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  1. Experimental filmmaker legend Maya Deren had an excellent take on this, in 1959! Her text "Amateur versus Professional" is worth quoting in its entirety: The major obstacle for amateur film-makers is their own sense of inferiority vis-a-vis professional productions. The very classification “amateur” has an apologetic ring. But that very word – from the Latin “amateur” – “lover” means one who does something for the love of the thing rather than for economic reasons or necessity. And this is the meaning from which the amateur film-maker should take his clue. Instead of envying the script and dialogue writers, the trained actors, the elaborate staffs and sets, the enormous production budgets of the professional film, the amateur should make use of the one great advantage which all professionals envy him, namely, freedom – both artistic and physical. Artistic freedom means that the amateur film-maker is never forced to sacrifice visual drama and beauty to a stream of words, words, words, words, to the relentless activity and explanations of a plot, or to the display of a star or a sponsor’s product; nor is the amateur production expected to return profit on a huge investment by holding the attention of a massive and motley audience for 90 minutes.Like the amateur still-photographer, the amateur film-maker can devote himself to capturing the poetry and beauty of places and events and, since he is using a motion picture camera, he can explore the vast world of the beauty of movement. (One of the films winning Honorable Mention in the 1958 Creative Film Awards was ROUND AND SQUARE, a poetic, rhythmic treatment of the dancing lights of cars as they streamed down highways, under bridges, etc.) Instead of trying to invent a plot that moves, use the movement of wind, or water, children, people, elevators, balls, etc. as a poem might celebrate these. And use your freedom to experiment with visual ideas; your mistakes will not get you fired. Physical freedom includes time freedom – a freedom from budget imposed deadlines. But above all, the amateur film-maker, with his small, light-weight equipment, has an inconspicuousness (for candid shooting) and a physical mobility which is well the envy of most professionals, burdened as they are by their many-ton monsters, cables and crews. Don’t forget that no tripod has yet been built which is as miraculously versatile in movement as the complex system of supports, joints, muscles, and nerves which is the human body, which, with a bit of practice, makes possible the enormous variety of camera angles and visual action. You have all this, and a brain too, in one neat, compact, mobile package. Cameras do not make films; film-makers make films. Improve your films not by adding more equipment and personnel but by using what you have to its fullest capacity. The most important part of your equipment is yourself: your mobile body, your imaginative mind, and your freedom to use both. Make sure you do use them. https://hambrecine.com/2013/12/10/amateur-versus-professional/ (also includes a PDF of this text.) - She shot all her films on a 16mm Bolex H16 btw.
  2. See here: https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sigma-17-70mm-f2-8-4-os-hsm/2
  3. Yeah, maybe change the name of the forum to "GAP", Gear Addicts Pseudonymous...
  4. It's quite funny how a thread on the perils of G.A.S. has turned into another G.A.S. thread...
  5. I'd say: forget about green screen. Not only is proper lighting - and postproduction - for grey screen complex/difficult, but the Sony isn't really the right camera for that task because of its 8bit 4:2:0 codec. (Greenscreen work is one of the reasons for using raw cameras...) For a good and inexpensive mic, I'd first go for a lavalier, especially if you speak to students. The Audio Technica ATR3350 is a really good low-cost solution. - And I wouldn't use an on-camera mic 10 feet away...
  6. Not sure whether this forum here is the right place for this video...
  7. The MagicLantern project is pretty much dead - the last nightly builds are from July 2018: https://builds.magiclantern.fm/ There are only some (or just one?) individual developers who keep hacking individual camera ports and offering their own builds off-site.
  8. I'm less optimistic and think that Newsshooter's estimation of $5,800 for U.S. is realistic. (Take into account that prices in other countries are higher because, unlike in the US, they always include tax.) Camera sales have been dramatically shrinking in the last couple of years and so that R&D costs and lower production runs can only be recouped via higher margins.
  9. Well, Newsshooter editor Matthew Allard nuances the news item (the price of the camera having turned up in an Australian camera store web shop) by factoring in price difference between Australia and the US: "So if I do a few calculations based on the difference in prices between the US and Australian deals on the 1DX Mark III you would be looking at a US price of around $5,800 USD for the R5."
  10. According to a leak in Australia, it seems as if the price of the R5 will be $6,792 USD... Source: https://www.newsshooter.com/2020/05/15/canon-r5-price-listed-in-australia/
  11. Have you ever heard of the HTML <video> tag? The times where you had to embed players (back in the days, via Adobe Flash) are gone for 10 years now. What exactly is the "video player issue and the standard on page display issue"? I tell you what: they don't exist, and you're just making up nonsense, like you always do here, because you are a full of shit. "I build and maintain a lot of wordpress sites" - yes, and you also hire and direct DPs from Disney and have internal connections to Canon, among many other things that you wrote here before. Your postings are not only bullshit, they poison this forum (and people looking for advice) with wrong information. Can somebody please check your Egyptian IP address?
  12. Yes, and just to be clear, services like Vimeo and YouTube do adaptive streaming (i.e. they host each video in a variety of resolutions and bit rates and switch between them during playback depending on network bandwidth), which you will lose when you self-host your videos. But I don't really care, because I prefer my work to be seen at the intended 1080p resolution anyway. This website has an online demo of AV1, which works with Chrome and Firefox (since they already have AV1 support built-in): https://bitmovin.com/demos/av1 I personally find the quality at 1080p and 1 Mbit/s good enough, even when viewing the video full screen on a 27" computer monitor in short viewing distance. With audio included, such videos will only take about 8.5 MB per minute storage space and transmission bandwidth. Serving them from your personal webspace will then be a no-brainer IMHO. The original reason for Vimeo's existence, namely the absence of native video support in HTML, has been resolved since 2010....
  13. I definitely had half of my videos blocked two years ago after having forgot to renew my subscription. This will happen when the combined file size of your videos exceeds the 5GB storage quota of the free Vimeo account.
  14. Vimeo's real business are film production companies who upload their screeners for clients and festivals as password-protected videos. That's why in the current times, so many films festival and arthouse theaters have been able to switch to streaming overnight: all they needed was to unlock their Vimeo screeners for larger publics. My own plan is to wait till support for the open AV1 codec will be mature on both on the client/browser side and the encoder side. I've already run a few encoding tests, and the quality is absolutely stunning at much lower bitrates than both h264 and h265. Once AV1 will be ready for the masses, hosting your own videos will just be a matter of uploading them to your web site/blog and hosting them the same way you host & serve still images.
  15. Most of it will be blocked/be no longer visible and only be unlocked when you renew the paid subscription.
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