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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sony Vegas Pro 11

Sony has just released the latest version of their flagship video editing program. The most comprehensive rundown of the new features I've seen can be found here.

Hope to tinker around with the new 3D features and post some thought early next week.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Panasonic Z10000

Pretty excited about this one. Ships mid-November for $3499. Currently raising money like a maniac to pick it up at launch. You can find full details by clicking on the image above, but here's a brief rundown of the features that are most important to me:

  • 1080p24 3D recording
  • Dual SDXC slots
  • Glasses-free 3D LCD w/ 2nd viewfinder
  • Zebra and Waveform Monitors
  • Scene files (hope I can still find the ones from my old HMC150)
  • Seperate zoom / focus / convergence / iris rings
  • Dual XLR inputs

Not sure I'm thrilled with the dual 3MOS sensors, but everything above should make up for it.

Just in Time Films vs Just in Time Films

While checking the Just in Time Films IMDB page, I found a new movie currently sitting at the top of the list of produced works:

As tempting as it was to let the listing stand (having a feature film starring Bruce Dern in the archive can't be bad, can it?), I had IMDB remove the listing from the J:TF page. I already lost one company name to another film company and don't care to lose another. Plus, the poster is TERRIBLE.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Flamenco 3D

This clip was shot at WorldFest 2011 in Louisville, KY, 9/3/11. It was over 100 degrees without a cloud in the sky, but somehow the group performed for a full 30 minutes. This is the second song.

Louisville's two premier Flamenco troupes, FlamencoTalk and Camino Flamenco, teamed up with vocalist Vicente Griego for the performance.

Shot handheld with a Sony HDR-TD10 at 1080i60, corrected in Vegas 10.0e and rendered at 1080p30.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Two Dates

This award-winning entry in the 2011 48 Hour Film Project was directed by Will Cravens (animata's Cinematographer) and Craig Mullins. It won Best Acting for the stellar performances by Kat Carney, Maple Needler, Sean Seivers, Audra Todd, and Patrick Yen. This is the original Director's Cut and is a few minutes longer than the version that screened in the theatre.

Shot on a Panasonic AF100, edited in Final Cut Pro.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sony's 3D HDR-TD10 Camera

Sony's HDR-TD10 is currently the camera of choice here at J:TF HQ. I've been using it for a few months now, mainly for test footage in an attempt to discover interesting uses of 3D for upcoming projects. The camera is currently for sale at Amazon and the product page includes my early review of the camera:

"I shot my first 3D movie in March 2010 using two Canon T2i cameras on a parallel 3D rig. Editing and rendering the footage was incredibly difficult; I used Sony Vegas to edit each view independently and Stereo Moviemaker to adjust the 3D effect. Finally, I was able to master a 3D Blu-ray using a beta version of NetBlender's DoStudio, a $10,000 program that included support for the 3D MVC codec.

Fast forward just over a year. The newly released 10.0d version of Sony Vegas natively supports the MVC codec, allowing 3D footage to be edited as easily as 2D footage. It also allows 3D Blu-rays to be burned directly from the timeline.

As for the camera itself: I was pleasantly surprised to find it exceeded my expectations. Color reproduction is exceptional, image stabailization is very good, and the glasses-free 3D display is extremely nice. Only the sound quality disappoints, but I almost never rely on built-in mics (opting instead for a Zoom H4N paired with an Audio Technica AT875R).

As an entry into the world of 3D, this camera is phenomenal. There are "prosumer" 3D cameras on the way, but for those who edit in Vegas, there's really no better or cheaper way to jump into the world of 3D shooting and editing today that with this camera.

For those without Vegas, editing a bit more difficult. Clips can be edited in-camera using some fairly simple software (you can even download music onto the camera to use as a soundtrack behind your clips). But you won't get nearly the performance you would get using dedicated editing software. And please note: Vegas is the ONLY software under $4000 currently offering the ability to manipulate MVC files. Premiere doesn't have it, nor does Final Cut Pro.

But for Vegas owners, or just those who love new tech, this camera come very highly recommended!

(I have shown this to a few colleagues unfamiliar with 3D and watched their faces light up with glee; one described it as "like traveling into the future." That's awesome.)"