If there’s one thing that really makes my blood boil it’s seeing poorly graded programmes on the telly. There is really no excuse for it, particularly if you have any of Magic Bullet’s fabulous colour correction plug-ins for FCP.
Charles Sturridge was the director of last week's The Road To Coronation Street, a BBC HD drama that used the Canon 5D Mk2 for 80% of the shoot. The BBC HD department have not however cleared the camera for use on the network and are judging it's use by on a case by case basis.
However Charles is desperate to find out why some of the pictorial issues of using this camera are not consistent through the production and transmission chain and believes that the fact that the BBC don't rate the camera as HD is irrelevant.
Vimeo just released the top 5 finalists (chosen by the judges) per category (9 categories) for the Vimeo Awards. Seven finalists were from Great Britain, including:
Last year, when we reviewed the Lumix GH-1, we remarked on the irony that the best AVCHD camcorder that Panasonic make is a stills camera. Perhaps that was a little facile, as the GH-1 doesn’t have a load of things that you would expect even on a budget camcorder, like power zoom, but the image quality was excellent.
Expert digital cinematography company P+S Technik has been acquired by a sensor and automation company in a shares and cash agreement. Augusta Technologie AG has acquired 55% of P+S made up of share swap and cash. The current management of P+S Alfred Piffl and Andreas Dasser will continue to run the company.
Jigsaw Systems, in association with the International Colorist Academy (ICA), has announced the very first accredited European training session for the release of DaVinci Resolve version 7. The training combines elements of Resolve 201 alongside Resolve 101 and will allow students to have hands-on experience of the Wave and Resolve control surfaces.
LaCie has announced the availability of their first RAID storage solution incorporating the new USB 3.0 technology – the LaCie 2big USB 3.0. LaCie also announces the availability of its single-disk professional solution with a USB 3.0 port – the LaCie d2 USB 3.0.
Sony Creative Software's PC-based editing package Vegas was shown in its 10th iteration at IBC2010 with the headline feature of the ability to edit 3D.
Vegas Pro 10 will help create 3D projects by enabling users to import, adjust, edit, preview and export stereoscopic 3D projects with no additional tools or plug-ins.
While fully compatible with the latest 3D TV technology, anaglyph viewing is also provided making it possible to preview in 3D on any monitor.
Other features include:
Improved support for DSLR video: Performance improvements make editing video from popular DSLR cameras faster and easier.
Video Plug-in SDK: Video Effects Plug-in Architecture: Vegas Pro 10 now offers a completely new video effects plug-in architecture based on the Open Effects Association standard. This open, industry leading standard was created from the combined experience of the leading companies in the visual effects realm. The new architecture is accessed by a software development kit (SDK) which is more powerful and reduces the developer’s workload by automating UI – both of which will benefit editors by expanding greatly the available visual effects for Vegas Pro 10
GPU Accelerated AVC Encoding: Users with CUDA-enabled nVidia video cards are now able to encode to the Sony AVC format with improved rendering performance and speed.
Improved Closed Captioning: Improved support for closed captions enables broadcasters to preview captions in the Preview and Trimmer windows for increased accuracy and ease of editing. Other improvements include increased support for line 21 closed captions, HD-SDI closed captions, multiple closed captioning file types as well as the ability to export captions for Sony DVD Architect, YouTube, RealPlayer, QuickTime, and Windows Media Player.