David Schonauer

Tech News, 1: GoPro Fusion is a 360 Camera That Shoots 5.2K

PetaPixel   Friday April 28, 2017

Most of the 360-degree videos you see can’t match the resolution of standard video, but GoPro wants to change that with its newest product, the GoPro Fusion — a spherical camera that can shoot 360-degree photos and video in 5.2K resolution. “The idea is that instead of having to frame your photos or videos to capture what you want, you can just unleash the Fusion and then select whatever shots you’d like afterward in standard HD from the captured 5.2K imagery,” notes PetaPixel. Go here to be an early adopter.   Read the full Story >>

Screening Room: How Nature Documentaries Are Fake

Vimeo   Friday April 28, 2017

Millions of people around the globe watch the BBC’s Planet Earth series, enthralled by the sights and sounds of the natural world. But, asks Simon Cade of DSLRguide, how much of what you’re see you’re seeing and hearing is real? He notes that it is common practice on nature documentaries to add sound effects using classic Foley tricks. “I personally have no problems with this — you can hardly expect them to put a mic on a giraffe,” says Cade. In other words, producers take artistic license. But, adds Cade, sound effects are just the tip of the iceberg.   Read the full Story >>

The Discussion: Is Netflix Killing Indie Filmmaking?

Short of the Week   Thursday April 27, 2017

A recent article from Indiewire’s David Ehrlich, “Netflix Keeps Buying Great Movies, So It’s a Shame They’re Getting Buried,” makes the claim that streaming giants, Netflix and Amazon, are killing the indie film scene, but, argues Andrew S Allen at Short of the Week, Ehrlich has it all wrong. “Throughout this argument, you can sense a twinge of wistful nostalgia for the 1990s golden era of indie filmmaking,” Allen writes, adding that such nostalgia ignores what today’s audiences really want.   Read the full Story >>

Trending: Mad Max and the Rise of Monochrome

theguardian   Thursday April 27, 2017

There’s a new Mad Max movie hitting theaters — actually, it’s a new colorless version of 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, subtitled “black and chrome edition.” It had been director George Miller’s wish all along to make the film in this form, but major studios don’t generally pour $150 million into black-and-white action movies. After six Oscars and a worldwide gross of $358m, however, he is finally being indulged, notes The Guardian, which wonders if black and white is having a moment right now.   Read the full Story >>

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