In this week’s Background Fundamentals class (week 6) we test the Magic Lantern RAW recording on green screen, along with the new Canon supplied clean HDMI output. Both the RAW and HDMI are compared to the standard H.264 results and the conclusions are startling. Continue reading
behind the scenes and more
This week in Background Fundamentals and on the RC podcast we explored Kickstarter funding and spoke to the film makers behind a new documentary Life After Life. Continue reading
Seriously? A clean room.. wow Continue reading
The new term has just started at fxphd and we have been working hard to produce a great range of courses to allow you to expand your skills and take your career to the next level. We are very aware times are tough for many artists, especially in feature films. Without wanting to sound self serving, now — more than ever — it is important to keep your skills up to date and stand out from the crowd.
We will be devoting a good amount of this terms free Background Fundamentals course to the Business of Being in Business, and encouraging members to network and connect with other members. Along with the free use of about $45,000 worth VPN software provided for learning, these bonuses are included with your membership to make your continuing education from fxphd as valuable and helpful as possible. Continue reading
In one of our recent Background Fundamentals classes, we spoke to Graham Sharp from video and broadcast equipment provider Grass Valley. He talked about the current ‘upheaval’ going on in live production, such as outside broadcasts (OBs) at sporting events, and how multiple feeds are now being piped out of OBs for a range of devices – not just for television. Continue reading
Today is United Nations World Water Day, a day to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and the sustainable management of freshwater resources. VFX supervisor and fxphd prof Sheena Duggal is a volunteer and strong supporter of Pump Aid, a charity which brings clean water wells to rural Africa.
Last year, Duggal and editor Stephen Mirrione traveled to Malawi to help document the work that Pump Aid is doing. Marrione edited together the footage the two of them shot, and the videos can now be viewed on Vimeo. We hope you take the time to check them out, as well as consider donating to a very worthy cause. For the next week, Pump Aid has a donor who will match each and every donation to the charity — so your contribution is effectively doubled. Continue reading
In this new TopTech review in partnership with the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS), Mike Seymour and DOP Tom Gleeson check out the Paralinx Arrow Plus which provides uncompressed realtime wireless monitoring. Continue reading
It is half way through the Jan term – still a great time to join fxphd, and here is a look at what’s happening in some of the courses. Continue reading