Beyond 1080p

Are we really ready for it?

It’s a simple question, but a fascinating one: What’s out there beyond 1080p? What should content producers, F/X artists and postproduction individuals know about the future, now that the 1080 high-definition revolution is all but settled? The question of whether technology simply must move into better/faster/smarter forms is a given; it... Read more

Filtering For HD

Filter manufacturers offer creative choices for cinematographers to create a multitude of effects

When cinematographer Daryn Okada, ASC, went to a gathering held by Formatt, a U.K.-based filter manufacturer, and Bogen Imaging, its U.S. distributor, he heard the Formatt Filters factory manager Ann Davis ask for ideas for new filters. Okada had an idea. He had been using the HD Soft filters, which he called “a well-made, fine softening filter,”... Read more

February 2010

Bringing the highly efficient AVCHD codec to Sony’s line of professional camera offerings, the NXCAM family of camcorders offers a tapeless workflow to productions.

SONY PRO AVCHD Bringing the highly efficient AVCHD codec to Sony’s line of professional camera offerings, the NXCAM family of camcorders offers a tapeless workflow to productions. Featuring a Sony Exmor CMOS sensor with a ClearVid array, the first camera in the NXCAM series will deliver full 1920×1080 HD in both progressive and interlace, including... Read more

Motion Pictures

Tips and tools that will help you create cinematic movies with your new video-DSLR camera

In the past year, video-DSLR cameras have turned the HD-video industry on its head with hype not seen since the announcement of the RED ONE back in 2006. So what’s all the buzz about? Simply put, it’s all about the sensor. Because of the video-DSLR’s monster-sized sensor, shooters at all levels can now achieve “film-like”... Read more

Small Camera Big Picture

The Panasonic AG-HMC40 is a compact camcorder that packs a professional punch

The HMC40 is Panasonic’s latest AVCCAM camcorder, an entry-level professional unit that records in the AVCHD format to regular SDHC memory cards. At a suggested retail price of $2,295 ($1,995 estimated street price), it’s even less expensive than the standard-def Panasonic DVX100B, but it’s jam-packed with features. These include a... Read more

A Great Gesture

Reminiscent of the technology in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, could TAMPER be the new editing interface of the future?

If you attended last year’s Sundance Film Festival, you might have had the opportunity to glimpse at the future of editing. The radical new technology that was on display was in a small booth, presented by a venture-backed developer of a new kind of human/machine interface, Oblong Industries. The promised glimpse of the future was provided by... Read more

At A Glance: juicedLink CX231

Single-system sound for your video DSLR

In this new era of capturing movies with DSLRs, the Achilles’ heel is definitely sound, with the current crop of video DSLRs all lacking professional sound-recording features. The cameras don’t allow you to manually control sound, nor do they contain XLR inputs for professional microphones. To obtain good sound, many video-DSLR users are... Read more

HD In Real Time

JVC GY-HM100U and GY-HM700U camcorders capture unique shots for FOX’s 24

If you were to visit the set of a prime-time network show, you would probably find top-of-the-line digital cinematography cameras or film cameras in use. But some producers and cinematographers find innovative ways to use low-cost equipment, such as on the current season of FOX’s 24, now in production. The gear in question is JVC’s GY-HM100U... Read more

Moving Pictures

Production tools that move the camera to help bring the audience into a scene

While great literature excels at portraying complex internal thought processes and motives, great cinema always has excelled at capturing the sheer kinetic energy of motion and delighting audiences with car chases, crazy stunts and the restless forward momentum of modern society. And how you move the camera to capture that kinetic energy not only is... Read more

A Unique Search Engine

Constellation VCM is poised to take tiered storage techniques to the next level

Constellation VCM (Video Content Manager) is the new, innovative integrated storage-management and archive-management system for professional video environments, developed by Media Distributors and SoleraTec, with an end-user interface that offers full search, retrieve and manipulation capabilities for video and project files, without touching the... Read more

Cut The Wire

New technology enables productions to capture high-def signals wirelessly

Let’s start with a caveat: This is not, for want of a better phrase, a technology article. Learning about the emerging age of HD wireless transmission primarily is about artistic freedom: to go anywhere, shoot anything in HD and not be encumbered by wires and cables. A second caveat: This is not about "TV." Now that HD digital video... Read more

Optics Within Reach

Priced-to-purchase lenses join the digital cinema revolution

Many people will argue that it’s not so much what’s behind the camera, in terms of capture medium or format, but what you put in front of the camera in the way of lenses that matters most. And while this debate rages on the set, fodder for these arguments is being offered annually by those who set the standard for high-quality glass. Motion-picture... Read more
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