iStockphoto, the royalty-free online photo and video resource, has revolutionised stock photography for customers and photographers. The company’s Chief Operating Officer, Kelly Thompson, spoke to CPN to explain the ethos, attitude and planning behind iStockphoto’s success. Robert Hull reports.
For Thompson there is virtually no overlap between Getty and iStock, though he’s quick to thank Getty’s Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Klein, for providing useful advice. “One of the great things he told us when he bought us was to ‘slow down and focus on quality’. Once you have more than five million images on a site that’s more than anyone can see in a lifetime, so we could step back and focus on how good the images are,” reveals Thompson. Continue reading
Panasonic’s HDC-SD90 records Full HD 1920 x 1080/50p video to SDHC and SDXC cards and is part of the firm’s 1MOS range for 2011.
It’s an AVCHD model aimed, primarily, at people who want an HD camcorder with a wide range of features and connectivity, and has the sort of subtle functionality prized by moviemaking enthusiasts who want to take full control over the images they shoot. Continue reading
Panasonic is quite possibly trying to hit every target with the HDC-SD900 – and it may just do it. This is a Full HD 1920 x 1080/50p camcorder, which benefits from three 2.53MP sensors, uses the AVCHD recording format and has enough manual features and creative functions to keep even the most demanding movie maker happy.
The sub-£900 price only adds to the prospect that this could already be one of the best camcorders of the year. However, if you’re thinking it’s got all this functionality and can fit into a coat pocket you’ll have to think again. Continue reading
Legendary music video director Kevin Godley was commissioned to help to launch Charlotte Church’s creative rebirth with an innovative video for the single ‘Back to Scratch’. Godley, DoP George Tiffin and producer Ben Sullivan tell Robert Hull a tale of white rooms, eight Canon EOS DSLR cameras and a finished video they feel hit the mark.
When a recording artist as high profile as Charlotte Church takes creative control of their career it’s usually an indication that they mean business. And with the Welsh singer forming her own label, Dooby Records, to launch the ‘Back to Scratch’ album, it also underlined her financial commitment to the project.
Read the full article online at Canon Professional Network
Case study: 3D games developer, Patrick Naud, executive producer for Ubisoft (www.ubi.com)
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Read full interview and more 3D stories at Guardian: Life in 3D
It’s just a short hop from the University of Montreal to the games developer Ubisoft’s offices in the city but making that trip has taken Patrick Naud on a 12-year journey to the pinnacle of the games industry and the forefront of 3D game development.
Naud, a 34-year-old “French-Canadian guy”, joined the company straight after his degree in 1998 and has seen the studio grow from a small satellite office to one of the largest games production houses in the world. His credits include Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six and last year’s James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game, on which he was executive producer. Continue reading
Moving to the next level: a short history of video gaming
After going mainstream with early favourites such as Pong and Donkey Kong, the gaming industry evolved as the technology developed
Revolution and evolution have characterised four decades of the gaming industry, from the seismic shock in 1972 of the first video games console, through to 2010 and the arrival of 3D gaming.
Ralph H Baer’s invention of the Magnavox Odyssey console in the early 70s sparked an interest which was taken to the masses by a game as uncomplicated as Pong, which simulated a table-tennis game using a few simple graphics. Atari even went so far as to launch its own dedicated Pong console for Christmas 1975. Continue reading
JVC’s first Picsio camcorder, the FM1, was pocket sized, fresh and fun but it didn’t do enough to unsettle the market-dominating Flip or rugged Kodak PlaySport. But now the Picsio is back and ready to show off its image and feature improvements.
A new (and more Flip-like) design means the FM2 doesn’t look so retro. There’s now a 3in touch-activated display and, unlike its predecessor, this Picsio can shoot Full HD 1920×1080 movies. Continue reading
Sanyo has thrown down the gauntlet to pocket-size camcorders everywhere – its VPC-CS1 is its slimmest and lightest yet to capture 1080i video.
The CS1 is a mere 26.8mm wide, so really is compact enough to take just about anywhere. It’s one of Sanyo’s ‘dual camera’ troupe too, which means that along with the 60fps, 1920x1080i video you can shoot 8MP stills (albeit via an interpolation trickery that boosts the res from the 3.3MP sensor). There’s also the signature Xacti ability to shoot video and stills simultaneously. Continue reading
Panasonic has decided to give pocket-sized camcorders a hard time. Its HDC-SD60 keeps things small and simple but adds a sackful of features that its more dinky competitors from Kodak, Flip and Sanyo don’t always include.
The HDC-SD60 is part of a trio of mid-range camcorders from Panasonic, which includes the HS60 (120GB HDD + SD card recording) and TM60 (16GB memory + SD card recording). The SD60 drops all this built-in memory stuff for the simplicity of SD card recording – it’s even compatible with the latest media card developments and will record to SDXC too. Continue reading
The producers of ‘House’, one of the most successful and widely viewed TV programmes in the world, have confirmed that the show’s climactic episode in season six has been filmed entirely using Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II DSLR camera, reports Robert Hull.
Co-Executive Producer and Director of ‘House’, Greg Yaitanes, used his Twitter feed to inform fans and followers of the medical drama about this radical departure from traditional programme-making, using film, and to explain the benefits in choosing to shoot with the EOS 5D Mark II. Among a stream of positive comments about the shooting process, Yaitanes said of the camera: “I loved it and feel it’s the future.” Continue reading