Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I saw a bunch of news items about Canon's new sensor. . . seems like it's gonna be kinda a big deal. Apparently, it's 7.95 x 8.07 inches (40x bigger than a FULL 35mm frame), 120 Megapixel. Here's some links about it.
Canon develops world's largest CMOS sensor, shoots 60fps video in moonlight (from Engadget)
With Expanded Size Comes Greater Light-Gathering Capability, in Canon's "World's Largest" Sensor (From Gizmodo)
Canon succeeds in developing world’s largest CMOS image sensor, with ultra-high sensitivity (From Akihabara News)
Here's Canon's Press Release
Canon succeeds in developing world's largest CMOS image sensor, with ultra-high sensitivity
TOKYO, August 31, 2010-Canon Inc. announced today that it has successfully developed the world's largest*1 CMOS image sensor, with a chip size measuring 202 x 205 mm. Because its expanded size enables greater light-gathering capability, the sensor is capable of capturing images in one one-hundredth the amount of light required by a professional-model digital SLR camera.
At 202 x 205 mm, the newly developed CMOS sensor is among the largest chips that can be produced from a 12-inch (300 mm) wafer, and is approximately 40 times the size of Canon's largest commercial CMOS sensor.*2
In the past, enlarging the size of the sensor resulted in an increase in the amount of time required between the receiving and transmission of data signals, which posed a challenge to achieving high-speed readout. Canon, however, solved this problem through an innovative circuit design, making possible the realization of a massive video-compatible CMOS sensor. Additionally, by ensuring the cleanest of cleanroom environments during the production process, the sensor minimizes image imperfections and dust.
Because the increased size of the new CMOS sensor allows more light to be gathered, it enables shooting in low-light environments. The sensor makes possible the image capture in one one-hundredth the amount of light required by a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor, facilitating the shooting of 60 frame-per-second video with a mere 0.3 lux of illumination.
Potential applications for the new high-sensitivity CMOS sensor include the video recording of stars in the night sky and nocturnal animal behavior.
Through the further development of distinctive CMOS image sensors, Canon will break new ground in the world of new image expression, in the area of still images as well as video.
*1 As of August 27, 2010. Based on a Canon study.
*2 The approximately 21.1 megapixel 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor employed in the company's EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR cameras.
*3 Approximately one-half the brightness of a moonlit night
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
^Here's the HOWTO from Video Co-Pilot
Here's a cool guide to Tilt-Shift Photography, from Soup to Nuts. I can't wait to see a REALLY COOL short film that uses this. :)
From the website:
Have you ever wondered how tilt-shift miniature photography works and why it looks so strangely convincing? Have you ever wanted to have a tilt-shift lens but couldn't afford the hundreds of dollars needed to buy one? Have you ever wanted to take real tilt-shift photos? Then this short introduction to tilt-shift photography and DIY tilt-shift lens building is probably for you.
Selective-focus with tilt-shift lenses has been around for many years, but I think its creative potential for both photo and video (beyond miniaturisation!) lies largely untapped. By publishing this tutorial I'm hoping that it gets picked up by those of you with real creative talent, and from there you can take it somewhere completely new.
Alright, all you EOS HDSLR Guys, get to it!!!
Don't know what I'm talking about? Consult the Wiki.
This is a still from a WORKING SCARLET. Don't Believe me? Look at this:
Here's a link to the Gizmodo Article: LINK
AND HERE'S A LINK TO AN ENGADGET ARTICLE WITH VIDEO FROM THE SCARLET!!!!!!!
Here's a link to the QUICKTIME FILE of the video
AND HERE'S THE LINK TO THE REDUSER POST THAT STARTED IT ALL!!!!!
Here's an interesting video talking about the What, Why, and When of transcoding footage.
It's got kinda a Premiere slant (trust me, don't buy Premiere, but the idea is the same. Enjoy.
ALSO, don't use this as a justification for NOT transcoding. . what he DOESN'T tell you is he has a BEEFY, HOT-RODDED Mac Pro. If you're trying to cut on your 5+ year old Macbook, you'll want to transcode. TRUST ME.
Here's a link to the PvC Article