Building a Binaural Microphone (Part 1)

Binaural audio recording has always fascinated me since I first heard it and learned about it college oh so many years ago. In 1992, a binaural microphone setup cost $10,000 or move. Bad news, in 2016, a Neumann KU 100 Dummy Head Microphone costs $8,000, but there are several cheaper alternatives.

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Using the Lens Distortion Tool in Cinema 4D R17

Maxon introduced a number of new features in Cinema 4D R17 when it was released last year. While the Motion Tracker is a fantastic tool to track footage and composite 3D elements, often wide angle footage introduces perspective errors in the final rendered image. Unless the user knows what camera was used to capture the source footage, the focal length of the lens, and the field of view, correcting that footage, or adding the lens distortion to the 3D elements is a tricky and sometimes frustrating experience. The Cinema 4D R17 release introduced the Lens Distortion Tool, which can be used to correct footage before using the built-in Motion Tracker, or it can be used as a render effect to apply lens distortion to the 3D elements in the scene.

In this video, I walk you through the basic use of the Lens Distortion Tool using footage shot with a GoPro Hero 4.

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Adobe After Effects CS6 Walk Through

Adobe After Effects CS6 has a number of new features. Included in this walk-through/demo, are the new caching features, the 3D Camera Tracker, and Advanced 3D Render engine that allows the user to extrude text.

I was up late last night recording this, and there are a few times I totally say one word, when I mean another… duhr.

Make sure you watch this full size at 1080p!

DIGITAL CINEMA: What wasn’t said

I’ll admit it, I was super excited over the announcement that Canon was set to release a new camera aimed at the film industry.  The EOS c300 has a great Super 35 image sensor, there is a clean HDMI output, it has a small form factor, and it still records to the Compact Flash card. Likewise, a few hours later when RED announced the Scarlet-X and explained how they were effectively using the Mysterium Chip in a camera that is identical to the RED Epic in every way except for the data rate, I was even more sold.

Except both are out of my price range.  With the EOS c300 coming in with a start price of $20,000, and the RED Scarlet-X at $9,750 ($14,000 for the full package), both cameras are not easily affordable for the indie film maker. Renting is going to be the best bet for low budget filmmakers wanting to get their hands on these cameras, but for those that like to pick up and go at a moments notice, it was the very last camera announcement of the day that got my attention.

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Unboxing 27-inch iMac

It took me a while to decide if I was going to purchase the new 27-inch iMac from Apple.  For the past year and a half, my 17-inch MacBook Pro has been the primary work machine, recording podcasts, maintaining the websites (not this one of course, ’cause I NEVER update this site), and generally being my attached at the hip machine.

Following a recent live show, it became clear to me that while the MacBook Pro will continue to be my everyday machine, it does slip a bit here and there when it comes to being able to handle everything I need to do at any one time.  So, the decision was made to purchase yet another computer (3 PCs and 4 Macs is the current tally) that would handle the recording of the podcasts (even more coming in the new year), and being the general work machine when I am at home at night.

The iMac arrived at the Major Spoilers HQ on Wednesday, and it took until Friday for me to find a free moment to unbox this beast and get it set up.

Adobe Goes Cross Platform

Adobe Production Studio available on Mac and Windows

Today Adobe Systems announced the next release of Adobe Production Studio would be going cross platform for all applications. Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator have been available on the Macintosh platform for years, but now Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Encore and Adobe Soundbooth will be making the migration as well.

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NewTek at NAB

NewTek unveiled many improvements to its line of products and showed them to attendees at the National Association of Broadcasting convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to updates to LightWave 3D, NewTek also demoed TriCaster Pro, VT[5] Live, and the world ?s fastest editing system.

via Digital Producer (link)