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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Red Announcement October 30, 2009

Glad to see Red is catering to the elite. I'll bet on the HDSLR format for the rest of us.

Red the posting here: http://reduser.net/forum/showthread.php?t=37011

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Canon D7 - A Ghost is in the Machine

Canon's new 7D HDSLR camera is experiencing a technical glitch. Much to Canon's credit they are on top of it. Read the Canon Service Notice below.
Service Notice: EOS 7D: Residual Image in Picture

Thank you for using Canon products.

We have confirmed that in certain camera settings and shooting conditions, the phenomenon described below may occur in images captured by the EOS 7D Digital SLR camera.

Canon is currently investigating and analyzing the cause of this phenomenon, and we are planning to release a firmware update to address this issue.

Once the support measures have been established, we will post the relevant information on our Web site.

We offer our most sincere apologies to customers using this product who have been inconvenienced by this issue. Going forward, we will spare no effort in our quality management to make sure our customers can use our products with confidence. We hope our efforts will earn your understanding.

In images captured by continuous shooting, and under certain conditions, barely noticeable traces of the immediately preceding frame may be visible. This phenomenon is not noticeable in an image with optimal exposure. The phenomenon may become more noticeable if a retouching process such as level compensation is applied to emphasize the image.

Affected Product
EOS 7D Digital SLR

This contact information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight. ET,

Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., excluding holidays
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON (toll free)

TTD: 1-866-251-3752 (toll free)
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com
For additional support options: www.usa.canon.com/support

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Canon 1D MKIV - The Next HDSLR Camera To Set The Bar

Check out Canon's next incarnation in the HDSLR marketplace, the Canon 1D MKIV. Canon really understands what moviemakers want and are setting the pace to meet our needs.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

24fps Coming to the Canon Mark D5 Mark II

The lack of 24fps is one of the major reasons I didn't shoot Rejouer on the D5 back in June only a few short months ago. However, Canon has just announced they will have a firmware update in the first half of 2010 for the D5 Mark II to allow 24 and 25 frames per second recoding. A bit of a wait considering how fast this HDSLR playing field is changing, but well worth the wait considering the cost of the camera. Thanks Canon for not forsaking D5 owners who are the loyal 1st generation adopters of this fledgling HDSLR format. I'll be keeping my D5 now.

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Vincent Laforet's Canon 1D MKIV Short Film

Low light, low light, low light. Canon's next HDSLR camera is going to help all moviemakers save time and money by using less equipment. Read what Vincent himself has to say and look at this stunning example of low light work by clicking here or on the picture. I shot Rejouer at the 6th street bridge and know the area well. It looks amazing on this camera.

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Pre-Order the Canon 1D Mark IV at Amazon

If you've got 5k to spend, you can pre-order the Canon 1D Mark IV at Amazon. However, not info on it's exact release date in December yet.

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EOS-1D Mark IV - The New HDSLR Titan

What can I say, the race is on and Canon is leading the way. What will RED do? They're suppose to have an announcement in ten days.

Here's a review from DPReview.com.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Canon 5D Mark II Digital Field Guide

More of a photography book with a 15 page chapter on video recording, but it's good to know how the camera works as a still camera too. You'll need publicity and marketing photos, so why not take advantage of it being a hybrid still and video camera.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

AVCHD Training

This AVCHD Training DVD was made before the advent of HDSLR cameras, but the AVCHD codec is the same used by HDSLR cameras. I can't endorse this since I haven't seen the complete DVD, but the excerpts seems to indicate quality information and the cost is reasonable. If anyone has first hand information about this product, please share.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

HDSLR Audio Round Up

Able Cinetech has a good article by Jem Schofield on double system sound recording for DSLR cameras. Check it out at: http://www.abelcine.com/articles/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=403:hdslr-audio-round-up&catid=17&Itemid=35

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Sunday, October 11, 2009


Philip Bloom has put together an instructional DVD on how to shoot HD video on the Canon 5D Mark II. Check it out at http://www.dvinfo.net/article/acquisition/canon-eos/canon-5d-mark-ii-cinematography-dvd.html

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Dual-System Audio: The 99.9% Solution

Audio Sync solution for FCP users shooting with the Canon Mark 5D II. Check it out at: http://brucesharpe.blogspot.com/2009/06/dslr-dual-system-audio-999-solution.html

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Friday, October 9, 2009

First HDSLR Feature Length Movie Submitted To Sundance

My movie, Rejouer may be one of thousands submitted to the Sundance Film Festival this year, but it is the only HDSLR feature length movie submitted. My hope is to be selected for the newly created category, NEXT, which is dedicated to discovering six to eight no-budget and low-budget movies. Selections are made based on their innovative and original work.

The symbol <=> is used by festival staffers to signify if a submission is to be considered. I take it to mean - movies with less than (i.e. money, experience or connections) is equal to movies that have more. It fits with my motto for HDSLR movie making: Big Movie, Little Camera.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Rejouer - TV Technology Article

Read about Rejouer in the October issue of TV Technology.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

HDSLR Mobile/Shoulder Buyers Guide

I used the Hot Rod Cameras mount system to shoot Rejouer. It was invented along with the adapter for the shoot. Camera Town has put together a buyers guide of other shoulder/mobile support systems in the marketplace.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

DV Expo 2009 Keynote Address

It's funny, as I gave my keynote address about HDSLR moviemaking, a representative from a camera manufacturer without an HDSLR camera in the marketplace advised against buying any HDSLR camera claiming you need a dedicated video camera to shoot video. What else could they say? I guarantee in a year they'll have a camera and advise why their format is better.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

HDSLR Automatic synchronization without timecode

I wish I had this software when syncing audio on my feature. Plural Eyes can sync up dual sync audio by matching the wave form of the camera's scratch audio and an external higher quality recording device. Check it out at: http://singularsoftware.com/

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

HDSLR Follow Focus Guide

The website Cameratown has compiled a list of follow focus units for use with HDSLR cameras such as the Panasonic GH1, Canon D5, Canon D7 and Nikon D90. I used a follow focus unit on Rejouer, but none of the models listed here. A good set of quality lenses, an experienced AC and a good follow focus unit will add greatly to the look of your movie. Lots of people focus on the camera's sensor, but the lenses, knowing how to use them and having the right support tools is crucial to getting that movie quality that can't be replicated as easily with still lenses.


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