Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
But when the consumer sees the player at $199, that will make a much larger difference in purchasing the unit as opposed to depending on the average Wal-Mart customer to do the math on the Toshiba deal.
Product announcement HERE
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
First off, check out this Film maker's Toolkit using WEB 2.0 HERE. This is a really nice site that has some great ideas (i.e. location scouting with Microsoft Live Local sat pics and Google Earth). I actually used NASA's World Wind to scout locations for The Aquarium. Lots of other cool tricks here as well.
In other news, NASA is sending Luke Skywalker's original Lightsaber prop into space on the shuttle to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars. I love this kind of stuff. I love how NASA embraces science fiction and the pop culture surrounding it and acknowledging the influence of these phenomenon on the space program. Check it out HERE.
Friday, August 24, 2007
I am not sure that I buy all of that. I am sticking with the payola theory. It just makes more sense. Either that or there is some bad blood with Sony somewhere here...
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
This is pretty huge. More thoughts later...
UPDATE: One might conclude that this is Adobe making nice with Apple. But why? This really makes no sense to me. I suspect that Apple will put flash on the iPhone, but that is SUCH a small thing that one has to wonder what Adobe has up its sleeve here...
Monday, August 20, 2007
Check it HERE
UPDATE: OK, now I have a minute to post. My take on this is: I hate it. I own an HD-DVD player. I love the format. What I hate is this STUPID format war. It looked as though Blu-Ray was winning the war recently and I was fine with that. I just want a single format to become domanant. So that we can move on. This just throws another wrench into the works.
So why would Paramont / Dreamworks do this? Well, they are both businesses that exist to make a profit. So based on that we can make the following assumptions:
- The Toshiba players are significantly cheaper than Blu-Ray so maybe there is greater market penetration for the HD-DVD format (this was not what I had heard but the low cost of the players is not to be ignored).
- The phantom $150M incentive to the studios is true
I am not really sure what to make of it at this point. It flies in the face of everything that we have been hearing about Blu-Ray becoming the dominant player. They need to just kill off one or the other and move on. The stories of the PS3 being the main reason that Blu-Ray was the bigger player made sense to me.
UPDATE 8-22: Well it looks as though my last bullet item there is true. The New York times reports that Paramount / Dreamworks Animation did indeed receive $150M as an incentive to provide exclusive support for HD-DVD. Check out the article HERE (you have to sign up but it's free).
- User experience is improved through a re-envisioned Mac interface and a Windows interface that’s been rebuilt from the ground up.
- Picture quality is improved through better image scaling, better deinterlacing, new filters for denoising, deblocking, inverse telecine, and new presets devoted to high quality settings.
- Speed improvements due to updated copies of x264 and ffmpeg. This includes improved multi-threaded encoding for the iPod.
- Compatibility is improved through new presets for devices like the iPhone and PSP. As well, HandBrake now supports DTS as an audio source and has limited support for .VOB and .TS file containers as input. Most excitingly, HandBrake can now output to the Matroska (MKV) file container.
- Stability has been improved due to countless bug fixes. (Including audio drop and mp2 issues). Handbrake also has optional support for MP4 files larger than 4 gigabytes.
Friday, August 17, 2007
It's a great podcast and you can subscribe to it on iTunes or check out their site HERE.
In the last episode, the top 6 lists were on great films that have gaping plot holes in them A couple of gems from this list were:
The Big Sleep - The chauffeur is killed but we never find out who did it. In fact, Howard Hawks called Raymond Chandler (the author of the story) up and asked him and he allegedly said "How the hell should I know?".
Citizen Kane - The film's premise is driven by a reporter who tries to discover what the meaning of Kane's last words were: "Rosebud". However, in the film when Kane dies and utters the famous "Rosebud" there is no one in the room to hear him say it. The nurse in the scene shows up after he has said it and has dropped the snow globe.
Casablanca - The plot device that drives the story here are the letters of transit. Once we get to the airport at the end, no one even uses the letters. They just get on the plane. Some other issues with the letters are pointed out in the podcast but you can check that out for yourself.
Also, if you are interested in doing a spec-script for the Sci-Fi channel, here are some guidelines for doing so. These are also applicable if you just want to write a formulaic Sc-Fi script. Check it out HERE.
Have a great weekend everyone and by all means, STAY COOL!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Check it out HERE
Well, here is a nice guideline:
Now, with online video proliferating with sites like YouTube, the rules are being revisited. You can check them out HERE.
As to the answer regarding royalty free and public domain, you can think of it like this:
Royalty Free: Generally speaking, it means that you may use the content in your own projects however you see fit and never have to pay any royalty to the copyright holders. However... Royalty free agreements can differ between providers. Some may stipulate that you may use it only for not-for-profit. Others will say it's for use in your own projects in any way that you see fit but you cannot re-sell the material on it's own and so on. Be sure to carefully read the Royalty Free licensing agreement for any content that you plan on implementing.
Public Domain: In a nutshell: Public domain comprises the body of knowledge and innovation (especially creative works such as writing, art, music, and inventions) in relation to which no person or other legal entity can establish or maintain proprietary interests within a particular legal jurisdiction. This body of information and creativity is considered to be part of a common cultural and intellectual heritage, which, in general, anyone may use or exploit, whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes. Only about 15 percent of all books are in the public domain, and 10 percent of all books that are still in print.
If an item ("work") is not in the public domain, it may be the result of a proprietary interest such as a copyright, patent, or other sui generis right. The extent to which members of the public may use or exploit the work is limited to the extent of the proprietary interests in the relevant legal jurisdiction. However, when the copyright, patent or other proprietary restrictions expire, the work enters the public domain and may be used by anyone for any purpose.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
All of the announced products are available today.
You can read full coverage HERE
First off is a new archive of Siskel and Ebert movie reviews: HERE
Second is a nice article on some asian filmmakers HERE
Third is and interview with the author of The Frodo Franchise over at Henry Jenkin's blog.
And finally, Core Melt's free Motion / FCP plugin for generating audio meters that react to sound. I know this one has been covered elsewhere but it's just too cool I would hate to have anyone miss it. Check it out HERE
I'll be blogging the last Hot Rod TV show that we did in the next few days as well as posting my process that Nancy and I are using to develop our reel so stay tuned!
Friday, August 03, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
I just did a quick walk around the backyard here with a camera. Just holding the camera by it's handle so I knew it would be pretty shaky. You can see how much it zoomed the image in that clip. But overall, I am very impressed with the effect. With a little planning, you could easily make a walking handheld shot look like it was on a dolly.
The clip was about 2 minutes in length and took about 30 minutes for FCP to analyze the clip. Add another 10 minutes for rendering in the timeline (optional). This is on a MacPro quad 2.66ghz machine with 5GB RAM and the scratch drive is 10K RPM RAID 0 setup.
UPDATE: I should point out here that if you are going to try to simulate a dolly using SmoothCam, you should really try to hold the camera as steady as possible. Smoothcam, as with all of these types of technologies will require that the footage be zoomed in slightly after the effect has been applied.
Obviously, you are going to take a hit on the quality of the image. The more zoomed in the shot is, the more of a hit that you will take. So, the steadier the original shot is, the less that it will have to be zoomed in and will mitigate the quality issues that you will have to deal with.