Category Archives: Updates

No time = No Posts.

I have been way too busy for my own good. That being said I have not posted in a very long time. I will also not be posting frequently until December again. I will try to continue to post weekly updates though.

There has been a lot of cool things going on while I haven’t been posting though.

First and foremost The Wordsman Show was green lit by RTN (Rowan Television Network). Keep an eye out for our new content to be posted by November.

Also the Canon 1DX has been announced. I’ve seen some videos and boy is this thing FAST. No 1080P @ 60FPS though? really Canon? There’s at least one reason to go Sony, not to mention their translucent mirror technology. Check out CheesyCam’s post about theCanon 1DX.

Also, check out the Lytro Camera that you can literally focus after you take the shot.

Update for FCPX

As promised Apple has released an update to FCPX to include XML support. This new update includes the ability to import and export XML, create custom starting timecode, and more. It also features a new thing called “roles” to export your data. Along with this there are updates to compressor and motion in the app store. The Motion update is over one GB and I am currently downloading that…taking forever. Also includes a new theme.

Final Cut Pro 7 Basic Training

So I finally uploaded the Final Cut 7 Basic Training series I’ve been working on. I uploaded parts one through four and part five is on the way.

Click the link above or navigate to it by clicking on the tutorials tab at the top of the site!

Almost DSLR (free) iPhone App

So I spent some time looking for a free iPhone app with manual video controls (exposure & focus mostly). Searching on google or the app store did not find me many results, but what I did find was the Almost DSLR app. There is a paid version, but if you want it for free you only have to deal with a banner ad, which does not appear in your final video/photo, and it asking you to buy it every so often. Not a bad deal.

It does not have FULL manual controls, but you tap to focus, double tap to set exposure and you can set it to lock the focus and exposure which is pretty much all I wanted. It is very helpful if you are filming something and do not want the exposure to change as it often does in the stock camera app. This does the same thing for pictures as well, which I find less useful because you only taking a picture so locking focus is not AS important, but it could still come in handy. The app also features a timer, so thats a plus.

This app would be helpful to those who only have one nice camera and are making videos that they want to show the camera in, or maybe show them operating the camera (like I did in my recent IGUS Slider video). Or it could be helpful to someone who just wants to make better videos with their iPhone. With a lot of light the iPhone does put out a decent picture (for a phone). Be sure to pick up an iPhone tripod mount also, to create steady shots as the app does not include stabilization, but it’s free so you can’t complain. I ordered this tripod mount/tripod (more for the mount) which Amazon says will be here Thursday (thanks Irene for making deliveries slower) along with a new lens, and a DSLR flycam, so many reviews to come shortly!

I’m also working on a FCP 7 basic Training series for RTN, which will be up mid September.

Sony announces new line of cameras

This is Big news for DSLR filmmakers…and I mean BIG! The A77 has been rumored for quite some time and will easily compete with the 7D. What I am more excited for is the A65 which is the T3i/60D competitor. I kind of wish I did not buy my 60D and waited for this guy. Check out there whole line of new cameras (much emphasis on the NEX line) with this video:

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-sFeGaVqQ0&feature=relmfu%5D

Here is a video on the A77 with a brand new 2.8 Kit lens:

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1itxu5I_wM&feature=relmfu%5D

And here is a video that goes over the specs and differences between the A77 and A65:

Okay, so one of the majors features of the A77 and A65 is the TMT (translucent mirror technology). This means it is not an optical viewfinder, but an electronic one (EVF). In the past the A55 had this same technology, but was not great because it used LCD in the viewfinder. From these videos, it seems that OLED has made the difference and made these very comparable with optical viewfinders. The A77 shoots an amazing 12fps, and the A65 shoots at 10fps (which is still almost twice what the 60D does). Even if the EVF is not quite the same as an optical viewfinder, having constant autofocus could be very helpful, the autofocus is very fast too. Plus, I’m guessing you can shoot video while looking though the viewfinder. This means ALOT, especally if this EVF is comparable to the optical viewfinders. Oh, did I mention that it does 60FPS at a full 1080p? AWESOME! We’ll have to wait and see when it ships in October, but I’m excited anyway. (I’d buy one if I had the money). We’ll also have to see some real world performance in low light.

It will also be interesting to see what Canon’s new line will offer with a rumored new 5DMII on the way as well as a new 7D. Although I don’t think they will be able to compete from a video perspective unless they adapt to a new technology like TMT. (which stinks because I’ve invested into Canon’s line and may want to switch).

Almost Finalized Graphic

So I’ve been working on this graphic for a while now. It is just about done, just finished the sound design. A few minor tweaks needed. Check it out.