Fix a dead pixel on your DSLR

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We HATE dead pixels. You know what we’re talking about, those annoying little specs on your footage that come from a flaw in your dslr sensor. We do have some kung-fu to “fix them in post”, but that sucks. Render time is a black hole that we don’t like to pile on to. So when we recently discovered a dead pixel in our 7D, we hit the interwebs looking for a way to fix it that does not include losing our camera to the Canon fix it factory for two weeks.

Full disclosure, we have not tried this method yet, but this video is from Charles Trippy seems to be one the most popular solutions to fixing dslr dead pixels. We’re about to try it out. We’ll let you know how it goes.

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DIY Spider Dolly

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We found this intstuctional video for how to build your own spider dolly with PVC and skateboard wheels on youtube this morning. It comes from Final Cut King. Follow that link for a pdf, and check the site for lot’s more. It’s DIY FRIDAY!

Here is an example vid:

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Heart, Soul & Life of NYC

@mindrelic @k1x @NextLevelPics & @duskzero all bring us our Wednesday inspiration. We’re heading out to NYC tomorrow, so we’re giving you some beautiful vids of the world’s greatest city (at least according to Abby). Get ready.

All footage was shot within an 8 hour span in Brooklyn, NYC. Several of these shots will be used in part w/ a series of spots we are directing/producing which will be released sometime in the near future. Shot on Rule Boston Camera’s Phantom Flex camera.

Check out their blog for more info.

I recently spent a little over a month hotel hopping in Manhattan (March 12th to April 29th) shooting time lapse. These clips were pulled from over an hours worth of footage.

A day in the life of New York City, in miniature. Please view in HD and full screen for best effect. For a description of the shoot, camera, lenses and workflow, please see here: bit.ly/aFmaPZ

A visual love letter to NY basketball. Read the full story.

Pandora: the Head and the Heart at Treasure Island Music Festival 2011 “Headlining Tour”

Branded content with Pandora for a partnership between Treasure Island Music Festival 2011 and Trojan. We served as Director’s of Photography and Post-Production, including story editing.

The videos were shot two camera style with either two Canon 7D’s, or a 7D and a Canon 5D. Lenses included a couple of Canon 70-200′s, a Zeiss 35mm 2.0, 50mm 2.0, a Canon “plastic fantastic”, a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L, and a Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS.

They were edited in Final Cut Pro 7.0.3 and finished with Magic Bullet Looks at JADED HQ.

This video is displayed for portfolio purposes only. Please follow this link to Pandora for more Treasure Island videos.

Pandora: Cut Copy at Treasure Island Music Festival 2011 “Rewarding”

Branded content with Pandora for a partnership between Treasure Island Music Festival 2011 and Trojan. We served as Director’s of Photography and Post-Production, including story editing.

The videos were shot two camera style with either two Canon 7D’s, or a 7D and a Canon 5D. Lenses included a couple of Canon 70-200′s, a Zeiss 35mm 2.0, 50mm 2.0, a Canon “plastic fantastic”, a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L, and a Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS.

They were edited in Final Cut Pro 7.0.3 and finished with Magic Bullet Looks at JADED HQ.

This video is displayed for portfolio purposes only. Please follow this link to Pandora for more Treasure Island videos.

Roughneck + Circa Footwear Shoe Release

Circa Combat Unit released a Roughneck Hardware version of the Ramondetta Pro Model shoe for Roughneck’s 13th Anniversary. We caught up with Johnny Roughneck at the shoe release party on August 13th at DLX skate shop in San Francisco and got him to the show off the shoe for us.

Produced and Shot by Abby Berendt Lavoi and Jeremey Lavoi with a Canon 7D using a 35mm Zeiss f2.0 and a Canon “plastic fantastic” 50mm f1.8.
Edit and Finished by Jeremey Lavoi.

Treasure Island Music Festival coverage

We spent the weekend shooting interviews with bands and doing concert coverage at the Treasure Island Music Festival for our friends over at Pandora Internet Radio.

Highlights included interviewing the Naked and Famous on their tour bus, and then catching their amazing show from the photo pit right at the stage.

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Later on Saturday, we shot an interview with Australia’s Cut Copy in their tent backstage. Then it was back to the photo pit to get some coverage of their show. They killed it with their dancey, pop, light show.

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On Sunday we caught up with the Head and the Heart in the Mission District, where we shot an interview with them at the very cool boutique Veracocha. We caught their show at sunset on the island. Watching them rip it up as the sun went down at their backs was the perfect closer for the weekend.

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All in all, we had a blast… an exhausting blast, but a blast. Did we mention that Jeremey watched Explosions in the Sky from the Ferris wheel, while getting a closing night shot? Well he did. It was awesome. They were actually on the original interview list, but it didn’t work out.

Thanks to our friends at Pandora for including us. Also thanks to Lauretta Molitor and Ben Youngerman for stepping up to help with the coverage. Good times. Enjoy these screens. There will be footage from the weekend up on Pandora soon.

Johnnie Behiri’s Rig

DSLR Rig’s are like Erector Set’s and we’ve been getting a lot of compliments on our 7D rig from Redrock Micro. That made us curious about what other shooters are doing, so today’s DIY Friday is the evolution of Johnnie Behiri’s ENG rig from the Vimeo DSLR Mods and Pimps Channel. The music is awesome.

Gear in this vid:

Camera rig: Vocas
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Mattebox: Vocas
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EVF (Electronic View Finder) Cineroid:
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Microphone: Hosa tech
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Audio recorder: Tascam DR-100
Camera light: Rotolight:
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7D Corrupt Files Fixed!

A few weeks ago we were on an important job for a client we won’t name. We set-up and shot a gorgeous looking interview followed by a half day b-roll session with a studio set-up. All of this was shot using our Canon 7D which we’ve been in production with on jobs large and small for the past couple of years. When we got back to the office and dumped our 32 gig San Disk Compact Flash cards we were greeted by this strange sight:

The files marked in red are corrupt. They show size indicating that there is information there, but no piece of software from Quicktime to VLC to MPEG Streamclip could open them. As we mentioned above, we’ve been using the 7D with these types of cards on job after job for a couple of years and we’ve NEVER had anything like this happen to us.

Panic started to set in. It just so happens that the corrupted files were the important interview sections NOT the b-roll. We started coming up with contengency plans. We had shot a lot of b-roll, and luckily we do duel system audio with our H4N Zoom, so we had all the bites. Perhaps we could just cover them with b-roll? In fact, the client had specifically asked that the interviewee only be shown at the top and the bottom of each video…

Unfortunately the intros and outros were corrupt.

Immediately we hit the interwebs only to find out that this is a known issue. Forum after forum had people complaining, panicking, searching for answers to the same problem. Canon 7D footage pulled off of compact flash cards with files that showed data in their file size, but could not be opened or previewed. WTF Canon?

Some people claimed it was an issues with particular card brands, but then in turned out that it has happened with several brands. The real culprit seems to be that if footage is shot with a low battery the camera has trouble closing the files. This is why people have experienced perfect files before and after the corrupt files on their cards.

There is a solution, but it will cost you. The service is called Treasured and is made available through Aeroquartet.com. Treasured is a free diagnostic tool that will help determine whether your files can be saved. The Canon problem is one of the known issues that it’s tailored for, so after running the diagnostic chances are it will be able to fix the files.

First you download Treasured, and then run the diagnostic. If the files can be repaired they ask you to upload a sample file and then they develop a repair kit for you to download.

This can take up to 24 hours, but can be rushed. This is the price list.

If you have the budget, then it’s simply a matter of uploading, waiting, and running the repair once the kit arrives. It took less than 24 hours for us to get our repair kit. We uploaded on a Friday night and had our kit on Saturday morning. Once we had the repair kit, it ran very quickly.

It worked! Not perfectly, but it worked. We were able to salvage 95% of the footage. All the files were repaired put there were gaps in some of them where the media did not come through. The gaps were usually only a few frames, and luckily not in any places where we needed a bite, but they were there. Even so, we recommend the solution. It definitely saved us from having to explain to our client what happened.

Lessons learned:

Never shoot with the 7D on a low battery.
Always, always back up on site. We got cocky and didn’t do this. It almost cost us big time. If we had dumped the cards immediately, we would have seen the problem and could have reshot. Never again.
Aeroquartet to the rescue.

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The Great Camera Shootout 2011

We spent some time nerding out on these videos this weekend. It’s the Zacuto: Great Camera Shootout 2011, a documentary of the Single Chip Camera Evaluation (SCCE).

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…the dynamic range and usable latitude of each camera. “We need to see how these cameras record real scenes,” says Jens Bogehegn. Thus, Bob Primes, ASC, designed an under-exposure scene and an over-exposure scene. In regards to methodology, the camera master had to set their camera to record the widest dynamic range and they were not allowed to change any settings between the two scenes. The combination of both of these scenes will show the usable dynamic range of each camera. The featured scenes are shot by Michael Bravin and lit by Matt Siegel and Nancy Schreiber, ASC

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…sensitivity, resolution, compression and the relationship between them. These tests were designed and administered by Robert Primes ASC, director of the Single Chip Camera Evaluation (SCCE) and shown at 2K screenings around the world to indie filmmakers, event shooters, commercial DP’s, directors and corporate filmmakers alike. Their opinions on the footage are invaluable when it comes to understanding what all this data means in real world shooting situations.

A little more info:

The impressive 12-Camera line-up includes: 35mm Kodak 5213 & 5219 Film, Arri Alexa, RED ONE M-X, Weisscam HS-2, Phantom Flex, Sony F-35, Sony F3, Panasonic AG-AF100, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon 7D and Nikon D7000. In addition to the SCCE tests, the web series features commentary from some of the top DPs in the industry, which was filmed at worldwide screening locations in Sydney, Amsterdam, New York, London, Las Vegas (NAB) and Hollywood “You’ll hear from indie filmmakers, event shooters, commercial DPs, directors and corporate filmmakers,” says Steve Weiss, “Although you are not watching these tests in a 2K theatrical setting, hearing such commentary from people in the ASC, BSC, ACS, CSC, NSC, ICG and the SOC, will help you evaluate the significance of these tests.”

How cool? We found these videos through a write up on Philip Bloom’s blog where he posted several screen shots and commentary. In the screens we were surprised by how well the DSLR’s held up… but in the video footage they didn’t do quite as well. Granted they’re competing against cameras many thousands of dollars more expensive. The Sony F3 performed incredibly well, striking a great balance in price and functionality. Watch them for yourself. Video three is coming soon.