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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Samsung 850 Pro 3D NAND and RAM caching result in the fastest, most durable SSD money can buy

by JamesNYCSeptember 3. 2014 06:16

In the world of SSDs, the Samsung 850 Pro is a major achievement. Up until now, all of the advances in SSD technology have come from either shrinking the size of the memory cells through using smaller process nodes, or through packing more data into each cell. For years, that approach won us ever-falling prices and improved performance, but it came with a built-in timer — at each successively smaller process node, it became more and more difficult for manufacturers to ensure NAND would retain its speed and reliability for years.

The alternative to this approach is to adopt 3D NAND, also called V-NAND (Vertical NAND), and stand the entire die stack on its head. The 850 Pro is the first SSD to deploy this method. Samsung has worked on the technology for years. We’ve discussed 3D NAND multiple times before — the basic idea is that by standing the NAND stack on its head and working downwards, it’s possible to build a NAND structure that holds a great deal more data per square millimeter — or at least, that’s the eventual goal.

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Crowdfunding Project - 13 Questions Around Jazz

by JamesNYCSeptember 1. 2014 06:26

13 Questions Around Jazz

A series of intimate and exclusive portraits of Jazz artists in New York City and vicinities

Hi! It's the one talking in the video! I'm responsible for this whole endeavour.

I'm very excited to be here, to present this project to you: A series of private images, and a special glimpse into the jazz world.

My subjects were gracious enough to invite me into their world. Now let me invite you in – to their homes, where they work, places which are part of what constitute the actual fabric of Jazz and keep it alive. Along with my images there are interviews with all the subjects: each is asked the same 13 questions about music and life in general. The book comes with a musical CD of compositions by some of the artists photographed. It's a great book, and it looks great! These are moment between moments, in the flow of the music that never stops, in the city that never sleeps. These special images and words I believe deserve an appropriate format: when closed it's the size of a vinyl record cover (about 12.5x11 inches / cm 32.5x27.5), with a hard cover and a dust jacket. When published, this book will be distributed in book stores, music clubs/restaurants and other public venues and will not only become a great vehicle of promotion, but will in turn allow me to give back to all the artists and subjects of my project for participating to it: I believe this book and CD will help to stimulate curiosity and attract interest toward Jazz AND toward its exponents, which is the real bottom line.

We must raise $22,000 to print a minimum of 500 copies (they don't do less), plus somewhere between $500 and 1,000 to print the music CDs and sleeve them, and a small amount to cover shipping costs, plus hopefully some extras: to pay a couple of friends who helped me and didn't ask any money upfront. Therefore I'm setting the goal to $25,000.

 Check out the crowd funding page and make a donation.

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Color as a Storytelling Device

by JamesNYCJuly 29. 2014 09:56

On his blog, Robert Mills examines the use of color in films as a storytelling device, using examples from Oz the Great and Powerful, Memento, Beauty and the Beast, and more.

He writes, "Color can have political, religious and cultural connotations, represent gender and as believed by Kandisnky, have emotional and physical effects on us. Color can also improve our memory, influence buying decisions, indicate meaning and tell stories. It’s that very last one that interests me most. In this post I want to focus on the use of color as a storytelling device in films."

Color can have political, religious and cultural connotations, represent gender and as believed by Kandisnky, have emotional and physical effects on us. Color can also improve our memory, influence buying decisions, indicate meaning and tell stories. It’s that very last one that interests me most.

In this post I want to focus on the use of color as a storytelling device in films.

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Dior Addict – Director’s Cut

by JamesNYCJune 11. 2014 15:58

Dior recruited director Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers) for its latest perfume spot, featuring Russian model Sasha Luss in a through-the-looking-glass scenario set to a Die Antwoord soundtrack.

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Dior Addict Fragrance - Making-of

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Job Opening - Industrial Color Photo Production Coordinator, NY

by JamesNYCJune 2. 2014 12:12

Photo Production Coordinator, NY

PHOTO PRODUCTION COORDINATOR, NY
www.IndustrialColor.com

Industrial Color, the leader in digital still and video capture and post-production services, seeks a full-time Photo Production Coordinator to join our New York team.

General Responsibilities:

Handle all aspects of shoot production, including:

  • Meet and consult with clients regarding pre-production, production, crew, cameras, equipment, lighting, post, processing and deliverables.
  • Work with internal team to coordinate shoots, digital techs, equipment coordinators and Technical Managers.
  • Manage techs shoot schedules and manage travel.
  • Negotiate and prepare estimates, acquire all production forms including carnets, certificates of insurance, account applications, credit card approval forms and applications
  • Oversee shoots to completion through billing.
  • Participate and contribute to sales efforts, including outreach, demos, presentations, treatments, on set visits, account relationship building and company marketing activities.
  • Coordinate combined production with other Industrial Color Brands divisions including Industrial Color Software, Impact Digital and Fast Ashley’s Studios.
  • Basic Office Management duties for team under 15 employees

Technical Qualifications:

  • Extensive experience in commercial photo production.
  • Solid knowledge of industry standard production hardware and software applications
  • Proficient in office applications including Excel, Word and FileMaker
  • Working knowledge of core production equipment, cameras and digital backs

Skills and Experience:

  • 2+ years of high-end photo shoot production
  • Bachelor’s degree in Photography, Film or related field of study preferred
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills, especially under pressure
  • Quick and accurate problem solver
  • Budgeting and negotiation experience
  • Excellent account relationship skills
  • Ability to manage crew and see projects through to completion
  • Proven ability to multi task, prioritize and handle demanding deadlines and multi-shoot days.
  • Multi-lingual a plus
  • Ability to manage and organize an ever changing shoot calendar

Competitive benefits, salary and compensation dependent upon experience

Go to the Industrial Color site.

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Sigma introduces the dp2 Quattro

by JamesNYCFebruary 13. 2014 02:52

On first impression the Sigma dp2 Quattro is not a typical compact camera. It has a slender body, with a prominant fixed lens and an unusual diagonal grip. It's design is not the only thing that makes this camera unique. it also features the latest incarnation of Sigma's Foveon X3 direct image sensor, which uses vertical color separation technology.

The dp2 Quattro is the first in Sigma's new line of fixed focal length cameras which prioritize image quality. A trio of dp Quattro compacts will feature either a wide-angle, standard, or medium telephoto lens. The dp2 will be the first to be released and is the standard focal length offering, with its 30-mm lens giving a 35-mm-format equivalent of 45-mm.

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DxO Optics Pro 9 introduces revolutionary PRIME denoising technology and pushes the limits of high ISO photography even further

by JamesNYCOctober 23. 2013 02:16

DxO Optics Pro 9 introduces revolutionary PRIME denoising technology and pushes the limits of high ISO photography even further

With its award-winning and unrivaled image processing quality, DxO Optics Pro definitively emerges as the software of reference for the most demanding photographers

Special introductory offer through November 20, 2013

October 23, 2013 - DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro 9, the major new version of its image-processing software. DxO Optics Pro 9 introduces PRIME, a revolutionary noise reduction technology whose spectacular performance produces detailed and vividly-colored images even under the most extreme shooting conditions.

Based on DxO Labs' exclusive approach of prior calibration of equipment in its laboratories, DxO Optics Pro integrates many powerful tools for automatically processing RAW and JPEG images: precise optical and geometric corrections, intelligent optimization of exposure and contrast, preservation of colors and details. Its numerous presets can be adapted to photographers' personal tastes and will help them bring out the best in their photos in just a few clicks.

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