Offtopic Sun, 28 May 17 23:48:20 -0600 Offtopic en-CA Triumph of meanness Wed, 05 Mar 2014 07:52:56 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 9796@/talks/discussions NOTE This topic is kind of personal topic. Contains only specific films that I watched personally.

Limited discussions are permitted but are removed with time, so only films remain.

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All three films can be expressed in this three words - triumph of meanness. People who deserve to die, who have no real value and no real attachment to audience. People who do all they can (and something outside their abilities) to die fast - somehow survive (mostly due to complete logical and technical idiocy of everything around them). And we are not only supposed to be on their side but even pay for watching this crap. It must be all in reverse, such films must be shown by force in special camps were new breed of hamsters will be created.

Semicinductors industry has serious issues, stop will follow Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:54:04 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15422@/talks/discussions image

After more than 50 years of miniaturization, the transistor could stop shrinking in just five years, this is the prediction of the 2015 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors, which was officially released earlier this month.

After 2021 it will no longer be economically desirable for companies to continue to shrink the dimensions of transistors in microprocessors. Instead, chip manufacturers will turn to other means of boosting density, namely turning the transistor from a horizontal to a vertical geometry and building multiple layers of circuitry, one on top of another.

19 companies were developing and manufacturing logic chips with leading-edge transistors in 2001. Today, there are just four: Intel, TSMC, Samsung, and GlobalFoundries.

This guys did not tell you full truth. For all last manufacturer processes companies had marketing process values and real process values. In old good times each generation of process really meant proportional reduction of all elements, it is no longer the case. Especially with 14nm processes that are not really 14nm.

Optimistic statements with many 3D wafers and such are overly optimistic. Due to difficulties such process is very costly and available to top manufacturers only. All such processes are not usable in high speed and thermally intense areas due to cooling issues, this mean GPUs and CPUs. Now it is only some flash memory that is made using similar approach.

Beginner drones for kids, help me select one Mon, 22 May 2017 07:33:17 -0600 HillTop1 16982@/talks/discussions Hi guys, My nephew is turning 8 years next month. High on his wishlist is a drones as he's very fascinated with them. I am looking for advice as to what to buy that will be suitable for him to start and also where online has some good prices. I prefer something that doesn't use a phone for controlling. I prefer something under $100. Thanks

Good macro lens eye shots Sat, 20 May 2017 03:09:04 -0600 alcomposer 16973@/talks/discussions I am interested in getting a proper MFT lens for macro shots of eyes etc. (no adaptors)

I have found these, has anyone had experience with any of them?

  • Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro: Min Focus Distance:0.19m
  • Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN Micro Four Thirds: Min Focus Distance:0.5m
  • Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 ASPH OIS: Min Focus Distance:0.15m
  • Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm F2.8 ASPH Mega OIS: Min Focus Distance:0.11m
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Let's end unboxing videos! Fri, 13 Jul 2012 09:36:52 -0600 pundit 3893@/talks/discussions I know I'm not the only one who is driven insane by unboxing videos!

Mirrorless versus DSLR Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:59:12 -0600 MikeLinn 16834@/talks/discussions

Amazon Wed, 30 Nov 2011 22:33:40 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 1604@/talks/discussions ]]> Evolution of Canon EOS Cameras Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:01:32 -0600 MikeLinn 16797@/talks/discussions

It's the end of the world...maybe. Complex Systems, inequality, last days of Rome Wed, 19 Apr 2017 01:50:54 -0600 brianl 16764@/talks/discussions

The political economist Benjamin Friedman once compared modern Western society to a stable bicycle whose wheels are kept spinning by economic growth. Should that forward-propelling motion slow or cease, the pillars that define our society – democracy, individual liberties, social tolerance and more would begin to teeter. Our world would become an increasingly ugly place, one defined by a scramble over limited resources and a rejection of anyone outside of our immediate group. Should we find no way to get the wheels back in motion, we’d eventually face total societal collapse.

Stolen: GH5 + SLR Magic 35mm x2 T2.4 Anamorphic Lens Sat, 15 Apr 2017 08:10:43 -0600 driftwood 16750@/talks/discussions Dear P-V users As many of you are probably aware on the 6th April 2017 I had my GH5 and a SLR Magic 35mm x2 Anamorphic lens stolen from me in Barcelona in the area of Via Publica Urbana career d'en Monec.

The GH5 serial is WG -PP001244.

The SLR Magic lens had a white sticker with number which has probably been ripped off by now.

Strangely enough, but it could be just coincidence, a similar lens has come on the market at ebay from a seller in Carlsbad, California, United States. Now it could very well have travelled that far in just over a week so Im not excluding it.

I am considering first contacting Spanish Police to investigate with eBay but I was wondering about other people's experiences regarding possible sightings of their stolen goods and whether to just leave it be...

I'd be interested to know other peoples ideas.

Just a bit strange that this particular lens shows up! I don't expect I will ever see the camera again.

4k : does it worth the effort? Wed, 25 Jan 2017 13:42:37 -0700 apefos 16368@/talks/discussions So we can buy 4k cameras since some time ago...

Some people can buy just because they have enough money, other people probably need to sell some used gear to get a 4k camera. There are cheap cameras like the G7, midprice like G8 and GH4 and more expensive cameras like the new GH5. In some choices you get the sensor stabilization also.

But the question is: do you need 4K? Do your clients, do your audience need 4k? Better have two 1080p cameras or one 4k camera?

If you are shooting weddings I think it will be better use a 4k camera, because new couples probably will have a 4k smarttv in the new home... They want to see the gorgeous 4k image with their happy faces, and all the beauty cerimony and celebration.

If you are doing corporate videos, probably the employees will see the video projected in a low resolution projector, 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x720 or, if lucky, a full hd projector. They will also see in the low resolution computer corporation monitors. The clients probably will see in computer monitors or maybe a DVD or BluRay disc, or a pendrive... Much better have a low datarate 1080p video compatible with all devices instead of a high datarate 4k file.

If you are talented enough to make a living from narrative short movies or feature films, and documentaries, so that is a big question: will 4k get more attention to my production? Will it worth dealing with 4k files in the timeline slowing the editing experience? How much people will see my movie in 4K? 2% or maybe 5%? And then another big question: will 4k help me to sell my movie in video on demand sites? May I upload a 30Mbps H265 or may I upload a 50 Mbps H264 file? Ohhh! a 12 Mbps 1080p would be easy to upload... And then you perceive that a good story in fullhd would be better than a bad story in 4k...

To be honest, whatching MadMen on NetFlix I do not care if the streaming is 480p, 720p or 1080p. The camera, the light, the photography, the talents are so good that the final resolution does not matter so much. Do you prefer MadMen in 1080p or House of Cards in 4K?

Is 4k the new 35mm and 1080p the new low budget 16mm? Or 1080p keep the 35mm position and 4k is a plus, a 70mm IMAX?

Is 4k more related to the luxury of the indie filmmaker who own a 4k tv and are salivating for a 4k camera just to shoot and see the world in 4k?

Come and see my new movie! A super hiper mega ultra premium special powerful production "THE 4K GIRL" Soon in all VOD sites and also in UHDBLURAY!

4k cameras can deliver a better 1080p image, editing in 4k and then doing a downscaled render, less aliasing, more resolution. Or to make it simple: you have all resolutions the world can ask you to have. But does it worth the effort? Is this choice more related to money? That is the question! Or that are the questionsssssss...

If I was a movie distributor I would say: do not worry about resolution, 720p is the minimum good enough.

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This is where all your Adobe subscription money go Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:18:21 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16704@/talks/discussions

Sthefany Absoluta Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:15:45 -0600 apefos 16693@/talks/discussions The shining star from the country side of Brazil culture, backwoods pop singer:

"One, two, three, I need you! Who is my hero? Who comes to help me?"

"I do not care about what people talks about me, talk bad or good, but talk about me!"

CMOS Imaging Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:44:48 -0600 MikeLinn 16691@/talks/discussions

Google Gnome Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:27:28 -0600 MikeLinn 16668@/talks/discussions

Depth of Field and Lens Equivalents Fri, 22 Jan 2016 17:29:53 -0700 MikeLinn 14474@/talks/discussions

Clueless questions: electronic shutter Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:37:33 -0700 Riker 9501@/talks/discussions I don't know why is this bothering me at this time of the day, but for some reason, it does. So I'll ask.

Electronic shutters. Why are they not on every m43 Lumix camera? Or any m43 brand? Why does my GH2 have a shutter curtain and the worst possible clonk shutter sound in history?

If the camera can take videos by electronically turning the shutter on and off, why can't it do the same with photos? How is it "cheaper" to put a physical hardware into the camera, a piece so crucial to the operation and functionality of the entire thing?

Is it that impossible to make shutter "open and close" electronically for photos like in the movie mode?

HTTPS / SSL now works on PV Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:53:08 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16370@/talks/discussions All must work, except mixed content on topic with images.

Images still are served over http, must be fixed soon.

An open letter to Canon Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:12:17 -0600 MikeLinn 16607@/talks/discussions

Incorrect quote about Communism Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:54:18 -0600 caveport 16592@/talks/discussions “The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private liberty.”

― A.E. Samaan

EOSHD and Cinema5D Wed, 08 Mar 2017 05:45:36 -0700 4CardsMan 16561@/talks/discussions Andrew has taken up the cudgels and he scores some points:

A new lossless, infinite compression algorithm Sun, 15 Jul 2012 20:23:04 -0600 cbrandin 3918@/talks/discussions A Thought Experiment on the Relationship between Information Entropy, Randomness, and Effort

Can truly random data be compressed? The conventional answer is “no”. Like many conventional notions, that is incorrect. Not only can random data be compressed, it is trivially easy to do so.

Most would agree that if one were to attempt to compress numerous files containing random data, out of pure luck some of the processed files would end up somewhat smaller than the originals. Conversely, some of the processed files would end up somewhat larger than the originals. In fact, nearly all processed files would differ slightly in size from the originals, even if all the original files were the same size. However, taken in the aggregate, the random random data files would require the same amount of storage as the processed files – right? Well… not necessarily. By adding a simple rule to the compression algorithm one can have a collection of files containing truly random data that always requires less space to store than the original collection.

The rule that accomplishes this only requires that a simple decision be included in the processing sequence: if the processed file is smaller than the original, use it; if it is not, use the original. This will result in a statistically small, but significant and repeatable compression of truly random (i.e. entropic) information.

Can the resulting collection of files be further compressed? Absolutely! If the data in the files is somehow transformed (using a lossless transform) – the entire compression scheme can applied again resulting in approximately the same degree of compression achieved the first time. This is true because random data is already “uncompressible” so the entire process started out as a worst case scenario. Alternatively, one could leave the collection of files alone and use a different compression algorithm instead.

Can this process be executed ad infinitum? If so that would imply that given enough iterations, the minute amount of compression realized at each iteration could add up to – well… an arbitrary amount of compression.

In fairness one would have to include the information about this algorithm into the calculation of the total data volume. But that won’t matter because there are self-modifying transforms that can achieve an infinite number of different results, so only a very small amount of storage would be necessary. Besides, the algorithm data can also be compressed.

This implies that information and effort are related and interchangeable – much the same way matter and energy are. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if that if the amount of processing required to achieve significant amounts of compression wouldn’t end up being calculated as the energy expended for the processing being equal to the storage savings multiplied by …wait for it… the speed of light squared.

I’m a little busy these days. Do any of you have time to put this lossless, infinite compression algorithm, together? If you get it to work, I’ll split the royalties with you.

My apologies to Claude Shannon… I wish he were around to reply.


Safe list Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:15:20 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 10151@/talks/discussions Special topic devoted to proper, safe to watch films.

What it means "safe to watch"?
It means that your television set / monitor will become undamaged after viewing this film. All windows will be intact.
No hostages will be taken as the result of viewing.
Brain damage will be minimal. In case if you still have some grey cells they might even get some real work.
And you even won't use bucket for vomiting.

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P.S. Heavy moderated personal topic, post only double checked entries and only after PM me, so no complains. All movie discussions must go into separate topics.

What F-stop is ideal? Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:36:53 -0700 suresure123 16511@/talks/discussions I have read a few times of DOP's choosing one f stop and sticking with it for the whole movie. I have heard 3-4 mentioned quite a few times over the years.

I have a few questions, how does this translate from general filmaking 35mm stock to a a micro four third lens and sensor?

Plus do you think keeping a steady f stop is a good idea and would you do it for a documentary? Personally I'm done with shallow focus wedding video looking stuff and want to shot my doc as similar to film as possible.

*Maybe another whole subject but how to people keep a consistent look in terms of ISO/grain, lighting etc across a whole movie or documentary. I know with Docs people expect jumps in media but if you wanted to maintain a standard exposure and grain how would you go about it in terms of settings? Would you ride the ISO up and down or aperture?

Netflix publishes "Meridian" as original, 89GB sized, 4k HDR MXF file Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:48:32 -0600 karl 15757@/talks/discussions In what seems like a really noble gesture, Netflix has published a large sample of professionally produced 4k HDR video in Material Exchange Format container under a Creative Commons license.

“Meridian” is 4K HDR video shot with 60 frames per second with a peak brightness level of 4000 nits and Dolby Atmos audio. In other words: It pushes the boundaries on all specs fronts, and includes a number of visuals that can trip up encoders.

You can download the MXF and some auxillary files at

The Millennial Marriage Proposal Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:07:10 -0700 MikeLinn 16459@/talks/discussions

Revolution of Light Sat, 11 Feb 2017 06:11:11 -0700 radikalfilm 16445@/talks/discussions World, we could use your help. We've being literally lighting up a revolution for the last couple of weeks in Bucharest, Romania and all over the country, every single night, in the bitter cold. The picture below is from last Sunday (300,000 only in this square, some 600,000 all over the country). Tomorrow Sunday 12th February we're doing it again, and there are events all over Europe and the wider world which will light up in support. We want to make the news on the largest scale. This is why we fight: Join the resistance in your local event tomorrow or set up one! #REZIST #RESIST

Noob Question: 1080p to 720p benefit? Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:13:46 -0600 ragnar 11479@/talks/discussions I see and understand how taking 4K footage and putting it into a 1080p timeline helps in regards to noise, scanning, and panning and zooming. Is the same true if I take my 1080p GH2, GX7 and LX7 footage and drop it a 720p timeline? Will I see less noise, etc?