Outside The Box Tools
Cinematographers discuss the sometimes unorthodox tools that help them on set
Cinematographers have access to more sophisticated equipment—everything from the latest digital cameras to a wide variety of lenses and lighting—than ever before.
The CRI Issue
Will LEDs ever dominate the feature film and television lighting landscape?
Just a few short years ago, LED (light-emitting diode) lighting technology seemed poised to take over lighting for film and television.
Film Is Dead!
Or is it?
Film is dead! Long live digital!
LTO, Part II, and dealing with sync issues
In my last column, I responded to a question about how to archive all of this data we're capturing and brought up LTO.
Getting It White (The First Time)
The importance of proper white balance
These can be powerful tools for manipulating your image, but oftentimes, getting the best result is all about getting the right white balance in your camera. White balance is one of those adjustments that seems simple but can really make all the difference to your image.
Shutter angles, plus as the big elephant in the room: archival
I've moved to using cameras that have a more cinema background, but I feel a little insecure about setting up for recording.
Making The Match
Creating scene files to match camera looks
At AbelCine, we produce many scene files for a variety of cameras, each designed to improve both look and performance.
Fine-tune your image with tracking
That seems like an obvious statement, but as I was working with the tracking software mocha for this month's issue, I was reminded of when I first tried rotoscoping a scene.
Sense And Sensitivity
Explaining ISO, Exposure Index and gain
Recently, a client who purchased a Sony PMW-F3 from AbelCine gave me a call with a "quick question."
New Year’s Resolutions
Trying to improve our production and postproduction habits
Since this is our January/February issue, my thoughts have turned to the new year and, of course, to resolutions.
GoPro Goes Cinema
Is an inexpensive 4K camera helpful or hurtful?
A few years ago, a little company with a little consumer camera made the pro video scene.
The process of shooting and playing back 4K at home
At AbelCine, we're always trying to stay on the cutting edge of technological development in the camera world, so we often get questions about the latest cameras and workflows.
The dark side of a level playing field
With just a few dollars, a would-be (or wannabe) filmmaker can purchase a DSLR for less than $1,000 and a program like Final Cut Pro X for $299, and go on to produce a movie that, if good enough, could be seen at your local multiplex.
The Need For Speed
Getting HD data at 24 and 30 fps can still be an issue
Performance with drives depends on a couple of things: how fast the data can be read from or written to the drive's platters, and how data gets from the drive to the computer.