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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

8TB Hard Drives Shipping !

Shipping in limited quantities to "enterprise" customers. Quantity a couple months out. This drive doesn't require helium inside as some other 6 or 8TB drives do so this sounds vastly more viable for long term use. So I can yank the three 3TB drives in my tower out, and throw these in for 3X8= 24TB of space ! Except I only use this array for online projects and only keep a few TB on it at any given time. I backup any non working projects to 1 or 2tb volumes depending on project and client. Even as bare drives the MB/sec should be very high, I'd expect 350mb/sec  + just scaling known things up a bit. 3 drives should deliver an insane 1gb/sec.... which is cool since we are all about to start editing a couple streams of 4K 10bit uncompressed.... or more streams of 1080 than you  will ever need.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Rokinon Cine 50 1.5 Is Now Real and Reasonably Priced At $549



Well that took forever but its finally for real ! Available in 5 mounts including EF and M4/3's. Hey depth of field markings ! Guess all my 'itching paid off. Street price is $549, pre orders being taken. Looks like some really nice glass.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Its Summer, Take Time Off !

I suppose I haven't been posting much. Well it is summer, the weather here has been great. I've also been working a lot too which is great. Above is a shot from a trip I did a few days ago on the Wolf River going from New London WI to Fremont WI, 23mi by water. When you get to this sort of distance paddling the details of your gear so matter. A lighter boat, an ultra light paddle made of carbon fiber are the big ones but the little ones matter too like if your seat is comfortable or adjusted right. When you spend hours in it even something small can become intensely irritating at the very least, maybe worse.

Likewise my gear has taken a beating this summer too with all the work going on. I broke the handle on my Rycote S zepplin. It fell over and cracked across the front of the handle and up and down the center the handle. The rubber covers held it together. Well a couple wraps of gaffer tape got my thru a week of straight work. I figured I was gonna buy a replacement part but instead tried something else. I got out my industrial grade plastic cement and gave it a shot. I liberally coated the cracks, held it together and waited a few minutes for it to try. Partial success. The plastic clearly reacted and melted to the glue but I didn't have a good bond at all. Well about 6 coats of glue later the joints finally welded themselves back together and all seems good. I also put a couple small pieces of 1/8" plexi across the main split seam for good measure. Seems ok, tell you in a few weeks if its working or not. No all gear is this easy to fix either....

Meanwhile I'm getting ready for an even longer 25mi trip in a few weeks. Since I stretched my self out on this trip I want some recovery time and gear tweak time. Same thing for my video gear. After 2 weeks of straight work, my cases where pretty disorganized and I spent the better part of the day repacking them so they where they way they are supposed to be. Keeping your cases striaght is important when last minute things come in - you don't have to think about if something is where its supposed to be, it just is. 

I'm also taking delivery of one more of those great Paradime LED lights I have. I'm getting the last 48 emitter big light ! Thats it, no more... well ok there are a couple of the small 12 emitter lights left but the big ones are gone. Glad I was able to get one more because I love these lights. They are working on just about everything I shoot. Oh, and the cheap panel lights I bought rarely work now. I carry them for backup but so far haven't needed them since the new ones went into use. Maybe I'll sell them off....

Anyway, enjoy whats left of summer. If you can't play, at least I hope you find some outside production work while its good.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Help Me Get This Kickstarter Project Going For Doc !

My turn at KickStarter to fund the production of this doc, part 2.

7 years ago I spent a year shooting this project on how drug addiction affects not the addicts, but their family members, friends and children. Now we would like to go back and see how its all played out - has intervention and treatment worked ? or not ! We've tracked down several on the original interview people and their children. We REALLY want to do and shoot the follow up interviews to see how its all turned out for better or worse. Your funding can help make this happen !. So please consider your support for this project because it DOES matter. 

The original project was to help addicts in recovery see how their actions effected others, now we want to see the more long range effects. So please lend your  support to this project and feel free to share it on FaceBook.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Canon Cine 50mm Quick Test

So I got some time with some Canon cine glass. The quick review and summary is rather short. The handling and mechinics are great. Even shooting w/o a follow focus you can easily rack focus. In the small LCD VF the image was quite contrasty and made focusing easy. This is all as you would expect. What did I not like ? besides the price ? Well wide open performance was less than stellar. In many respects I've seen $100-$200 lenses do as well. I saw the typical softness and glow of vintage glass, although not as heavy. It seemed like a EF 50 1.4 in a new housing despite its T1.3 marking. I'd expect for the price better performance wide open. 

Stop it down to T2 and most of the haze goes away and at 2.8 its what you would expect - very contrasty and sharp. It also seemed like this lens was a bit cooler in color reproduction, certainly over the OM 50 1.4 that I actually own. The OM 50 has thorium glass so it tends to go warm with age unless you leave it out in sunlight for a day or two to let the UV clear it. Its much like having a warming filter in place which isn't a bad thing for people shooting. However comparing the Canon to my Rokinon's it still seemed a little bit cooler. 

The really nice part of this lens is the 11 blade apeture making for more mellow and smooth bokeh. The image below came from the OM 50 1.4. It actually made those nice 8 point stars without a filter. I've never seen the lens do that before with things like street lights. I was probably at about 2.8 I think.... but in the dark running around maybe the iris got spun down to 16 or 22 which would make sense for it to make those stars. 


Some lively bokeh from the OM 50 1.4 and why I love this lens so much, especially since I've declicked it. The flare really added to this image and made it much more interesting to me. I don't think the canon cine would of been as interesting an image for this shot. 


Friday, August 01, 2014

EAA 2014 !

Hey its that time of the year ! EAA AirVenture 2014. More great experiences with living history from WW2 WASPs to Vietnam Vets to pioneers in aviation. Its an amazing experience to work at.... the NAB of airplanes if you must ! Ya this is the deal. 

More soon once I survive the 12-14 hour days we are doing. Since my primary job is sound, I'm doing all sorts of crazy stuff. I'm going from simple sit down interviews to feeding 4 cameras wireless as I move between them giving sound to their shots. Having worked together enough, we have understanding and rhythm that doesn't take words, ever so much like playing in a band ! The bands here have been great and the sound system and mix as well. Tight, controlled and awesome for an outdoor stage. 

As always this has been a challenging gig on myself ( MUST get SLEEP ) and gear. I added more wireless this year and busted my Rycote's handle. I added a TC break away cable while doing more wireless to camera than ever. The cable is just to much effort and dangerous at times to deal with when working in fast flowing events. Ok, I need sleep tonite !