Phil Peel

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Super 8 camera Digital Cartridge!

Posted by Phil On December - 7 - 2013

Here’s a fascinating idea, that needs some development but just might catch on

The Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge Can Make Your Film Cameras Go Digital

What if these old mechanical Super 8 cameras could be repurposed with modern technology in order to create digital images? Well, with the Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge, they can.

Ortho Hero copy

 

At first glance, the idea seems kind of crazy. Why use film cameras to capture a digital image? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose? Well, yes and no. Of course, many people shoot film because they prefer the aesthetic. However, in the case of the Super 8 cameras that took the proprietary Kodak film cartridges (which have been discontinued), an innovation like this has the potential to give new life to hardware that would otherwise sit and gather dust indefinitely.

By using a 5 megapixel sensor they can capture 720p HD footage at the native Super 8 aspect ratio of 4:3.

Processors integrated into the image sensor are able to  process and encode the footage in real time to a removable SD card.

 

Here’s the LINK

For anyone using Final Cut Pro X this could be a godsend.  When you have finished editing a project and want to archive it, FCPX has all sorts of unnecessary files, which take up a lot of space. I have 20 terabytes of storage …and I’m still running out of space.  If you have copies of the camera card original files then FCPX  probably has made large Pro Res files, Render files etc. that aren’t necessary for archiving. It is possible to go through and delete the files manually, but it’s a pain.

x-Wiper from Norwegian developer Helge Tjelta does this all automatically. The idea is to remove everything that can be recreated again. It’s only about £12.

 

x-wipe_FCPX

Here’s Helge’s description from the Apps Store

“You can choose to delete: render files, proxy files, high quality media files and optical flow files. All of which can be generated if needed later.  Only folders of more then 100MB will be checked for deleting by default.

You just don’t want to archive to much data. So this app will help you clean up your Disc, SparseImage, Movie folder or SAN location. You can toggle all on/off, by using the header for each type of files.

An example: A film shot with a Panasonic AG-f100 camera, makes AVCHD folder of 8,7 GB. On importing to FCPX you get a new 8.7 GB just on the import. This is you extracted original recording. But were are still in H.264 land of codecs. You want to use a more power friendly codec, and you do a transcode to ProRes for editing/online. Now you have a transcoded folder of 60 GB!

Add to this, your renders for both events and projects. Now, if you duplicate you project and have, say version 1, version2 etc, then you quickly get some GB’s per project, depending on how long the movie will be… Just say 2 versions and 5 GB each..

So, you started with 8,7 GB and ends up with over 80 GB when the project is finished….. how then to get back to what you really need for you archive ? Instead of manually choose all projects and event and remove render files, just use X-wiper and drop you main-folder onto it. Now you can delete all render files, and transcoded files and more, in one go.”

 

Sounds really good. I’ve immediately bought it and  will use it to archive  my last project “John Lennon’s Turd”

Though I think it will be a bit scary using it for the first time.

 

X-WIPER ON APPS STORE

 

 

 

 

John Lennon’s Turd trailer out.

Posted by Phil On September - 15 - 2013

…and the film will be finished soon!   It  feels like I’ve been living in a cave for the last few weeks. I’ve been missing all the sunshine with the the windows blacked out. Normally it’s great to have a good view and sunlight streaming into the room, but not great for colour grading.

 

 

On the trailer I’ve used a track by John Bower from the Mooncats.  Thanks John

For the main film Francis Macdonald has completed the music. Been great working with him.  Check him out here and his music

Kenton Hall is finishing our end theme music

Now I’m onto Foley (adding specific sound effects) , so sunlight is OK.

But mmm..   It’s raining outside now.  🙁     Was there a summer?

 

…oh and my knees are really sore. As I edit standing up.  Up to 10 hours a day..

 

 

“Love” selected for New York Bootleg Film Festival

Posted by Phil On August - 28 - 2013
Our film “Love” has been selected for the New York Bootleg Film Festival showing at the Tribeca Film Centre on the 19th September.  Well done to all the crew, cast and writer!

bootlegfilmfestival.com

Love – trailer – 50 Kisses from Phil Peel on Vimeo.

 

Here’s how and why we made it www.Love-philpeel.com