How often do we still hear the term, filming, when everyone really means videotaping? While we easily forgive friends or even clients as they repeat this misnomer, there is a certain underlying expectation that is hard to quantify. Projects shot with film simply look better. In most cases, the look that only film offers is synonymous with quality, large-budget productions.
Stop, or I'll Shoot! Have you ever wanted to have a gun in your film? What about a cool action scene with guns blazing, people running, dishes exploding and your lead female jumping into a garbage chute to avoid being blown to bits? Yes? Me too! But while I can't help you with convincing your lead actress to jump down a garbage chute, I can help you with the blazing guns part.
Without a doubt, you see chromakeys used countless times - probably every time you watch the news on TV - and perhaps you aren't even aware of it.
Chromakeying is a process widely used throughout the television industry to merge (composite) one image (often a live one) with previously-shot footage or graphics and make it look perfectly natural.
With the immense popularity of the Star Wars franchise, the light sword seems to have become the most recognizable special effect in cinema history. Immense isn't even a strong enough word - light swords have to be the most popular special effect ever created. Men, women and children ages 5 to 105 will be able to tell you what the light sword is and where it's from.
Reprinted from a Panasonic press release
Initially previewed at NAB for $3,199, Panasonic's professional AG-HMC40 AVCCAM handheld camcorder will begin to ship in August at a significantly lower price, widening its appeal to a much larger customer base, the company announced today. Panasonic also announced that shipments of the new HMC40 camcorder will come initially (from August 2009 through March 2010) bundled with free EDIUS Neo 2 video editing software (Retail Value: $199).
We've gotten used to the old product cycle of seeing everything new announced at CES, but now we're seeing more announcements mid-year. We're not complaining, we just find it interesting. If it means it'll be easier to get review units without having to compete with the rest of our fellow journalists at trade shows, that works for us. We look forward to bringing you more camcorder reviews throughout the year.
Reprinted from a Samsung press release:
MIT researchers have created a fabric composed of light-sensitive fibers that can serve as a rudimentary camera (rudimentary in the sense that it's only black-and-white, is fixed-focus and has no optical zoom).
The primary application cited by this team of researchers was giving soldiers the ability to see behind themselves. And if an area of the fiber was damaged, it's possible it could still deliver images to be processed, though likely with a quality loss.
Gotta wonder how much a shirt like that would cost...
Reprinted from a Sony press release:
Sony today announced its new HDR-CX520V and HDR-CX500V Handycam camcorders, which capture full1920x1080 high-definition video and up to 12-megapixel photos on a 64GB or 32GB internal flash memory, respectively, offering up to 25 hours of HD video (LP mode).