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.
Serial Digital What?
3G, 4:4:4 and HD-SDI explained
At AbelCine, we've embraced the trend toward external video recorders.
Crossing The Line
HD-SDI cable, and the 180° rule explained
What's the longest distance that I can run an SDI cable?
Understanding back focus
At AbelCine, we have a great deal of experience in digital cinema, with a strong focus on optics.
Get The Balance Right
Tiffen’s Dfx software, dealing with compression and off the beaten path at NAB
I'd say that unless you're doing the final edit and color correction, don't process the footage before you hand it off.