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How Aspect Ratios Have Changed Over Time

How Aspect Ratios Have Changed Over Time Because of Movies.

Here is a great post by Casey Chan, enjoy.

If you haven’t learned anything interesting today, watch this fascinating history lesson on how the aspect ratios we know (16:9, 4:3) became the standard of what we see. For any film geek or ratio nerd, it’s a lovely trip back into time where things can become standard by just doing it for a long time.

Probably the best wrinkle in aspect ratio history is how 16:9 came about: old 4:3 movie theaters birthed 4:3 television sets which stopped people from going to 4:3 movie theaters which made 4:3 movie theaters go widescreen to offer something different at home (which also eventually gave way to widescreen TVs).

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Brian Eno Describes Power of Light in Sh

Brian Eno Describes Power of Light in Short Film
Producer recalls early experience with art as a child

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By
Erin Coulehan
May 30, 2013 1:30 PM

Brian Eno recalls one of his earliest experiences with art in a new short film released by the Red Bull Music Academy. Light and Time: The Visual Art of Brian Eno finds the acclaimed producer and soundscape artist talking about another facet of his creativity as he describes working with light. The film, directed by Scott Thrift, examines Eno’s method of light and time manipulation in conjunction with his current 77 Million Paintings audio-visual installation which is showing in New York through June 2nd.

In the film, Eno talks about the grace with which the slow progression of time, like life, fades one thing into something, and says that he found that projecting pure light on a constantly-mutating image to be very powerful. Part of the creative process, he says, is imagining things that don’t exist and then questioning the underlying reasons before creating a new object or project himself.

500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Brian Eno ‘Another Green World’

Eno, best known for his work on albums made by David Bowie, Talking Heads and U2, goes on to say that one of his first experiences with art was when he was a child and his uncle showed him a projection of a Disney film.

“It was intensely bright, and I remembered this experience so strongly, the brightness and the vivacity of that color, this thing was pinks and blues and yellows, fabulous colors; and I can certainly remember always thinking that I wanted to re-create that pure, visceral sensation of light,” Eno says.

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Product of the Week: Video Ice S-120 Vest Dual Arm Carbon Fiber Camera Stabilizer Steadycam DSLR Rig

Video Ice S-120 Vest Dual Arm Carbon Fiber Camera Stabilizer Steadycam DSLR Rig

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The Video Ice S-120 is a Carbon Fiber, lightweight, hand-held camera stabilization system designed for compact cameras weighing up to 6 kg / 13 pounds. This system works so well that it allows you to shoot incredibly smooth and graceful shots even while going to extremes like running up and down stairs. This amazing stabilization system will provide professional results previously out of reach for low budget video and filmmakers.

The camera platform moves back and forth, and side to side, to quickly allow you to adjust the cameras horizontal balance. By varying the amount of counterweight disks on the base platform you adjust the camera’s vertical balance. When balanced properly the camera floats, always balanced, isolated from your hands undesirable motions and ready for you to move into action.

With the Video Ice S-120 you no longer need a tripod or a dolly. All you need is your Imagination! It is quick and easy to set up and balance. Allows unrestricted Booming and unrestricted 360 degree Panning. It Can also be used as a Monopod, no-tools telescoping base, with positionable weight discs that allow you to Achieve Dynamic Balance.

The Video Ice S-120 has a telescopic post which can be extended from 70 cm / 27″ to 120 cm / 47″. Its height can be adjusted according to the weight of the camera.

For your convenience it includes rods and connectors for a matte box.

This system is especially useful for professional and Pro-sumer Video Cameras and video capable DSLR cameras.  It will work with most cameras weighing up to 13 lbs.

ARTICULATED ARM:

An Articulated Arm system is designed to absorb shocks and bumps. It is durable, and lightweight. The Shock Absorber Springs are adjustable for taking high end and low end shots.

The arm has manually adjustable tension springs which maintains the position of the stabilizer depending on the combined weight of whatever camera you’re using. The arm itself is very light in weight and easily removed from the vest. There’s a universal stabilizer mount which is inserted and locked into the arm without the need for tools.

COMFORT LOAD VEST:

This load vest is simplified, with a thinner chest plate and a single knob to adjust its height, making it more flexible to operate.  The Comfort load vest is completely foam padded in both the back and the front. The Vest is very versatile and very light-weight which makes it very comfortable for long term shooting.

————— FEATURES —————

  • Easy to install and uninstall.
  • Made of high strength and light weight carbon fiber.
  • The length of the stabilizer can extend quickly for more features and functions.
  • Allows high and low angle shooting.
  • Height adjustment improves weight ratio and reduces the need for base weights.
  • High precision bearings and low friction joints.
  • The quick release plate can record the dynamic balance of different equipment.
  • Pulling the adjusting knob can separate the quick release plate from the base.
  • Counterweight plate comes complete with weights.
  • The fixing knob can be used to adjust height of the vest.
  • With two connection arm and one shock absorption arm.
  • The load arm can be inserted into the slots of the vest easily.
  • The inner diameter of handle is 16mm, which connected with the arm pin.
  • Magic arm with elasticity adjusting knob.

————— SPECIFICATIONS —————

  •     Maximum Length: Approx. 120cm / 47”
  •     Minimum Length: Approx. 70cm / 27”
  •     Quick Release Plate: 60mm / 2.4”
  •     Base Plate: 15mm / 0.6”
  •     Stabilizer Body weight: Approx. 1800g / 4 LBS.
  •     Weight Bearing Capability:  6 kg / 13 lbs.

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