OLED displays to be shown by SONY at NAB 2010|
By: gary adcock on Mar 30, 2010 at 12:22:01 pm
Since I only post on a couple of sites other than the Cow, I thought I would share this little piece of info with my Bovine Friends.
It's NAB Time and I got a chance to spend 2 days onset with one of the yet to be released Sony OLED (PVM740) displays while working some of my NAB Prep and I have to say that it is a pretty damned nice little unit. Rugged and compact, though a little thicker (about .75" or 2cm) around the middle than my usual Panasonic 8" LCD, it was a tad lighter overall. It...
Sony's Tapeless Workflow|
By: Andrew Kimery on Jan 16, 2010 at 7:43:29 pm
Sony had a little demo/presentation happening at our office the other day and I must say I still really like the XDCAM HD workflow and wish that we could use it where I am working currently. They are also trying to bridge the gap between XDCAM EX (SxS card based cameras like the EX1 and EX3) and XDCAM HD (the discs used in full sized cameras like the F335) by creating workflow solutions to easily get EX media onto XDCAM HD discs. A few years ago I worked as an assistant editor on a reality show that shot XDCAM HD...
BandPro's Michael Bravin departs to join ARRI USA|
By: gary adcock on Jan 11, 2010 at 9:55:58 am
While not big news for most people, I would like to take a second and talk about a really big change in our industry.
Michael Bravin, an all around HD geek and good friend, has left his long time position at BandPro to join ARRI USA as the as man when it comes to the new Alexa series of cameras. Michael has been a major player in the camera community, having guided education and assisted in the development at BandPro starting with Sony's first 1035 cameras thru the f900s, then later with the f23& f35 camera systems.
While Michael will be...
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...
Sony's new 4K Digital Cinema Projector|
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 30, 2009 at 8:37:55 pm
This isn't just huge news for people in the digital cinema business: it's huge for everyone in any aspect of show business, including slobs like us.
I saw the news of Sony's new 4K projectors on the front page of Variety.com.
Variety is barely peripherally related to the projection side of the business. This message is directly aimed at the people who make the movies: 4K is here...and the ideal use of a 4K projector is NOT the projection of 4K images. Its primary intent is for a full 2K for eacheye!! You can kind of get that from the last...
Chronosync- invaluable tool for tapeless workflow|
By: Noah Kadner on May 3, 2008 at 7:12:27 am
Here's a tool for anyone working with the solid-state and tapeless workflow, for example the Panasonic HVX200 and Sony EX1 . If you've been dragging and dropping footage from your folders to your hard drive you could be a bit more at risk than you realize.
Warner Bros tilts High Def DVD's to Blu-Ray|
By: walter biscardi on Mar 20, 2008 at 4:41:14 am
The New York Times reports that Warner Brothers has now lined up in Blu-Ray DVD corner effectively giving the Sony format about 70% of the high definition DVD market. They'll continue to release movies on both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray until May and then switch exclusively over to Blu-Ray. This leaves Universal and Paramount along with Dreamworks as the only major studios backing HD-DVD. As a production company that had to jump into Blu-Ray production in support of one of our clients, this is welcome news for us. I have to say, if you have not seen Pixar's "Cars" and "Rattatoule"...
Projects I am working on - brand new here.|
By: Mike Gruich on Jan 18, 2008 at 8:41:48 am
My work in video came after I started writing and found that I could really not rely on the resources I had for filming. After several months of reading anything I could get my hands on I purchased some lighting and everything took off from there. At the moment I own enough equipment (mostly 2nd hand, or lower end) to complete a video project from start to finish with pretty good results. As I have just started getting paid for my work, the equipment list grows. There is nothing more satisfying than sacrificing a few hours of your time, for...
PMW-EX1 First Impressions|
By: Don Greening on Dec 11, 2007 at 2:26:40 am
Today my wife and I walked out onto the Port Coquitlam river dykes to do some scenery shooting with our new EX1. We didn t spend a lot of time there because it was cold and I was a real wimp today. We ended up taking about 10 min. of footage. I didn t try any other picture settings other than taking the camera out of the box and changing the recording setup to 1080P 30fps. I used the highest quality setting of 35 mbps.When we got home I immediately hooked the camera up to our 50 inch Samsung plasma...
PMW-EX1 First Impressions Part 2|
By: Don Greening on Dec 10, 2007 at 1:32:40 am
Today I connected the EX1 to my Mac Pro in preparation to transfer the video clips over to Final Cut Pro. I had already installed the Sony Clip Browser and Sony XDCAM Transfer Tool v.2.1 onto my Mac several days ago so now it was just a matter of getting started. There is more than one way to transfer the files over but I elected to simply do it within the FCP log and transfer window. In order for this to work the software required is Final Cut Pro v.6.0.2, Quicktime Pro v.7.3 and Mac OS v.10.4.11, in addition to...
Just finished: Outdoorchannel.com video tutorial|
By: Paul Escandon on Dec 5, 2007 at 10:29:57 pm
A few weeks ago we drove up to Burbank and shot Outdoor Channel show host Michael Waddell on a green screen for Outdoor Channel Broadband ( outdoorchannel.tv ) and OutdoorChannel.com site tutorials. I shot on Sony HDCAM and composited the pieces together in After Effects. Big ups to Rich Sinatra for virtually creating a copy of our entire site from within After Effects - he did all the dirty work and I just had to tweak some of the changes that have been made to our site in the last few months. Also, John Beattie recorded sound and produced the...
REPORT FROM IBC|
By: Shane Ross on Sep 15, 2007 at 10:47:07 am
IBC is FINALLY over...and I am on my way home. I figured that during this long flight I could take some time to write about what I saw...what impressed me, what didn't, what is new, what isn't. If the in-flight movie (Ocean's 13) was working properly (no audio) I probably wouldn't be doing this. I do have my iPod, but the of the movies I encoded for it that I have left, I forgot to get the subtitling so all I hear is Japanese and Chinese in BIG sections of KILL BILL. And I have no window seat to enjoy...
Shooting an NPPL Live paintball event next weekend|
By: Paul Escandon on Sep 13, 2007 at 12:45:52 pm
Next weekend I’m going to be travelling to Kansas City, MO to shoot an NPPL paintball event that is going to be broadcast live over the Internet on www.nppllive.com . This is going to be the first time that I’m going to be working an event like this and I’m looking forward to the run-and-gun shoot, edit, and deliver process that we’re going to have going. Basically, the event is streamed live over the Internet with a production switcher that I imagine handles 3 or 4 camera angles. Since there is down time during the day that would normally translate...
Biscardi Facility overhaul with Bob Zelin|
By: walter biscardi on Aug 18, 2007 at 2:46:45 am
So I just have to pass along this wonderful experience we ve had and it really underscores the tremendous community we have here at Creative COW. For about a year I ve been contemplating an upgrade to our facility to make it more efficient. When I started in 2001 I had one edit suite and hoped to add a 2nd one at a later date. In 2003 we expanded to that 2nd suite and I was eventually able to get a full sized rack unit to hold all my tape decks, my computer and some storage. It worked pretty well...