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Mary Lynn

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  1. Hi Jules! The Z10000 is one of my favorite camcorders! I have not yet taken it underwater--don't yet have a housing for it--but have shot a number of topside events with it and love the image and control for a small affordable 3D camcorder. And for a small sensor camera, the Z10000's low light capability really surprised me. Not nearly the noise in low light settings of some of the 1/3 inch sensor HD cams I've used in the past. Does the BS Kinetics housing allow you to access the manual settings, or access the assignable user buttons? Or do you have to shoot through this housing in iA mode? If you have access to the manual controls through the housing you can manually set white balance, and even finely adjust the Ach and Bch WB presets in the CAMERA SETUP Menu or try the P5.6k WB preset. Then you can fine-tune the color grading in post. Whatever the case, I'm finding that underwater 3D video works best when the images are clear, sharp, and with very low noise. So, I try to pick shots and dive locations accordingly, and tend to stay pretty shallow for best ambient light. Please let us know how your Z10000 underwater shooting goes, how the cam handles lower light at deeper depths, and what you find works best for color correcting with the BS Kinetics housing. Also, what 3D editing software are you using for this cam's MVC footage? Very exciting! - Mary Lynn
  2. Just back from a week in Kona, and was able to get in a couple of days of purely pleasure diving while there. My husband and I usually go to Kona 2 - 3 times a year, and consider it a little corner of heaven. We've been doing this since 2001. While I've worked with dive operators in the past as onboard videographer in other parts of the world, my diving in Kona has always been purely non-commercial pleasure diving for the sheer enjoyment of it. When in Kona, my husband and I dive with Jack's Diving Locker. We have consistently had a great experience diving with Jack's. This trip, there was a decent south swell during our first day of diving, which can make some of the sites a bit surgy. Our captain found some good dive sites in more sheltered areas with healthy corals and lots of fishes, including a fairly large frogfish (likely a Commerson's) and numerous species of moray eels. We had a blast! The second day was calmer and our dive boat left the harbor escorted by a good-sized tiger shark, which was a real treat and always a welcome sight! This day's diving included schools of raccoon butterflyfish, eagle ray, again numerous species of moray eels, huge green sea turtle, two manta rays winging their way through a good-sized school of Heller's barracuda, Hawaiian garden eels, beautiful little longfin anthias, teardrop butterflyfish, and schools of long curious cornetfish. Impressively healthy coral on all our dives, which is always heartening to me. On the surface, spinner dolphins and flying fish. Just a great day of diving! Among the things that I appreciate most about Jack's include their professionalism, their knowledge of the area and which sites are best when the conditions are less than ideal, their longtime commitment to conservation of the marine environment through establishing day-use mooring buoys for dive boats to better protect the reefs, and their concerted work to gain legal protection of the manta rays of Hawaii. But to me Kona is far more than just a diving destination. I also love the history and culture of the Big Island, and the many sacred sites to visit all over the island. Among my favorites are Pu'uhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge, also one of my favorite dive sites), Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park (also a cool dive site), and Pu'ukohola Heiau, the last great temple built by King Kamehameha. I also love birding, and the birding tours into Hakalau Forest Wildlife Refuge offered by Hawaii Forest and Trail are fantastic. These folks also offer a tour up to the Mauna Kea observatory that I hope to do on my next trip back to the Big Island. Another of my favorite activities is traveling on horseback through the beautiful sacred Waipio Valley. And of course there's the erupting volcano and Volcano National Park which is simply off the chart. So I'll say publicly something that I've been saying privately for years now: one of my favorite places in the whole world to visit and dive is Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. And when diving in Kona with a dive operator, I dive with Jack's Diving Locker. - Mary Lynn
  3. GoPro has announced that they are acquiring Cineform. This is very interesting! Welcoming Cineform to their team, GoPro also announced the development of a new codec for HD and 3D work called ‘GoPro CineForm’ which GoPro's press material states will "emphasize GoPro’s commitment to developing professional content capture and editing solutions." This significant corporate acquisition of Cineform may explain why we haven't heard a whole lot from GoPro until now about their HD 3D development since their 2010 NAB presence last April where they showcased some fantastic 3D material captured with a cool little GoPro HD 3D rig. When I spoke to one of the GoProHD folks at NAB last year, I was told that the 3D clips they were using for their demo had been edited using Final Cut Pro and Cineform Neo3D. And on this note, the press material goes on to state that GoPro's first new product to be released incorporating Cineform's technology will be a "3D HERO® System, an expansion accessory for GoPro’s 1080p HD HERO line of cameras. The 3D HERO System allows consumers to combine two 1080p HD HEROs into a single housing to capture synchronized 3D photos and video." This acquisition may turn out to be one of the cooler 3D shooting and editing developments of the year! - Mary Lynn
  4. A Heartfelt Congratulations To You Both!! And what a romantic way to go, you two!! Salud~ Mary Lynn
  5. Truly wonderful footage, Rafa!! Great camera work, and beautiful images. Thank you for sharing that!! - Mary Lynn
  6. I have just thoroughly enjoyed all the fantastic imaging and posts from your Bahamas adventure!!! And, Eric, I have to say that the 3D sharks investigating the gorgonian is my favorite of your 3D videos so far. It really really works for me--and the color holds up well, too, for anaglyph. Great imaging, all!!! - Mary Lynn (And all you folks who don't yet keep a pair of 3D anaglyph glasses near your computer monitor, definitely start!)
  7. Eric, the 3D came out great!! (Cool work...and I know how gnarly the workflow is!) Having a diver subject and clear water with landscape made for some good stereoscopic effect. Keep up the great work!! Looking forward to seeing much more~ - Mary Lynn
  8. X, if you subsequently want to work in FCP with your clips processed by ClipWrap, you'll need to import the original ClipWrap-processed files into FCP. What you work on in FCE will be converted to AIC in FCE, so you don't want to use video edited in FCE if you move over to FCP if you can avoid it. Not sure if you can export an XML file from FCE that contains the editing info from the sequences you create in FCE to be able to reassemble (and reconnect) your edited sequences in FCP or not--you'll need to research this! And one caveat regarding using ClipWrap is that those ClipWrap processed files will no longer be transferable via the Log & Transfer function in either FCE or FCP. So if you think you may want to use Log & Transfer on that footage at any point in the future, make sure to archive a copy (or copies for redundancy) of the original AVCHD cam file folder retaining the original folder/file structure unaltered. Hope this helps! - Mary Lynn
  9. Uwxplorer, if you use the rewrap setting in ClipWrap it will wrap the original MTS files in a QuickTime wrapper. Then you import the wrapped files into your editing program and check them out. You should probably try some tests using the trial version first and see how your FCE handles the rewrapped footage. You can process files up to 1 minute in duration. Try it and see what you think of the results. Then see what other FCE users are saying about it, and post about your experiences with it. Hopefully there are other editors on this forum who can let you know what their experiences are with ClipWrap and FCE! -Mary Lynn
  10. Very interesting thread! Eric, I'm finding ClipWrap to be very fast at processing a rewrap of AVCHD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVC) footage. The trial version converts clips up to one minute in duration, and the results are just fine. A good tool for fast rewrap of AVCHD cam footage when working in the field and backing up clips (so long as original metadata isn't an issue, which for me it usually isn't). You are quite correct that interlaced AVCHD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVC) footage will be converted to interlaced Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) clips in Final Cut Express, as well as in iMovie. The HDR-CX550V shoots AVCHD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVC) as 1080/60i, so it's definitely going to come out as interlaced AIC footage. In Final Cut Pro, while there is an option in the Log and Transfer function to convert AVCHD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVC) footage to AIC during ingest, this would definitely not be the codec of choice given the much higher quality of Pro Res 422 (LT). (Pro Res 422 and Pro Res 422 (HQ) are really overkill for AVCHD cam footage unless doing heavy-duty compositing, etc.) But AIC is all you get with Final Cut Express and iMovie. Uwxplorer, this is one very good reason to consider upgrading! The rewrapped H.264 clips from ClipWrap are close to the same file size as the original MTS files. One 14 second test clip started as a 43MB MTS file and was rewrapped to a 46MB file, with the additional size likely due to the addition of the QuickTime wrapper. The data rate of the rewrapped file is 24.92 Mbit/s which is consistent with the listed spec of HDR-CX550V 1080/60i footage. The data rate of the Pro Res 422 (LT) conversion of the same 14 second clip is 97.71 Mbit/sec with a file size of 177MB. For beginning filmmakers the most important thing in my view is to get started editing--with whatever editing program works for getting started! And Final Cut Express and iMovie are good Apple programs for getting started. But they are limited by their use of Apple Intermediate Codec. So, uwxplorer you may wish to consider upgrading to Final Cut Pro if you are highly motivated to tackle the learning curve, which you appear to be. Keep on editing! - Mary Lynn
  11. That really is an incredibly beautiful image! Thank you for posting that--and info about how you did it~ - Mary Lynn
  12. Yes, but much cheaper than repairing my wall from banging my head against it trying to sort this stuff out! And it's not a very big book at that. But have to say it's packed with great info! I'll post about more good resources as I come across them, and hope others will do the same! Still trying to grasp all the implications of the Cameron/Pace stereography discovery... - ML
  13. What's interesting to me about the YouTube 3D experiment is that YouTube will do all the 3D processing in a variety of different 3D formats, and make those different formats available to viewers via a drop down menu. To answer my own question above about how to view "Row interleaved" 3D, apparently this format of 3D stereoscopic processing can be viewed quite well on a Zalman stereoscopic 3D LCD monitor with related glasses. Reading a very good primer right now on some of the basics of 3D called "3D Movie Making, Stereoscopic Digital Cinema from Script to Screen" by Bernard Mendiburu, published by Focal Press. Picked it up at the NAB store, and it has turned out to be quite intelligible and helpful in getting a handle on some of this stuff. There have been some interesting developments in the processing of 3D with Jim Cameron's Avatar that are not reflected in this book, which was published while Avatar was still in production. A very brief writeup on Cameron's developments can found here in TV Technology magazine. Studies continue... - Mary Lynn
  14. Some of the better YouTube 3D vids can be seen on inouek3D's Channel (including some tests with GoPro HD cam 3D.) I'm viewing with Red/Cyan glasses, but would like to view the YouTube "Row interleave" version. Anyone know what kind of glasses I would need for that and where I might get them? - ML
  15. Just now back from NAB and had such a fantastic time! Spent some time questioning one of the GoPro guys at their booth (more like a pavilion) about editing 3D HD and distributing it. Also had a great conversation with a Sony guy about some of their 3D post solutions, including 3D editing and 3D Blu-Ray authoring that is well within reach of prosumer budgets. (Expect that Apple may be up to something in the 3D editing area as well, but just speculation at this point.) Then went to the Red User gathering at the Tropicana where Red 3D was being shown and discussed. Wow!! Interesting that *both* the GoPro 3D guy and the Red User 3D guy said that Cineform was used to prep their 3D footage for editing in Final Cut Pro. (Looking into understanding this whole process better....) And the GoPro 3D guy referred me to YouTube's new experimental 3D effort, which I think is very interesting! Here are some further links on the YouTube thing: A YouTube intro video on their experimental 3D effort. YouTube's "Now in 3D: Join the Experiment with Us!" blog entry. If you do a "3D" search on YouTube you get all kinds of experimental 3D efforts... Now, this is YouTube, I know, but definitely an indication of how far-reaching this 3D thing is likely to be. And one of the best parts of this year's NAB (besides, of course, having lunch with Eric Cheng) was catching some of Ray Kurzweil's talk, "Acceleration of Technology in the 21st Century: The Impact on Media, Communications , and Society." So much to learn, and so much tinkering to do! - Mary Lynn
  16. I like Sterlingz's approach of labeling it "Canon EOS HD footage" because it's brief and specific enough to distinguish this format. Folks looking for stock will know what it is. Price point should fall somewhere between HDV/AVCHD and HDCAM/etc. -ML
  17. Eric, I'll keep looking for good wording from competent sources that might help. All dSLR video formats are not created equal... There would be a need to specify that this is in reference to Canon's dSLR H.264 footage--not the 720p motion jpeg format of the Nikons. My sense is that main aspects to emphasize to distinguish Canon's dSLR MPEG4/H.264 (from the 5DM2/7D/1DM4) from AVCHD will be 1) the size of the acquisition sensors, and 2) the higher data rate of this particular variant of H.264. [Although there are some critics out there who are characterizing this variant of H.264 as "weaker" than AVCHD because of the lack of "B" frames in the long GoP structure, hence the need for a higher data rate: http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/canon-eos-7d-h...question-3.html ] Another plus to emphasize might be the variety of lenses used to acquire the footage? Will pass on what I find... - ML
  18. Have just released as the latest DiveFilm HD Video podcast at iTunes excerpts from the "Spawning Seas" segment of the new Sensational Seas Two DVD. With great patience and timing, filmmaker and Sensational Seas producer Anna DeLoach captured incredible footage for this segment, including rare footage of frogfish spawning. The new Sensational Seas Two DVD is available for purchase, and all proceeds go to benefit three ocean education and conservation organizations. Some 45 imagers, musicians and production specialists--all divers--contributed their work to make this DVD possible. A very worthy and wonderful DVD! Wetpixel is one of the supporting organizations helping to make this project possible. Hope you enjoy the new podcast! - Mary Lynn
  19. Great review, Drew! Thank you for doing that! Have been playing with the iPad since Saturday and just loving it! There are some little things I hope Apple will address, but the overwhelming experience is one of not wanting to put it down. One definite result of spending time with it is that my expectations from news apps, etc., has shifted dramatically. It's no longer enough to have text and small images, I want video and multimedia! I can see this device really raising the bar for publications, and that makes me very happy! Oh, and the DiveFilm HD Video podcasts at iTunes look fantastic on an iPad!! That makes me very happy as well-- - Mary Lynn
  20. Sounds like a great trip, Eric, and a great time to go! Consider putting aside some time to check out some of the Icelandic music scene? - Mary Lynn
  21. Hi scorpio_fish! There are many different ways you could compress your video in Compressor for better results and higher quality. The main limitation in the preset you used is the data rate. Unless you are trying to keep the file size really small, use a higher data rate. For your standard def video, try a data rate between 1500 and 3000 Kbps. You can change your data rate in the Encoder portion of the Inspector. As for presets, try the Web>QT 7 compatible> H.264 LAN. You can try the default data rate with this preset and see if you like the result, or in the video settings area of the Inspector Encoder section change the Data Rate restriction to 2000 or 3000. Another preset option is to use the Apple Devices>H.264 for Apple TV preset, and in the Encoder section of the Inspector select Apple TV SD for your Device setting. If you don't want this file to open in iTunes as the default application, you can change the default application to Quicktime Player by selecting the file on your desktop after encoding it, using "Command i" to bring up the file information, and changing the default application to Quicktime player. Many more ways you could encode this for better results, recognizing that the trade off for better quality is usually a higher data rate and larger file size. Play with these variables and see what works best for your particular video. Hope this helps! - Mary Lynn
  22. Looking very much forward to it, Eric! Will stream the live webcast! - Mary Lynn
  23. Simply gorgeous footage. It's always such an inspiration watching their work. Thank you for posting, Eric! ML
  24. Hello All, Just released the third in a series of three DiveFilm HD Video podcast episodes at iTunes featuring HD video creations using dSLR photos and video, photos only, and a very interesting 720p vid shot entirely on a compact camera. Have wanted to showcase some productions that were not shot on standard video cameras, in part, because I'm very excited to see more underwater imagers getting into producing video shorts using a variety of new HD capable cameras and video editing software. These most recent DiveFilm HD Video podcast episodes include: "The Night Safari" by Tony Wu. Tony is one of Asia's top underwater photographers, and this is a wonderful multimedia piece that includes stills and HD video shot on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Edited in Final Cut. "Mistaken Identity" by Joe Dovala. Joe is an accomplished underwater still photographer who is doing some great multimedia storytelling with his images. He makes his short videos using ProShow Gold. "720 Compact Camera Test" by Huw Jenkins. Huw has edited for a number of well-known production entities, and had the experience of having his main camera go down on a recent trip to the Philippines. So he decided to shoot an entire short piece using his compact camera (Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5) shooting 720p video. Pretty amazing considering, and a good indication of how important good lighting and shot composition can be to making video look its best. Really glad to showcase some of the new video and multimedia work being done these days--hope you enjoy the new HD podcasts!! - Mary Lynn
  25. I saw that! Steve, you are a great student of this wild world of digital formats and editing! Persevere! As for which program you choose, the most important thing is to get out there and shoot and make cool videos and multimedia productions with what you shoot. And my experience is that the more I learn about all the different systems and approaches, the more fun I have and the better I understand some of this wild digital world. The first few times I read about formats and workflows new to me, it's definitely *reaching* but little by little it comes more into focus... Looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future!! - Mary Lynn
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