Monday, July 11, 2011

Santa Monica College Media Technology Campus

Back in September of 2010, I posted an article about the upcoming additions to the AET campus.

It looks like Clive Wilkinson Architects have been busy, as the above rendering shows. The 79,000 square foot "Santa Monica College Media Technology Campus", as it is now called, is a marvel of modern design.

Having the broadcast and digital media classes in one central location will help foster creativity and promote interdepartmental networking.

I love how the new studios for the all mighty KCRW are will soon be on Stewart Street for all the world to see. There is also going to be a new cafe and courtyard on campus. If we just add a hotel, we would never have to leave:)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Poptent Promo - Shot on GH1 (GH13,GH17)

Poptent Final Composite

MJPEG HD 1280x720 YCC 4:2:2 30fps 85mm @ f4.0 1/60 Sec. 400 ISO

MJPEG HD 1280x720 YCC 4:2:2 30fps 20mm @ f4.0 1/60 Sec. 400 ISO

I recently shot some green screen footage using two hacked GH1's (GH13, GH17) with my young and talented Promo Pathway students. I thought this would be a great opportunity to try out the new MJPEG HD 1280x720 YCC 4:2:2 settings. The fact that these little cameras can shoot 4:2:2 without the need of an HDMI capture card, is rather mind blowing.

I am very happy with the results, even though it did require some serious garbage matting and rotoscoping. Unfortunately, as with most chromakeying, it is never just a one click proposition.

GH13 & GH17 using Pixelphile NTSC Indy Filmmaker Settings.

1280x720 YCC 4:2:2
1/60 Sec.
400 ISO
Smooth Mode
-2 Contrast
-2 Sharpness
0 Saturation
0 Noise Reduction

Canon FD S.S.C. 20mm f2.8 @ f4.0, Canon FL 85mm f1.8 @ f4.0

Sansdisk Extreme Class 10 SDHC Card.

Rode Video Mic Pro.

Edited in Final Cut Pro.

Composited in After Effects.