23 Nov 2009

Shooting in Slow Motion – Overcranking the HVX

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I love the Panasonic HVX200. I love it’s tapeless counterpart, the HPX170 even more. One of the things I enjoy so much about these cameras (considering their price range) is the ability they have to operate in “film cam” mode and shoot at variable frame rates. When you ‘overcrank’ at 60 frames per second and play back the footage, it will be slow motion and have a larger than life feel. Overcranking is an old term that lives on from the days of hand-cranked cameras. A camera operator would crank faster than normal, recording more frames (or images) in the same amount of time. Read more

20 Aug 2009

Tilt-Shift Lens Effect in Apple Color

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You may be asking, “what is a tilt-shift effect?”  If so, take a read on wikipedia here.

First off, if you want the tilt shift effect in your video, it all starts with the right shot.  Since the goal is to make your footage look like a miniature, your subject needs to be distanced from the camera.  This won’t work very well on regular or macro shots – you need the distance.  I think this has something to do with the way we perceive miniatures.  Think about it:  Miniatures  are small.  They are also typically painted with bright colors, so some saturation will help this effect.  Also, I think our eye is typically focused on one area and naturally everything else is out of focus.  All of these are principles we want to replicate in our shot. Read more

06 Aug 2009

Open Video for the Web

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There is something exciting happening for video on the web. It’s called open video.  As HTML 5 approaches, it brings with it the possibility of making video as common as images on a web page.  Now don’t get me wrong – I’m a fan of Apple and Adobe and they have done wonders with video on the web.  But the new version of HTML supports a video tag, instead of shoving everything into an object or embed tag.  This means it would be possible to play videos without the need for a 3rd party plug-in.  There has also been talk of implementing the Theora video codec, which is free and open source; leading us away from licensing fees and promoting decentralization of video online.  Read more

01 Jul 2009

Hacking the Panasonic HVX200

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Let me start off by saying, “I love this camera!”  I started out using the Panasonic DVX100, so upgrading to its High Definition big brother was a pleasure.  After scouring the internet and reading up about the HVX200, I came across an interesting hack that you may have heard about.  If you try it, don’t use the text file they provide, just hack one you save–I had trouble with theirs that I think might be due to spaces in the scene file names.

Out of the box, the camera can operate in film cam mode, giving you the ability to shoot in variable frame rates, anywhere between 12 and 60 frames per second.  Using the hack above, you can force the camera to shoot in lower frame rates – all the way down to 2 frames per second!  This technique is known as “undercranking”. Read more

21 Jun 2009

Color Grading in Apple Color

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It’s a professional color grading application that ships with Apple’s Final Cut Studio 2. Some people also know it as the app that doesn’t look or work like any of the other products in the suite. What I’m referring to of course, is Apple Color. And for typical users of the Studio, at first glance it just doesn’t fit. For starters, the user interface doesn’t match up. There are node trees and noodles and the menus are minimal. On top of that, if you are not familiar with the term “colorist“, you will probably be a bit lost when you first crack open this program. Read more