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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,03/07/14 01:03:41 PM

Vimeo to Invest $10 Million into Indie Films

Vimeo is setting asside $10 milion dollars to invest in independent films that either premiere at an established festival or garner $10,000 worth of crowdfunded donations. Explains CNET, the funds will be "in exchange for giving Vimeo a window of time as the only place you can go to see the videos through its Vimeo On Demand pay-for-play platform. For the filmmakers, the investment takes the shape of direct payments for that exclusive license and marketing support, including Web site development and translation services. (In addition, anyone who qualifies to be is in the running for investment can get a free Vimeo Pro account.)" Read the full story here.

03/07/14 01:03:41 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,03/06/14 01:03:35 PM

Time-Lapse Unearths the Secret Life of Coral

Oftentimes, time-lapse photography is used to show the beauty of night skies or breathtaking landscapes. But one researcher has used the technology to shed light on the secret life of coral. Researcher Pim Bongaerts explains, "We haven't really seen coral as living animals that can show responses. What always frustrated me is that you always, when you're diving, you only get to see these snapshots of these processes that occur on coral reefs. And out of this frustration, really, I started playing with the idea of using time-lapse to start documenting some of these processes." In the video below, you can see coral moving, opening up like flowers, and even fighting. (via Smithsonian)

03/06/14 01:03:35 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,03/05/14 06:03:29 PM

Travis Rice Announces New 4K Snowboard Film

Red Bull Media House and Brain Farm Digital Cinema are making a new snowboarding film with snowboarder Travis Rice, whose previous films include That's It, That's All and The Art of FLIGHT. There aren't many details about the new project yet, but it will be shot in 4K. Says Rice, "This film is an incredibly ambitious project. After pushing the limits in 'The Art of FLIGHT' we knew that it would be tough to take it to the next level without seriously getting out there. I can't reveal where we're going yet, but I can say we are headed into the unknown, and it’s an entirely new approach to following winter for me. Our team is going all in on this one.”

03/05/14 06:03:29 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,03/05/14 02:03:58 PM

The Basics of Making a Time-Lapse Video

In the below video from Adorama TV, photographer Corey Rich gives a basic tutorial on how to do time-lapse photography, focusing on using the Nikon D800. Watch below.

03/05/14 02:03:58 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,03/04/14 11:03:39 AM

New App Simulates Viewfinders of Hundreds of Camera and Lens Combinations

The Mark II Artist's Viewfinder app could help to make location scouting a breeze for cinematographers and photographers. The $25 app simulates the viewfinders of a a wide variety of camera and lens combinations. It allows you to take a snapshot of what you're seeing and even includes GPS coordinates so that you can find the location again later. Explains FStoppers, "The point is to give you an accurate idea of what a scene would look like if you decided to lug your big heavy gear up to some remote location. It basically allows you to check your shots and possible compositions against the 35mm (crop and full frame), medium format, large format, and even motion picture systems."

03/04/14 11:03:39 AM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,03/03/14 03:03:38 PM

The Best Gear for Low-Budget Filmmaking

The Wall Street Journal gathers together the best gear for low-budget filmmakers, from cameras and peripherals to apps and accessories. They write, "No less impressive than the Oscar-nominated films being made for relatively small sums is what amateurs are able to capture with the smartphones in their pockets. As the price of cinema-quality gear drops and the consumer-level cameras advance, the barrier to making a high-quality film has never been lower. No matter what your skill set or budget, great tools are within reach." Read the full story here.

03/03/14 03:03:38 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,03/03/14 01:03:41 PM

Here's the 'Yosemite HD' Time-Lapse Sequel You've Been Waiting For

It took Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill almost two years to gather the stunning images that make up the sequel to their viral time-lapse hit, "Yosemite HD." The pair hiked over 200 miles into rough terrain to reveal rarely seen vistas from the national park. They shot photos with the Canon 5D Mark III and also used the Sony NEX-FS700 and RED Epic to capture slow-motion shots of nature at its breathtaking best. Watch below and read more here on Re/code.

03/03/14 01:03:41 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,03/03/14 12:03:21 PM

Stop-Motion and Time-Lapse Combine in Meditative 'Vacation' Film 'Windscale'

Stop-motion and time-lapse mix in Eric Paré's and Marie-Line Migneault's meditative video, "Windscale." Captured during a month long road trip while the two were on their way to Burning Man, the project represented a break from Paré's usual light-painting work. He tells FStoppers, "After having worked for months in a small dark confined room with 24 cameras, I really needed to get out and see the sun. So instead of using 24 cameras we were doing mostly 24 stop motion frames to simulate what we were doing in studio. But for each pose, we were waiting enough time to make sure to get some movements in the clouds (thus the mix of stop-motion and time-lapse techniques)." Watch below and read the full story here.

03/03/14 12:03:21 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,03/03/14 12:03:48 PM

A Review of the Atomos Ninja Blade and Samurai Blade

James Miller reviews the new Atomos Ninja Blade and Samurai Blade on Philip Bloom's blog. He writes of the Ninja Blade, "Really, unless you need SDI out of the box and don’t want to use the tiny Atomos Connect to signal convert, this would be the unit to go for over the Blade Samurai." Read the full review here.

03/03/14 12:03:48 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,03/03/14 12:03:40 PM

A Review of the Atomos Ninja Blade and Samurai Blade

James Miller reviews the new Atomos Ninja Blade and Samurai Blade on Philip Bloom's blog. He writes of the Ninja Blade, "Really, unless you need SDI out of the box and don’t want to use the tiny Atomos Connect to signal convert, this would be the unit to go for over the Blade Samurai." Read the full review here.

03/03/14 12:03:40 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,02/28/14 05:02:32 PM

Beginner Tips for Shooting Time-Lapses

Time-lapse photographer Andy Morris has some tried-and-true tricks for shooting time-lapses, including equipment suggestions. He writes, "I have been doing timelapses for some time now and I have it down to a science [I think]. I started out in photography and slowly migrated over doing video work. How did I make the transition? Timelapses. I can’t remember on how I started to study and watching timelapse videos but I can remember my first video. As I look back at it, it is still pretty bad. But that is not the point of this post. Timelapses can be tricky, especially if you are just starting out. This post will help you if you are just getting started." Read the full story here.

02/28/14 05:02:32 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,02/28/14 05:02:04 PM

This Stunning Time-Lapse of New Zealand Will Make You Book Your Tickets Now

Just in case Peter Jackson's Tolkien adaptations didn't already make you want to visit New Zealand, this stunning time-lapse from Shawn Reeder certainly will. Over 8,000 photos were taken over the course of three months to create it. Watch below. (via The Atlantic)

02/28/14 05:02:04 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,02/28/14 04:02:30 PM

Magic Lantern's Raw Hack Allows Time-Lapser to Capture Moon and Saturn

Time-lapse photographer Colin Legg was able to capture a time-lapse of the moon and Saturn in orbit thanks to a telescope and Magic Lantern's raw hack for the Canon 5D Mark II. The phenomenon he observed is called a Moon Saturn Occultation and occurs when the moon covers up Saturn. As DL Cade of PetaPixel explains, "This often happens a couple of times per year, but is a difficult phenomenon to cover because the moon is so much brighter. So how do you expose for Saturn without blowing out the Moon? Legg’s solution was to use Magic Lantern’s RAW video alpha on his Canon 5D Mark II, and the results speak for themselves." Watch below and read the full story here.

02/28/14 04:02:30 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,02/28/14 04:02:08 PM

The Diamond Brothers Review the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Directing duo The Diamond Brothers delved into the pros and cons of the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K at an event at Adorama this week. Said Josh Diamond, "The interesting thing about this camera is what happens when you change from ProRes 4K to just ProRes HD. Surprisingly, in a good way, there is no field of view change. I don’t know how many people here have ever shot with an Epic, but when you change resolution from 5k down to four, three or two, it gives you what seems to be a zoom feel. This camera does not do that. What you see from a 35mm lens at 4K ProRes you will see exactly the same at 1080 ProRes, which is very nice.”

02/28/14 04:02:08 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,02/27/14 02:02:27 PM

Free Webinar: LTO Technology and LTFS: Preserving Your Digital Assets

In the media and entertainment industry, content is king. The majority of this content is now produced in digital form while virtually all of this content is distributed digitally. Amid a growing demand for higher-quality content, such as HD and 4k, digital data is rapidly growing in size and adding to soaring production costs. LTO Digital tape – considered a highly cost-effective and reliable option – has increasingly become the archive answer for producers, and since the introduction of Linear Tape File System (LTFS), archiving content to tape in the workflow can be as easy as using drag-and-drop with a USB data stick.

02/27/14 02:02:27 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,02/27/14 12:02:38 PM

Speak and Be Heard at Next|VIDEO: Call for Proposals

We are in search of cutting edge, thought-provoking presentations for Next|VIDEO Conference + Expo, taking place Oct 1st-3rd at the Pasadena Convention Center. Next|Video will significantly expand the coverage of video streaming, distribution and enterprise-level creation and acquisition. With an expanded show floor featuring new content pavilions, Next|Video will also feature a new multi-day, multi-track conference, offering the latest in available technology, best practice usage, tools and techniques. Program Content we are looking for include:

02/27/14 12:02:23 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,02/27/14 11:02:51 AM

David Leitner: 4K Is Not an Arbitrary Number

Cinematographer David Leitner gave a presentation last week entitled "Shooting in 4K: Is it Right For You?" where he broke down what 4K is and when it should be used. He said, "What’s past is prologue. 4k is the resolution of 35mm motion picture negative. Not an arbitrary number. It’s Cinematic, something we all recognize. 4K fits historically in everything you’ve seen coming out of cinema. 35mm projection, however, never delivered that to the screen. At most 35mm delivered 1.3k to the screen, so we’ve never seen 4k before until now. So this is a new era, in the sense that we can see for the first time real 4K – shot well and projected properly – is really stunning.”  Read the full story here on ARCBlog.

02/27/14 11:02:51 AM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,02/26/14 02:02:38 PM

Understanding the Crop Factor of Camera Sensors

As part of their ongoing learning series, RED has posted an article on understanding sensor crop factors. They write, "The crop factor and size of a digital sensor affects numerous image characteristics, including depth of field, angle of view and cropping. In this article, we explore the relative trade-offs as they pertain to cinematic capture." Read the full story here.

02/26/14 02:02:38 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,02/25/14 06:02:42 PM

Toolkit: March 2014

AJA Io 4K AJA’s Io 4K capture and output hardware offers a range of professional video and audio connectivity, supports the latest 4K and Ultra HD devices, and allows real-time high-quality scaling of 4K to 2K and Ultra HD to HD. Io 4K connects to any Thunderbolt 2-enabled device (such as the new Mac Pro) and offers an additional Thunderbolt 2 port for daisy-chaining peripherals in supported workflows. It integrates with broadcast, postproduction and delivery tools such as Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Creative Cloud, Avid Media Composer, AJA Control Room and Telestream Wirecast 5.   ARRI

02/25/14 06:02:42 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,02/25/14 05:02:01 PM

K-Tek Klassic's Steadfast Support for Maxfield and 'The Walking Dead'

Sound technician Robert Maxfield just wrapped Season 4 of The Walking Dead. He admits that it is one of the hardest shows he’s ever worked, but that it’s made a little easier because he utilizes his K-Tek 18’ Klassic boom pole with a straight internal cable. “I chose this pole for my work because of its length, durability and rigidity,” he explains. On The Walking Dead, it is common to have to make quick cues between the numerous and spread out actors in various scenes. “We work outside a lot on this show,” he explains. “The actors are typically spaced far apart. The cameras, three on average, are usually spaced over a broad area and are placed at a great distance from the talent, many times throughout wooded forests. This requires that I be on a long ridged pole, that allows me to move quickly and precisely”.

02/25/14 05:02:01 PM