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  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4KBODY 16.05MP Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera with 4K Cinematic Video (Body Only)
    Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4KBODY 16.05MP Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera with 4K Cinematic Video (Body Only)
    Panasonic
  • TASCAM DR-100mkII 2-Channel Portable Digital Recorder
    TASCAM DR-100mkII 2-Channel Portable Digital Recorder
    TASCAM
  • The DV Rebel's Guide: An All-Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap (Peachpit)
    The DV Rebel's Guide: An All-Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap (Peachpit)
    by Stu Maschwitz
Thursday
Apr212005

cropCompare v2.4

Fixes a bug and adds a Scale Graphs slider.

Download O-cropCompare_v2.4 (4kb .rar file)

Wednesday
Apr132005

crop it like it's hot

For some reason I've created a new Fusion Macro. It's a tool to help match color levels across elements in a composite, and it goes by the catchy name of cropCompare.



cropCompare lets you define two zoomed-in windows on your image to enlarge, visually compare alongside one another, and even graph the values of. It's designed to assist in matching the black levels of two disparate elements in a comp, but it can be used for all kinds of image analyses.

Add the cropCompare node downstream of your comp and view it. You'll see four position controls and two little windows in the lower right of the image.

You have separate Show controls for Crops 1 and 2. For each Crop, you define its location and Sample Size and choose where on the image to overlay it and how big. Put them next to each other and maybe bump up the Gamma the Crops control to make sure your values are matching.

Or, to really make sure, turn on Do Graphs. You now have an RGB graph of the centerline of each Crop. Want to see those graphs unobstructed? Check Do Graphs and Only together.

For the graphs to look their best, please enable Fusion's HiQ mode.

Please give it a try and let us know what you think!

Download O-cropCompare_v2.2 (8kb .rar file)

Tuesday
Apr052005

Preorder, like, only the best book on compositing ever

Adobe After Effects 6.5 Studio Techniques by Mark Christiansen


Mark has created a truly practical guide to film effects compsiting in the least-expensive and arguably most feature-packed compositing application available. Yours Truly contributed a chapter on training your eye.

There are books that will learn you After Effects, and there are books that claim to learn you film compositing. If you put them all in a blender and let the juices ferment under the heat of a thousand suns, you would have a snifter full of Adobe After Effects 6.5 Studio Techniques.

Preorder now before rabid fans tear my chapter out of all existing copies like the Britney Spears photo spread in Rolling Stone that one time.

Monday
Apr042005

Sin City

Some news stories about The Orphanage's work on Sin City:

Hollywood Reporter (syndicated to Yahoo)
VFXworld (free registration required)
VFXblog

Some nice comparisons of our shots to Miller's original artwork here.