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Photoshop for 4K Video

Photographic retouching is nothing new, and it’s as common as the digital technologies used to take the photos themselves. Retouching a video, however, is a bit trickier, and it usually requires more work to make a specific effect blend in with the rest of the image. Foton, Inc, a company from Japan, is working on technology that is achieving simply mind-blowing results with video that look as good as any Photoshopped image. Click through to check out these impressive clips.

This is what Foton had to say about the first video

We developed special movie retouching techniques that won’t damage a detail of material, and don’t use “blur skill” for it that is why you feel more real. And also we work on 4K data without compressing 4K into HD. This model already had the natural beauty. However,we could improve it more to perform retouching,free transform, and color correction in the movie.

It appears that the software is advanced enough to track with subjects’ faces as they moved around the frame, allowing for the edits to be consistent throughout the entire video without any blurring (look at how clear the skin is!). Although the new technique does away with frame-by-frame editing, Foton says it still spent 3-4 days creating the short proof-of-concept clip above.

This sort of manipulation is commonly done on movies and TV shows, but it usually takes a tremendous amount of time and work to do something like this on this sort of scale, and make it blend in perfectly. It’s not often that you need to actually do this much to a video image, but if you could, and it could be done rather quickly and efficiently, why wouldn’t you?

Here are a few more of their videos:

The other videos don’t seem to be embeddable at the moment, but you can check out the rest on Foton’s Vimeo page. You might be thinking that this isn’t all impressive or that they do this all the time on movies, but most effects are not done at 4K, as the cost is just too great. It also seems that the technology they have can be made to work with lower resolutions, but I’m sure they have a custom tracker that works a lot better when there is more information and more detail.

The real test for this sort of thing will be to see it with a lot of motion. It’s likely the tracker will have a difficult time if the scene changes drastically, but since we don’t have any examples of that, we can’t be sure. Can you do something like this in After Effects? Probably, but the amount of detail that is retained after retouching is impressive, and the retouches are blended seamlessly in a pretty impressive way.

What do you guys think? If the technology needs the extra pixels, does this make the case for 4K video? Have you done any retouching like this in your own work?

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AMC NEWS is moving to another site, to a place with wordpress.org, but the link is below:

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Traffic in Frenetic HCMC, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is an amazing up and coming city. This time lapse is a culmination of 10,000 RAW images and multiple shoots capturing some of the cities relentless energy and pace of change.

Everyone who has visited Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam knows part of the magic (love it or hate it) is in the traffic. Ever since I first set foot in HCMC I have been captivated by the cities energy. Saigon is a city on the move unlike anything I have experienced before which I wanted to capture and share.

Thanks to everyone who helped with the film and thanks also to the numerous kind people who allowed me access to some amazing locations.

The soundtrack is the energetic Mondo’77 by Looper - itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/looper/id3266548
Used with permission.

The Word HCMC magazine has published a Q&A interview with some background information on the project: tinyurl.com/88jp6vn

Winner of Best Experimental Film at Tiburon International Film Festival 2012
Official selection at: DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon 2012, Mudfest 2012 and ANIMAYO 2012.

Copyright © All Images Rob Whitworth 2011 - robwhitworth.co.uk
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Canon Releases 80,000 ISO Firmware for EF & PL C300 Cameras

This is what’s new in the C300:

EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camera & EOS C300 PL Cinema EOS Camera

1. Ability to move the magnification viewing area around the LCD using the MAGN Function.

2. Support for a 1440×1080/35Mbps recording mode.

3. ISO up to 80,000 has been added.

4. Added functionality to support the optional Canon GPS Receiver GP-E1.

5. A Key Lock menu setting has been added which now makes it possible to lock all operations, including the START/STOP button.

6. Using the optional Canon WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter, the camera’s remote-control application allows two users to access the same unit via a Wi-Fi® link providing simultaneous camera operation and control and metadata input simultaneously.

7. [Lens Exchange] and [ND+/ND-] have been added as functions that can be allocated to any assignable button.

8. A new Wide DR gamma setting provides an expanded dynamic range of 800%.

9. Flicker Reduction has been improved.

EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camera only

10. Provides Push Auto Iris and One-Shot AF operation.

11. A new AE Shift function and the selection of various light-metering modes are now available when used with some Canon Cinema lenses (EF mount) and Canon EF Lenses.

12. Ability to assign the two control dials to operate either Iris or ISO sensitivity independently.

13. Peripheral Illumination Correction Data has been added for seven (7) Canon Cinema lenses (EF mount) and fifteen (15) Canon EF Lenses.

14. A function has been added to enable continuous focus and iris setting on a subject in the middle of the screen when one of the two EF STM lenses** is attached.

THOR: The Green World

Creating The Pre-Visualized Effects For ‘Thor 2′

To create the world of Asgard in Thor: The Dark World, filmmaker Alan Taylor enlisted the help of digital effects company The Third Floor. Using a process called previsualization, The Third Floor created fully rendered low-res CG sets and characters, allowing the director to see, plan out, and experiment with scenes before shooting them.

We can probably do Virtual storyboards in the future?

An environment for creative collaboration is significant for enhancing human communication and expressive activities. We introduce Second Surface, a novel multi-user Augmented reality system that fosters a real-time interaction for user-generated contents on top of the physical environment. This interaction takes place in the physical surroundings of everyday objects such as trees or houses. Our system allows users to place three dimensional drawings, texts, and photos relative to such objects and share this expression with any other person who uses the same software at the same spot. Second Surface explores a vision that integrates collaborative virtual spaces into the physical space. Our system can provide an alternate reality that generates a playful and natural interaction in an everyday setup.

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Dailies Creator

Dailies Creator

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Description

Drylab Dailies is a powerful dailies distribution system you can incorporate into any workflow, and that’s simple to use anywhere. It has been developed by industry professionals, with first-hand knowledge about practical and security requirements, and has already been used on international productions such as Stella Days (starring Martin Sheen) and A Thousand Times Goodnight (starring Juliette Binoche). No other system on the market is so versatile, so user friendly, or so secure.

Security
Dailies need to be kept safe and secure, but at the same time easily available to your team, both on set and off. An iPad, with advanced security features and encrypted storage, is well suited for this, and much better than DVDs, hard disks and FTP passwords on post-it notes or in emails.

In addition to the iPad’s built-in security, we provide on-set pairing, encrypted connections (both local and remote), to make sure your film stays at the fingertips of your team and no-one else. All network connections use HTTPS to prevent eavesdropping. Clips and metadata distributed via Dropbox are encrypted (using AES-256), and can only be decrypted by paired and authorized Dailies Viewers. This means that even in the unlikely event of a breach of the Dropbox account’s security, the Dailies files stored there are still unreadable by any attacker.

The iPad’s buil-in security features include content encryption, GPS tracking, enforcement of strict password policies, remote wiping, and automatic wiping in the case of too many failed login attempts.

Collaboration
Digital filmmaking was supposed to make dailies more easily available. Instead, we got disks, files and FTP accounts, with very limited options for navigating, searching or looking up reference information.

With Dailies Viewer you can choose what to make available, and make sure everyone sees what they need, whether they are responsible for storytelling, design, special effects or continuity.
Compatible with most workflows

Dailies Creator is a simple-to-use drag & drop application that ingests and transcodes any QuickTime file, and generates dailies for immediate iPad distribution.

It can also automatically integrate metadata from Cam Report and merge them with the video files. Or simply enter metadata manually and use the drag & drop interface to quickly tag your takes.

Distribute anywhere
The final result can be distributed locally on-set via wifi, or to team members anywhere via Dropbox. Drylab Dailies can therefore be deployed even if you don’t have an Internet connection where you’re shooting.

Please note: Dailies Creator is intended for use on feature film productions, and requires Dailies Viewer to distribute dailies. It supports up to four paired Viewers and Cam Reports out of the box. This number can be increased to 50 via an In-App Purchase.

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Hyperlapse

 

All Google Street View imagery captured using hyperlapse.tllabs.io. Source code available atgithub.com/TeehanLax/Hyperlapse.js.

Read the full story: teehanlax.com/labs/hyperlapse/

Hyper-lapse photography – a technique combining time-lapse and sweeping camera movements typically focused on a point-of-interest – has been a growing trend on video sites. It’s not hard to find stunning examples on Vimeo. Creating them requires precision and many hours stitching together photos taken from carefully mapped locations. We aimed at making the process simpler by using Google Street View as an aid, but quickly discovered that it could be used as the source material. It worked so well, we decided to design a very usable UI around our engine and release Google Street View Hyperlapse.

The site settings are purposely low (like having a maximum of 60 frames per animation) for greater accessibility. However, all the source code is available on Github (including examples and documentation) so developers can play with higher frame rates, better image quality, and more complicated camera movements.

To read the full project +Labs

This is a game changer!: CineStyle Color Assist

http://vimeo.com/technicolorcinestyle/yourcolorassistant

The magic of Hollywood is just one click away with CineStyle Color Assist. Gain access to powerful studio color effects and color correction tools without a Hollywood-sized budget.

Preview styling and effects in real-time, while taking control of a simple, easy-to-use interface that works directly with your preferred editing programs. Now with CineStyle Color Assist, you can create stunning, movie studio-quality footage faster and easier than ever before.

  • Hollywood quality coloring in seconds
  • Apply and preview looks in real-time
  • Includes 25 unique, preset Looks based on Technicolor’s Legacy
  • Designed to work with CineStyle Profile (log curve) and Standard (Rec.709) footage
  • Works directly with Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 and CS6

And is just $99.

Info: Technicolor

Set Lighting

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Price: $9.99
set Lighting at iTunes App Store

 

The setLighting application was created by people, for people, who work in films, Television shows, commercial, and photography. The application is an instructional and educational tool which is a reference for lighting equipment. The application includes equipment, and specs from the following manufacturers:

• Arri
• Mole Richardson
• Kino Flo
• Dedo
• CMC
• K5600 Lighting
• Kobold
• Briese
• Airstar
And many more.

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