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Stolen Camera Finder / Encuentre su Cámara Robada

Great tool to find who is using your stolen digital camera.

Go find your camera!

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BBC Nature Sound Effects Library

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

The BBC is selling it’s nature sound effects. It consists of 18,368 .wav files classified into 70 different categories. If you buy it you’ll get a PC and Mac compatible 500GB LaCie external hard drive with and eSata, firewire 800, 400 and USB 2,0.

Click here for a full review done by Steve Douglas at Ken Stone’s blog.

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Categories: Film Production, Useful

DSLR Filmmaking Accesories: a visual guide.

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Calumet Photo published this really good visual guide on the “Anatomy of an HDSLR Rig”.

Categories: DSLR filmmaking, Useful

New Canon 60D

Canon officially announced their new DSLR, the Canon 60D. An advanced consumer camera for those ready to take their photo skills to a new level. Click here to read the official press release from Canon. Read below for a summary.

Canon 60D

These are some of the new features:

  • Flexible 3-inch LCD screen with 1,040,000 dot/VGA resolution.
  • Multi-Control Dial with Set button inside the Quick Control Dial.
  • In-camera RAW image post-processing. Some of the settings tha you can change are: resizing images, Picture Style, White Balance (WB), Color Space, High-ISO Noise Reduction, Peripheral Illumination Correction, linear distortion correction and chromatic aberration correction.
  • New creative image filters like Soft Focus Effect, Grainy Black and White filter and Miniature Effect filter.

Other interesting features:

  • 18-megapixel Canon APS-C CMOS sensor.
  • Full resolution still images up to 5.3-frames per second.
  • ISO range from 100-6400 (adjustable in 1/3-step increments from ISO 100-6400 and expandable to 12,800).
  • Pop-up flash with a built-in Integrated Speedlite Transmitter for control of up to two groups of off-camera EOS Speedlites.
  • Full HD at 1920 x 1080 in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); 720p HD recording at 50p or 60p (59.94) and SD video at frame rates of 50p or 60p (59.94).
  • Movie Crop mode allows users to achieve 7x magnification when shooting SD video. Canon’s Movie Crop mode crops the image directly from the CMOS sensor at full SD resolution to preserve image quality and still provide additional telephoto power.
  • In the video mode, manual controls for exposure as well as manually adjustable audio levels.

Canon 60D

The Price

A body-only configuration has an estimated retail price of $1,099. A kit version with Canon’s EF-S 18-135mm zoom will be around $1,399. It is supposed to be in the US by the end of September 2010.

My Opinion

The Canon 60D seems to be the camera for DSLR advanced consumer photographers that already have some experience with older and less advanced Canon models (Rebels, 20D, 30D, 40D and 50D).

While affordable, the 60D offers useful semi-professional settings like the 18MP sensor and the HD video capabilities with variable frame rates. Personally, the in-camera RAW image post-processing is one of the most interesting features for advanced amateur photographers looking forward to speed up their work-flow. The flexible LCD screen is a valuable gimmicky that most photographers and videographers will find useful when shooting at odd angles. The built-in Integrated Speedlite Transmitter to control external flashes will be a great advantage for macro and wedding photographers.

For HDSLR filmmakers this could be the new camera to get since it offers most of the manual controls that we’ve been looking for, most importantly the adjustable audio levels. The value of the in-camera video editing feature is yet to be determined.

Finally, the 60D doesn’t seem to be as rugged as the 7D and its slower shooting burst mode (5.3 vs. 8fps) may be an concern for wildlife and action photographers.

Enjoy it!

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DSLR Post-Production 02 – ‘Magic Bullet Grinder’ converter

Red Giant Software released a program that will help you convert H.264 footage (Canon’s 5D and 7D) to editing friendly formats. For $49, these are the features that the ‘Magic Bullet Grinder’ offers:

  • Convert H264-encoded video to edit friendly formats.
  • Timecode data can be inserted for any .mov file, including original Canon format files.
  • Support for ProRes 4:4:4, SQ, LT or PhotoJPEG media for online work.
  • Handles ProRes LT and PhotoJPEG format in 1080p to quarter resolution.
  • Batch process, transcoding as many files at once as there are cores (8 cores = 8 simultaneous files).
  • Conform files to one frame rate for converting 30p and 60p media to 24p for slow motion use (Speed conversion only: Does not alter optical flow).
  • Automatically adds file name burn-in to proxies, making it easy to track offline files.
  • Burn-in Timecode/Frame Number for easy matching of specific frames from offline to online media.

Click here to go to Magic Bullet Grinder’s website.

'Magic Bullet Grinder' screenshot

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5 Tips for a Greener Studio – From B&H

Whether you’re a pro, gear head, or hobbyist here are some simple things you can do to make the carbon footprint of your photo / video / audio work a little smaller.

  • Use power strips.
  • Use a monitor with an LED backlit screen.
  • Turn your computer off when not in use.
  • Recycle old equipment/gear.

Click here for full article.

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Categories: Film Production, POV, Useful

New Adobe Ligthroom 2.7 and camera RAW updates

Every time a new camera model is released, photo editing programs must come up with an update so the new RAW files can be read properly.

Straight from DP Review, here you’ll find the links to download the update that you need.

Adobe also released Ligthroom 2.7. You can also download from the link mentioned above.