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Yet Another Hands-On With The AF100

So, our good friends over at Visual Edge Productions managed to get their hands on a demo of Panasonic’s AF100.  They took the time to put the camera thru it’s paces and a they have some interesting thoughts to share Check ’em out. http://www.visualedge.tv/blog1/2010/12/thoughts-on-the-panasonic-af-100/

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MacBook External Battery solution.

If you’re like me, then you’ve found you self in a situation where you needed to use you MacBook Pro out in the field, there was no access to AC power and you couldn’t depend on the internal battery to last.  There have been times when I’ve wanted to offload P2 footage while drive from one location to another, or worse, while out in the middle of a field or in the woods somewhere.  I think I may have found a nice solution to my problem.  Hawk-Wood (a UK company) offers a line MacBook battery adapters that can run off of V-lock, Sony NP-F or Sony BPU style batteries. All the adapters come with an XLR 4-pin to MagSafe cable and are able of running your MacBook or MacBook Pro. With a MacBook Air, it’ll even top off your battery as well.  (Runtime depends on the batteries you use)
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Jag35 Electronic Follow Focus – on a budget

The guys over at Jag35 have announced a new Electronic Follow Focus for HDSLR user on a budget. When the system is released in the spring of 2011, it will employ a wired controller, but a wireless controller is promised.  There will be three motors offered:

  • J1 $139
  • J2 $159
  • J3 $199

All the motors are designed with Canon still lenses in mind.  The J1 and J2 each have 150º rotation with the J2 offering a more robust design that delivers more torque and higher speeds. The J3 has a rotation of 200º and is the fastest of the three motors. 

Also available is the M1 wired Controller for $149 and 3.5mm control cables $9.99 (think mini-plug). 

The whole system is designed to ride on 15mm Rods, so it should integrate well with most handheld rigs. Even though this systems is designed to primarily for HDSLR, I suppose The Panasonic AF100 and Sony’s upcoming F3 might be good matches for this budget follow focus system as well. 

Jag35 put out a video that offers a little demo of the system. 
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[UPDATED] R.I.P. Red Scarlet. Long Live Red Epic-S

 

According to a post on the REDUSER forum by Red owner Jim Jannard, it looks like the long awaited Red Scarlet, which promised to put 3k imaging power in the hands of every professional and hobbyist  alike, is DOA.  Not to worry though Jannard stated, “Scarlet S35 is now called EPIC Light. The features have changed as has the price. I’ll update in the next two weeks.” The features and price have changed, you say.  That should be interesting.  As I remember it, Scarlet was to cost just a bit more than the HDDSLR.  Since it looks like the EPIC (not Light) is back on track, (Peter Jackson is about to take delivery of 30 them) we may not have very long to wait to see what Scarlet has morphed into.  With Panasonic’s AF100 only days away and Sony’s F3 just a couple of months behind.  The field for affordable large sensor VIDEO cameras is starting to get quite crowded. I hope there’s still a place for the Epic Light.

 

[UPDATE] It looks like RED has ditched the name Epic Light in favor of Epic-S for it’s 2/3″ sensor, fixed lens camera.  you can see it being fondled here. 

Notice that the lens has a single ring that can be used for either focus, zoom or iris, but only one at a time.  What do you think about that??

 

Derek Allen

 

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Mobile Apps for Filmmakers (just a few)

These days, there seems to be a mobile app for just about everything.  As you might expect, filmmakers have a wide variety of apps to choose from.  Here’s a list of just a few , but you won’t find any camera slates here. There are just way too many of them.

mRelease for iPhone and iPod Touch – $2.99

With mRelease you can have model, property, location crew releases right in your pocket. Its really a great tool for man on the street situations.  You can use the built-in camera take the subject’s picture and capture their signature on the touch screen.  No worry about having enough copies. No pens to get stolen.  Once all the releases are collected, you can email the entire collection to anyone in your contact list.

Gel Swatch Library™ for the iPhone and iPod touch – $9.99

Wybron’s Gel Swatch Library is a catalog of gels from GAM, Lee, Rosco and Apollo. You can view gel data, compare colors and even search for complimentary colors. May not as fun as an actual swatch book, but it’ll take up a lot less space.

Pixelexip – GrayCard for iPhone & iPod Touch – $ .99

GrayCard is the mobile answer for having the right white balance tool always at the ready. It offers both daylight and tungsten settings with tweaks for warming or cooling the color balance or even tweaking the green bias a bit.  Now this may not really be the best way to get a proper white balance, but I bet its pretty handy for achieving some creative color balances.

KeeMe by Agent 49 for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch – $ .99

Have you ever had a shot of someone holding and iPhone and the screen information needed to be replaced in post.  Well that’s exactly what KeeMe is for. The App allows you to fill the screen with a solid color and tracking markers to assist with content replacement in post.

Pocket LD for iPhone & iPod Touch – $19.99

Pocket LD is a handy database of photometric info for a wide variety of lighting instrument used in TV, Film and theater . You still have to do the work yourself.

actionLog for iPhone & iPod Touch – Free or Pro – $29.99

actionLog and actionLog Pro are logging tools for location and studio work. The free version allows you to keep track of reel names , timecode and shot details for one camera, while the $30 version give you the ability to maintain log notes for up to 25 cameras. 25 cameras – yikes!  Anyway, the log sheets can be exported in formats for Avid, FCP and to HTML.

Dream Filmmaker for iPhone & iPod Touch – $8.99

Dream Filmmaker is a story boarding tool for those of us who ain’t too great with a pencil. I hope theres an iPad version on the way.  It seems primed for the larger screen.

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Creative Streaks and Stars


 For years many indie filmmakers have strived to artfully achieve the dramatic lens flare streak often seen in older anamorphic lenses.  Short if shelling out the bucks to shoot your epic anamorphic, the only real alternative may have been to try to create the effect in post.  The results are not always all that effective.  Optefex offers a line os Streak and Star filters designed to create that effect in camera. The filters are offered in various sizes, strengths and even colors. 

Mitch Gross from Abel Cine Tech give a pretty good demo.

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Spider-Man Shooting On Red in 3D

The latest incarnation of the Spider-Man Series is being shot in 3D using 5k Red Epics and 3Ality 3D rigs. DP, John Schwartzman has been raving about the new cameras on the REDUSER Forum. (more…)
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R.I.P. Red Scarlet. Long Live Red Epic Light

According to a post on the REDUSER forum by Red owner Jim Jannard, it looks like the long awaited Red Scarlet, which promised to put 3k imaging power in the hands of every professional and hobbyist  alike, is DOA.  Not to worry though Jannard stated, “Scarlet S35 is now called EPIC Light. The features have changed as has the price. I’ll update in the next two weeks.” The features and price have changed, you say.  That should be interesting.  As I remember it, Scarlet was to cost just a bit more than the HDDSLR.  Since it looks like the EPIC (not Light) is back on track, (Peter Jackson is about to take delivery of 30 them) we may not have very long to wait to see what Scarlet has morphed into.  With Panasonic’s AF100 only days away and Sony’s F3 just a couple of months behind.  The field for affordable large sensor VIDEO cameras is starting to get quite crowded. I hope there’s still a place for the Epic Light.

 

Derek Allen

 

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30 RED EPICs for Peter Jackson


It looks like RED will be hand building 30 RED EPICs for Peter Jackson’s next epic ;-), The Hobbit – as reported by Engadget.
If you’re one of the lucky Early Adopters, you too can have a pre-production EPIC package for a mere $58,000. Read Engadget for details.
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AF100 Kitted out by Zacuto

The guys at Zacuto have put their twist on the Panasonic AF100.  The rigs are similar the configs you’ve seen for the HVX200 with the key addition Zacuto’s new EVF. There’s also a simple Gunstock config. This all look pretty good. I really eager to what Redrock has to offer. Are you planning to get the AF100?  What are you planning to include in you package?






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