What is Netflix’s Plan for a Safe Hollywood?

Netflix’s CEO Ted Srandos is trying to come up with a plan to reopen Hollywood.

All of Hollywood has been left scrambling as COVID-19 changes every best-laid plan. This is happening in what was supposed to be the height of the streaming wars. So if you’re a streamer with a plan to get back to work safely, you might be able to take advantage and get to the front of the line.

That’s where Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos comes into play.

He’s working on a way to get his crews and employees back to work in the safest way possible.

“While we will need to change this process — in some cases dramatically — to ensure the safety of cast and crew during this pandemic, the closed nature of sets also offers some advantages,” Sarandos wrote Monday in an op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times. “Not least that they provide a relatively controlled environment, where we can track who comes and goes.”

With Hollywood and the United States shut down, it’s time for Netflix to flex its international muscles.

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AVID Media Composer 2020.4 Now Supports macOS Catalina

AVID Media Composer 2020.4 makes the switch to 64-bit.

That wait is over. AVID Media Composer now supports 64-bit applications making it compatible with macOS Catalina. Version 2020.4 not only adds the popular operating system to its repertoire, but integrates Windows ProRes support, boosts performance, and improves the interface.

macOS Catalina

Media Composer is now compatible with 64-bit applications which includes Catalina v10.15.4. That said, 32-bit applications will no longer run, and there are a caveats with the new version.

When running Catalina, there is no support for DMF, Nitirs DX and Mojo DX, the Avid Title Tool or Marquee as well as Media Central. Also, if your setup connects to Production Management, you won’t be able to upgrade. For Media Composer Enterprise users, the admin tool is not yet supported but the client will run on Catalina.

Some of the QuickTime functionality in macOS Catalina is limited as well. You cannot:

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How Much Money Are You Spending on Photography Gear?

How Much Money Are You Spending on Photography Gear?

Camera equipment is quite expensive, and investing in a new body or lens is no small decision. If that is something you are currently considering, this fantastic video will give you a lot of perspective on both the purchasing process and what we really need as photographers.

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Canon C300 Mark II gets a further price drop

Canon has quietly dropped the price of the C300 Mark II by another $500 USD. This comes just two weeks after the price dropped from $8,999 USD to $7,999 USD. The C300 mark II (at least in the USA) can now be purchased for $7,499 USD. The C300 Mark II is still a very capable … Continued

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #226 – Alan Caso

Get ready party people.

Our guest on the show this week is cinematographer Alan Caso who is on to chat about his latest work in a long line of episodic television.   

Alan has an enormous wealth of experience as a cinematographer and in 2018 he received the ASC Career in Television Achievement award.

It was great to sit down and chat and I hope you enjoy the episode!

Commercial Cinematography: The Foundation Course

If you are interested in Commercial Cinematography and getting the most out of Pre-Production than this course is for you. 

In the course I lay out a step by step plan of action to get on commercial production radars and raise the level of your projects by maximising the prep time you have at your disposal.

Check it out:

Commercial Cinematography – The Foundation

Patreon Podcast – Odark

We are taking a look at 3 scenes from Netflix’s Ozark Season 3 this week over on the Patreon podcast.

I, along with many others, are big fans of the show and what cinematographer Ben Kutchins was able to pull off.  We take an extensive look at the coverage, lighting, and blocking of the scenes to see how it all comes together.

To see the images and listen to the special breakdown podcast click the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest – Cinematographer Alan Caso

Personal Website:  Alan Caso

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5 Tips for Faster Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro

5 Tips for Faster Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro

Video editing takes a lot of time and effort, and anywhere you can make your workflow a bit more efficient can really add up in the long run. This great video will give you five helpful tips for editing more quickly in Adobe Premiere.

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Compact and Cheap: A Review of the Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR

Compact and Cheap: A Review of the Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR

The Fuji XF 35mm f/2 R WR lens is a very compact, lightweight, and affordable lens with a versatile focal length and wide aperture. This great video takes a look at it to help you decide if it deserves a place in your bag.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Focus for Landscape Photography

Landscape photographer and educator Mads Peter Iversen has put together a helpful focus ‘primer’ for the aspiring landscape photographers out there. In the video, he goes over auto and manual focus technique, his personal workflow, and a few basic tips and tricks that work well for him.

Note that Iversen doesn’t go into the details of hyperfocal distance and how to calculate it. If you want to get that precise every time you take a shot—or you’re looking for a more advanced tutorial—you’re better off consulting a more technical explanation like this one by Nigel Danson.

Iversen’s video is focused on (pun intended) his own short-hand technique that he uses in the field. Since he doesn’t want to set about “calculating” his distance as the light is changing, he shares several autofocus tips, starter settings, and a trial-and-error workflow that works for him. A few tips from the video:

  • Don’t be afraid to use autofocus; in fact, Mads uses AF most of the time
  • Whether you’re using manual of autofocus, take advantage of your camera’s live view and focus assist features like 100% zoom and focus peaking
  • Don’t be afraid to shoot above f/11—on many lenses, f/16 is still totally okay
  • Trial and error is faster than doing the math: set your aperture, focus “1/3” of the way into your scene, take a photo, and review the results. Then adjust focus and aperture as needed, and take another shot.
  • For compositions with extreme depth of field, don’t be afraid to focus stack.

As a bonus, Mads ends the video by showing you how to manually create a really basic, three-shot focus stack when there’s too much depth of field for a single shot to handle.

Check out the full walkthrough above to see how Iversen does it. If you shoot Sony, it will be particularly useful since he covers some of the settings and features he uses; but even if you don’t, the video represents a good primer on the basics of nailing focus for landscape photography, without getting overly technical or pedantic about technique.

The Power of Local Adjustments in Lightroom

The Power of Local Adjustments in Lightroom

Most of the time, we think of Lightroom as a place for cataloging and global edits, but it also has some great local adjustment capabilities that can really put the finishing touches on an image. This excellent video will show you how to take advantage of those local adjustment features to improve your landscape images.

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