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Tech News: Sony Preps for the HDR Future With Firmware Updates

News Shooter   Friday March 31, 2017

Still coming to grips with 4K and VR workflows? “[N]ow it’s time to worry about High Dynamic Range production and how to squeeze the most out of your sensor for display on the next generation of HDR displays,” notes News Shooter, which looks at new firmware updates for Sony’s FS5 and PXW-Z150 cameras that lay the groundwork for end-to-end HDR production. Cinema 5D  has more on the firmware updates.   Read the full Story >>

Screening Room: The Birth of a Dugout Canoe

Vimeo   Friday March 31, 2017

The Northmen, a guild of master craftsmen, has produced a number of short films focusing on member artisans, the latest of which is The Birth of a Dugout Canoe. The 20-minute documentary, an ode to the old-fashioned virtues of craft, focuses on Richard (Rihards Vidzickis), an experienced green wood worker, wood sculptor and dugout canoe maker. “Richard’s father is also a wood worker and carpenter and has led his son into the beautiful world of working with wood. Richard has gone through all the traditional steps of becoming a master woodworker,” note the filmmakers at Vimeo. The takeaway: Revive the guild!   Read the full Story >>

Trending: Hollywood Wakes Up to the Netflix Threat

Short of the Week   Thursday March 30, 2017

Can Hollywood fight back against Netflix? That’s the question asked recently by The Guardian — and a number of other media sources, including Vanity Fair  and The Wall Street Journal. At a time when most network audiences are stagnant or in decline, Netflix continues to post impressive subscriber growth, notes Short of the Week, which reports that Netflix’s spending on original and acquired programming this year is expected to be more than $6 billion, up from $5 billion last year. Bottom line: Filmmakers should be smiling.   Read the full Story >>

Tech News, 2: Sync and Embed Timecode Into GoPro Footage

DIYPhotography   Thursday March 30, 2017

In video and film production, timecode is the glue that binds your footage and audio together. In multicam shoots timecode allows all cameras to shoot the same moment in time for each frame. It also means that audio syncs perfectly with every camera. And it makes editing a whole lot easier, too. Timecode isn’t in the vocabulary of many DSLRs, mirrorless and action cameras, but now, notes DIY Photography, SyncBac Pro  is making timecode available to GoPro’s  Hero4 Black & Silver models.   Read the full Story >>

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