1080P is Better Than 4K (Or Why I Chose the Canon C100). By Ryan E. Walters

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Posted by Ryan E.Walters on May 3, 2013 • 


“After many years of owning a wide range of camera systems, including a RED ONE and an EPIC, I decided to sell it all and rent. So for the past three years I have been exclusively renting cameras on a per project basis, that is, until recently when I made the plunge and bought the Canon C100. Little did I know how many eyebrows and questions it would raise when I posted a picture on Facebook. Here is why I chose a 1080p, 4:2:0 camera over a 4k RAW camera.


Reason 1: It Is The Craftsperson, Not The Tool, That Matters

I am a firm believer that it is the talent behind the lens that matters most, not the camera. I want to surround myself with people and productions who value the craft more than the tech. When was the last time you hired a carpenter and asked what brand hammer he was using? Or what brush the painter used on the oil painting you bought? Or how about the contents of this blog — does it matter if I am writing it on a Mac, PC, iPhone, or Android?”




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Moving Atoms: Making The World’s Smallest Movie (3 Videos)

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Posted by Jaron Schneider on May 1, 2013 • 


“This is the kind of story that just boggles my mind. IBM just released a Guinness World Record-setting movie called “A Boy and His Atom,” made by moving atoms using an IBM-invented scanning tunneling microscope. It weighs two tons, operates at a temperature of negative 268 degrees Celsius and magnifies the atomic surface over 100 million times. IBM researchers used the microscope to control a super-sharp needle along a copper surface to “feel” atoms. Only 1 nanometer away from the surface, which is a billionth of a meter in distance, the needle can physically attract atoms and molecules on the surface and thus pull them to a precisely specified location on the surface. The moving atom makes a unique sound that is critical feedback in determining how many positions it’s actually moved.”


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Steadicam Creator Joins Inventors Hall of Fame: Listen to Garrett Brown’s Interview on NPR (16:52)

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Posted by NPR Staff on April 25, 2013 • 


“Rocky Balboa’s sprint up the stairs of the Philadelphia Art Museum in Rocky is a scene that would have once been impossible to film. Camera innovator Garrett Brown made it possible when he invented the Steadicam, a body-mounted camera that stabilizes handheld shots.


Brown has received three Academy Awards for his technical inventions and holds 50 patents for cinematography devices. The college dropout-turned-inventor will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May.


“The way I see it, the prime inventing act is identifying something you really want which is missing,” he tells NPR’s Neal Conan. “It isn’t just gadgets and gizmos and machines and processes. It’s whatever you want, and the finding of it, the getting of it could be considered an invention.”


When Brown started out as a filmmaker, he loved the stabilizing power of dollies but hated their klutzy nature and yearned for an easier way.


“We sort of have a stabilizer in our heads, if you think about it. You’re not conscious of yourself lurching side to side when you walk, or rising and falling. The brain just smooths it all out for you, you know? So why should it look worse when you pick up a camera and try to walk? That’s what sort of lured me on back then.”



Cam‘s insight:

And rightly so!

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Sketchsheets for Responsive Web Design

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With the constant evolution and popularity of mobile devices, designing web sites responsively is essential. Unlike designing for a static or fixed web sit

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Film critic Roger Ebert dies at 70

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Renowned American film critic Roger Ebert – famed for his thumbs-up or down reviews – dies at 70 after a long battle with cancer.

Cam‘s insight:

Goodbye Mr Ebert. RIP.

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Training Your Eye – Lighting for Cinematographers. By Shane Hurlbut, ASC (6 Videos)

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Posted by Shane Hurlbut, ASC on April 3, 2013 • 


“Many of you have heard me talk about how I light to eye by either looking at the back LCD screen or a  lighting monitor like an HP DreamColor. Lighting to eye is something that is based on experience and what you like esthetically. I trained my eye through the use of exposing film, not an LCD screen or a monitor, but a photo-chemical process and by the use of a light meter. Many say that the light meter is dead with digital. I disagree. It is the only tool that you have in your box that can measure what you love. It can tell you how you lit a specific scene in case you have to go back and pick something up later in your schedule. You will need that tool to measure footcandles and f-stops to guide you to make the match perfect.”



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Speed Of Light In Vacuum Is Not Actually Constant, Study Finds

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Can you trust nothing in life? A new physics paper suggests that the speed of light in a vacuum may not be constant, and that a vacuum isn’t actually

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Cinescopophilia: A Farewell Message from Fujifilm Motion Picture UK

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Posted by Vision Wrangler on March 27, 2013 • 


“On CML the message was clear, Fujifilm UK has been going at it since 1934 supplying motion picture film stock to the professional film industry, but now sadly on the 28th of March 2013 the front door closes. Shop shut as they say. There is however one small glimmer of sunshine left but the sun has pretty much set. The last remaining two million feet of Fujifilm camera negative film stock in Europe is available at Film Stock Clearance. After that well it’s all digital.”



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Store Combats Showrooming With $5 ‘Just Looking’ Fee

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While some bricks-and-mortar chains are trying to curb showrooming — using a retailer to check out an item in person before buying it online — with price-matching or store-exclusive brands, one b…

Cam‘s insight:

Good luck with that!

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RedShark News: BBC to retire the test card after 79 years

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Posted by Neil Roberts on March 24, 2013 • 

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“How’s this for geekiness! On the night of 25th to 26th of March the UK’s BBC HD channel will hand over to BBC Two HD, and in the programme break it will be your last chance to see iconic BBC test cards going back to 1934. Sometimes in the early days, testcards were all you had for entertainment on the “box”.


Andy Quested, the BBC’s chief technologist for HD and 3D, had this to say on his blog:”



Cam‘s insight:

I’m going to miss these iconic graphical test patterns!

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