Filming in the Garden with the Canons in HD + SD

Filming in the Garden with the Canons in HD + SD

Before I get started on the next podcast visuals (some macro videography to support the upcoming Josh Johnson / Rewind This! interview) and editing Marilla Wex’ Lost and Found performance (taped in SD, using a JVC BY-110U), here’s some sample frame grabs from the garden footage shot this past week using the Canon VC-50 Pro Saticon video camera (SD) and the Canon SX-220HS (HD). I’ve adjusted the contrast levels for the SD footage as there’s one problem that affects this […]

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Filming in the Garden with the Canon VC-50 Pro

Filming in the Garden with the Canon VC-50 Pro

Had to get away for a short vacation – the last one was around May of 2012, so you could say I was due – and because I was taking the early train to Ottawa (6:40 am), it meant cabbing, which in turn meant there was no need to worry about lugging a tube camera on the subway. Have taxi cab, can definitely travel mit heavy camera. So I opted to use the occasion – visiting family friends who have […]

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Podcast Montages 01: Michael Penn’s Masters of Sex (2014)

Podcast Montages 01: Michael Penn’s Masters of Sex (2014)

    Due to there being no current soundtrack album featuring Michael Penn’s music from Showtime’s Masters of Sex: Season 1, there are few score extracts in this particular podcast, although its focus is pretty much centered on the sounds of the Chamberlin / Mellotron instruments (both precursors to the concept and execution of sampling) and the Novachord – a huge keyboard-based instrument capable of emulating the sounds of an organ and orchestra instruments using a massive bank of tubes […]

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Lost and Found and the JVC BY-110UL16

Lost and Found and the JVC BY-110UL16

  The annual Toronto Fringe Festival began yesterday, and until July 13th you have a large variety of plays and monologues to catch, with each show costing $12. Not all pieces run for multiple performances – some span 4 and go up to 11 – but the times are scattered across different days and times, making it easier for those with traditional and non-traditional work schedules (straight 9-5 vs. freelance) to catch something. I recently ran some camera tests for […]

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Camera Tests #104 a/b: JVC BY-110UL16

Camera Tests #104 a/b: JVC BY-110UL16

  When JVC brought out its BY-110UL16 (aka, model BY-110), a smaller, cheaper, yet still pretty damn good 3-tube camera (the unit is outfitted with three 1/2 inch Saticon tubes instead of the bigger and more popular 2/3 versions), it was around the time ENG cameras were starting to be available in both tube and CCD variants, and not long afterwards, units that were either standalone cameras or modular camcorders capable of recording in VHS, SVHS, U-matic, and Betcam. The […]

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Animation Extracts #01: Darius Holbert Podcast (May 2014)

Animation Extracts #01: Darius Holbert Podcast (May 2014)

  As described in the prior making-of blog for the new Main / End Titles for the KQEK.com podcasts, I use animated textures to signal the switch from an ongoing interview to a music cue extract, and give the cue a bit more visual support than a blah black screen. For the latest podcast featuring composer Darius Holbert, I went a little farther in building the animations to match the dramatic or mood progressions in the cue extract. More visual […]

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