolling the workflow and ironing out issues so that editors and colorists may do their jobs unimpeded. To help lessen the burden, veteran online editor Scott Freeman has shared what he believes to be the first-ever unbreakable workflow between Avid Symphony and DaVinci Resolve. If hardcore work between these two tools is common for you, his research is a must-read. More »

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famous movie film poster actor director artist peter stults james dean driveWhat if your favorite film had been made decades before it actually debuted — which famous actors would star? Or if a summer blockbuster had been made way back in cinema history, who might have been the director? And what would the poster look like? Such is the theme around which artist Peter Stults’ series “What If: Movies Re-Imagined” revolves, taking the form of movie posters from alternative-reality Hollywood. Complete with Golden Age stars and artwork to match the re-imagined time period, the results are truly stimulating to the imagination. More »

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light iron live play 3 cloud metadata dailies playback review wireless wifi ipad film filmmaking 4Our daily routines are based on connectivity, with instant access to everything on-demand. Why can’t more of the benefits of living in a digital world — the internet, the cloud, collaborative creative tools, and everything in real-time — extend to digital production as well? With Light Iron’s new Live Play app, that potential becomes a reality. Bringing iPad-based dailies playback to the cloud, the app now allows for remote access to clips as they are created with multi-dimensional sorting, searching, and metadata controls. What used to be a convenient tool for personal playback and tagging can now be a collaborative hub for an entire production. Say hello to Live Play 3. More »

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final cut pro x fcp fcpx library manager media software nle non linear editing system app organization video 2Managing media requires attention and diligence — otherwise, it can become a headache. Fortunately for users of Apple Final Cut Pro X, app-makers Arctic Whiteness have just released Final Cut Library Manager 2. Expanding on the organizational capabilities of FCPX, Library Manager 2 gives editors a bird’s-eye view of all Final Cut Libraries, even if they exist on unconnected volumes. For those which are locally online, Library Manager offers a slew of features for both micro- and macromanagement of media. Check out some details below. More »

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usb 3.1 3.0 super speed plus 10 gb ps interface computer io port connection 2Thunderbolt 2 may be theoretically capable of 20Gb/s, but USB isn’t going to be left in the dust. The ubiquity of USB continues with version 3.0, while Thunderbolt isn’t nearly as common. USB is not done improving, however. The upgraded USB 3.1 may arrive by the end of the year, featuring new port & connection designs and theoretical speeds up to 10Gb/s — double that of 3.0. As if that weren’t enough for professional consideration, at least one USB architect at Intel says the protocol may one day be able to scale beyond 40Gb/s. Check below for more details, plus some allegedly leaked info claiming that speed for a future Thunderbolt 3 interface. More »

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autodesk mudbox 10 dollar monthly subscription perpetual license software 3d modelling animation design sculptingAdobe’s move to CC and a “software as a service” model is still met with much controversy. This is in no small part due to the lack of any perpetual license ownership choice for those (many) who want one. Such is not the case with Autodesk’s release of Mudbox 2015, a powerful CG 3D sculpting tool originally developed by artists of Weta Digital for Peter Jackson’s King Kong. This release comes with the option of a subscription — starting at $10 per month and scaling out to an annual plan — as well as the option for a traditional perpetual license. Read on for more on Mudbox 2015 and Autodesk’s Desktop Subscription plans. More »

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owc other world computing mac sales jupiter callisto kore storage volumes system nas sanIn addition to stocking name brand hardware, Other World Computing also upgrades Macs and manufacturers its own products —  storage of all shapes and sizes included. Around NAB this year, OWC unveiled a serious new family of storage units fittingly dubbed Jupiter. Jupiter Callisto is a scalable NAS/SAN connected via 10Gb Ethernet, while Jupiter Kore either expands Callisto via 24Gb/s mini-SAS or acts as a RAID array via mini-SAS. Jupiter uses ZFS so it is particularly resilient against data corruption — and it’s very customizable and capable of expanding up to 384TB. Check below for more about Jupiter Callisto & Kore. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video This Is How You 6K (or Even 8K): Light Iron's Future-Proof Digital Intermediate Mainframe - No Film SchoolMichael Cioni, CEO of post firm Light Iron, has been quite proactive in sharing the ins and outs of his company’s workflows, techniques, and philosophies. Previously, Cioni has highlighted the hurdles of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo‘s 4K post production process, and gone in-depth about maintaining the color pipeline of Ender’s Game amidst extensive visual effects work. Now, in a video journal released in time for NAB 2014, Cioni breaks down Light Iron’s upgraded 4K, 6K and even 8K-ready post infrastructure — while also explaining the importance of choosing tools today that will serve the future’s needs. More »

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ikan 2k 444 3g-hd-sdi hdmi component composite high definition monitorAt NAB this year, ikan showcased a few upcoming monitors with some strong features. The VX9i-2K takes up to 4:4:4 2K resolution via 2x 3G-SDI, HDMI, component, or composite inputs with active cross-conversion available for HD-SDI/HDMI output. It’s also sports pretty much all the scopes you’d ever need with 5″ of screen real estate still available for live monitoring out of its 1920×1200 display. Meanwhile, the DX5 is an impressive little guy featuring full 1080 resolution on its 5″ screen, the likes of which we don’t see very often. Check below for more details and our NAB 2014 interview with ikan. More »