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By now many of you may be familiar with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera – it made a splash at this year’s NAB show in Las Vegas. There wasn’t a person I talked to that wasn’t excited to know more about this tiny little RAW-shooting 1080p camera. Thankfully, the camera shoots more than RAW video, as it can also shoot slightly compressed DNxHD and ProRes — but what if you do want to shoot RAW? Just like with DSLRs, most of the RAW video available in higher-end cameras is slightly compressed, as bitrates can exceed bandwidth. To keep costs down, the RAW in the BMCC is completely uncompressed RAW video, which means, you’re getting bit for bit everything that is coming out of the A/D convertor (which takes the information from the sensor and translates it into digital values). We’ve talked a bit about increased disk space requirements, but rarely about affordability. The trend for most technology is to get cheaper over the long term — but that’s not exactly happening with hard drives for a number of reasons. More »

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Ever lost important footage because your backups failed, or maybe you didn’t back up at all? Well how about losing an entire feature film and a year’s worth of work? While this isn’t a new story, as it was featured in the special features on the DVD, the tale of the failed Toy Story 2 backup is fascinating. It just proves that even when you’re spending millions of dollars, a few mistakes can be disastrous. More »

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With Story and OnLocation, Adobe has been adding to their better-known video applications (Premiere Pro, After Effects) and transforming their suite into an end-to-end production solution. The latest addition is an application called Prelude, and in San Francisco they recently demoed the new software, which looks to be an on-set ingest and logging program.
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Pomfort makes a number of interesting Mac tools for DSLR and indie filmmakers. I went to their site to check out DSLR Log2Video Plugin, a $29 plugin for working with DSLR footage shot with Canon’s CineStyle picture profile. The plugin is a part of the $129 Silverstack LT H.264, which I found myself evaluating as a tool for offloading and backing up DSLR-originated projects. Silverstack LT is, in turn, the limited version of the $825 data wrangling workflow aid Silverstack SET, which adds advanced features and support for the ARRI ALEXA and RED cameras. Then I found myself checking out their MamboFrame, which turns an iPad into real, physical clapper sticks — it’s not just an app: More »

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The new Intel/Apple thunderbolt interface is much simpler and potentially cheaper than previous high-speed solutions. It’s also much more versatile, with a display interface built-in; on-set data wrangling, for example, stands to become a more straightforward and more compact operation with thunderbolt. At Amsterdam’s IBC tradeshow this weekend, each of the leading video hardware companies introduced new thunderbolt interfaces: More »

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Evan Luzi, who runs the camera assistant blog The Black and Blue (and who also wrote a guest post here on NFS), takes a look at the crucial but unheralded position of data wrangler. The data wrangler is the person on set who is responsible for making sure that what gets recorded on camera makes it back to the editor without any data loss or corruption. This is not an action-packed video, but if you might find yourself doing work in this position it’s a nice and informative behind-the-scenes commentary. There, I warned you: I don’t want to hear any comments of “this was boring!” Hmm, that wasn’t a very good front page teaser. Well, check it out anyway: More »