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ProresRaw for Windows


Two years after the presentation of the ProresRaw, an interesting and Raw implementation in Apple's famous Prores facility is now presented the novelty: ProresRaq beta for Windows and support for Adobe video applications.

Implementing such a codec is expensive for developers, Adobe itself does not directly support it, but it was Apple that developed its support.

We can find the support of dentri pro applications such as Nuke and Scratch. Now we're waiting for Apple to make its next move, which is to release a raw-x conversion tool to Prores Raw.

I already hear the echoes of people say, but the raw can't be converted.
There is no uncompressed raw due to the simple fact that the data of a 16-bit sensor is encoded in a 12bit logarithmic signal, but as long as the Bayer array is separate, it remains raw.

Cineform had a tool that allows you to convert to raw X video format in cineformRaw as early as 2005 and over time support for Red, Arri and black magic raw was added in raw cineform.
If Apple wants to develop such a tool it definitely has the means, the people, the funds and it would be the turning point for the implementation of prores Raw on a large scale.

Covid19

For almost a month now we have been locked in the house for covid19, there were too many dead and it is now clear that we leave the house less as possible.

I see mass hysteria because people do not know what to do, they are not able to be alone or organize their time, because for too much time they used the excuse of not having time to waste it in organizing to use time.

Far be it from me to judge the lives of others, everyone has their own problems, their own points of view, I prefer to go in my direction, constructiveness and transform this moment into a moment of recharging, updating and organizing one’s life, before and after Covid19.
We turn this disaster into an opportunity to improve ourselves or simply do those things we always said we would do as soon as there was time.

Life

Most people had a routine that included going out, shopping, time spent outside and at home with friends, something we can’t do right now, and the sooner it gets into people’s heads, the sooner we can relegate this period to history…

The first thing that most people lose is the perception and use of time.

Going out for personal routines, from going to work, to the studio, buying the newspaper, going to the bar for a coffee with friends, were all elements that served to scan the time. Now obviously all the procedures must be revolutionized and therefore it becomes more complicated to manage “all this time” or maybe not -D.

  • Create a timeline / routine with the rites of the day
    • wake up and breakfast
    • exercise
    • working hours
    • lunch
    • working hours
    • exercise
    • dinner
    • leisure and personal growth
  • Create a production list to have a series of jobs to focus on if there are no deliveries on the horizon.
    • management and verification of your work backups
    • update your backups and your documents
    • update the demoreel
    • check the softwares and their work tools
    • catalog your equipment for management and any theft
    • clean all your hardware equipment
    • optimize and clean their operating systems and softwares
    • optimize equipment, wiring and everything else
    • organize and storage of audio and video libraries, photos (and maybe upload them to the sites where they can be sold)
  • Create a list of alternative activities
    • study new softwares
    • study new books
    • study new techniques
    • study new topics other than work
    • Create a set of goals
    • personal growth
    • work organization
    • checks and improvements of workflow
    • optimization of one’s work
    • experiment with new tools or build new rigs
  • Build a series of parallel activities when you are “bored” or need a diversion
    • List of movies to watch online paid and free streaming sites during this period
    • List of videos to watch on Youtube and Vimeo
    • TV series to be rediscovered
    • Free books to read
    • new games to discover on mobile and online
    • communication systems to stay connected with friends

Well today the work is done, we will see in the next few days to update the post, with other posts that help and complete all these tasks.

ps the main blog is in italian, during translation i add and link other posts to this post, if you need you can check the blog by google translate

Covid19 – 3 – Computer Cleaning

In this period everyone is urged to exercise and do cleaning, also applies to the computers and equipment we use every day.

Trivial but important procedures are often overlooked. In several articles I have talked about the importance of backups and their organization, so I refer to those for backing up work data, personal, email and all the rest.

Today we talk about the physical cleaning of computers, many neglect the internal and external cleaning of computers, but ironically in a period like this it is essential to clean from the mouse, tablet to something that everyone DOES NOT clean, that is, the keyboard, one of the most infected objects along with the mobile phone in the world.

It’s amazing how no one or almost cleans the keyboards properly, and as they are (badly) designed, it’s often difficult to actually clean them without disassembling them.

From many years keyboards have been created with aesthetic design in mind, often not functional design, in fact they are linear and not arched, only a couple of Logitech products of the past were developed at an arc 90 degrees to avoid damage to the wrist and forearm, aligning the position of the wrist with the key line to press, but they were too intelligent and were abandoned, now they only pretend with small aesthetic folds, which by bending the wrists increase the turnover of surgeons specialized in wrist and carpal tunnel.
No one thinks to favor cleaning, indeed, compared to the keyboards of a few years ago that literally you could remove 4/6 screws, extract the electronic card, and all the plastic parts could be soaked and cleaned and sanitized properly, today they are not removable, full of folds and corners and undercuts ready to collect dirt, bacteria, and many other things.
Even the declared anti-dirty waterproof keyboards have undercuts in which bacteria can accumulate.

The only way to try to clean the keyboards are the keyboard cleaning pastes like the one I insert in the link to the side, which resting on the keyboards stick to the dirt and take it away (they incorporate it), which means that after a while they become useless, because if they contain bacteria and dirt… We can’t reuse it at the risk that we put the bacteria back on the keyboard we cleaned last week…

There are cans of compressed air, which spray away the lightest dirt, but not the bacteria etc, and if like me, you are allergic to dust and mites is not the best solution.

Computers having multiple cooling fans carry air inside them and with it dust and lint of various kinds, if you have animals like me, two cats and a host dog 345 days a year (some days is also at his house), inside the computer despite there are air filters, you will find a lot of garbage that needs to be taken away from every 2 weeks to once a month.

The reason many computers have problems is related to overheating, often caused by obstructions of air ducts and/or accumulation of garbage in front of fans causing actual slowdowns or blocks of air circulation.

Cleaning a classic computer is not difficult, you take away some lives, vacuum cleaner and take off the extra dirt. The greater the investment in the houses the easier the cleaning will be.

 

In my case I have a small refrigerator, a Thermatake X9, a “small” server case where a computer has no problem having 4 video cards located under the motherboard, 18 cooling fans, a dozen hard drives, and all the air you need.
This wonderful case opens without tools, because the screws are meant to be removed by hand, and each slit has a filter attached with magnets.

In a couple of minutes it opens, you remove the filters, I can pass them under the water to clean them, and the time they dry I can put them back in place without effort or complication.

The investment (not too demanding compared to any other good house) is rewarded by the simplicity in doing maintenance and especially in the protection of my investments, that is, video cards that remain well aired and vertical, not horizontal compressed on top of each other as in any other case, avoid overheating while working hours and hours for renderings, allowing a longer and more efficient life.

Covid19 – 2 – Catalog the equipment

The image is a tribute to the finale of the Raiders of the Lost Ark, where the artist Michael Pancrazio painted the mattepaint where later the scene of the character that brings the ark chest to the secret warehouse was composed.

Why is equipment cataloguing important?

Over time the filmakers, but not only them, accumulate a certain amount of tools and objects to work, and often not only out of necessity, but also for personal passion, myself included.

Having a list of the tools in the Excel/Openoffice/LibreOffice table to be able to reorder products in various ways is important for many reasons:

  • Be aware of all the tools we have and what we can use
  • List of all the items we can have on a set
  • List of products to offer to the customer to raise the price of our services
  • Sort the instruments by weight in case of rapid air travel and you can’t use the hold
  • List accepted items in carry-on baggage or not.Reme
    mber that in the lists it is preferable to put the name and the acronym and not the category, otherwise I want to see you when at the airport control you say you have two shotguns, a boom, a couple of white guns for your “I’m not going to go
  • List of names and serials of all equipment for any travel and checks and declarations
  • List of names and serials of all equipment in case of unfortunate events such as theft or loss of some component
  • Last time you used the items, some of these like batteries would be useful to have a label on top where you mark each charge and discharge performed, it may seem manic but… there is a good reason, every type of battery id has a longer life if every tot time is used if for laziness or because you do not have at hand other batteries used always the same you will end up with x batteries that last less because you have used them too , and the others that you may not be able to load them because you left them two years in a drawer… given the cost of batteries, better to be careful
  • list of all the media you have : sd, cf, ssd, hdd and their real speeds (do testing), so you know how much are the giga or tera available when you will be called to manage a project, and at the same time you know if you need to use multiple rooms at the same time if you are covered as media. I know too many people who compulsively or for emergencies have bought more media than they remember, and not being ordered, scattering everywhere such media, not immediately making ordered backups, find themselves with media tera, but not knowing if and what they have they keep buying it.
  • Format and test the media so you can verify that they are in place and have no defects.

If all these reasons are not enough for you… well it’s a way like any other to pass the time 😀

 

The real Crop problem

It's in people's heads…

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and a thousand calculations, I thought direct reference images were the best answer.

The images you find below are the comparison of the framing of two pocket4k and pocket6k then the 4/3 sensor of the pocket4k (not micro 4/3 as you often read, because that is the attack) against the Super35 sensor of the pocket6k.

Placing the easel 3 meters from the photo window these images show that the difference of crop is not extreme, it is not a real problem as so many go to demonstrate with so many absurd calculations.

As you can see in these comparison shots with several fixed focals 24-28-35-50 in an interior is not so dramatic.

Also since there are so many features in the narrow places (and 3 meters are not many) I thought it was useful to create a simple scheme between the two rooms so you see how the crop system is less important when we are up close, because the angle difference is less compared to being further away from the subject, but if you are further apart, you can move to compensate for the shots, so it's a false problem.

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