Editing raw video on a $900 Hackintosh (with $5000 Mac Pro levels of performance)

DaVinci Resolve

With the raw format becoming affordable for the first time this year (Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Red One, Ikonoskop) many aspiring filmmakers are considering taking advantage. But to edit raw you need to up the ante on the hardware side.

What is the most suitable (and affordable) editing rig for raw – Windows, Mac Pro or Hackintosh?

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A look at the new GoPro Hero 3 iPhone app – iPhone as wireless monitor and remote control

Go Pro iPhone app

I recently picked up the Hero 3 Black Edition. It’s a great overall point-of-view camera not just a favourite of sports shooters. The size of a matchbox and it does 2.7K and 4K video all at a pretty high bitrate of around 45Mbit.

Since a couple of days ago (Dec 14th) it has a new firmware update and iPhone app which gives you smooth wireless 24fps monitoring on the iPhone so I thought I’d give it a try.

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The Hobbit HFR Review – my verdict on 48 frames per second

Peter Jackson - The Hobbit - Camera department

Above: Peter Jackson in the camera department of “The Hobbit”

Peter Jackson chose to take a controversial step away from the cinema look and shoot The Hobbit at 48p HFR. I’ve now seen it in glorious 48 frames per second and that isn’t the biggest problem. Jackson is shooting The Hobbit like an epic but the material this time is not of epic proportions, and the action sequences are typical popcorn schlock. The Lord Of The Rings was an allegory tale with the horrors of Word War II echoing throughout, an epic work of art. Perfect material for an epic film (and LOTR was a huge leap in CGI technology at the time the film was shot). The Hobbit is simply 6 chapters of a thin children’s book stretched to 3 hours.

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Blackmagic Cinema Camera goes anamorphic with the Isco CentaVision 2x

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If I were stuck on a desert island with only one lens, I’d choose the $20 Helios 44M-2 and anamorphic adapter. OK that is technically two lenses but I’d fire all my other lenses at a brick wall at 200mph if it meant keeping hold of the Isco CentaVision 2x anamorphic.

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Watch the GH3 skateboarding documentary I helped shoot for Panasonic (plus a useful GH3 vs 5D Mark III video)

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Last month I was invited by Panasonic to shoot a documentary for a skatepark in Hamburg, as an opportunity to test out the GH3 and offer some feedback on the camera.

Here, thanks to Simon Sticker of Flow Media, a filmmaker given the unenviable task of editing together the footage, is the finished piece!

How does the GH3 compare to it’s main rival in the Canon camp for video, the 5D Mark III? Have a look at the next video for some clues.

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4K, 48p HFR and the challenge for set designers and makeup artists

The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey into 48p

“Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.” – Jean Luc Godard

“Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.” – Jean Luc Godard

Cinema used to be an illusion, but now the camera is putting extra pressure on filmmakers to keep up the illusion. Drawing on a conversation I had a few months ago with a VFX supervisor, EOSHD presents the challenges and problems that 4K and 48p (HFR) bring to the film set.

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48p The Hobbit – British and American critics verdict

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Above: Cate Blanchett receives some all-too-real makeup on the set of The Hobbit

Peter Jackson shot The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at 48 frames per second (HFR) in 3D. So what is the verdict on HFR technology… More immersive? Helps the story? More beautiful?

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