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Posted on 13. Oct, 2011 by admin.
The film, which I was DP on, was actually shot primarily on a Panasonic HPX371, but for this sequence I tried out the 550D just to see how it looked in this particular setting. These are the only stills I have from the 550D and are ungraded apart from the last one. Problems such as moire have not been corrected yet. Done using only the kit (18-55) and zoom (75-300).
“Based on the short story by Frank O’Connor, the story First Confession was chosen because of its reputation as one of Ireland’s most famous short stories and the fact that it has wonderful parts for young actors. All the lead child actors were chosen from Young Irish Film Makers (http://yifm NULL.com) acting programme.
The film stars newcomer Ferdia Roche as Jackie, a young boy, who is due to make his first confession before receiving his first Holy Communion. Jackie fears confessing his terrible sins because they include trying to kill his spiteful sister with a breadknife, and planning to kill his grandmother who walks barefoot around the house and drinks porter. The film follows poor Jackie as he struggles to keep from murdering his enemies, avoid the fires of Hell and cope with the mysteries of a dark confession box!
Other children starring are Andie Snyder as Jackie’s evil big sister Nora and Odhrán O’Shea as Jackie’s best friend Bill. The adult cast will include a number of regular Kilkenny actors in featured roles, as well as professional actors such as Pauline McLynn (Shameless, Father Ted) and Karl Spain, the hilarious Irish comedian, who will play the part of the priest.”
Check out yifm.com for more info.
Posted on 07. Dec, 2010 by admin.
Genius Tramm Hudson, who gave us the original Magic Lantern Firmware (http://magiclantern NULL.wikia NULL.com/wiki/Download_firmware), has released a new version that allows 5D Mark II owners to increase the video bitrate of their DSLR to 76MBps (the default is 38)! It should really make a huge difference on those bloody annoying compression artifacts. Obviously fast cards are needed and the video buffer clearly cannot cope with the high ones but it’s going to be fun to see how far the camera can be pushed…
“High bit rates don’t like a lot of movement in the frame either so a fair bit of work still to be done but it’s a great start”, says Philip Bloom.
This is very much in beta and I haven’t had a chance to try it out myself yet. Here are the details from Tramm:
“If the CF card is not able to keep up, the camera will display a buffer-level bar on the right side of the LCD and stop recording when it hits full. The parameter does not have any effect unless fixed bit rate encoding is selected via mvrFixQScale(int16_t *) (2.0.8 0xff9905d4). The default q-scale is -8 in VBR mode and has a nominal 42 Mbps with the 2.0.8 firmware. The 24p tests were done with the camera on a tripod writing to a Lexar 400x UDMA 16 GB card with all Magic Lantern tasks disabled (no zebras, cropmarks, etc). qscales less than -12 occasionally stopped recording.”
- 24p seems to have less issues than 30p
- Locked-off shots seem less likely to trigger buffer overflows; amount of motion?
- Auto-exposure changes seems to lead to immediate overflows: shoot manual exposure mode
- -14 seems to be the best that can be sustained with the card with all other ML tasks running.
From what I’ve read, the bit rate isn’t really the issue with Canons, but the line skipping which causes the moire and aliasing. Increasing the bit rate is not going to fix this.
Seeing as I don’t currently own a 5D Mark II, it’s obviously something I won’t be able to try out for a while, so if anyone else has tested this or will test it, please give us your opinion on it down below by commenting!
(The firmware can be downloaded from the dev-log (http://groups NULL.google NULL.com/group/ml-devel/browse_thread/thread/0cab1d6c8dd22ee4/50cd5784e6b5b940?pli=1))
I’ll leave you with another quote from Philip Blooms take on this firmware update.
I guarantee you just by going over 50mb/s will not make it acceptable for full BBC HD acquisition!
Posted on 09. Oct, 2010 by admin.
I am also selling my Exakta 75-300mm lens, so if your interested in buying it, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (macdonaldnat null@null hotmail NULL.com) or comment below.