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Film and Digital as Unique Instruments of Artistic Expression
By: Dan Parsons on Oct 22, 2009 at 6:50:44 am

I have often wondered what motion picture audiences would think of film-acquired images if digital imaging had come first. Would the grain structure, the motion blur, the organic judder, and the characteristic soft shoulder inherent in the celluloid medium be lauded, or would these characteristics be labeled simply as artifacts? Would, for instance, the limited dynamic range and sharpness of the digital format be viewed as necessary characteristics to be duplicated or mimicked in film, or would they have been seen, from the beginning, as an artifact to be eliminated by means of research and development. Would film have even...


Another INSANE camera
By: Tim Wilson on Jan 17, 2009 at 5:50:43 am

The Nikon D90 and, even moreso, the Canon EOS 5D MKII, are shaking things up with their ability to record short bursts of VERY high-quality 1080p HD video, using a full-size 35mm sensor. Of course, digital cameras that also record video have been around for years in the consumer world, and many of them are quite good. This reflects 2 important truths: many of the most important professional tools are evolving UP from consumer cameras (HDV anyone?), and that the best place to see the *future* of the tools you use is CES. I've got a bunch of things to note...

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Breaking the Speed Limit -- Editing Phantom High-Speed Footage in Final Cut Pro 2 of 2
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 28, 2008 at 8:57:38 am

Once we have the actual shot, we can then control the downloading of footage from the camera using Vision Research’s software. Thus far they’ve only released a version that runs on Windows. In order to preserve the Mac-loving image of Simplemente, we decided to run it on a MacBook Pro with Boot Camp. We can then select the ins and outs of any particular shot. Typically the exact moment you want to save is a tiny fraction of that 6 minute take and the rest is a lot of frames with no activity you can delete. The selected portions are...


Breaking the Speed Limit -- Editing Phantom High-Speed Footage in Final Cut Pro: Part 1 of 2
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 25, 2008 at 6:44:35 pm

I wrote two articles for the Final Cut Pro User's Group Supermeet at NAB. They appeared in the SuperMag magazine. Here's part one of the second article looking at Simplemente's work with the Phantom HD camera: ...

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Shane's MacWorld 2008 Wrap Up.
By: Shane Ross on Jan 28, 2008 at 7:29:25 am

When Steve Jobs was giving his keynote speech for MacWorld 2008, my buddy Jared and I were standing in the CalDigit booth, both of us staring at our iPhones...parked on the MacRumors site and reading the announcements as they came. That s right...we BOTH had our iPhones out. Wy didn t we just look at one and conserve the other s battery? We were excited. WE ARE MAC ADDICTS! And last year the keynote was exciting. But, with each announcement, our excitement faded. iPhone update? Now I can make my icons dance. Now what? Oh, I can find where...


Whats the time?
By: Rajeev Nedumaran on Jan 12, 2008 at 9:49:44 am

This is my first Blog ever! And creative cow rocks. Many thanks to creativecow and the great team behind it. After effects and Cinema 4D - I have learnt from the many podcasts, posts and tutorials on this site. So, I start with a recent model that I did. I guess its better late than never to start a blog. I hope to use this platform to share my work and tricks that I have learnt over the last few years, All thanks to creativecow! I am sure, 2008 is going to be a rocking year and we will have...

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Diamonds are a girl's best friend
By: Rajeev Nedumaran on Jan 12, 2008 at 9:45:25 am

It is a well known fact that falling in love is bad for your knees! But after a fall you also need to go searching for stones. Since I am too bruised (pronounced as broke) to buy such stones, I decided to make one myself and as usual Cinema4D is my knight in shining armour. So folks, here it is: Happily, my better half loved it, even though she can t wear it! Thanks Cinema4D for making up for all those missed anniversaries and birthdays! Hopefully when I get time during the weekend I will post some workflow checkshots. Have...


Inspiration from Modo
By: Rajeev Nedumaran on Jan 7, 2008 at 3:05:18 am

I ve been fascinated by the photorealistic quality of images posted in the Luxology Modo Gallery. I ve been trying to learn from their workflow to see if I can do the same in Cinema 4D, especially from some of the free tutorials. I was struck by the level of detail in the shoe model posted there. Inspired by those images, I rolled up my socks and got to work! Trying to emulate the same in cinema4d. So folks here is my attempt. I think it kind of worked out ok. What do you think? let me know. As always...


Getting into Macro photography
By: Martin Tiller on Aug 27, 2007 at 5:44:46 pm

Posted by Martin: I've been on vacation the last couple of days, we went down to Nags Head for a few days.  But before that I bought my first macro-lens.  The EF 50 mm f/2.5 compact-macro from Canon . Although this was the first time I have ever tried a macro lens, macro photography was a little harder than I thought.  A lot of the pics I took were slightly out of focus.  I read that macro photography does best on a tripod.  I can see why that might be.  But still I got some interesting and cool shots out...

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Cool Links for August 17
By: Martin Tiller on Aug 18, 2007 at 3:01:30 am

Posted by Martin: After Effects Links: A new white page on Color Management in After Effects. Lightroom Links: Jack Nack at Adobe has some updated Podcasts. Photography Links: Shoot better NOT more says Fololia founder. (Easier said than done I must say...) Photography contest sponsored by Canon. Thanks to Photography Contest for the Heads up! You can win some serious Canon gear with this one! A GREAT post over at photopreneaur about how to get your photography business in the news. Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Links: Bill Hunt again explains his support of Blu-Ray. His thinking has a lot of influence on my...

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Working inside the box
By: Peter Ralph on Jul 30, 2007 at 2:17:43 pm

Moving from photo to video is similar to going from first class to coach. You find you have a lot less wriggle room. The video box is a much tighter fit. Photoshop puts c ropping and scaling tools into the hands of every photographer , and most use them freely. Very few photographs reach the client without some finessing of color and framing. Cartier Bresson s insistence that cropping should be done in camera seems somewhat quaint. Videographers enjoy no such flexibility. The pixels captured by the camera have a one-to-one relationship with the pixels displayed on the TV. Cropping...

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Video VS Still Images
By: Jacki Schklar on Jul 4, 2007 at 8:33:53 am

I have been thinking about this for a couple of years. My background is over ten years of still photography experience and only a couple in video/multimedia. After seeing all the assorted multimedia applications with so many bells and whistles, this kid with the camera , who had never put it down, did just that.  I moved from Tennessee to Maine and enrolled in a video/multimedia production Associates program because I felt behind and limited in technologies, which I was. Began an internship with a CBS affiliate two weeks into it. Was hired after my first semester. Hardly touched a still camera in Maine. Very...


The REALLY big picture
By: Peter Ralph on Jun 6, 2007 at 6:54:01 am

Seadragon/photosynth - an incredible visual viewing/modelling/networking app - from Microsoft. Very classy of BMW to leave their ad until after the presentation. bit of trouble embedding the video so meantime. Check it out here...

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Videojournalism - the first 5 rules
By: Peter Ralph on May 24, 2007 at 3:42:45 pm

1. Be in the right place at the right time aka The Zapruder Rule . If you can stay on the right side of this rule you can ignore many of the others. However much TV photographers howl there is a compelling logic to the notion that for breaking news coverage the quantity of camera crews you field can often be as important as the quality. 2. If your pictures aren t good enough, you re not close enough - Robert Capa. This has metaphorical as well as literal significance for journalists. The more immersed you are in the subject...

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