Motion Graphics Studio Creates Website to Help Amateurs Get Organized

by JamesNYCApril 10. 2015 12:54

WICHITA, KS APRIL 9, 2015 – Justin McClure Creative has launched Get Your Shit Together, a hub for animators, editors and motion-graphics artists. The website offers industry insight on creating project folder structures, project naming conventions and After Effects project folder scripts.

The site also offers free downloads from Justin McClure Creative and other top professionals in the industry including David Bennett of CMT, Jonathan Winbush of Winbush and Harry Frank from GrayMachine.com. 
“The way you structure and name your files might just be the biggest tip of the hat that you’re still a rookie,” said McClure.

“It wasn't until I landed a job as a designer/animator at CMT in Nashville that I really learned what it meant to be organized. From naming conventions to folder structures, I learned that everything had a place and a name.”

McClure hopes the site will help freelancers and rookies save time, headaches and possibly that next big gig. 

“It takes years to craft your style and technique,” stated McClure. “As designers and animators we have to keep track of many different types of assets, so the last thing you want to do is lose a client because you just didn’t have your shit together.”

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Motion Graphics Studio Creates Website to Help Amateurs Get Organized

by JamesNYCApril 10. 2015 12:52

WICHITA, KS APRIL 9, 2015 – Justin McClure Creative has launched Get Your Shit Together, a hub for animators, editors and motion-graphics artists. The website offers industry insight on creating project folder structures, project naming conventions and After Effects project folder scripts.

The site also offers free downloads from Justin McClure Creative and other top professionals in the industry including David Bennett of CMT, Jonathan Winbush of Winbush and Harry Frank from GrayMachine.com. 
“The way you structure and name your files might just be the biggest tip of the hat that you’re still a rookie,” said McClure.

“It wasn't until I landed a job as a designer/animator at CMT in Nashville that I really learned what it meant to be organized. From naming conventions to folder structures, I learned that everything had a place and a name.”

McClure hopes the site will help freelancers and rookies save time, headaches and possibly that next big gig. 

“It takes years to craft your style and technique,” stated McClure. “As designers and animators we have to keep track of many different types of assets, so the last thing you want to do is lose a client because you just didn’t have your shit together.”

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At $2,500, Canon’s New 4K Camcorder Is Actually a Bargain

by JamesNYCApril 10. 2015 12:43

Most of Canon’s camera designs are pretty straightforward. But the company has also thrown some interesting and super-weird models into the mix over the years: The tubular 35mm film Autoboy Jet, the submarine-themed PowerShot D10, and the buttonless and belt-buckle-sized PowerShot N among them. But 99 times out of 100, Canon’s design sense skews conservative.

 Not this time, and it’s nice to see that Canon can still bring the funk. The new Canon XC10 ($2,500) splits the difference between a camcorder and a camera, although Canon is billing it primarily as a camcorder. The company says the XC10 was built with roving journalists in mind. It captures 4K video and 12-megapixel stills with its mechanical shutter and 1-inch-type sensor—the same size sensor found in Sony’s RX100 cameras and AX100 4K camcorder. This time, that imager is baked into a body that looks like it should be comfortable to use when shooting both stills and video, and that’s a rarity.

 Sensor size isn’t the only trait this hybrid video-and-photo machine shares with Sony’s hardware. Its adjustable swiveling handgrip and unique body hearken back to retro jams such as the Sony Cybershot DSC-F828 and its predecessors. The XC10 is a little more advanced, though.

 At its highest resolution setting, it captures 3840×2160 video at 30 frames per second. It will also record 1080p clips at up to 60fps, and 720p clips at up to 120fps for those slow-motion sequences. For the Ultra HD video, the camera uses Canon’s proprietary XF-AVC codec, which is also used in its just-announced Cinema EOS C100 Mark II professional camera. Here’s the kicker: That codec supports a bitrate of up to an insane 305Mbps. That should mean absurd detail.

In order to handle all that data per second, the XC100 won’t work with your average SD card to capture 4K video. It uses a CompactFlash-sized CFast 2.0 card—a 64GB SanDisk card and reader is included with the camcorder—although you can use SDHC/SDXC cards for 1080p and 720p recording.

 

It’s a fixed-lens camcorder, making it sort of a step-down non-interchangeable companion to the CX100 series, and its optics range from 24mm wide angle to 240mm telephoto (10X) with a maximum aperture of F2.8 to F5.6 at the respective ends. Manual focus is adjustable via a control ring around the lens, and there’s a physical mode dial and control wheel on the grip for tweaking manual, shutter-, and aperture-priority controls. An adjustable 3-inch tilting touchscreen around the back lets you tap to focus and access deeper menu selections, and there’s a separately sold clip-on unit to turn that screen into an EVF.

One thing that’s missing for anyone thinking about picking this thing up as an independent-filmmaking tool: There are no XLR mic inputs. There are stereo mics built in, and a hot shoe on the top of the camera for other lower-end mics, but you’ll need a step-up Cinema EOS camera for XLR.

Compared to those higher-end EOS cameras, the $2,500 XC10 seems like a bargain. Just keep in mind that it has a much smaller sensor than a full-frame 4K-capable shooter such as the EOS-1D C. And compared to Sony’s similarly sensored 4K Handycam AX100, it’s a thousand dollars more. Just like it splits the difference between a still camera and a camcorder, the XC100 will also split the difference between a consumer camcorder and a professional-level model when it comes out in June.

 

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Using the New Film Tools in Magic Bullet Looks

by JamesNYCApril 9. 2015 13:08

Magic Bullet Suite 12 includes the all-new Magic Bullet Film, an easy-to-use effect that gives your footage the real look of motion picture film, thanks to hundreds of feet of 35mm film we shot, processed, scanned, and measured.

This film simulation is also included in Magic Bullet Looks, where we broke it into two separate Tools — one for simulating camera negative stocks, and one for print film stocks. You can use these together, or on their own, and optionally in combination with the other powerful Tools in Looks. Here's how.

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Canon XC10 4K Video Cam Under $2,400 Coming in June

by JamesNYCApril 8. 2015 12:46

On first blush the XC10 appears to be a mash-up of Canon corporate bits combined and modified in a novel way, yielding a product addressing the gap between Canon’s current lineup and its more innovative competitors in the video space.

Without cannibalizing existing sales.

A tough design brief, but they just may have pulled it off.

The XC10‘s non-interchangeable zoom lens (8.9mm– 89mm, f/2.8 – 5.6 is the full-frame equivalent of 27mm-270mm, f/5.6 – 16.8) will not give anyone shallow depth of field nor real low-light flexibility, even with a top ISO of 20,000. A 12-stop dynamic range is not going to wow anyone expecting a Sony competitor. The rear LCD flips up and down (very much like the Sonys) but not out. And the XC10 shoots UHD, not full 4K.

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Let There Be Light – Four Common Types of Film Lights

by JamesNYCApril 7. 2015 12:42

A nice little article on lighting over at Cenema5D.com

Beyond the camera and lens, the most important technical and creative skill you can have is learning to use and shape light. A good place to start is knowing the tools you have at your disposal.

Read more Here

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Herring & Herring - Why create a print publication in a digital era?

by JamesNYCOctober 6. 2014 06:12

Herring&Herring: http://www.herringandherring.com & http://magazine.herringandherring.com

Herring&Herring are: Jesper Carlsen & Dimitri Scheblanov

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Welcome to my world" Armin Morbach, fine art fashion

by JamesNYCSeptember 24. 2014 06:25

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Capture One Pro 8 with new processing engine and more released

by JamesNYCSeptember 15. 2014 10:09

Capture One Pro 8 is the new version of PhaseOne’s professional RAW converter offering great image quality with accurate colours and detail from more than 300 medium-size and dSLR cameras – straight out of the box. It offers state-of-the-art tethered capture, powerful digital asset management, extensive adjustment tools and a flexible workflow.

With an updated processing engine, market-leading performance and powerful new features, Capture One Pro 8 is the professional choice in imaging software. The highly responsive tools give you the power to create stunning images from your camera’s RAW files, in a time-saving workflow that can be customized to fit your needs. Capture One 8 is available in four versions: Pro, DB, Pro (for Sony) and Express (for Sony).

Capture One Pro 8 adds a number of features and improvements, focusing on improving the workflow of professional photographers. Application performance has been greatly improved. The user interface has been modernised and improved for greater usability. The new image-processing engine adds several new under-the-hood improvements to your images, while giving your even better control of your adjustments.

Image Quality Improvements

  • New Capture One 8 processing engine
  • Improved image quality of HDR (High Dynamic Range) tool
  • Improved image quality of local moiré suppression
  • Improved image quality of luminance noise reduction
  • Improved Black and White noise suppression and conversion quality
  • Natural Clarity method

Tethered Functionality

  • Live View Focus Meter for Phase One IQ and MamiyaLeaf Digital Backs
  • Live View Direct Capture
  • Live View Depth of Field preview
  • Live View Force Orientation
  • Customizable Live View window
  • Hot Folder for Catalogs
  • Tethered support for select Sony cameras

Creative Tools

  • Repair Layers for Cloning and Healing
  • Film Grain
  • Local White Balance
  • Local HDR
  • Local Noise Reduction
  • Local Purple Fringing
  • Target colors and other Curve tool improvements
  • Improved Skin Tone Editor

Digital Asset Management

  • Hierarchical Keywords
  • Synchronization of Catalog folders
  • Differentiated Import between Catalogs and Sessions
  • Export Collection as Catalog
  • Import Catalogs
  • Session and Catalog Templates
  • Refined Metadata editing
  • Metadata editing in the Filters tool
  • Import from Apple Aperture

Performance

  • Faster loading of catalogs
  • Faster thumbnail browsing and smoother scrolling
  • Faster importing
  • Faster processing
  • Faster preview generation for Canon and Nikon files
  • Faster tethered shooting
  • Scalable OpenCL support (utilisation of all available GPUs)
  • Improved and modernized user interface
  • Batch Chromatic Aberration analysis
  • Extended AppleScript (Mac) support for capturing, processing, documentcreation and collection management
  • Layer Selection Points
  • Original Crop aspect ratio
  • Freehand rotation in the Crop tool
  • Click-to-view in Browser
  • Tips Overlay

Camera File Support

  • Phase One IQ150
  • Leaf Credo 50 (Improved colors)
  • Nikon D810
  • Sony A7S
  • Sony RX100 III
  • Sony A77 II
  • Sony A5100
  • Sony NEX-VG20
  • Sony NEX-VG30
  • Sony NEX-VG900
  • Sony QX-1
  • Sony A560
  • Sony A290
  • Sony A37
  • Fujifilm X30 (preliminary)

Camera Tethered Support

  • Phase One IQ150
  • Leaf Credo 50
  • Sony A7, A7R and A7S
  • Sony A99 and A77 II
  • Sony a5000 and a6000

System Requirements

Capture One may run on other and older equipment than what’s listed below but to ensure the best possible results we recommend that your computer conforms to the following specifications:

Microsoft Windows minimum requirements

  • Intel CoreTM 2 Duo or better
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 10 GB of free hard disk space
  • Color calibrated monitor with 1280×800, 24-bit resolution at 96dpi screenruling
  • Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows 8® 64-bit
  • Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5.2 (will be installed if not present)
  • A PDF reader is needed to read the Release Notes
  • An Internet connection is needed when activating Capture One.

Apple Mac minimum requirements

  • Intel CoreTM 2 Duo or better
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 10 GB of free hard disk space
  • Calibrated color monitor with 1280×800, 24-bit resolution at 96dpi
  • Mac OS X 10.9 or later
  • An Internet connection is needed when activating Capture One.

Recommended system requirements

Working with high-resolution images and doing calculation heavy adjustments may put too much pressure on the minimum requirements system to work properly. In such cases and to optimize performance, please follow the recommendations below:

  • Use processors with multiple cores, e.g. Intel Core i7TM or better
  • Have 16 GB of RAM or more
  • Leave plenty of hard disk space free for your images
  • A fast hard disk e.g. a Solid State Disk (SSD)
  • A fast Graphics card from NVIDIA or AMD, e.g. AMD Radeon 7950 (Mac) / AMD R9 290 (Win) or newer, with minimum 2GB RAM. We recommend using the Mac Pro (late 2013) containing the dual AMD D700 GPU

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LEAF introduces a new 50-megapixel CMOS - Leaf Credo 50

by JamesNYCSeptember 8. 2014 10:24

The Leaf Credo 50, from Mamiya Leaf, is the latest medium-format shooter to feature a 50-megapixel CMOS sensor. As such, the new digital back follows in the footsteps of recently-released devices like the Phase One IQ250, Hasselblad H5D-50c and Pentax 645Z, by boasting a versatile wide ISO range, improved Live View, and faster continuous shooting than its predecessors.

The 50-megapixel medium-format (44 x 33 mm) CMOS sensor at the heart of the Credo 50 is manufactured by Sony, and is understood to be the same one used in a number of rival cameras. In this case it's paired with a new image processor, to offer faster read and write speeds, and help produce highly detailed images with classic Leaf colors, which tend to be more film-like than many other digital cameras.

With an ISO range of 100 to 6,400, the new digital back should be capable of delivering the photographic goods in a variety of lighting conditions. Its 14-bit RAW files also have an expanded dynamic range of 14 stops. Though it's certainly no sports shooter, the Credo 50 is capable of firing off 1.2 frames per second, and its exposures can range from 1/10,000th of a second to an hour.

While the Credo 50 digital back will be available in a number of mounts for use with different camera bodies, its makers would probably rather you use it with a Mamiya/Phase One 645 DF+. On its rear is a 3.2-inch touchscreen display with a 1.15-megapixel resolution. This can be used for improved Live View focus and framing, adjusting settings, as well as inspecting and editing shots.

As full-resolution RAW files can come in at around 50 MB, users might want to stock up on CompactFlash cards if shooting un-tethered. However, if studio-based tethered shooting is more your thing, you'll be pleased to know that the Credo 50 features FireWire 800 and USB 3.0 connectivity, and comes with Capture One software for image capture and editing. Unfortunately though, it lacks the built-in Wi-Fi of the Phase One IQ250.

The Mamiya Leaf Credo 50 digital back will be on show at Photokina 2014, and available later this month for US$27,000 or $31,000 as a system with a 645 DF+ body. There will also be a Wide-Spectrum back option for Near IR and UV imaging.

NEW SENSOR-NEW POSSIBILITIES

The new Leaf Credo 50 is the latest member to the very successful Credo line. It follows the course of delivering legendary image quality and by employing a new high-performance CMOS sensor, it brings high iso capabilities along with fast capture rate, high dynamic range and improved Live View performance.

HIGH RESOLUTION AND HIGH SPEED

The Leaf Credo uses high resolution SONY CMOS sensor with 50 Megapixel, measuring 44mm x 33mm. It can capture at 1.2 frames per second and provides an extended iso range of 100-6400 means more freedom in choosing locations, lighting conditions and capture parameters. For many photographers this means they no longer have to carry another camera for certain type of jobs.

UNCOMPROMISING IMAGE QUALITY

The Leaf Credo 50 delivers the stunning, film-like quality that has been Leaf’s trademark for many years. The new CMOS sensor delivers an unsurpassed 14 f-stops of dynamic range provides unmatched detail, richness of color, low noise and beautiful tonality.

HIGH QUALITY LIVE VIEW

The use of the new CMOS sensor allows for improved Live View image quality with faster refresh rate ald low noise at almost every lighting conditions.

LONG EXPOSURES

The New Leaf Credo 50 digital back can capture virtually noise free images with exposures of up to 1 hour long.

WIDE SPECTURM

The Leaf Credo 50 is available also in Wide-Spectrum version, where the standard IR-cut filter has been replaced with an optically corrected glass. This new back delivers amazingly clean detail in a wider wavelength range due to high NIR sensitivity, high iso capability and excellent long exposures performance. Read more about the WS backs.

CAPTURE ONE SOFTWARE

You are now able to leverage the unique features and workflow environment of Capture One workflow software to optimize and enhance your images, create web galleries and print contact sheets directly from the computer. Together, the Leaf Credo 50 and Capture One are essential tools in producing the results you expect The Leaf Credo 50 offers the best price-performance ratio of any high resolution, high iso single-shot capture device, enabling you to take your photography further by capturing the highest quality, single-shot images possible. The sensor provides the ability to record the finest detail, eliminating the need to use cumbersome multi-shot solutions.

TOTAL CONTROL FROM CAPTURE-TO-DELIVERY

The Leaf Credo 50 lets you shoot anywhere. Featuring a high resolution, touch 3.2” screen, enabling you t o view, inspect and edit your images under all kinds of challenging lighting conditions, both in-studio and outside, as well as offering a wide range of on-screen functions.

CAPTURE SPEEDS AS FAST AS 1.2 FRAMES PER SECOND

Providing the fastest image transfer speed through the use of advanced FireWire 800, USB 3.0 and UDMA CompactFlash technologies, the Leaf Credo 50 is built for speed.

 

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