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  1. Peederj    Meow!!!   Hi Brett, welcome to the site.   I found this site related to the rx100 http://www.seriouscompacts.com/f105/   My advice would be to play around with the camera as much as possible. Practice and make mistakes and learn from them.   Regards,   Matt
  2. I get it now! Is it like the old mirror is like the old Bolex? And what she is doing to the mirror is like what they have done to the Bolex!?
  3. I don't get it ... why is she destroying a perfectly good mirror?! Is it to make art? :)
  4. Hi Craig,   Yes I have had problems with the aperture ring on an SLR magic lens. I received one brand new from Hong Kong. I was really pleased but as soon as I tried it out I realised it was defective. I closed the iris down and it sprung back open a bit. I think I only closed it down twice saw it move back open then looked into the lens and could see all the coating shredding off the aperture blades.   I sent it back and got a replacement.   Craig you should take the lens off the camera and look inside the lens in a well lit room to see if you can see the aperture blades move when you rotate the iris ring. If the iris blades don't move, the aperture doesn't get bigger or smaller, when you turn the aperture ring something is very wrong and you should send it back.
  5. Great idea!   I talked about doing something like this in the 'Blackmagic Cinema Camera gets a rival - Dan Chung shows us the KINERAW MINI' post   Wishing you all the best.   I'll be donating for sure :)   Regards,   Matt
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    Bloom Vs Andy

    Haha, I think we just had packs of sandwiches bought by runners. We were only there for two days. It was a beer commercial if I remember correctly.
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    Bloom Vs Andy

    I remember walking round some of the set for the Fifth Element at Pinewood when I was there working on a shoot for a commercial. Quite a while ago now. Personally I like the work of both Andrew and Philip. Spend more time here than at Bloom's site. It's amazing how his whole celebrity status blew up. They say there is no such thing as bad publicity. Hopefully this little spat will drive more people to this site and people will discover the quality articles. And the warm friendly group of contributors here!
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    technical trouble

    @gravitatemediagroup Wouldn't you only use a variable ND outdoors? @craigbuckley Did you know the band? Did you have access to the stage before they played? Would it have been possible to remove the white pieces of paper from the wall? Or could you have moved your camera to avoid shooting the white pieces of paper? I think you learnt quite a bit from this about the dynamic range of the camera.
  9. Be good to get Andrew's view on this. Also a camera hackers opinion would be interesting.   This may all just be theoretical but could you buy a sensor from a company that also provided basic software to use the sensor?   Could you have a bespoked sensor housing fabricated with some sort of generic  connection enabling connection to a motherboard? It might cost a bit.   Could you then connect to a desktop PC?
  10. It's not too negative. It raises good questions.   For one camera wouldn't you just need a relatively straight forward gui? Software is not my field.   Maybe someone with more experience could answer?   I like the idea of an open source CameraOS allowing work with different sensors and accessories. That really is talking about users building their own cameras. Like so much with advances in computing it would become simplified over use and time. All become plug and play. Imagine carrying around not just lenses but different sensors for specific jobs.   How modular could a camera become?.
  11. I remember this project. There is a post on this forum somewhere about it. I remember reading on their website about using Kickstarter or Indiegogo   I'm suggesting more the idea of just building one camera. Keeping it simple. Not trying to start a business or mass produce. Just to see if it is possible with off the shelf parts and to discover the costs incurred. It would be a great little project I think many people would find interesting. It would be about showing what we the users could build ourselves in the year 2013 I don't know but maybe you would only need a few thousand pounds.   If you could build one camera that pretty much did what everybody wants regarding resolution etc.I think it would be very positive. Perhaps contributers regardless of donation size could vote on the components used. What type of lens mount to use etc. Arguments for and against components could be put on a forum and then a vote taken.   Personally I prefer modular over sexy but thats what voting would be all about. Maybe someone with design experience could chip in and design a sexy but simple, functional, applesque, aluminium housing.   It would be like building or modifying your own pc. Maybe it would be the future of indie filmmaking. Could it really be that simplified?   Picture this.... A young filmmaker setting up a camera at a shoot. A passerby asks "Is that a Red?" Filmmaker "Nah I built it myself, does everything I need" Passerby "Cool" (I say all this in jest but who knows the future!)   Maybe it could be passed around the wider community so it could be optimised on things like software configuration if needed. . Maybe the most important thing would be a completion deadline.   It's just an idea.
  12. I think with massive amounts it wouldn't work. It is just an idea. We don't know how much footage is intended to be shot. Can you imagine having an external drive with 10 months footage stolen or lost. I did think maybe buy 5 or 6 external drives and sending one back every so often. I like the idea of someone backing it up for you so you know the footage is safe and not on a drive that got damaged in the post.
  13. Hi Blanche, I think if you are going to be shooting for that long you will come back as a professional and teach us all some tricks. May I make a couple of suggestions. 1) You should learn a little about 'in camera editing' techniques. Basically this is shooting with a rough edit in mind. So shooting 'establishing shots', 'cutaways', holding shots for 10 seconds. You will probably learn all this yourself on your trip but a little bit of prior knowledge would help a lot. It would help you by reducing the amount of footage you shoot and help you decide what would be useful to film. 2) Look into 'cloud' based storage. This is where you upload your footage, your data, to remote servers. I don't really know too much about this but I certainly agree with others that carrying all your footage on external hard drives has 'disaster waiting to happen' written all over it. Maybe look into some sites like 'dropbox' and 'clesh'
  14. I wonder if you really could make a camera with ALL the parts being off the shelf?   People have talked about it a lot.   I wonder how much it would actually cost?   Shall we ask Andrew to start a kickstarter project to raise enough money to make ONE camera.   All the financial contributers could vote on which parts to use.   Because of all the followers and publicity maybe certain companies would give free parts.   It would be a very interesting project to follow / be involved in.
  15. I would advise to use a directional mic like a shotgun mic on the camera. You would use this so not to pic up the sound of you operating the camera.   You could use an omni-directional mic to record more general sound off the camera.   You could use radio mics for interviews where you would attach a small mic to a shirt or lapel.   You could also use the shotgun mic for interviews if needed. By using a cable to take it off the camera and place it near a person whose audio you wanted. If you used the shotgun mic for an interview on one channel you could use the cameras built in mic on the other channel for the general audio.   You would be better off recording general audio using the mic on the camera or use a shotgun mic like a Rode mic AND another microphone to record other audio you want. Better to have different types of audio you can then 'mix' together. It gives you more control over what you want to do with the audio.   Say you were interviewing someone you would mix the audio you record of them talking with the general audio of the surroundings this makes more of a 'natural feeling' audio balance. If you only used the audio from a very close mic like a small radio mic on their shirt it would sound like you were standing too close to them. It would make you feel uncomfortable. And the reverse, if you interviewed someone standing along way from a mic it would sound awful. They would be too quiet and other more general sounds would be too loud and distracting.   On more professional cameras you have 4 channels to record audio onto. You would record different audio sources and then they would be 'mixed' together in the edit.   Could go on longer! Hope that helps a bit.
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