Take one monofilament (fishing line), place a ball of snot tape above and below the sensor cover glass in your camera, colour the monofilament with a blue sharpie, stretch the line and attach in camera. The effect reflects and scatters sharp highlights horizontally across the image. There you have it, anamorphic lens flares… or at least part of the effect.
The warning that comes with this post, is to be very cautious about anything in close proximity to the sensor cover glass and the back of a lens. Continue reading
Weisscam footage, shot at 2000fps.
Alexa SUP 5.0 and High Speed Licenses have been released for immediate download! This means 120fps ProRes422HQ on the new 64GB SxS cards and 60fps ProRes422HQ on the new cards without the license. SUP 5.0 brings a bunch of new features and improvements as well. Check out the very German 120fps demo video ARRI made:
The OMCOPTER gives wings to the Red Epic from omstudios on Vimeo.
This is just a repost I found on Red’s Website, who found it on Engaget and SlashGear. But cool enough to pass on. It is essentially a helicopter rig bult by German VFX company Omstudios. It can reportedly fly up to 150 Meters.
Arri Meta Extract is a new software tool released by Arri today, and if you love working in Terminal, you might find it really cool. As for me, not a programmer, I went through the release notes, followed as many commands as I could, and got… nowhere. The program is essentially a way to pull the frame by frame meta data (pitch, roll, lens data) from Alexa Plus cameras as well as all the other camera settings used directly from the .mov file. It will also extract the Look File data. This creates a lot of potential for automation and integration into a post workflow and VFX. The user interface for the casual user is not as simple as their similar product Clip Meta Viewer, available only through the Apple App store. I did find it interesting that the release notes mentioned GPS Data as future potential. Does this mean Arri is going to offer a GPS option? Please comment if you have a chance to use the software.
ARRI has issued a press release announcing in-camera support for Avid’s DNxHD codec. ARRI doesn’t go into much technical detail, but they do say they are expanding the Alexa’s “parallel recording capability to include native support for Avid DNxHD“. ARRI says to expect the software update to be available in January 2012, with support for DNxHD 444 (440 Mbits/s) to follow shortly after. This will be a welcome feature for many productions as it will save them a transcoding step. For the full press release, Continue reading
On the heels of yet another 4k camera announced by Canon this week, I think it valid to spend a bit of time on the subject of resolution. 4K and 3D are both popular buzz words for camera manufactures these days. As with everything else in the world of retail, being as good as or better than your competition, at least in print adds, is going to sell cameras. So why 4K, considering most cinematic digital projection is still 2K.