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.
Lost In Transfer
It’s all in the details
I ran into a situation recently that has me a bit worried. I was shooting double-system sound, which I've done many, many times.
Reality Is Relative
How Rango’s photo-realism is changing the future of movies
Misinformation isn't always unintentional. As Martin Scorsese's Hugo made lovingly clear, filmmakers have always been magicians and illusionists, expertly blurring the line between reality and fantasy.
Raw, Log and uncompressed
One of the more common questions I'm asked is, "What's the difference between uncompressed video, raw and Log recording?"
Tanks For The Memories
A film production newbie learns some valuable lessons
For years, I dreamed of being in films, so after the Army, I came into contact with a local FX and stunt coordinator.
Tips for proper viewing
Is there a way to attach a second monitor and maybe even make it wireless?