Sigma reported AF issues when using their lenses with the Nikon D5300 camera. A new firmware update to address those problems will be released tomorrow. If your Sigma lens is not compatible with the USB dock, you will have to contact your nearest Sigma service center in order to get the update.
If you’ve been following my blog for a few years you may remember back in the summer of 2010 I created a project that I called “Switch to Premiere Pro” or “#X2PPro”. If you check your twitter feed you will see that that hashtag was used in 2010 and 2011. At the time I was very unhappy with what Apple was doing with Final Cut Pro and its progress. I set out on my own to find a replacement for a tool that I had used for a long time.
The “campaign”, if you will, proved to be quite successful. Many of my professional peers were shocked that I was considering leaving Final Cut Pro, a tool that I had used for over a decade. Even Adobe Systems noticed my blog entries and asked me to be a part of a few events designed to promote Premier Pro.
Not wanting to be a “spilled milk” kind of guy I left one part of the story out of my blog. After six months of following the “Adobe Way” I tired of the application and moved on. The biggest stumbling block that I had was the lack of what is commonly called Smart Renders. Smart Renders allow you to begin rendering a timeline and then abort that render midway while keeping what has been rendered thus far. Since Adobe’s biggest selling point was a lack of rendering due to the power of the Mercury Playback Engine, I guess it took a while for the good people at Adobe to decide that this was an important feature. What this resulted in was often times getting to the end of a project but requiring one long massive render in order to deliver. This made it very difficult to calculate how long it would take to send a file to a client.
By buddy Chris Fenwick is launching a new podcast all about FCPX! The episodes aren't on iTunes just yet, but this will be something to listen to!
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Many people “worry” that Apple will abandon their professional applications (Final Cut Pro X, Aperture and Logic Pro X) because they don’t make much money for the company. Ironically, the same argument can be made about Media Composer: it is not core to the company’s primary business . In reality it’s more likely that Avid would abandon (or sell) Media Composer than Apple is to get out of the professional creative tools market.
Philip Hodgetts is very tuned in to Apple and FCPX so I listen when he speaks. Of course, not everyone is right about Apple all the time, but I still agree with Philip that Apple wants and needs the pro markets.
A civilian has combined his love of filmmaking and a family legacy in the military to help veterans heal from post-traumatic stress. Benjamin Patton runs "I Was There" workshops, week-long lessons that culminate in a short film.
The just-announced shortlist for the Deutsche Börse photography prize 2014 is surprising bordering on bemusing. No change there, then. The four artists – photographer is now too quaint a word to describe the nominees
With Johnson Press recently announcing (see Hold the FrontPage) the axing of most (if not all) of their press photographers on their nearly two hundred local titles you have to ask yourself the question, is this the beginning of the end of local press photography in the UK?
Is High Efficiency Video Coding, HEVC or H.265 as it is also known the Y2K Bug of the fimmaking revolution? Could Royalties kill it?
I haven't made the time to investigate this new H.265 discussion, but this post at Cinescopophilia seems to have a good grasp on the excitement as well as the realistic side of the discussion. Royalites not being defined is a real excitement killer at this point for me.
While they aren’t technically new, RED has quietly taken the wraps off of new capacities for their MiniMags, which were originally designed for the Proxy Module to record DNxHD and ProRes. Even though it was announced at NAB, that module has not been released yet, but RED has decided to take the same kind of cards and use them inside a brand new Side SSD to record RAW. In addition, RED has also increased support for a number of Canon lenses in Beta firmware v5.1.29. Read on for more on the Side SSD and Canon lens support.
To coincide with Paris Photo's opening, French newspaper Libération has chosen to remove all images from its 14 November issue in a bid to show the power and importance of photography at a time when the industry is facing unprecedented challenges, say the newspaper's editors
Black-and-white movies are a rarity today, of course, but they nevertheless cling to a persistent and exceptional existence among more flashy fare at the multiplexes. Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," which...
If you work as a freelance or independant contractor you may want to look into the benefits of incorporating as a small business. I have done this for many years with great results. I can only offer a camera perspective but I suspect that it applies to all trades in the film industry. As a freelance cameraman I work sporadically and my pay rate varies from gig to gig. This can put me in a very high tax bracket one month and another bracket the next month. I first noticed this while working on a television show. They were taking out enourmous chunks of my paycheck every week. This is because the IRS thinks that you make that rate every week for the entire year and they put you in that tax bracket even if the gig is only one or two weeks. At the time I was under the spell of big tax returns. A welcome bonus every Spring. After the third of fourth raping of my pay checks, I decided to look into incorporating...
Very good info from Jared - might help some of you out there to get started. Sometimes you can do much of the work yourself, but I'm a fan of hiring someone who knows what they're doing so you don't get yourself in trouble!