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The Video Essay: Buster Keaton Shows How to Make 'Em Laugh

Vimeo   Wednesday November 25, 2015

Would there have been a Wes Anderson without a Buster Keaton? In the latest installment of his Every Frame a Painting video essay series, Tony Zhou shows why the great silent-film master of visual comedy is still relevant to filmmakers today. “[N]early 100 years after he first appeared onscreen, we’re still learning from him,” writes Zhou at Vimeo, noting that Keaton’s forte was the art of the sight gag. “Keaton’s primary goal was telling a story through action, and Zhou sharply details how that goal was achieved: camera placement, creativity, a commitment to never faking stunts,” declares Slate.   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: ProRes 4444 or ProRes 4444XQ Comes to Odyssey Recorder

News Shooter   Wednesday November 25, 2015

Convergent Design has released a new firmware update  for the Odyssey series of monitor/recorders that adds a host of new features, including HD Dual-Stream Monitoring. Another new feature: The Odyssey series can finally now record in ProRes 4444 or ProRes 4444XQ. That’s good news for owners of the Sony F3, F5, F23, F35 and F55 cameras and for Canon C300 Mark II and C500 owners. “You can record in 2K 10/12-bit RGB up to 50p/59.94p or 1080 10/12-bit RGB up to 50p/59.94p. Previously you could record in a 12bit color space but only in DPX and the files were enormous,” notes News Shooter.   Read the full Story >>

Time-Lapse Showcase: A Three-Minute South African Safari

Vimeo   Wednesday November 25, 2015

“My safari guides thought I was nuts taking thousands of photos each day,” admits New York City-based photographer and videographer Tyler Fairbanks. After they see how he turned his South African journey into a three-minute hyperlapse tour, they’ll understand. The photos for the video were shot with a Canon 5D and Sony a7S in RAW, graded in Lightroom, and further edited in After Effects CC. Final edit was cut in Premiere Pro. Stream it at Vimeo, or download it for a 4K version.   Read the full Story >>

Insight: Why 4K May Not Be Your Best Option

nofilmschool   Wednesday November 25, 2015

Do you really need to shoot video in 4K? That’s just one of the interesting questions asked by veteran filmmaker Alex Ferrari at his website Indie Film Hustle, where he offers advice to low-budget filmmakers. He recently challenged the modern-day idea that 4K is absolutely necessary, and NoFilmSchool sums up his ideas: “If shooting in 4K will cost you more money and slow down your post-pipeline, and then end up in front of an audience who wouldn't be able to tell the difference, does it really make sense?”   Read the full Story >>

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