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NAB 2014: 6K ARRI ALEXA PREVIEW

1 Apr
ALEXA 6k Prototype

ALEXA 6k Prototy

Yes…everybody was waiting for it now it seems it will be something we will see later this year.

ARRI will show (or preview for that matter) a 6K ARRI ALEXA at NAB this year…. finally! (see there is a 6k tag on that ALEXA Prototype right there!!!)
Now, usually I don’t post about camera news and stuff but this one is a big one and as you might now I’m kinda a fan of the “original” ALEXA and the Image quality it’s delivering.

Now do i think the “old” ALEXA is not good enough anymore? No, it still is a pretty good Camera, especially for TV Production. But for the future of Cinema it might be a good step to upgrade “a bit” ;)

Now it seems you will get a pretty good “downrez” 6K to 2K ProRes “option” with this new one that might be a good upgrade for the TV world. But 4K is coming at some point if  you are like it or not.

So here are some of the specs that are known so far:

 

Sensor:
ARRI 65mm format ALEV IV Plus CMOS with Global Shutter
6144 x 3160 rez

Codecs:
ARRIRAW 6K
ProRes 4444 (only 2k?)

Frame Rates:
ARRIRAW 0.75 – 60 fps
ProRes 0.75 – 120 fps (2k)

Dynamic Range:
14+ Stops
Base EI 800, sensitivity settings from EI 200 to EI 6.400

more specs will be released at NAB.

 

UPDATE: look at the post date … yep it’s April 1st ;)

CONS SPACE 002 BLN … 1st clips

24 Jan

So a while back I was shooting for RED TOWER FILM a Documentary about a Converse Project called CONS SPACE 002 BLN.

It was located at a old abandoned factory in Berlin that was revived again by skaters and lots and lost of art. There is a full length Docu (70min or so) in the making and there well be a Teaser released soon.
For now there are two 1st clips online about Art and Music…. All shot on Canon C300, 60D, 7D and GoPro. Edit by a colleague and me in Premere Pro CC on OSX  on a Late2013 iMac and 2009 MacPro.

…more updates soon

Passion & Craft: Lucas Gilman – Adventure Photographer

24 Jan

A few weeks ago I had the chance to speak with Adventure Photographer Lucas Gilman in Berlin. He was there for a G-Technology event at the Apple Store in Berlin. We talked a bit about the passion and craft that goes in the work he does and about his work & “challenges” in the Video world.

Stay tuned for part two next month. He will talk more about his workflow and using the new MacPro since he had the chance to use it early ;)

Shot on Sony F3 using vintage Nikkor 35mm, 50mm and 85mm lenses and Canon 70D with Sigma 17-50mm f2.8

I actually used one tip I’ve got from Lucas for this Video … since it was kinda bad, grey and cold weather in Berlin everything kinda looked grey and cold but like Lucas said these are actually good conditions for Black and White shots. So his tip was: If the weather isn’t that great and all looks grey, make it black and white…and I think that worked out pretty nice ;)

So thanks for that tip, Lucas and for the time and thanks to the whole G-Tech crew in Berlin.

BTW I used a G-DRIVE ev via USB 3.0 on a 2009 MacPro with a CalDigit USB3.0 PCI-E card to manage the footage of the Sony F3 and 70D. I also used that drive for editing in Premiere Pro CC. It’s a solid little drive with transfer speeds like a big internal 3,5″ drive… pretty good!

some more info about Lucas Gilman:
g-technology.eu/g-team/lucas-gilman
nikonusa.com
apple.com/uk/aperture/action/gilman/

and his twitter-stream:
twitter.com/lucasgilman

Canon 70D – ISO 12.800

23 Dec

So I’ve got a 70D the other day …. to upgrade / replace my 60D so to say.

Things change a bit on that cam. There is no movie mode on the mode-dial anymore its more like with the 7D … There is a movie/live view/photo switch on the right.

70D

70D

Anyway, I noticed that I can set / change the ISO range in the menu and even in Video mode I could set it to 12800 for maximum ISO.

70D

70D

70D

70D

But how good is it? … Is it useable? Well, i did some random test shots at a local Christmas market.

In the end it is by far no C300 or C100 by far and there is quite noticeable noise at ISO 3200 and more. But like others said before the noise is not as “awful” as with the 60D or 7D.

But then again, it’s no C300 organic looking noise. Depending on what you shoot and if there is enough light in the shot and especially with a wide open prime lens (like with in some shot in this case a 85mm at f2.0 or 2.8) you actually might be able to use some of the High ISO shots at 8000 or even 10.000, not every time tho’ and there will be some quite noticeable noise but I’ve seen worse.

At 12.800 it’s almost not really usable but you could get a shot you otherwise would miss. Almost all detail is gone tho’.

But again, I’ve seen worse or in the case of a 60D you would not be able to even think about those high settings at all. But see for yourself.

I did some quick basic “color grading” in Magic Bullet Looks and some basic noise reduction with DenoiserII…

You might be even able to “recover” / use more shots if you spend more time on Post so to say.

One more thing: In low light and with high ISO settings the Autofocus has a hard time since there is not much details left in the shot and the auto focus does not find a point to focus on it seems …most of the time.

One last thing: The 70D has a built-in stereo microphone on top or the viewfinder, it works nicely but it is picking up camera- and “user-noises” quite easily at times.

Over all it still is “only” a DSLR with Video mode but with nice autofocus options and a bit better ISO range.

NVIDIA CUDA & DRIVER for PPro CS 6.0.2 on MacOS 10.8.1

20 Sep

thats my CUDA status on my 2009 MacPro

 

if u run MacOS 10.8.1 / PPro 6.0.2
make sure u have CUDA 5.0.24 and Nvidia driver 1.3.4.0 (304.00.00f20) running really helps and makes PPro more stable! (not tested or even updated to MacOS 10.8.2 yet tho’)

QUADRO & GEFORCE MAC OS X DRIVER
http://www.nvidia.com/object/macosx-304.00.00f20-driver.html

NVIDIA CUDA 5.0 FOR MAC RELEASE
http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda-mac-driver.html 

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quick post: why i like & use TASCAM DR-40

13 Jul

Just a quick post about the features I like the most on the TASCAM DR-40


Recording non stop with 48V Phantom powered Mic (Rode NTG-1) on my #Tascam DR-40 … wait for it … 4h..42min..16sec … NON STOP! … and I still have standby time and can record internal stereo mic.

A/B stereo is really nice to capture stereo nat sound fx …love it more than x/y setup. You can switch from A/B to X/Y stereo mic setup really nice and quick.

And probably the best part on the DR-40 are the rock solid XLR inputs …nothing slips out!

That’s about it. A great & solid recorder for the money. The Inputs are a bit noises maybe (really just a bit) but that is no issue if u keep your levels nice and tight and there is a good Limiter as well. I don’t really care about all there other “fancy” recording modes. It’s just nice for recording for Shotgun Mic-Recording for interviews and stuff. And of course for SoundFX (Nat-sound) recordings.

Here is a example – a clip used the Tascam DR-40 with a  Rode NTG1 to record the interviews:

UPDATE: it’s all about audio

8 Apr

UPDATED APRIL 8, 2012 – (original post date: Aug 25, 2010)

Well, what can i say that’s where i‘m coming from … 13 years ago ( or even more ) i started in radio broadcast / radio production … and did lots of things with sound … i don’t want to talk about that work now … i want to talk about some essential gear you need to work with your sound.

…. read more

NAB has not even started yet …

3 Apr

… but as you all probably know by now there are announcements made basically every day now ;) … Sony just came out with new gear …. Panasonic is rumored to have some news in the next few days, Canon has an event just one day before NAB gets stated for “consumers” … Adobe has sneak-beaks every now end then …

Well I guess its kinda good to know what stuff you have to look out for at the show floor … at least I guess that is what all these companies are going for …. to start the buzz early so that nobody is missing some news / new gear. ;)

I’ll be there and hope to catch some of the new gear or even some of the unique stuff … and meet lots of cool people. I will cover some stuff but most likely after the show bcuz there will be a lot of buzz on other webpages like DSLR Newsshooter … they will do a better job covering the news from the NAB Show Floor.

I guess next week I will finish up my “Event-Schedule” so I can let you know what might be cool to catch in Vegas & NAB.

For now here some links to other webpages that did cover some stuff about the new Sony FS700 and NAB … check them out some good info right there:

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Den Lennie:  Sony NEX FS700 on location

Stress testing the FS700

wideopencamera.com: Sony NEX-FS700 – A Nerds Perspective

ninofilm.net/blog: Sony NEX-FS700 – unheard-of slow-mo capabilities & 4K later … for less than $10,000

Official SONY FS700 page

Sony Introduces Smallest And Lightest XDCAM Camcorder

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Biscardi Creative Blog: Tips for attending NAB 2012

visualedge.tv: NAB 2012: Hopes & Expectations

NAB 2012: Being Prepared

… this post will be updated!

4k T-Shirt for NAB 2012

23 Mar

Well…i will wear that one all week in Vegas ;)  … what about you? :)

German Store
International / US Store

iPad for Pro’s

17 Mar

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So a few weeks back I got my iPad … finally…. yes I know “The New iPad” just came out a few days back … but my network provider made a good offer on an old not so used contract, so there you go.

Anyways … since I received my iPad I have bought a lot of new apps … probably more in the last few days than in the last couple years.

Here is a short list of apps I use in a “pro” environment … some essential, some for fun, some just for content: (one little side note I’m still on SnowLeo MacOS 10.6.8…just for you to know for any compatibility questions)

( in “random” order )

UPDATE:

PhotoToaster

A good app for quick & creative photo edits – incl. noise reduction, sharpening, vignettes… looks, presets. boarders, and more (faster than iPhoto but not as much as options) … but i really like this app to share stuff on Tumblr, Instagram, Flickr, Facebook … really nice! for 0,99 really good … u can test PhotoToaster Jr. for Free with not all the options though

shot with 60D & Sigma 30mm - edited in iPhoto for iPad

instagallery

Just a really great app to view your intsagram Feed. commend on instagram’s, manage your feed/followers, like instagram’s and stuff like that. .. now i really use my iphone just for taking pictures /instagram’s and as a phone really ;)

shot with 60D & Sigma 30mm - edited in iPhoto for iPad

shot with 60D & Sigma 30mm - edited in iPhoto for iPad

shot with 60D & Sigma 30mm - edited in iPhoto for iPad

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V-Control

A awesome Remote Controller for LogicPro, ProTools, FCP and others.
It kinda replaces the MC Control + MCMix Combo in my Edit-Suite for the quick stuff. And the nice thing is you get a control window – like a Desktop sharing thing – so you are able to touch control your PlugIns & stuff on your iPad as well … I like that app especially in Client sessions i’ll have to test if that “control window” can be used to control ColoristaII in PPro …
due to some graphic issues that doesn’t seem to work in FCP


LRPAD

A great remote controller for Adobe Lightroom 3
I love that app for photo color-correction work.
it really is a nice remote with a lot of options in LR3 …
Some say it’s a bit slow but I don’t have any issues
This app is not pretty but very useful … now I hope there is an update for LR4 soon!

Adobe Nav

A nice tool if u work a lot in Photoshop CS5
I use it when I’m in “photo-retouch” mode …
it has a nice&cool remote-preview mode as well


NotesPlus

A nice app for handwriting notes and sketches & stuffI do not use my MOLESKIN notebook anymore in team or client meetings.

It also has a neat feature to record audio…a nice way to record all that is said in a meeting

…you will never miss what a client said to you again! ;)

PDF Expert
I use this all the time. Since I tried some others (and read about these kinds of apps on ProLost)…trust me, you don’t want to use iAnnotate, ever! PDF Expert has way better Data management with Dropbox and a local IP so you can connect with it in Finder. I use it for Scripts and Treatments and all kinds of PDFs… essentially I don’t print out stuff anymore to make notes on it. I use a PDF version on my iPad …. yo! Paperless workflow baby!Oh and yes of course I use a Stylus for that … read more about it on ProLost


AirSharing (for iPad)

Just a quick & nice way to get stuff like m4v clips or documents on your iPad.
Not essential but a nice to have.

Vimeo

Vimeo v2 is a really good app. Its great to check vimeo stuff out with

FlipBoard

The best app to be up to date on all your social media “streams”, news & tech and so much other stuff. Basically, its the first app I check in the morning or after i finished my work at night!


Instapaper

Just awesome and worth the lil money. I use it to save stuff / web-sides / blogposts (and so on) that I stumbled up on during the day to read later off-line at home or when on the train. …stuff like that

AirVideo

That is a useful app. Mr. iGert recommended it and its just great.
Basically you can stream movie clips from your Mac (you can setup/link any Folder on your Mac for that).
So I use the app for two things: to show clients or actors clips in our office if i need a quick way for that or I watch stuff at home (in bed) There is a Free Version so u can test it.

Wunderlist
I used Wunderlist (Task Manager) on my iPhone and Mac before Apple had a “task-list-app”

… actually i like Wunderlist more than Apples approach … it has a nice and solid cloud sync option and an nice MacOs Version

Tweetbot
A really really good App for Twitter on the iPad… enough said :)

LogMeIn
A nice and free way to remote access your computer from your iPad.

It’s nice to check your render status and other stuff via WiFi or 3G … its a bit slow but does the job

So there you go that is my first “iPad Apps for Pro’s” list!

I’m not so sure about the “usefulness” (or in other words I’m not so impressed … yet) with the following apps. I would suggest you test these for yourself and make your own decision. They may get better with some updates or if a job/ task requires them…

iPhoto, AVID Studio, iMovie, KeyPadPlus, Shotlist, Pages, Keynote,

Other apps i use from time to time:

500px Stacker

PS Express

Shots

MovieSlate or the quicker to open DSLR Slate

Skype

iTranslate

WordPress

Reblog Lite

… thats it for now some updates & more stuff soon (…. i guess … hopfully)

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