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Apple has acquired a movie notation patent!
Posted by Michal
July 14, 2016, at 3:43 AM

As reported by Alex4D, who discovered this, Apple has acquired a movie notation patent. The world "acquired" is quite important because it means Apple had to pay to get it and it suggests that the company has actually plans to use it (as you know many companies patent everything "just in case"). This specific patent has been submitted to the US Patent Office in 2008, so many years have passed and as written in the description of the patent, the invention is directed toward providing annotating systems for audio/video clips. Here's some more info on it:

"In the movie, television, and audio/video production industry, directors often give instructions for the editing of audio/video clips, such as scenes in movies. Such instructions were previously written or typed independently of the video clip to which they referred. The technicians following the instructions had to determine the times in the clip to which a given instruction was meant to apply based on the typed or written notes themselves.

In order for the technicians to determine to which part of a clip an instruction referred, the written or typed instructions had to include the times within the clip that each instruction applied to. These notes had to be meticulous in order to avoid expensive editing mistakes. Taking careful notes of these times made annotating video clips more complicated, however, notes made without accurate time notations increased the chances of misunderstanding between the director and the technicians. Such misunderstandings lead to wasted time for both the technicians and directors.

Accordingly, a video annotating system that automatically keeps track of annotations for film clips and stores the information in an accessible way would be useful."

Alex3D reminds that in recent years OS X has had picture notation features, but what's interesting the examples in the documentation are based on Mac Finder and iMovie.

More info on the patent: [download PDF]


New MacBreak Studio episode: Orbiting Objects in Motion!
Posted by Michal
July 8, 2016, at 4:41 AM

It's time for the new episode of MacBreak Studio! This week, Steve Martin and Mark Spencer will show you how to harness the power of behaviors to cause objects in Apple Motion to orbit one another, and build your Motion projects faster and easier than ever. This tutorial is the result of a post that appeared on Facebook in which one editor was trying to make one object orbit around another by using keyframes. Keyframes offer you great possibilities and are usually the perfect choice when creating an animation, but according to Mark there's a better approach that in many situations can be faster and more useful. He's talking about behaviors. When working on an animation ask yourself if there's a behavior that you can use instead of keyframes. If so, go for it! Why? Watch the video to find out!


Mark wrote:

"In today’s example, I start by providing a few tips on how to quickly draw and align some shapes, including how to make them out of dots rather than continuous lines. Then, I demonstrate how you could animate one object around another by first changing its anchor point, and then keyframing its Rotation parameter. Or, better, by applying a Rate parameter behavior to Rotation. But there’s another way.

Instead, I move to the Simulation set of behaviors, and use the appropriately named Orbit behavior. This behavior makes any type of layer (or group of layers) rotate around any other type of layer (or group of layers) immediately without the use of keyframes by placing the object(s) to be orbited in the Well in the Heads Up Display."


Six technologies that can change the filmmaking industry forever!
Posted by Michal
July 6, 2016, at 2:44 AM

Times change, technologies change, the way we work changes and actually everything changes around us. Usually this process is quite slow, so sometimes it doesn't get noticed, but it occurs. And of course, this process is also present in the filmmaking industry. Just a simple example - film was being used in the filmmaking business for dozens of years but now most movie studios prefer to shoot in digital, because it's cheaper, more effective and (some might not agree) it offers better quality. But we're still moving forward and the question is, what does the future hold for our industry and where filmmaking will be in a few years? In a recent blog post, Jourdan Aldredge of Premiumbeat tries to give an answer to this question. He shares his thoughts on six technologies he believes will change many things in the future. Here they are!

1. Light Field Technology

"Well, basically when you take a picture with the ILLUM, you capture all of the image with all of the available information. Not just the parts in focus. Not just the light you see. All of it. Everything. Which essentially lets you decide in post what you want your aperture and focus to be."

2. Flat Lenses

"A flat, ultra-thin lens can theoretically offer complete accuracy over a wider range of wavelengths and reduce chromatic aberrations usually associated with curved-lens capture. The new technology would certainly re-image how we create and package cameras."

3. iPhone 7 Dual-Lens Camera

"While, the iPhone 7 won’t be the first phone camera to use dual lenses — it’ll probably be the best. Apple’s purchase of LinX Imaging gives the company the technology to give their phones SLR-quality image capturing capabilities, along with the always included fun gimmicks and features."

4. Canon Patents

"Highlights include a new Canon 5D, a camera which has routinely shaken up the world of digital video and photography over the last decade. And a possible Canon C700 to compete with the ARRI AMIRA."

5. Computerized Sound Design

"MIT researchers have developed a computer system that can analyze silent video and add in realistic sound."

6. AI-written Screenplays

"New York University AI researcher Ross Goodwin teamed up with director Oscar Sharp to create Benjamin: a self-named recurrent neural network that penned its own screenplay after being fed dozens of science fiction movies as source material."

For more info on these thoughts, click here.


SanDisk announces two extreme 256GB microSD cards - perfect for 4K filmmaking!
Posted by Michal
June 29, 2016, at 7:04 PM

If you record 4K content you must be well-aware that the speed of your memory cards matters. Of course it all depends on compression and if your camera is using a codec with a low bitrate, standard memory cards can be more than enough. But if the codec offers really great image quality, you are forced to invest in fast memory cards - and this is usually the case with 4K content. SanDisk, one of the leaders on the market, announced today a new suite of 256GB microSD cards, which includes the new 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card – the fastest microSD card in its class. It also includes 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition, the first 256GB card optimized for mainstream consumers. The huge write/read speeds will allow you to capture professional-grade 4K videos without worrying about running out of space on their device. According to the company, you will be able to record up to 14 hours of 4K UHD video on one single card! 

The 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card delivers transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s and write speeds of up to 90MB/s - sounds like a perfect choice for owners of such 4K cameras as the Panasonic GH4. Prices also seem to be reasonable - The 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition, will be available worldwide in August 2016 for the suggested price of $149.99, while the 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card will be available worldwide in calendar Q4 2016 for the suggested price of $199.99.


This Guy Edits: Learn how to become a wanted film editor!
Posted by Michal
June 29, 2016, at 3:27 AM

This Guy Edits is a YouTube channel by film editor Sven Pape, an A.C.E. award nominee, whose credits include work for directors James Cameron, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and James Franco. In his videos he shares his knowledge and tips and tries to explain how to tell your stories creatively. In the latest video Sven explains what does it take to master the art of film editing and you will learn how to start cutting and how to end up getting paid. He also shares seven recommendations that will help you achieve your goals and will improve your chances to succeed in the industry. Useful stuff, so make sure to check it out!