Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
I've been doing computer graphics professionally for the past 15 years, and the number one most annoying request I have heard is, "Can we enhance it?" My answer has always been the same, "No we can't f***ing enhance it!"
No matter what you see on TV or in the movies, there is no magic enhance filter or button that you can select or push. If it ain't in the image, it ain't in the image. Period, end of story. Unless you were using a plenoptic camera, in that case, all bets are off.
Now leave me alone, I have to go watch CSI Miami with my sunglasses on, off, on:)
Killer specs include: High Sensitivity 10 Megapixel sensor, 1280x720 HD video at 24p and High Dynamic Range (HDR) scene mode.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects of West Hollywood, this proposed redesign has already won a Los Angeles Real Creativity Award. This new complex will feature a new 30,000-square-foot building that would be added to the Academy site to house computer classrooms, a student radio station, production spaces, edit bays, new server room, TV studio and control rooms, art studio, café and a 180-seat auditorium.
In addition, the plan calls for a 34,000-square-foot, three-story structure to house KCRW, which is currently in the basement of the Cayton Associated Students building on the SMC main campus. All buildings are being designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification.
I like the futuristic Blade Runner styling. It's definitely going to be a great back lot for doing student film shoots.
HDR photography has been steadily gaining popularity in the past few years. It's often used for creating toned mapped artistic photographs. This technique creates a painterly/hyper real version of the subject. It is also used professionally for gathering global illumination information that can be used to provide accurate lighting for 3D models.
HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging is usually accomplished by taking a series of photographs with varying exposures. Usually comprised of at least 3 pictures and up to 7 pictures, of the same moment in time. One picture is shot at a normal exposure, one at 2 stops underexposed, and one at 2 stops overexposed. These images are then combined in software to create either a tone mapped or HDR image.
Now that same technique has come to HD video. Using a beam splitter, that is commonly used for creating stereoscopic 3D imagery, the guys over at Soviet Montage have taken two Canon 5D Mark II's and creating what might be the first high dynamic range video. Using a one underexposed, and one overexposed technique, they have come up with something completely different.
If you find it visually attractive is really a matter of taste. But one thing is for sure, this is only the beginning. Get ready for a onslaught of HDR videos that will be coming our way. Hopefully this will help people forget all about the whole 3D rebirth.
I hope the porn guys don't get any crazy ideas.