10 Reads for August 21, 2012

It seems like lots of great articles came my way this week. Here are the best of them. Hope you enjoy!

  • How do you eat a whale? One bite at a time. How do you shoot a 150-day movie? You shoot it one day at a time.” With a lead in like this, you won't be able to stop yourself from reading these filmmaking tips from David Fincher.

  • I've been speaking with a number of production companies about generating revenue with paid video. Whether it's selling educational content or something else, it's a passive revenue stream that you can use to help make ends meet. This post has a good overview of some of the different paywall platforms you can use to sell video.

  • The dust seems to have settled in the codec battle between H.264 and WebM now that Firefox is slowly working to add native support for H.264 to its browser. Guess that means it's time to move on to H.265, which promises to deliver video twice as efficiently as H.264 when it's released next year. What do files that are half the size with the same resolution mean to you? Better mobile video on low-bandwidth connections, a way around the nasty bit caps that cable companies are implementing, and higher resolution streaming. Let's hope it doesn't mean another round of royalty headaches and licensing problems.

  • When Final Cut Pro X added multicam support, many people felt that it set a new gold standard. So how does Premiere Pro fare with multicam? Overall Scott Simmons give multicam in CS6 an A, in spite of a couple shortcomings like how keyboard shortcuts work. A couple tweaks and it will be as good as anything out there.

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