Posts tagged film_tech

Yesterday was a big day on the camera technology front. RED unveiled its newest digital cinema camera — the Scarlet-X —, while Canon presented its first attempt at a similar ‘digital cinema’ camera — the C300. And these may be pretty cool, but it seems to me the definitive pivotal moment in video camera technology already happened a few years ago with affordable video-capable DSLRs, and the new offers from Canon and RED are just expensive small increments (even if there’s no better statement on the DSLR Revolution than the fact that a $16K cine camera can be termed ‘expensive’).

Anyway, the one camera announced yesterday I fell in love with was the Lomokino. I have never been much of a fan of Lomo cameras and the whole ‘forced lo-fi’ concept, and their whole photo lineup still strikes me as some form of hipster bling, but somehow this one seems just like a lovely toy. And even if this is no time for toys — for, even if all the news seem to be about Greece nowadays, Portugal’s economy ain’t no pickle —, I think I can get myself a 60 euro toy for Christmas along with a few film rolls. After all I don’t smoke and I learned to pack sandwiches. I can’t wait to do some animated GIFs with this thing.

Misc. links June 25th - Aug 2nd

Here’s something that every true hacker knows: doers know a lot better.

Narcissism is on the Rise, and I believe not just in America. This is the thing many so-called ‘liberals’ (in the European right-wing sense) don’t get: late (neo-)liberalism goes way past the economic laissez faire of older days. Since the 1970s or 80s libertarian polics have started to embed very nefarious ideas about merit and individualism; it is extremely tempting for the rich and privileged to embrace a philosophy in which caring for others is considered a bad thing. We are staring at the consequences, yet the belief most people have that they too can become part of the elite and Show Everyone Else The Finger is what keeps the status quo.

On the subject of online courses worth taking, here’s Stanford’s Computer Science 101 (using Javascript) and MIT’s Introduction to Computer Science (if you rather prefer the typographical neatness of Python). Harvard College’s CS50, by contrast, has a more classical approach, relying on C at the start (but eventually spanning other languages).

The Web Right Now, according to The Oatmeal.

I haz Stellar — I’ll post some thoughts on it once I’ve got the time to play a little more with it.

Arri camera menu simulators. If you want to know how the user interface of hundred thousand dollar cinema equipment feels like.

Starships can be lonely places.

Football: a fearless penalty kick (still, if I was the coach I would have that guy substituted); what happens when you mix a little volleyball and a lot of kung-fu.

Sets of Mexican soap operas. I admire the ingenuity that goes into designing a set that must last the shooting of 10.000 episodes while being flexibile enough to allow for multiple light and blocking situations. On the other hand, look at that colonnade. Just look at it. It’s the wrongest thing I’ve seen all day. (via Dailymeh)

As you probably know, since the 50s that most films are shot for a 1.85 or even narrower (2.2, 2.35, 2.85, etc) aspect ratio, meaning an image much wider than the 4x3 (1.33) aspect ratio of ordinary television sets. So while films on television should obviously be letterboxed (meaning the addition of black padding outside the film frame), stupid viewers everywhere (I’m sorry, there’s no other way to put it) demanded the ‘stolen’ area of their TV sets back, which gave rise to the practice of doing ‘pan and scan’ reedits of the films, with the frames (and many times the actual editing) readjusted for 4x3 screens.

I absolutely hate watching pan-and-scan films. You keep all of your TV set’s pixels in use and instead it’s the actual film that’s being stolen (as if advertising breaks weren’t annoying enough). This video pretty much explains it all.