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    New year, new business cards! Did this on Christmas Day. It’s been bugging me to not be able to hand out business cards, I ran out a month ago. I would’ve just reprinted my old ones but I felt this new card represents me better.

     
  2. Dec 25th, 2011     business cardtom baurainTheRedOwlvimeofacebookwebsiteportfolio
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    FCP X Roundup

    Well, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you know that Final Cut Pro X has been released. This roundup is a compilation of links I have found to be most enlightening. 

    • Gary Adcock’s review of FCP X at Creative Cow
    • What’s New in Motion 5 by Mark Spencer
    • Larry Jordan’s thoughts on FCP X
    • Philip Hodgetts has a unique perspective on FCP X
    • Jared Abrams at Wide Open Camera on his experiences with FCP X so far
    • Marcelo at New Media Webinars has an  "FCP X Webinar Central" you should check out.
    • Ripple Training also has courses on FCP X from Steve Martin available already.
    • Rob Imbs linked me to this video demonstrating some of FCP X.
    • Steve Martin has a great in-depth look at things professional editors care about at the famous Ken Stone site.
    • Alex Snelling, Apple Master Certified Trainer, addresses some concerns over FCP X.

    Of course, I also recommend checking out Apple.com’s official FCP X page.

     
  4. Jun 21st, 2011     final cut pro,thomas baurain,philip hodgetts,jared abrams,fcp xappleeditingpostproductioncolormotioncompressor64 bittomtheredowlwide open cameragary adcockmark spencerlarry jordanmarcelo lewinnew media webinarsripple trainingsteve martin
  5. The Journey of Imagination by Wildek. Some very cool motion graphics in this piece. 

     
  6. Jun 10th, 2011     wildekthe journey of imaginationtom bauraintheredowl
  7. A little BTS @WolfEcho shot on his iPhone 4. Not used to being talent on a shoot! Took a lot of work, but I think I got what I was after for the “RAW Timelapse Workflow Tutorial: Extended” video I’m working on.

     
  8. May 31st, 2011     tom baurain,btsbehind the scenestheredowlwolfechojoseph pollockjoetimelapseiphone 4appleworkflowrawtutorial
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    One of my favorite buses from the MoKan VW Show

    One of my favorite buses from the MoKan VW Show

     
  10. May 30th, 2011     kansas,thomas baurain,mokanvwshowvolkswagenbusbusesmissouriclassic vehiclestomtheredowl
  11. So this morning I was going through video I had shot for a wedding last Saturday, and made a great discovery! I don’t shoot many weddings but when I do I usually collaborate with my good friend Joe Pollock, and we usually shoot on Sony FX1 and DSLR’s. The FX1 is a bit older of a camera, and tape based. It shoots 1440x1080 interlaced @ 30fps. 
The last wedding we shot together was my first experience mixing FX1 footage and DSLR footage. It gave me a lot of trouble, so I knew I wanted to tackle this first so there were no problems down the line. I used a short 10 second clip from the wedding for experimentation. Luckily I nailed what I was trying to accomplish on the first try. 
FX1 footage is interlaced, so I had to deinterlace it - and I was curious what transcoding to ProRes422HQ would be like. Natively it captures HDV - the results were quite interesting. The comparison picture you see is ungraded and a bit overexposed. 
The transcoded ProRes file is on the left, and the original HDV footage is on the right. Also of note is that the ProRes file was converted to 1920x1080 so as to mix with the DSLR footage better. The sharpness of the ProRes file is what really caught my eye. In some areas it even (seems) to recover a bit of detail in the midtones-highlights that isn’t there in the original HDV footage.
A few negatives - it clearly adds some saturation to the overall image in ProRes HQ. I’m not sure if I’m imagining it but there also seems to be some noise in the ProRes file not in the FX1 file. However I think that’s just something to remember when I reach the color grading process. Magic Bullet Denoiser is a big part of my workflow. 
Hope you enjoyed this little comparison! I thought others might enjoy such a comparison. Even after all these years I can still get a bit more quality out of it. 

    So this morning I was going through video I had shot for a wedding last Saturday, and made a great discovery! I don’t shoot many weddings but when I do I usually collaborate with my good friend Joe Pollock, and we usually shoot on Sony FX1 and DSLR’s. The FX1 is a bit older of a camera, and tape based. It shoots 1440x1080 interlaced @ 30fps. 

    The last wedding we shot together was my first experience mixing FX1 footage and DSLR footage. It gave me a lot of trouble, so I knew I wanted to tackle this first so there were no problems down the line. I used a short 10 second clip from the wedding for experimentation. Luckily I nailed what I was trying to accomplish on the first try. 

    FX1 footage is interlaced, so I had to deinterlace it - and I was curious what transcoding to ProRes422HQ would be like. Natively it captures HDV - the results were quite interesting. The comparison picture you see is ungraded and a bit overexposed. 

    The transcoded ProRes file is on the left, and the original HDV footage is on the right. Also of note is that the ProRes file was converted to 1920x1080 so as to mix with the DSLR footage better. The sharpness of the ProRes file is what really caught my eye. In some areas it even (seems) to recover a bit of detail in the midtones-highlights that isn’t there in the original HDV footage.

    A few negatives - it clearly adds some saturation to the overall image in ProRes HQ. I’m not sure if I’m imagining it but there also seems to be some noise in the ProRes file not in the FX1 file. However I think that’s just something to remember when I reach the color grading process. Magic Bullet Denoiser is a big part of my workflow. 

    Hope you enjoyed this little comparison! I thought others might enjoy such a comparison. Even after all these years I can still get a bit more quality out of it. 

     
  12. May 17th, 2011     kansas cityweddingsshootdslrSony FX1Canon 7DT2iProRes422HQProRes422 HQProRes HQcomparisonHDVAppleJoe PollockJosephThomas bauraintomtheredowlweddingeventvideography
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    Resource Roundup #1

    A sampling of some things I found that I thought you might find useful as well. Most of what I’m sharing is related to editing and post-production. 

    1. Marvels DSLR Moire Filter for Final Cut Pro

    One thing I should be clear about here is this is NOT a blur filter of any kind. The main thing to remember with this is there is usually a shift in the red channel, making it appear more desaturated. It depends on your source media + the colors you are working with. I’ve only had to use this plugin on one project, and masked off the offending green shirt so that in color correction I can easily isolate it and grade it appropriately. You’ll notice the color shift immediately so take care with how you use this. 

    [DOWNLOAD PAGE]

    2. Colorista II Free + Magic Bullet LUT Buddy

    Red Giant Software has released a free version of their popular Colorista II plugin for After Effects and Final Cut Pro. The main difference here is you are limited to primary color adjustments. Still, a great tool for free! If you don’t know what a LUT is, you probably don’t need Magic Bullet LUT Buddy. Pro colorists will love LUT Buddy, I should think. 

    [DOWNLOAD PAGE]

    3. LRTimelapse

    If any of you have tried to do timelapse, you know how much of a problem flicker can be. It can ruin hours of work. I know about GBDeflicker, the difference here is this application is free. Yes, application - it has nothing to do with Lightroom and is on OS X and Windows. Full credit for this find goes to the Timescapes Post Workflow Forum.

    [DOWNLOAD PAGE]

    4. CRAM Compressor Presets

    For those of us who use Compressor, I’m sure you’ve found that the default settings for exporting are not enough, nor are they the best you can get for your video or film. CRAM Compressor Presets have over 330 great presets for $39, and contain a lot of presets found in Sorenson Squeeze. Found thanks to Matt Jeppsen of FreshDV.

    [DOWNLOAD PAGE]

    5. After Effects BG Renderer

    If you use After Effects you’ve probably heard of this script, but I thought I’d list it anyways. Recommended by such people as Stu Maschwitz and Scott Simmons. Well worth the money. 

    [DOWNLOAD PAGE]

    6. AE Terminal Render

    That being said about BG Renderer, James aka @friedpixels, shared a method for rendering I’ve never heard of but will definitely try. James works at MK12, so you have some perspective. MK12 has done a variety of film, TV and video game work. Google them, you will like what you find. This method of rendering is for OS X only. Terminal comes with all Apple computers. 

    1) Open Terminal

    2) Drag the AERender file(it’s in your applications folder in Applications>After Effects) into Terminal

    3) Type -project

    4) Drop AE project file into Terminal

    Hope you enjoyed the roundup! I’ll do these once a month, or more frequently depending on resources I find. 

    P.S - Something I should mention that I found out from David Newman, CineForm’s CTO and GoPro’s Senior Director of Software Engineering, is that the free GoPro Cineform Studio works with 2D GoPro footage, not just 3D footage. So know you know - gotta love GoPro for such a great freebie.

     
  14. Apr 22nd, 2011     terminal,aescripts,thomas baurain,resourcesafter effectscompressorbg rendererCRAMLRTimelapseflickertimelapsecolorista IImagic bullet lut buddymarvels dslr moire filterfinal cut proplugintomtheredowl
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    Canon T3i/600D

    So if you’ve been monitoring the internet today you probably know that Canon has released the T3i, the follow up to the hugely popular EOS Rebel T2i. I was pretty excited, as I am a T2i owner myself. It has it’s drawbacks but I still look at it as a great tool. 

    The only feature that caught my eye was the articulating LCD screen similar to the Canon 60D, and the digital zoom. The T3i’s release makes me wonder "how long is Canon going to wait before putting a new sensor in their DSLR cameras?"

    It is a very cool update to the camera but not a must-buy, unless you’re a low budget filmmaker who doesn’t own a T2i. Nothing in this update is a must-buy. If I had to guess, I bet Canon wants to wow everyone with the 5DIII before updating the lower end cameras. 

    Other thoughts: 

    Michael Schmidt

    DSLR Video Shooter

    Nino Leitner

    El Skid

    Cinema5D

    EOSHD

     
  16. Feb 7th, 2011     5dIII,canondslrt3i600Dt2itheredowlthomas bauraintomblog