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H.264 realtime editing in FCP? (rumor)

Folks. I think I have been sitting on this news long enough. As you all know, one of the most frustration thing about video editing in HD is that you can never work directly with the original clips without some serious performance hit and frame skipping. The solution to this issue, so far, has been to either use proxies or ...

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D-Focus test (video)

Now that you have seen the rig, lets see how well it can perform! My test was quite simple: I dialed my lens at f/2.8 and made a small diorama with my Play Mobile miniatures. Please, don’t ask why I still have these, there is a reason, I swear! I shot two clips, in the first I pulled and pushed ...

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Looking for a new WordPress theme

I have received a few comments from people who think that the font used on this site is too small which makes long article are hard to read. While I like the current design, I have to agree with them. The font is kinda small. This is why I decided to switch to a more eye friendly theme. I have ...

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My under 350$ video rig (video)

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Edit: If you are interested in the cheapest possible shoulder rig, you should check this post for a kit that goes under 200$. I talked about my rig a while ago and never had time to (1) show it to you guys (2) write a proper review of the follow focus. So in this first post I am going to ...

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iPhone wireless remote for 5DMrkII soon available

Old readers of the blog will remember that about two months ago I made post about my wish for someone to develop an iPhone app that would link to the Canon EOS utility and allow remote shooting via the iPhone. Well, it seems like someone did it! On One Software are my new best friends! While the application does not ...

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Lynda offering 5dMrkII video training

I don’t know how I missed this one but Lynda is offering a course for 5DMrkII owners on how to edit their clips with Final Cut Pro. The video only covers the basics but it is nice for someone who never touched FCP and wants to get his feet wet. I even managed to learn something! The problem is that the ...

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Finally got my complet FF kit!

It’s finally here! My bitching about the shipping time for my rails was totally erroneous: it was delivered in less than 2 days. The problem was with the supplier shipping my order 2 weeks after I placed it! So without any further delays, here is my first impression of my intermediate cinephotographer kit. When I was shopping around for my ...

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Ordered a follow focus kit

Two weeks ago, I decided to move my rig to the next level and buy a follow focus kit. Well, actually it is not a real kit per day since I ordered each part from a different supplier, each time going for the cheapest alternative that seemed to fit the task. Rails Rails were the easiest piece to shop for ...

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My Rodriguez list

The Rodriguez list is a collection of everything that you can use to add production value to your film in some way or another. Here is my list Location: Hospital (well, a vet hospital) Garage Workshop Loft with huge windows Abandoned buildings (urban exploration FTW!) Stuff: cars, but none looking especially bad ass… a few pelican case (military looking plastic ...

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A firmware update will come, or not…

Lots of speculations about the elusive firmware update these days. My conviction is that Canon already has the firmware or is working on it as we speak. Why? Just imagine how stupid Canon would look if a lower end Nikon camera can do something that their camera can’t. So far, Canon has been able to keep the 5DMrkII above the ...

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I am going to join the DV Rebels!

I always wanted to make a movie. I have a lot of imagination (says my mom, girlfriend and pretty much everyone else) and I always tried to express it in some way or the other. That is what got me into photography. I tried to stay away from video because it always seemed too involving and complicated. At the same ...

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