Converging Lines

Where still and motion photography meet

You’d think that the convergence of still and motion photography has always been inevitable. Up until recently, though, even with the proliferation of digital still cameras and digital HD cameras, the lines between still and motion cameras were still drawn in the sand. Other than the relatively low-quality "movie modes" typically seen... Read more

At A Glance: G-Speed eS PRO

A high-speed, big-capacity RAID solution designed for the high demands of video-editing applications

No production crew wants to have to worry about damaged or lost video. From initial capture to final edit, it’s imperative that workflows are failsafe, secure and accessible, and the only way to guarantee that costly reshoots don’t happen is to back up files. The challenge is that video files are big, bulky and difficult to store and transfer,... Read more

Encore Cinema

Redrock Micro’s new cinema lens adapter, the M2 Encore, enables video shooters to get that elusive 35mm-film look

With the cost of film and postproduction services (not to mention gear rental), shooting a feature in 35mm film isn’t feasible for most indie filmmakers. But for the vast majority working in digital cinematography, obtaining that "35mm-film look" is their "Holy Grail." So what defines a 35mm-film look, and how does a shooter... Read more

Live On The Web

To reach a global audience, broadcasters look to the Internet to stream news, sports, music and other events

If you haven’t had to consider streaming video as part of the high-def production process, you probably will soon. For example, last November, the MTV Europe Music Awards (MTVEMA) sent out over 800,000 live streams of the awards’ red-carpet wraparound show. You’ve probably pasted clips onto a website, but squeezing a video file down... Read more

Testing The Limits

Organized by the Producers Guild of America and the American Society of Cinematographers, the Camera Assessment Series analyzes top-notch HD cameras

An unprecedented event occurred a few months ago at the Universal Studios lot in Burbank, Calif. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) teamed up with the Producers Guild of America (PGA) to test eight professional cameras, together for the first time, to better understand the benefits of today’s digital camera systems. "The entire... Read more

Gripology

Tools that offer movement, rigging and control beyond the usual C-stands and sandbags

Much of the focus in production is devoted to trying to keep up with the dizzying array of new video formats, codecs and cameras, plus the maze of postproduction gear and challenges that we all must be aware of. New innovations in grip and lighting gear often are overlooked by producers, directors and DPs. It’s too easy for us to take grip gear... Read more
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