Autofocus For Everyone!

The evolution of autofocus technology
Autofocus For Everyone
Fujinon just demonstrated their UA 107×8.4 AF Outside Broadcast Lens with Auto Focus at InterBEE 2019, the first box lens with stand-alone AF technology. The Box Lens Goes Autofocus? The past couple of years in camera technology have been kind of amazing if you look at the tools we’re now using objectively. One area that has grown in leaps and... Read more

Look Before You Leap

When it comes to firmware and software updates, proceed with caution
Firmware updates
Just beware that new Firmware Updates may not always result in your happiness as a user. Fujifilm recently released a new firmware version for the XT-3 mirrorless camera, V3.10. This new firmware version claims to improve some existing bugs and allows for remote control of the Fujifilm XT-3 via gimbals from DJI and Zhiyun, as well as control when mounting... Read more

In Search Of Lighting Horsepower

When in doubt, it's always best to have a surplus of horsepower than to have not quite enough
In Search Of Lighting Horsepower
As LED Lighting continues to mature, more and more users are searching for LEDs that can replace HMIs. LED technology for video lighting is in an interesting place right now. I’ve been shooting video and digital cinema with LED lighting now for more than a decade, as many of you have also been. My older Tungsten video lights like my beloved Arri Softbank... Read more
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Making Proxies That Work, Part 1

Creating proxies during ingest
I promised that I’d talk about a better way to make proxies that work. In this case, I refer to a proxy workflow in Adobe’s Premiere Pro that allows you to switch between proxy playback or camera original playback at the click of a button. Flipping to proxy playback reduces load on the computer and helps if you drop frames during playback. If... Read more

Hiring The Experts To Get You Hired

How much do you need to use your skillset and smarts to land work and when do you need to call in the experts and pay them to help you grow your business?
Hiring The Experts To Get You Hired
How many crew positions pictured here can you do? There’s an old axiom, “It takes money to make money.” What I’d like to explore is how much do you need to use your skillset and smarts to land work and when do you need to call in the experts and pay them to help you grow your business? No matter how you define your role in our business,... Read more

Resurrecting Old Footage

In search of playback
Hi-8 was actually a fairly popular analog videotape format in the early to mid-1990s. I’ve been on eBay, looking for the right playback device. What kind of playback device? Hi-8, of course. What, might you ask, is/was Hi-8? If you’ve been in professional video for more than probably 10 years, you may have encountered the Hi-8 format in the wild,... Read more

Which Way Wireless?

As the FCC continues to sell off UHF spectrum without involving the majority of the population that needs to use wireless spectrum, we need to consider alternatives to keep on recording location sound effectively
This blog is really about wireless spectrum, not wireless gear itself, but alliteration is so much catchier in headlines and titles, isn’t it? It’s been a while since I’ve written about wireless spectrum, and in the time since I last wrote about what was happening with the spectrum, the world of wireless has evolved quite a bit. A few years... Read more

Making The Right Proxies

Successful proxy workflow
Do you experience dropped frames either from using an underpowered computer or from editing higher resolution files with harder to process codecs? Using proxies for playback while editing can help but getting them to work can be difficult. I previously talked about a proxy workflow with Adobe’s Premiere Pro. There are a couple of ways to start the... Read more

Reducing The Load With Proxies

How proxies can help with playback
I’ve gone through several posts on various ways to use proxies and how to make sure that workflow is successful. But, I haven’t talked about using proxies side-by-side with your original footage on an edit workstation. You might ask, “Why use proxies if the real files are available?” As camera resolution has increased, the load on edit computers... Read more

An Archeological Expedition

Much like a modern-day Indiana Jones, join me as I dig through the relics and remnants of production laying around our office
Production Memories
Much like a modern-day Indiana Jones, join me as I dig through the relics and remnants of production laying around our office. I’ve been doing some straightening and organizing around the office lately. Upon excavating several storage boxes that I haven’t looked through for quite a while, some of them it’s been even years since I have gone... Read more