Thursday, 19 December 2013

Link of The Day - F0.85

Super fast 40mm F0.85 lens coming in February.
It's $2000, but might make a fun rental.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Link of The Day - Super Slider Goodness

Some cool ideas of how to sue your slider for moves other than a simple side to side move.

there are some really cool ones and a couple I've never though of.
Even  if some might need a stronger tipod than what we have, they're  still great ideas.

It would be cool to give some of these a try on the Christmas tree.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Link of The Day - Gavle Goat


The Gavle Goat is a giant straw goat in sweden, 
that is erected as a tourist attraction every Christmas.

It has often been the victim of people who set fire to it, run into it with their car or try to steal it with a helicopter.

Now they have a webcam so everyone can see it it's still standing. Aapparently there are bookmakers taking odds , but I can't find what the odds are. 

Web Cam http://www.visitgavle.se/sv/gavlebocken

Burning of 2012 Goat (from the webcam) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryF6_89BYJE

For the Whole Story goto http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A4vle_goat

Friday, 6 December 2013

Link Of The Day -Packed full of goodness

review of a cheap  8mm "cine" fish eye lens.

it has some good examples of how a "declicked" apature ring can be usefull.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Link of The Day - 1st Show Reel

Here's a Show reel for Mike Dimoff  the Race Announcer @ theTrack.

In case you don't know,Show Reels are used as an example of your work, with the hope someone will like it and you will get more work.

It's sort of like a video job history to include with your resume.

I should do one for myself, but not tonight.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Link of The Day - C100 gets Dual Pixel AF

The C100 ($5000ish) is being upgraded to include Dual Pixel AF (like the 70D).

It's a $500 upgrade for curerent owners. Not sure if will be standard or an option for future purchasers.

One commenter made a point I like.  They said (something like) I'm more interested that they are putting work into upgrading cameras they already have  than what the upgrade actually is.  

I also like the idea that when you get a camera in that range they will release upgrades, not just realse a new model every year and expect you to keep buying new.  

Lets hope it's a trend not just a one time thing.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Link Of the Day - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

interesting little disection of a scene where, not much happens , but its'considered a great scene.

http://nofilmschool.com/2013/10/the-mathematical-editing-of-sergio-leonis-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

Not sure if I buy alot of what he's selling, but he makes somw interesting points and it's worth watching.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Link of The day - Halloween vimeo Challenge

Vimeo's Weekend challenge  this time have a Halloween/Spooky theme to it. 

Deadline is modnight on Halloween.

Details & examples below.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Link of The Day - 800mm X2 X2 X2

What do you get when you combine Philip Bloom, Eric Kessler,  an 800mm prime,  2 4K cameras (1Dc & F55) and some 2X extenders? 

Super zoom crazyness!

AND a cool Philip Bloom short & Post called "From Chicago to the Moon"

The stuff you can do when you have  Time & Toys  .. and of coaurse, alot of skill.

Link of The day - Portraits

How to pose people for portraits.  Pretty straight forward & useful.

http://photography.tutsplus.com/tutorials/7-posing-techniques-for-non-models--photo-15608

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Friday, 18 October 2013

Link of The day - DIY Tilt Shift Lens

We have an old 50 1.8 FD (manual focus) lens at home.

Might be worth a try.

Link of The Day - From CFOS

Interesting article about wages & cost of living.
Seems more and more jobs are being reducedto minimum wage.

"nine per cent of Ontario's workforce is working for minimum wage -- that is more than double what it was nearly a decade before."

Less jobs overall , but more of them are minimum wage.


Thursday, 17 October 2013

Monday Challange - Monster Movie

Film Riot has a moviwe challange to make a monster movie in two minutes or less.


Monday, 7 October 2013

Link of The Day - 2013 Tree House Of Horror Couch Gag

Treehouse of Horror XXIV Couch Gag by Guillermo del Toro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CtgYY7dhTyE

Link of The Day - Cool Headphones/Ear Buds

Pretty cool headphones (ear buds I guess, what ever).

tweakedaudio.com

Lots of them have mics and flat cords (it's supposed to stop them from tangling),  they also make a pair of wooden ear buds,  that's pretty cool.

I'm trying to talk myself into and out of getting a pair. 

I don't really NEED a new pair of ear buds,  ... but I could use a a new pair with a MIC.

I do like the full size headphones, but these are pretty cool.

Have to think about it.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Link of The Day - Best Budget Rig

Caleb Pike from DSLR Video Shooter  puts together what he feels is the Best Budget Rig


It's not a single item it's pieces from different manufacturers that he thinks works well together.

I haven't checked out all the links for the different pieces but I did follow the link to the shoulder pad w/ mounting point, as I think it might work with the I have.

I'll probably check out the rest of the piece when I have some time.



Friday, 4 October 2013

Link of The Day - More from EdelKrone


Damn Germans,  every time I see a new mini rig from Edelfrone I say "WOW, That's Cool! ... I want one."

The new Pocket Shot is no exception.  It's 35mm X 46mm and expands to over half a meter. It can reconfigured in lots of ways for a should rig with a top handle, or the handle can be used for accessories,  and it has a cool option to stabilize it on your belt (Les Stroud style).

It's all cnc Aluminium  and composite materials & holds a 2KG camera. 

It's$199 Not sure how much shipping is,  you have to set up an account and go through the ordering prceedure to get prices for international shipping.



Monday, 30 September 2013

Link of The Day - How to ML

pretty good overview of Magic Lantern and good info on certain features especially on how to use the histogram.

http://philipbloom.net/2013/09/13/part3/

Link of The Day - Tutorial


pretty good tutorial that covers a lot of technical info and practical examples of how to get the most from your camera.
Part 3 is all about Magic Lantern!

Monday, 23 September 2013

Link of The day - 2nd last Race Track Video of the Season

Video from the Circle the Course charity event at Fort Erie Race Track last Sunday (September 22, 2013).
There was a lot of fun stuff that day, lots of footage, just wish I had more time to really make it shine.


Friday, 30 August 2013

1812 Event Next Friday

Return to Fort Mississauga

Return to Fort Mississauga event poster

September 6, 2013

Join the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada for an exclusive and up-close tour of Fort Mississauga National Historic Site. Immerse yourself in Niagara's early history as costumed interpreters guide you through the history of Mississauga Point. Learn about the first lighthouse on the Great Lakes and the role of Mississauga Point in the War of 1812 and both World Wars. As an added bonus, the doors to the stone tower will be opened and visitors will have a chance to see inside!

Guided tours will run from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Friends of Fort George Gift Shop or by phone (905-468-6621). The cost is $25 per adult, $15 for children (ages 6-16). Make sure to buy your tickets before they sell out!

All proceeds from this event will go toward supporting ongoing restoration work at Fort Mississauga National Historic Site.


http://www.friendsoffortgeorge.ca/events/


Seems a pricey,  but they don't open this fort very often , so I guess they feel thay can charge a premium.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Link of The Day - DSLR Dynamics (workshop)

Not really convinced about this one.

It's a 1 day workshop for DSLR Video put on by Planet5D  and taught by mitch (of planet 5D) & Barry Andersson (a DP I'm not familiar with).

I'm hesitant, because I'm not sure if it's going to show me new &/ better ways of doing things or is it  another "How to shoot Video" aimed at stills photographers that are trying out motion
(video). 

There is nothing wrong with beginners workshops, their great, I loved the ones I attended. 
It's just that I know how to use camera and use a picture style, and how to do dual system sound.  I have a slider, a shoulder rig & a (DIY) dolly.

I'm looking for how to get the most out of dual system sound, how to improve camera motion, & how to do it more efficiently. It doesn't seem clear that this workshop will give me that.

Check ti out and see what you think.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

New Race Track Commercial

Just posted the commercial for this years 'circle the course' cancer walk.

It will be on the Fort Erie Race Track  website,  on our Tv braodcasts and it will run on the cogeco tv guide channel in the week leading up to the event.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q45hgVXDO5E

Link of The Day - 70D Hands on test

The 70D is in stores and in the hands of people who want to be the first to use what has been touted as a reveloution in DSLR auto focus, especially for video.

Ok,  the hype hasn't been as big as the 5Diii,  but there ahs been a fair bit of talk about the new auto focus systwem, bigger sensor, and general improvments over the 60D.

Mitch at Planet 5D has done a  Hands on test test & "unboxing"  (never quite got unboxings).

I'm going to be watching for more info and waiting for "hello World" (magic lantern compatibility).

If things work out I could see this being my next body.


Monday, 26 August 2013

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Friday, 2 August 2013

Link of The Day - Black Majic Pocket Camera

Not usually interested in Black Majic news,  but this is pretty cool.


The Black Majic Pocket Camera has started shipping,  but not in large quantities.

Heres the cool part,  they just sropped the price from $3000 to $2000 with davinci resolve 7 ultra scopes.

$2000 for 2.5K & Raw video right out of the box is hard to beat.  

Monday, 8 July 2013

Link of the Day - Family Night Video

Tuesday was 'Family Night' at the Race Track and  this is what we posted on their YouTube Channel.

The was the first real test of my shoulder rig,  so some of the shots are steadier than others. It definately produces better shots that hand held (just your hands) and it also makes shooting easier.


Friday, 5 July 2013

Link of The Day - Crystal Ship

Wion a trip to the breaking bad premiere in a winabago, with heisenburg.
They also did some cool stuff between season 1 & 2 (i think).

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Link of The Day - Canon 70D Announced

It Looks pretty Sweet.
*New Af Stystem can do video AF with existing lenses, that sounds cool (providing it works as well as they say)
* new sensor
* alli comession (same as 1dx)
* wifi (& controller app)
* avaiable September


Here are the official specs for the camera:--from No Film School---

  • 20.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Live View
  • 3.0″ 1,040k-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Frame Rates:  1920 x 1080: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
  • @ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps
  • IPB and ALL-I Compression
  • SD, SDHC, SDXC Memory Cards
  • Full HD 1080p Video with Move Servo AF
  • Built-In Wireless Connectivity
  • 19-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Continuous Shooting Rate Up to 7 fps
  • ISO 100-12800 (Expandable to ISO 25600)
  • Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
  • Body: $1,200
  • With 18-55 STM: $1,350
  • With 18-135 STM: $1,549
Watch the videos & read the write up  here.
Henry's Preorder for body only is $1299


Friday, 28 June 2013

Link of The Day - kickstarter coing to Canada

Kickstarter  will begin accepting Canadian project this summer.
I still think I'd go with http://www.indiegogo.com/. You get to keep what you raise even if you don't reach a certain goal  and it's a Canadian company and has always accepted Canadian projects.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Link of The Day - Outside of Auto

a website from canon that helps you get used to the manual controls on your camera.

It has info about diferrent things and interactive section where you can see how the different controls will effect your photos. 

Pretty cool.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Link of The Day - Railway Weekend

 Fort Erie Rail way musuem is having an open house with a steam train & a bunch of stuff.

Admission by donation sop not too expensive.  Looks like fun & lots of photo ops.

one last thing from their website
**- Be advised that there are no formal restroom facilities at the museum yet.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Link of The Day - New pics

I found some Photos from a few years ago I had intended to post  but they never made it anywhere.

So I put them up, there might be some more going up in the next week.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/66888488@N02/

Friday, 7 June 2013

Link of The Day - Twilight Tuesday Video

The latest video I've completed for the Race Track, showing the first Twilight Tuesday
of the season.

I had alot of fun shooting outdoors during golden hour. Eveyone was happy, the staff the patrons, even the horses co-operated.  Plus it was fun to shoot the band setting up & playing.
I have tons of shots of instuments I couldn't squeeze in, But might be able to use at another time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFFt2dWtSSQ

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Link of The Day - Animated Gifs or Cinamagraph

Remember animated gifs?  Apparently they're cool again, but now the're try to go up-market, so they need a cool hipster name "Cinemagraph".

Honestly, I like the idea, I can see it being useful and I'm sure it will be over-used until we're all sick it.

Until then why not enjoy them, and even try making a few. I think the hardest part to making a GOOD one is finding the right subject with just the right amount of motion.


To learn more about them go Here

To learn how to make one go here

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Link of The Day - 5diii Raw compared to BMCC

This really makes me want a mk3.

There are lots of reasons I shouldn't, like storage post production workflow,  extra time, not to mention cost.  None of this stops me from looking at the images and saying"WOW,  I want that"

http://nofilmschool.com/2013/05/blackmagic-cinema-camera-canon-5d-mark-iii-raw-video-test/

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Link of The Day - Adobe is previewing updates at NAB

Adobe is doing a "reveal"  of elements that will be in future releases.

http://filmmakeriq.com/2013/04/how-the-next-generation-of-adobe-video-apps-will-change-the-world-of-editing/


After Effects is getting Maxon & Cinima 4D intergration, better rotoscoping, there is new colour correction egine for premiere & AE, as well as improvements to prelude (ingesting & logging) , story (script management), and audition (audio).

AND they have a celebrity endorsment. The Coen Brothers are making there next movie with adobe.

Adobe's Press release is here.


Monday, 1 April 2013

Link of The Day - DIY projects

Some pretty ambitious DIY projects including: matt boxes, follow, focus systems, rigs dollies & more.
The projects range in difficulty from opening up a lens removing parts and reassembling it (to 'Declick' it) to drilling a hole in your lens cap to make a 'pin hole' lens.
http://www.ramasolaproductions.com/5.html
I'm not really a DIY person. I like that other people do it, I reading about it but when it comes to me doing it, it's just not for me.
The pin hole lens cap looks pretty easy & I'd like to try some pinhole shots. I could do that, but I probably won't.
I f your a DIY'er (is that a word?) it's worth a worth a look.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Link of The Day - More New Cameras

Just as Predicted the canon 700D has been announced.  http://nofilmschool.com/2013/03/canon-eos-rebel-dslr-sl1-t5i-camera-price-cost/  The100D was also announced , but that is a different camera for a different post.
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As for the 700D
First Impressions (haven't looked that close at all the stats).
700D is basically the 650d (same sensor, same video capability, same tilt screen, STM support, same fps in stills) at first glance I can't find any obvious improvements.
Wait ....
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Wait ...
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OK,  I've looked into it a bit more and,  as far as I can tell,  it's completely the 650D.  There are rumours of minor improvements, but I haven't read what they might be.
(NOTE: I have NOT read the entire official press release and compared it to the 650D). 
It's a new Rebel. If your getting one you might as well get the newest one. If you already have a rebel I don't see any reason to trade up.
However, while I was hunting around, I did find another new camera -40406">http://photorumors.com/2013/03/21/canon-powershot-sx280-compact-camera-announcement/

Link of The Day - Intersting angles

Nothing "Ground Breaking" but still worth a quick look.
http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2013/03/20/camera-angles-5-ways-to-add-impact-with-unusual-perspectives/
Always good to have a few ideas ready when your shot jsut doesn't look as interesting as the thing your shooting.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Link of The Day - cool name, Super Cool Lens

Somwhere in my wanderings I came across DogSchidtOptiks.



 These are lenes hand made in England from 40 year old russian parts. The lenses are full of flares, colour casts low contrast, etc., BUT these elements can be ordered to suit what you want. (Options)

Apperently the Vintage parts creat super sharp lenses, that they funk up,  but are still sharp.  They are all metal and glass & you can even choose from 1 of 3 custom finishes.

They give a cool vintage/analog look that isn't anamorphic, but they work with anamorphic adapters, and they do look alot like film.

They are made one at a time and sold on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/listing/126095702/flare-factory-58-dslr-mount-pre-order?) .  They are currently behind so they are taking preorders and have to let you know when they will be able to ship your order.

They have 7 samples on Vimeo to show different what type of footage different options will produce. (http://vimeo.com/meltingbloke/albums)
I haven't compared them all but the oners I looked at had some cool stuff going on, definately more organic feeling than modern lenses.

The best thing (well .. one of the best things) about them is the price,  about $180 CDA shipped.  That's cheaper than a lens baby. 

For me these will look way cooler on your camera and produce images at least as cool as a lens baby,  and they seem like they may be more suited to video then lens baby.***

I haven't orderd one, but after reading the FAQ's Sheet, I am seriously thinking about getting one.
If they where from a big company I'd probably say "It's a gimmick", because it is, but because they are hand made by a small (I assume) operation I somehow find them cooler. 

***I like lense baby and think they have are a neat tool.  I just thnk these have more "coolness"





Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Link of The Day - Craziest Low Light tests Ive ever Seen.

I may have posted something about this sensor a while back , but the video wasn't working. 
Now it is and it's amazing.
http://www.cinema5d.com/news/?p=16863#more-16863

Link of The day - BTS of Phil's new music video

Link of the Day - Vimeo Video School



there are a bunch of things in the vimeo video school, a set of "DSLR Basics" with Phil, A series "Do more with your DSLR", and the series with Vincent Laforet.  Plus , weekend challenges , and miscellaneous lessons, tips etc.
But I found two quick ones I liked.
Jump cuts - https://vimeo.com/videoschool/lesson/360/understanding-jump-cuts the good the bad & the ugly
B-Roll - https://vimeo.com/videoschool/lesson/271/cover-your-backside-with-b-roll interesting idea of doing an interview and the interview footage is used less than footage related to the interview , so the interview basically ids the b-Roll


Tuesday, 12 March 2013

G'Day Eh' - Live on Vimeo

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The video of dad's Citizenship Ceremony is now live on Vimeo.
http://vimeo.com/rumimume/gdayeh
This is just the Highlights, as the whole ceremony took about an hour.

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Link of The Day - Vimeo on Demand Launched



Vimeo has launched a sort of Pay per view service that allows you to charge people to watch your content. 
They are basically renting it as there ability to watch the video expires (you can choose from 24 hrs to 1 year) , but you can also let the download it, so you would effectively be selling it to them.
Vimeo's announcement https://vimeo.com/blog/post:559
No Film Schools post about it. http://nofilmschool.com/2013/03/vimeo-on-demand-pro-members-sell-work-onlin/  (actually has additional info)

Cool Idea.
They mention that if you have a series (narrative or instructional) you can price by the episode or by the series.   I think this service could really take off for that kind of content. you might pay pay $2 to watch the colour correction video but not want the whole the whole premiere pro series. I wonder if you can pay for 1 then upgrade to the whole series.
I think narrative stuff will be a bit harder to sell.  It will definitely take a lot more effort to direct people to the narrative work through social media etc. 
People will search for "How to ___", people don't usually search for "Short film about two people"
1) you need $200 a year pro account,
2) you get 90% "after transaction fees",but I can't find anywhere how much the transaction fees are (even on the faq's page).
3) anyone purchasing has to create a (free) vimeo account before they can make a purchase.

The other option they have to make some money from your videos is the TIP JAR
It's voluntary and as a content producer you only need a $60 a year Plus account. Viewers don't need a vimeo account to leave a tip, just a pay pal or visa account. They take a 15% cut of the tips and put the rest in your pay pal account at the end of each month.



Philip Bloom Toronto Meet Up, This Friday!

Philip bloom is in Toronto This Weekend.

On Friday Night there will be a "meet up"  it's a a sort of hang out w/ a bit bit of shooting (not a seminar/class) here is what he has on his site about Friday.


In each of the places I travel to, I try and do a meet-up. A free get together to network, socialise, buy me a drink (quality gin or vodka and tonic please! :) ) and basically just have a great time. The one in Toronto is going to be brilliant as the organisers, my friends Tej Bebra and Eric Diosay, have managed to wangle gear giveaways there! These are incredibly generous prizes and a huge bonus to the evening.

This is not part of the workshop as this is a free social event….no teaching! Just relaxing and chatting, but do bring your cameras! If someone in Vancouver wants to organise something for the Friday between workshops, then please get in touch with me!

Solid Camera – EVF Support
Letus – Talon Shoulder System
Genus – Eclipse 77mm and we are adding a step-up ring kit and a fader hood
Schneider Optics – 4×4 Circular Polarizer
Zacuto – $500.00 Gift Certificate
Della Luce – 3 Designer T-shirts

You do need to register to come though so please do so here. It is free! You can come if you don’t register you just won’t be in the draw for the gear!

Details:

Date : March 15th 2013

Location: The Madison Pub

Address: 14 Madison Ave Toronto

Time : 7:00PM

Link of The day - Philip bloom Music Video


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http://philipbloom.net/2013/03/11/bittenbythefrost/
No Budget music video shot on 1DC.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Vincent Laforet on Taking time, Thanks to DRTV



http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/
Vincent Laforet writes about his experience of shoot "film"for an Episode of Digital Rev TV.
It's really an ode to shooting with film.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Link of The Day - HowToFilmSchool.com

Usually i link to specific articles or Blog posts. today I'm linking to a main page.
howtofilmschool.com   has a bunch of articles and blog posts about making movies in a larger environment with multiple departments and multiple people in each department.
That is NOT the world I live in, but no budgeters & low low budgeters  can still learn from the people that do.
We may not have a cat of thousands, multiple units shoots at different locations, or even different people to light and shoot, but learning how others do things can only be a benefit.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Link of The Day - The Art of Asking

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It's not about how to MAKE people pay for content, it's about how to let them WANT to to help you.
Even if it means paying for content.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xMj_P_6H69g

Interesting, because the speaker has experienced the process.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Lucky number 7 for canon?

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According to Canon Rumors.com they are expecting the 7Dmkii, 70D, & 700D (T5i) to come out this year.
They are saying the 70D will come out 1st in march and the 700D in June.   I thought march was the usual month to release the new rebel models (??0D / T?i) but they are expexting something different.
The 7dmkii is supposed to come out is Augsut, the last time there where rumours of a 7mkii is was supposed to be released nerer the end of the year.
7Dmkii Specs
70D Specs (also has stuff about 7Dmkii
700D Specs ??? - I can't find any proported specs for this one  but there is mention that all APS-C bodies will get a new sensor

This is a 'full' list of what's expected this year.

  • EOS 70D – March 2013
  • EOS 700D – June 2013
  • EOS Me – July 2013
  • EOS 7D Mark II – August 2013
  • EOS 3D – October 2013
There where also reports last fall that there is a 40mp + body in development with no time line for announcment or release. (just threw that in for fun:)These are of course Rumours, from a site that is called Canon "Rumors".com but it's fun to speculate.







Link of The Day

320 gigapixel panarama of London. 
Multiple shots taken with a 7d & stitched together.
Actually pritty cool how much detail there is.
http://btlondon2012.co.uk/pano.html

Monday, 4 March 2013

Summerfolk Performers are proclaimed!

                            New Site Look & 2013 performers


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http://summerfolk.org/performers/
Youtube Channel with performer videos

They are up nice & early & there appears to be a video for each performer (I haven't checked each one, yet) &
they have a youtube channel with performer videos.

The line up looks pretty good (from what I've looked at)  There aren't too many I remember seeing before and I can't see any from last year.

It seems like less performers than last year , so there could be a few more to come.

Note:Early bird tickets end March 31st.

*Also did I mention the  Proclaimers are coming ?


 Check out Last years Summefrfolk Photos.

 



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Sunday, 3 March 2013

Link of The Day - My Favourite Lens

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Samyang 650Z 650-1300mm f/8.0-16.0 Zoom Lens

I love for it' sheer ridiculousness*      

I don't actually have one, most reviews say it's not easy to use, image quality is 'ok at best', it is heavy and too large to put in a standard camera bag
... but I still want one.

I first saw one on kijiji that came with a 2X multiplier  (just add to the ridiculousness)* and it was $185!  so I had to look into them. 
They are sold under a few different band names /co-brands but they are basically all the same.  new they range from about $250 + shipping up to $550 including shipping.
There are pics out there from this lens and some , aren't that bad.  they are about what you would expect.  If used carefully they can produce usable images, but I don't think you'll see anything from this lens in National Geographic.  I did see a  you-tube clip shot with this lens & 2X extender and again it wasn't too bad, definitely usable for what it was.

So, i would get one at the right right price to play around with, just not for paid gigs.
P.S. i didn't get the one from kijiji, because it was 5 hours away and shipping wasn't offered as an option.


*probably not  real word

Link of The Day -

Kinda cool.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Olivia & Ryan Wedding Video - Coming Soon!

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http://vimeo.com/rumimume/oandrcomingsoon

I know it's been a Really long time but, we're making progress, slowly. 

We are working away and  expect to have the whole wedding film ready to present next month.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Link of The Day - Flag Day !!!

       It's Flag Day !

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Flag_of_Canada_Day

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Canada

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Link of The day - Spring Time

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Link of The Day -Edlekrone slider plus

Never really got what was so special about this slider.  But, when I saw how they make a small slider, 'slide' farther than it should.  It made sense what was different to other sliders.

review is ...ok ... but the slider is a neat idea for people that really really need small & light.

I'm still happy with my Cinivate Atlas 10 (w/ all terrain legs),  it's a TANK super solid and super smooth.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Link of The Day (#3) - Cool Search Engine

*got this link from Trevor.*

Cool Search engine that filters out unwanted results and gives you what you want, not what search engines get paid to advertise to you.


http://ca.millionshort.com/

I've only tried it a few times, this morning, but it seems to work pretty well.
I'll definately be trying it more, and tweeking the options to see what I come up with.


Link of The Day (#3) - Cool Search Engine

*got this link from Trevor.*

Cool Search engine that filters out unwanted results and gives you what you want, not what search engines get paid to advertise to you.


http://ca.millionshort.com/

I've only tried it a few times, this morning, but it seems to work pretty well.
I'll definately be trying it more, and tweeking the options to see what I come up with.

Link of The Day - Match & Flame

Link of The Day - Vector Video !


THIS is Cool!

http://www.eoshd.com/content/9585/pixels-to-be-superseded-by-vector-technology-in-new-video-codec
It will probably a long time until it comes to a NLE near you , and I'm sure it will take a lot of processing power, but I still think its pretty cool.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Link of The Day

https://supporters.eff.org/donate

Don't know much about them.  Came across them from the Magic Lantern site.

Sounds interesting, I'll have to look into more of what exactly they do, when I have a bit more time.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Link of The Day - Batteries & Media

Small Article about a technique to keep track of which batteries are ampty and which are full.  The really onlyworks for LPE6 batteries.The idea is ok, but
I think there are some good ideas in the comments too,  for other batteries & memory  cards
http://dslrvideoshooter.com/how-to-keep-track-of-your-battery-levels/

Link of the Day - Win a Canon 50mm 1.8

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Simple goto http://dslrvideoshooter.com/win-a-canon-50mm-from-xume-adapters/
read the article and leave a comment to enter.

the give away is from http://www.xumeadapters.com/ they make magnetic filter adapter. 
It's a cool Idea. Not sure change filtrs enough to make it usefull for me now, but still a neat idea.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Link of the Day - Up Helly Aa

Europes Largest Viking Fire Festival is Today in the Far North of scotland.

They have lots of Vikings and Lots of Fire. There are parades, contest,  andthey burn a viking galley.
Check out the site http://www.uphellyaa.org/

There's even a live video feed here http://uphellyaa.com/

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Link of The Day - Holiwood Accounting

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_accounting
I've heard of this before, but didn't realize it is now worse than ever.
some of the examples are insane !
Lord of the Rings had "Horrendous Losses" acournding to the studios "creative" accounting.
No wonder people people don't feel guilty downloading movies, it seems like, when you pay for them the people that created them rarely get any bennifit.
OK that's enough of a rant for today



Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Link of The Day - Comercial with BTS

         
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2 cool  Gatoraide commercials with tons of cool shots requiring awsome planning
and co-ordination including crazy steady cam shots.
http://nofilmschool.com/2013/01/berrics-gatorade-steadicam-skate-ad-keep-going/

Monday, 14 January 2013

Link of The Day - Make yourlenses Wider faster& Sharper

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Doesn't seem possible, but but apearantly that's what it does.
Even if there are a few catches, if you have the right equipment, they say it does wonders.
http://philipbloom.net/2013/01/13/speedbooster/

Friday, 11 January 2013

Link of The Day - 600fps <$1000

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JVC is releasing a consumer cam corder for less than $1000 that will have

29.5mm (pretty wide) F1.2 lens.  (F1.2!!!)
12mp stills @ 9fps
Wifi w/ android app
touch screen on the camera
video upto 600fps - no word of what resolution for 600fps but will do  1080@60 fps (which is alreadyahead of most DSLRs)

They are marketing it to coaches and sports groups not film makers.
Probable not great as an A-cam for paid work, but couldl be B/C-cam or used for specific shots or applications.

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Definately worth keeping an eye on.
http://nofilmschool.com/2013/01/600fps-jvc-gc-px100-everio/