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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Upcoming Events and Other News

APRIL 24th BOSCPUG: Director Graham Elliott and Screening of “New York in Motion”
We are pleased to feature a special conversation with director Graham Elliott as he screens “New York in Motion,” his celebrated 60 minute documentary and dazzling portrait of the motion graphics industry in New York and breathtaking visual journey behind the scenes and screens of the industry that shapes how we see the world today.


April 26th CAMERA DYNAMICS Workshop & Seminar | Massachusetts Production Coalition
The panel will explore how camera movement can enhance a shot; furthering our understanding of character and plot development; building dramatic tension; transitioning between dissimilar emotions or geographies, and enabling our immersion into the scene before us. Technical and logistical aspects of camera motion will be discussed in addition to the artistic and aesthetic.
They also have another workshop in early May
May 10 | P.A. Workshop | Massachusetts Production Coalition



A free weekend of online cinematography lessons (it's free to watch over the weekend and you can buy the recordings for replay afterwards.)
May 6 & 7 | Big League Cinesummit - Online Cinematography Event
With each class, our renowned panel of accomplished cinematographers & film makers will personally SHOW YOU how to quickly transform your filmmaking – revealing hundreds of insights that took them years to gather. And the best thing – It’s FREE for 48 hours!


Premiere Pro World Conference | July 11 - 13 | San Jose
Learn Premiere Pro inside out from the engineers who built it and the minds who have mastered it. You’ll take training sessions led by industry experts and Premiere Pro gurus like Richard Harrington, Eran Stern, and others.


Other News


Magic Bullet Looks 2.5 | Red Giant
Hi folks – today we are releasing Magic Bullet Looks 2.5  – it features new tools and interface improvements, not to mention some serious speed boosts. Best of all, this is a FREE UPGRADE for Magic Bullet Looks 2.0 users.


Panasonic GH4 to ship in Europe from 5th May | EOSHD
First shipments leave the factory last week of April destined for Germany. Shipments to dealers start after the May 1st holidays so from the 5th the camera will be almost ready to ship to customers.


Thinking About Crew Prep | Pro Video Coalition
One of the biggest mistakes I see first-time filmmakers commit is to think solely in terms of production time when it comes to crewing up.  The crew shows up on the first day, leaves on the last day, and anything that happens in between, before, or after is just donated or doesn’t count.


Aereo at the Supreme Court: a guide to the biggest TV case in 30 years (and where to learn more) | GigaOM
On Tuesday at 11am ET, Aereo will face off at the Supreme Court against big broadcasters and the Justice Department over whether Aereo, which lets consumers watch and record over-the-air TV for $8/month, should be shut down for copyright infringement.




Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Don't buy a wireless microphone, and Other News


One of the best audio purchases I ever made was a wireless lapel mic. If you're a one-man documentary crew, wireless mics are about the easiest way to get "pretty good" audio, in most situations. Sure, they aren't perfect, but I'd tried shotgun mics and hand mics before that, and they had their own problems.

I bought a Sony unit years ago, but I had to replace it back in 2010 when the FCC cracked down on the use of the 700MHz frequency, so I bought another Sony unit.

The secret problem of wireless mics is that they are operating in available spectrum (currently 600MHz), not spectrum that's been specifically made available for them, and if the FCC decides to change things, we'll find ourselves having to replace everything. As we already did.

And now it appears we are about to again, as the FCC is planning to have an auction next year, and the 600 MHz is going to be up for grabs.

At the moment I have no idea what this will mean for current models of wireless mic (Sony just released a new range of mics, but they still operate in the 600 band.) Sennheiser is "optimistic" that nothing will actually change until 2016, but that doesn't mean that nothing will change. You might want to hold off on spending any money on new units this year.

Here's a couple of articles, and an interview from News Shooter.

TV TechnologyMic Companies Await FCC Auction Rules

Sennheiser: Sennheiser Updates Customers on Pending Spectrum Reallocation While Encourages Microphone Owners to Support of its Petition to FCC
Audio specialist Sennheiser, which continues to file comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in light of the pending spectrum auction scheduled to take place in 2015, has launched a website to keep its customers informed on recent developments concerning the future of wireless microphones and the UHF spectrum.




Other News


Very interesting take on the YAGH interface unit for the GH4. It does seem to have some limitations, and you might be better off buying the upcoming Atomos Shogun.
5 Things I Learned about the Panasonic GH4 at NAB | Filmmaker Magazine
I finally got a chance to actually play with the camera and interface unit and get a rundown from Panasonic’s Matt Frazer. I learned a few new things I didn’t know before — some good and some bad.


Jan C Livingston retires from Panasonic USA | HD Warrior
If there was ever a lady who was more passionate about Panasonic video kit it was Jan, she knew her products inside out and was always a pleasure to interview. Our last outing together was at IBC 2011, Jan was unique in the world of Broadcast Video Sales you point a camera in her face and there is nothing she did not know about her subject.


This just looks at the published specs:
Head to Head: Blackmagic Design URSA vs the AJA CION – Which one’s better? | Wolfcrow
Is it just me or is it extremely curious why neither mentions the ISO range anywhere? In any case, going by technology and the price point, I’ll be extremely surprised if either camera can shoot beyond ISO 1600. In the case of URSA, it looks like it’s using the same sensor as the Blackmagic Production Camera, and that means you can’t go over ISO 400 and expect perfect quality.


The Best Action Camera: Spring 2014 Edition | Gizmodo
But ultimately, if you want the action camera that shoots the best footage, then you want the GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition. It gives you so many ways to get the best-looking footage, and there's a reason this is the camera the most of the pros use. It's not just good marketing. It's a great camera.


PVC at NAB 2014 - GoPro and the GoPro Studio Software | ProVideoCoalition
I spoke with Craig and he was one of the original creators behind Cineform, the original intermediate codec that was around before DNxHD and ProRes. GoPro acquired Cineform a few years ago and they technology is the base of GoPro Studio. Craig shows us around a bit and answers a few questions about Cineform.


This might not look good in the court case:
‘Midnight Rider’ Producer Made Controversial Comments About Local Filming Days Before Sarah Jones Death | Deadline
Savin “went on to talk about CBGB and was bitching about how our former film commissioner Jay Self kept showing up to set, telling her she couldn’t do this, she couldn’t do that and that she was so glad he was no longer film commissioner. [Savin] said, ‘We make movies by our own rules.’





Monday, April 21, 2014

Why the Sony FDR-AX100 tops out at 60Mbit/s and Other News

Andrew Reid of EOSHD takes a look at Sony's FDR-AX100 in this piece: A very brief look at the Sony AX100 4K Handycam and uncompressed 4K HDMI

In it he asks this question:
XAVC-S on the AX100 uses a bitrate of 60Mbit/s for 4K. It is a shame there’s no higher quality mode for those who don’t mind slightly larger file sizes. XAVC is an important new proprietary Sony standard. Why such a tepid implementation? 
And when I saw that I thought "oh! oh! I think I know why" - because I encountered this when I was buying a memory card for the FDR-AX100.

There's a couple of confusing things about buying memory cards for this camera; one is that the camera specs are given in Mbit/s (or Mbps) while the memory cards seem to all be spec'd in MB/s. Here's the manual:


So if you're buying the FDR-AX100 you see that it writes at 60 Mbps, but if you look at Sony's own card, they quote:

The 64GB SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card from Sony features a maximum read speed of 94MB/s and a maximum write speed of 45MB/s with minimum transfer rates of 10MB/s. 
The other thing is that they like to put the biggest number for the card, on the card...and that's usually the read speed, not the right(write) speed. It's that last number you have to worry about; minimum transfer rates of 10MB/s

And Sony's own manual just specifies Class 10 cards, and Class 10 cards must, according to Wikipedia:
Class 10 asserts that the card supports 10 MB/s as a minimum 
Oh, and the important thing: if you put 60Mps through a converter you get:

So to sum up, the 60 Mbps speed is about 3/4 of the write speed of a Class 10 card, and it's probably a good bet that you don't want to get much closer than that to the limit of the card.

Anyway, that's what I assume is going on.



Other News


H. Paul Moon has put together a video on rigging the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Paul wrote to us:
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera isn't the newest kid on the block anymore, but in its niche, it hasn't been eclipsed yet, and after learning a few more things, I've made another rather extensive commentary. Although it's about building up a rig around the BMPC, it has lots of general advice that would be of interest to your overall community.

Rigging the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera: HolyManta, Rapid ND, Contineo Cage, Zacuto Z-Finder, Tascam DR-60D & Rokinon Lenses from H. Paul Moon on Vimeo.



GoPro Hero 4 to be 4K in 2014?
This piece from DGISE suggests that the upcoming Hero 4 will support 4K at 30 fps. I'm not too sure if it's a guess or a fact (honestly, I think that if they don't release a 4K GoPro this year that does 30 fps people will be saying they aren't really trying.)
GoPro Hero 4 is really capable of recording video in 4K resolution at a speed of 30 frames per second, 1080p at 120fps and 720p at 240fps, which became possible with the advent of the new SoC Ambarella A9 chip (dual A9 ARM Core ® CortexTM-A9 processor 1 GHz and FPU acceleration ) for advanced applications, wireless connection, and streaming video in social media.


Video Planning Overview | DP Best Flow
This is actually a couple of years old, but I don't think I've linked to it before. Richard Harrington provides an overview of planning out a video project.
If you do not make informed decisions early on, this may result in an enormous amount of time spent “cleaning-up” or “fixing it in post.” This can compromise the quality and vision of the work or require a redo, often at your own expense. With the proper amount of planning and decision-making, many “could be issues” become non-issues. The goal of planning is to determine what questions to ask and how to proceed with the decision-making


1 of 3 posts dedicated to the art of aerial filming!! Part 1: Flying and shooting with the Phantom 2 and Vision 2+ | Philip Bloom
Many of you know, I have been messing with the Phantom Quadcopters for a couple of months. I haven’t posted any footage until now, as I have been practicing and practicing and practicing etc… It seems easy to start with, take off, move around, zip off here and there…but it’s really not. To get good stuff takes a lot of time, and of course there are many other factors to consider too. Basically the law and safety.


PVC at NAB 2014 - DaVinci Resolve Gets More Edit Friendly | ProVideoCoalition
Sure Blackmagic Design had important new camera surprises but it was the new features of DaVinci Resolve that most caught my eye. Why? Because they have added even more editorial tools to Resolve v11 and are building it into what looks to be a quite capable editor.


Camera Angles for the Crop | Cinearchive
North by Northwest is my favorite movie, so of course I like this; a breakdown of all the shots for the famous crop-dusting scene:
The crop dusting sequence from Hitchcock’s ‘North by Northwest’ is one of the most iconic in all of cinema and the real life location can be seen on Google Maps. The scene was meant to take place in northern Indiana, but was actually shot on Garces Highway (155) near the towns of Wasco and Delano, north of Bakersfield in Kern County, California. —FILMdetail

Friday, April 18, 2014

Quick Links

NAB 2014: 8K resolution coming in 2020 | Digital Arts
At the NAB 2014 show in Las Vegas, Japanese public broadcaster NHK showed off massive 8K video displays and a giant 8K video camera, which the company is researching as the next logical step in the quest to crank out as much resolution as the human eye can possibly detect.


Dirt Cheap GoPro Cages From $35cinescopophilia
Well if you invent it, it will get copied and churned out at a fraction of the cost. And so GoPro cages are turning up on Aliexpress dirt cheap.
A simple and quick search reveals multiple GoPro cages selling from $35 up to $70+ and most have free shipping on Aliexpress.


Nikon D800 hacked with 50Mbit/s high bitrate video option | EOSHD
I like the Sony A7R but the D800 has a few advantages. Biggest one is you can install an anti-moire filter in the D800 from Mosaic Engineering and there isn’t yet one for the Sony, doubtless if there ever will be room for one in that mirrorless mount. I also prefer the D800′s picture profiles and Quicktime MOV codec to AVCHD.


A promotional piece from Sony:
Around the world with the HXR-NX70 | Sony
I see myself as one of the world’s leading experts on this camera. Since I invested in the NX70 in early 2012, it’s followed me through 25 different countries and together sailed over 14,000 nautical miles. Everything from filming stock shots in the fjords outside my hometown Bergen to crossing big oceans. It’s filmed hundreds of hours of footage – from lions in Kenya to humpback whales in the Caribbean – and it’s become a trusted companion.
Sony has also released the second issue of CineAlta magazine. You can read it online here.



Vocas PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Shoulder Rig. Really Nice Stuff | XDCAM User
Now, I’ve come across Vocas many, many times before, they are not new players in this arena and thier products have always looked to be well thought out and well made, but when I put the F55 rig on my shoulder and my hands wrapped around the beautifully carved wooden handles I just fell in love with it.


DXOMark Compares the Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art to Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Otus | CanonRumors
“At f2 the Sigma is almost on a par with the Zeiss, only it can’t quite match the Zeiss in the corners – though the difference in real world terms is trivial. The new Sigma can boast of slightly better control of vignetting and, arguably, chromatic aberration at maximum aperture, though there’s some fringing evident in the extreme corners. The Zeiss has remarkable transmission but, at close to $4,000, nothing short of exceptional performance is expected.”


LITEPANELS POST 1×1 LIGHT KIT TRAINING VIDEO: A HANDY PRIMER ON THREE POINT LIGHTING | News Shooter
Doug Jensen of Vortex media has worked with Litepanels to create a handy primer on using their 1×1 panels for simple interview lighting. None of this information will be new to TV folk as Litepanels 1x1s are commonly found at most TV stations, but if you are new to lighting then this tutorial should be useful whichever brand of LED light panel you choose to use.


How to make things more interesting with the addition of light.
Adding Magic To Flat Lightpixsylated
The downside to open shade is that the low contrast of the light (the difference between the brightest highlights and the darkest shadows) creates an image that lacks texture and depth. Fortunately, a single Speedlite can add a lot of magic to the shot.


When Filmmakers Dream: A Story of Attainable Success | Filmmaker Magazine
Did Blumenthal make a million dollars in the box office? No. Is it a critical darling? No. Am I famous? No. On the flip side, is the movie terrible? No. Did it bankrupt anyone? No. Did it see the light of day? YES. If someone told me that I would successfully raise $50,000 on Kickstarter, make a movie with my friends, premiere it in New York City, get it featured on iTunes and VOD, have it land me representation as a filmmaker, and land me my next jobs as a writer/director in TV and film… Well, let’s just say I would happily accept that middle ground.


How Do You Successfully Produce a Movie? | Slate
I am often asked to define the term producer. These days it can be anyone from a financier to the fiancé, but a real producer is the guy who employs everyone, including the director.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Quick Links

Panasonic GH4 vs Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera





Early Footage, Full Specs, & Why the AJA CION is the Most Exciting New Camera at NAB 2014 | No Film School
This week has been a crazy one for camera announcements. Not only did Blackmagic blow the lid off of NAB once again with the announcement of the URSA camera, but Digital Bolex brought their A-game to the world of black and white cinematography, and Apertus (despite the fact that they couldn’t make it to NAB) announced that the Axiom Beta is well on its way.



Letus AnamorphX-GP Drive
This is interesting because it's shot in 4K at 12fps...
Here's a quick sample of what the GoPro Hero3+ Black looks like at 4K 12fps with the Letus AnamorphX-GP anamorphic 1.33X adapter. I've sped up the footage 2x to achieve 24P, squeezed vertically to get back to 2.4:1 aspect, removed the fisheye, and did some basic grading using Film Convert.


The Panasonic PX270 Video Review explained | HD Warrior
I keep getting asked to explain my conclusions within the Panasonic PX270 Video Review and why I reject AVC I Frame over AVC Long GOP.
If you read the specs about I Frame over Long GOP you will convince yourself that I Frame is the clear winner but although I had downloaded Panasonic’s white paper about AVC ULTRA it was a bit heavy going, I am a practical person I prefer to go on what I see rather than make my mind up with what other people think in theory.


First Footage from AJA Cion 4K camera | Red Shark
Probably the most unexpected announcement at NAB 2014 was that of the AJA Cion. AJA are well known for their high end external recorders but have never released a camera before, until now. I think everyone was quite taken aback by the camera which seems to have had a fantastic amount of thought put into what would make it really usable, the main reservation people seemed to have related to what the footage from the camera might look like as this has been the big unknown.


Watch Documentary ‘Cinematographer Style,’ A Great Exploration of Film Technique | Slashfilm
Here’s a feature-length documentary on the art of cinematography — one of many such films, but this particular one does feature the participation of dozens of cinematographers. Actually, more than “dozens” — Jon Fauer‘s Cinematographer Style features interviews with over one hundred shooters. 


What Could NHK's 8K Format Mean for Narrative Storytelling? (Analysis) | The Hollywood Reporter
Japanese public broadcaster NHK offered a series of notable demonstrations at last week's NAB Show of its developing "Super Hi Vision" format and broadcast system, which supports 8K resolution—16 times more resolution that HD—as well as a high frame rate of 120 frames per second and 22.2 channels of audio. Many who have seen these images have been dazzled by the uniquely realistic look.


New “cheap” Sony 4K TV announced | SonyAlphaRumors
With the new Sony A7s release we now have to talk more about the 4K world :) Well today Sony announced their new 4K TV’s including the “cheapest” 4K Tv which will cost $2,099 only. All Sony 4K TV’s can be seen and ordered at that Sony 4K TV page


Legally Speaking, It Depends – Who Owns Script Notes? | ScriptMag
Let’s face it, writers need notes. Without them, fathoming what might not be working with a script or what the producer might be looking for is much harder. Whether to follow what they say or not is an alchemy that has been dabbled into many times on this site by many others. My goal in this column is to look at the legal aspects of those notes and their impact on the screenwriting and filmmaking processes.


Netflix Is Actually Getting Faster on Comcast | Slate
According to new data released by Netflix, customers with Comcast Internet have been seeing major speed improvements since the deal in February. Comcast moved up six places in Netflix's carrier speed rankings to No. 5. Other carriers in the top 10 lost a spot or stayed the same—Comcast was the only ISP that gained.


Debate: Are smartphones posing a threat to the DSLR market? | E & T
Do onboard cameras on smartphones represent a significant nail in the coffin of the conventional digital single-lens reflex camera market? If we want to use that descriptive, yes, it is a nail. The question then arises, though, of how many nails you need to seal the coffin.


‘Bears On Stairs’ Is a Ridiculously Smooth Stop Motion Animated Video | PetaPixel
Meant as an experiment to just keep with being creative and have some fun, this particular project combined 3D animation (commonly referred to as CAD), 3D printing and stop motion animation. What makes this stand out from many other similar projects is just how smooth the final product looks, despite each frame consisting of a completely separate 3D printed piece.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Quick Links

Panasonic GH4 – Slow-mo at 96fps and 4K rolling shutter test | EOSHD
Between 24fps and 60fps image quality is very good, the same as you’d get from the normal speed 1080p video modes. The 100Mbit/s data rate is enough to prevent any mud or blockiness ruining motion blur or fine detail. If you’d prefer to add slow-mo in post from regular speed footage, it is perhaps best to choose the 200Mbit/s codec and 1080/60p though.


Definition Magazine
NAB editions in digital format.
AJA say that their new CION camera is the culmination of years of development. But they must have been inspired by what Blackmagic Design has done in the last couple of years.


A great production house camera: A professional promotional film shot in Jordan with the Digital Bolex D16 | Kurt Lancaster
Some have claimed that Digital Bolex’s 16mm 2K cinema camera, the D16, is simply a “niche” camera.
A cell phone is a niche camera if you’re using it for serious production. The D16 is a Cinema Camera and I would place it side by side with a RED camera and not be ashamed. I have shot two short documentaries with this camera


EDITING IN 4K: MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS | Videomaker
Looking to edit 4K footage? Needing a bigger and better machine to handle all that data? Determining the best computer system to edit 4K footage is a bit more complicated than just looking at the system requirements of the editing software you want to use.


Iconic Olympic Ski Jumper Commercial-BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera + RAW | Planet 5D
The client had a friend who said to shoot HD, then suggestedto shoot Ultra HD – I shot that down quickly (no delivery method, longer workflow, and no reason to archive the commercial- it wasn’t going to play again in 10 years, etc.)Lastly, the client’s friend recommended shooting RAW video. I liked the concept, but wasn’t sure. Our workflow would increase and what camera would we use? On the other hand, this might really help us.


Setting the stage for “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” | ProVideoCoalition
Rather than filling the screens in post production and using archived news reports, the team produced nearly all original content and fed it to the screens in real time. News reports were shot and composited together with stock footage using an Adobe Creative Cloud video workflow and plugins from FxFactory, which offers a broad range of VFX tools for editors and compositors.


NAB 2014 LIVE SHOW REPLAY: PELICAN CASES GET A TRENDY NEW LOOK | News Shooter
Every TV shooter I know has a rack full of Pelican cases. Instantly recognisable, they are well known for their rugged construction and I use them to protect all my gear when I travel by air. They are however not exactly stylish – this is something Pelican are trying to change. Their soon to be launched new range looks much more like high end consumer luggage and is also incredibly lightweight. 


Announcing New Product: MotionPulse | VideoCopilot
Interesting sound effects library:
This is not generic sound FX collection, like footsteps and bad guys screaming, this collection was generated specifically for motion designers that need to add hard-hitting sound FX to things that do not exist. Bring your motion graphics to life with MotionPulse!


Back when I was into film photography, I dreamed of getting a medium-format camera.
Pentax 645Z officially announced: Sony sensor wipes out the MF sensor competition! | SonyAlphaRumors
First, Sony is literally conquering the full medium format digital camera market in one single strike! Hasselblad, Phase One and now Pentax use the newly developed and first ever CMOS sensor with 50Mp. Sony just had to make one sensor to wipe out the sensor competition from that market!
Medium format, thy name is Ricoh; Pentax 645Z has no competition (Update: Now with full tech info) | Imaging Resource
This is another huge change for the Pentax 645Z: It is, to the best of our knowledge, the first medium-format camera ever to allow Full HD movie capture. (That is to say, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.) No crop is applied; instead, video is recorded across the whole sensor, providing the same depth-of-field effects and medium-format look of still imaging.


Cooke Anamorphic "Seeing" 1080p version
Shot in 3K on the Arri Alex XT 4:3 sensor camera - in 4:3 mode. Everything was 800 ISO. We shot 444 ProRes except for the slo motion shots, which we shot using Arri XT Codex Cards. Redlab onlined our edit for us in 2K. Cooke Optics has the 2K P3 projection file available for download to those who want it as well as a ProRes HQ 1920x1080 Quicktime.


AMIRA show reel:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Interesting Things

Production Update: April 2014 | Digital Bolex
Two weeks ago we sent out an email to our customers letting everyone know that our production line had been delayed due to third party interference. Today we have good news! Shipping and production on the D16 has resumed, and we are shipping cameras again.


Here is the long awaited Video Review of the Panasonic AJ-PX270 | HD Warrior
The Panasonic AJ-PX270 is a joy to film with and having 10bit 422 really makes the pictures stand out. Watching the review which is a massive 19mins long you will learn the camcorders most inner secret which I will talk about later on this week but till then watch the review and be amazed.


Interesting demo on attaching the Sony Action Cam to a helmet using the Sony Skeleton Frame and a GoPro mount!
Moto-Vlogging with the Sony Action Camera | TechMoan
Judging from some comments under my Sony AS100 action camera, a few people still believe it's not possible to access the microphone socket on the camera when it's mounted to something. This was an issue that Sony resolved last year with the introduction of their Skeleton Case...but it seems like it must be time for a demonstration. 


GETTING TO KNOW OFFLINE EDITING | VideoMaker
There's wisdom in the old adage "never bite off more than you can chew." It's good advice because too much of a good thing can cause one to choke. The same rings true with video editing. Technology continues to grow and push the boundaries of what's possible in the world of video editing.


James Cameron AMA Highlights: Avatar 2, Battle Angel, True Lies 2, Aliens, Prometheus, Terminator | SlashFilm
48 fps to me is not a format, it’s a tool, like music it’s good to use sparingly and in the right spot. I believe all movies should be made in 3D, forever, but the projection needs to be better, and brighter. I want people to see in the movie theaters what I am seeing in my perfectly calibrated screening room, and people aren’t seeing that. 


BEST OF SHOW NAB 2014: BLACKMAGIC URSA | VideoMaker
The Blackmagic URSA is really representing 3+ cameras, so some might call it cheating, but we'll just say that it's huge when it comes to determining what movies are made with.


Dolby Has A Vision For The Future | Larry Jordan
This morning, I was invited to a technology briefing at Dolby Labs looking at their latest technology for improving image quality: Dolby Vision.In a nutshell, what this does is expand the dynamic range of an image. The benefit to this is that, based on the demo I saw today, highlights just explode off the screen.


Events


APRIL 24th BOSCPUG: Director Graham Elliott and Screening of “New York in Motion” | Boston
We are pleased to feature a special conversation with director Graham Elliott as he screens “New York in Motion,” his celebrated 60 minute documentary and dazzling portrait of the motion graphics industry in New York and breathtaking visual journey behind the scenes and screens of the industry that shapes how we see the world today.


Oscar winner Skip Lievsay on Gravity April 19 | New York
On Saturday, April 19th, come join us at the Media Center to watch the Academy Award winning film GRAVITY with master sound designer, Skip Lievsay.  We'll have lunch together and Skip will walk you through his experience working on GRAVITY.  Skip Lievsay has an outstanding history of collaborating with major American filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, the Coen Brothers, and John Sayles. 


Videos

Post Production Panel

Chris Fenwick on Editing for interviews



Shot on Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera RAW April 2014at very cloudy but hot weather (30 °C / 86°F) There was bad visibility because of haze. I shot with Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens wide open.