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MOVIE MACHINE UPDATE
JULY 2015

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  Rick Young

Hello and welcome,

It's camera wars all over again! A decade ago we experienced this as affordable HD emerged and left the SD world confined to history. We are in the midst of such a situation again, this time 4K is everywhere and the choice to the consumer is nothing short of startling. Rattling the options off my head in no particular order we have the Sony FS7, Blackmagic URSA and URSA Mini, JVC GY-HM200 and GY-LS300, Canon C500, Canon C300 Mark II, Canon C100 Mark II, Canon XC10, Sony X70, Blackmagic Production Camera, Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, AJA CION and also the Panasonic HC-X1000. At the high-end Sony F5, F55 and Panasonic Varicam and, of course, Arri Alexa, Amira and all of the models from RED. Then there is the Sony A7S, the newly announced A7RII, and the Panasonic GH4. That's a lot of choice and a lot of manufacturers battling for our cash. And there are many HD models to choose from - for many of us, likely most of us, HD remains a viable option. No doubt I've missed some cameras worth mentioning, regardless, it is obvious there is tremendous choice out there. I've said it before and I'm sure I will say it again "we've never had it so good" and it is only getting better!

 
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Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera & Micro Studio Camera

BLACKMAGIC MICRO CINEMA CAMERA & MICRO STUDIO CAMERA

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**Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera** Announced at NAB 2015 the Micro Cinema Camera is a miniaturized Super 16mm professional digital HD or RAW camera with a revolutionary new expansion port that lets customers remote controls to operate the camera wirelessly The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera ......

Atomos Shogun adds RAW Recording, Timelapse, and PreRoll functionality

ATOMOS SHOGUN ADDS RAW RECORDING, TIMELAPSE, AND PREROLL FUNCTIONALITY

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Shogun is the flagship product from Atomos. This is a first-class monitor, 4K recorder for ProRes, DNxHR and RAW. In this report Jeromy Young, CEO of Atomos, explains the latest functionality which has been added to this device....

Atomos Shogun adds RAW Recording, Timelapse, and PreRoll functionality

ATOMOS SHOGUN ADDS RAW RECORDING, TIMELAPSE, AND PREROLL FUNCTIONALITY

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Shogun is the flagship product from Atomos. This is a first-class monitor, 4K recorder for ProRes, DNxHR and RAW. In this report Jeromy Young, CEO of Atomos, explains the latest functionality which has been added to this device....

SmallHD: Sidefinder EVF

SMALLHD: SIDEFINDER EVF

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This innovative approach to providing a quality viewfinder is two products in one: (i) high quality 1080P viewfinder, suitable for critical focus and exposure (ii) a 5 inch 1080P flip-out monitor Therefore you have the best of both worlds: a top-quality viewfinder and flip-out screen in one. More......

The Living Years - Paul Carrack

THE LIVING YEARS - PAUL CARRACK

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This was filmed a few years ago. I stumbled across the file while searching through my archive of material and couldn't help but think that this piece is a shining example of why the camera really doesn't matter - it's what you do with it! Filmed with one camera in a singe take, I just happened to ......

 
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Keeping the clients happy

Keeping the clients happy

It's easy to get stressed with clients - particularly those who ask for endless changes, difficult recuts, and may often tear the edit apart and force us, the lonely editor, to rebuild the production according to their wishes. It is easy to fall into the mindset of "the edit is fine the way it is and the client has just destroyed your masterful work."

It used to be that the client would work in the edit suite alongside the editor. That is rare today. Most often we are left to create something, out of masses of rushes, while the client reviews our work with the mentally of I'll know what I want when I see it. For us editors that means we have to be mind readers as well as technical and creative masters.

On a job recently, the client went over the time allowed. I was starting to think the job would never end and I'd be in an eternal situation of trying to conclude this exercise in frustration - as the thoughts bounced around inside my head I realised it was I who had it all wrong.

90% of the edit is fine. The client was only changing a few things. They were certainly prepared to pay for the extra time required.

In spite of the fact that I, the editor, may have thought the edit was quite good, as I work through the client's changes I realise the video is actually being improved. Perhaps this client does know what they want.

Who are you making the production for: yourself or the client. Are you editing your showreel or are you doing some professional work here.

Take that ego and leave it somewhere else! Your job as the editor is to keep the client happy, produce a program that will get the key messages across, and do work you are proud of.

If you get frustrated at the clients endless requests take that frustration as a form of creative tension that will bring out the best. You don't do everything the clients asks for if it makes the program horribly unwatchable - things do need to be discussed. However, in my experience, most of what is asked for can be implemented in a tasteful and watchable way. Don't fight the client, work with them.

When you work with the client and complete the job to their satisfaction, then everyone is happy. You learn from what you do, even if you've done the type of job 1000 times before. In this world of post production you need to be flexible, willing to experiment, and ready to work real hard to do what the client asks for. If you are successful at this the client will come back. It is only then that you know you've kept everyone happy and have done a good job.

 
 
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