A Nite In Cincinatti Vintage OM Lens Tests

This is a cool little night time test shoot that I did. I was trying out some of my lenses, and ISO settings. I put some cool vintage glass to the job including a Olympus OM 50 1.4, OM 35-70 F4, 1 shot with a Vivtar series 1 28 1.9, a new Tamron 17-50 2.8 and 70-200 2.8. It was fun, gave me sore feet, and I think I learned quite a bit.
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The OM 35-70 F4 would seem to be a dark lens in comparison to the others, and it is, but I still got some quite usable shots. Its a nice compact lens with a solid feel to it. I’ll also say the area was pretty bright, so it wasn’t a problem to use this lens. On a 7D @ 1250 ISO, it would still be very usable for all except the very darkest places.
This alternate version shows which lenses I used on each shot. You might be a bit surprised at a few.
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If you want to know, I did do some color correction on some shots. It seems the street lights have something of a green cast, and I did do a minus green correction on them. I also think I did adjust one or two shots for exposure too, but it was gentle. I did the editing and color correction in Premiere Pro CS5 Mac using mainly RGB Curves. Having a QuadroFX 4800 let me work on this in realtime, at full resolution which was a real pleasure. It also really let me get done with this a lot quicker.


I’ve got another video in the works, just as soon as I can edit the thing. Meanwhile I’ve been watching as canon announced the new 60D a few days ago.

Musgo Shot on GH2

We’ve all heard about how dslr’s should let  people make movie’s free of big financial concerns. All you need is a good script, good actors, camera, sound, pizza and locations. Here is perhaps an actual example of it happening. These are pretty few and far between. Here is a micro budget production at its bare essentials. Looks pretty cool to not be tied to too much gear as many of the jobs I’m on are.
What caught my eye was that this was shot on a GH2 that I had been thinking about getting, but in the end opted for another 60D.
And the actual trailer. I’m not a huge horror film fan, but it looks pretty good.

Getting Your AMD / ATI GPU To Work In Premiere Pro CS6

On thing that may of been missed by a lot of folks in the release of Premiere Pro CS6 – support for real time full res full frame effects by using OpenCL in Mercury Playback Engine. Almost everything thats done with CUDA on nVidia cards is also now being done as well in OpenCL on ATI / AMD GPU’s. Read more on adobe site for the details
A Little Hacking To Get Your GPU To Work
The list of supported GPU’s is short – just 2. However its pretty easy to get your own GPU to work provided it meets the major requirement ( at least for CUDA ) of at least 768mb of VRAM. The GPU in my 2010 iMac is a 5750 with 1G of VRAM. A slightly older GPU, but enough VRAM to give it a go. Here is how I did it.
1. Location the actual Premiere Pro application
2. right click on the Prem Pro icon and in the contextual menu select “Open Package Contents”
3. Open up the Contents folder
4. Right click on the file named opencl_supported_cards.txt and do Get Info on the file
5. At the bottom of the Get Info window click the lock icon, enter your admin password when asked
6. If Sharing and Permissions isn’t spun down, do so
7. Change to Read & Write
8. Close the Get Info window
9. Now open the opencl_supported_cards.txt file into TextEdit. You’ll see 2 cards list there.
10. Go to the OS X’s top left apple button menu and select About This Mac
11. In About This Mac hit the More Info Button.
12. On the first screen ( Overview ) you’ll see your GPU model. Drag the mouse cursor over the text so it selects, then hit Command C ( copy )
13. Back to text edit, go to the end of the last line. Hit enter, then paste the name of the GPU in.
14. Hit Save and then close the file
15. Start Up Prem Pro and enjoy hardware MPE on your ATI / AMD GPU

Fixing LION AFP File Sharing When it Won’t Connect

On 2 machines I installed LION on, AFP file sharing quit working. I’d get the error there were too many connections to the machine, when in fact there were none. Even AFP saw their where no users. Google a few weeks ago turned up nothing. Today, paydirt !
Here is the solution :
In Lion Search for “AppleFilerServer.plist” – note that you can now once again search for system files in Lion, at least on my once machine.
In /Library/Preferences/com.apple.AppleFileServer.plist there were two keys, maxConnections and maxGuests, that were set to 0. Looked like this:
I changed the values to 10, and it seems to be working now.
Some how installing Lion is resetting these values, or installing a new file with them set to zero. The 10.7.1 update does not fix the problem, you have to fix it yourself.