Avoiding A Comedy of Errors In Your Own “Game of Thrones” Production

Content-Aware fills in Adobe After Effects can remove unwanted objects from video…and, perhaps, unwelcome laughter from your audience
Making a film is almost always a group effort, which in many cases can work to your advantage, particularly in complex Sci-Fi or Fantasy productions that require many different teams with very different and specific skill sets. On some of these projects it seems there is truly strength in numbers when you have a cast of thousands—even tens of... Read more

NAB Wrap Up, Part 3

As cameras capture more and more pixels, where are we going to put them?
Putting those pixels somewhere
While it’s great to see trends in production and display, as an editor I’m driven to several things at NAB. One of them is storage. As cameras capture more and more pixels, where are we going to put them? For storage on location, I saw displays of camera cards. CFast, an evolutionary step from the original Compact Flash card, is being used by... Read more

NAB Wrap Up, Part 2

More and more pixels
When I talked about NAB 2019 last time, it was mostly an overview of what the show looked like to me. I promised I’d give some of my reactions to exhibits as I asked myself, “Where are we going?” For this post, it’s all about the displays. More and More Pixels When I was at CES in January, it was hard to avoid 8K, or so it seemed. At NAB, 8K... Read more

NAB Wrap Up, Part 1

Walking the floor
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Convention is over. They’ve torn down the booths and shipped all the equipment and left-over swag back home. They’re now setting up for the Water Quality Association Convention and Exhibition at the Las Vegas Convention Center. I guess you’ll still hear about streaming but in a whole different context. I’ve... Read more

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock

Ports and ports and more ports
I’ve been using docks for laptops—and desktops—for ages and am very familiar with the OWC brand. When I first started using Thunderbolt, I needed to expand my connections and I used their original Thunderbolt dock. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the chance to run with their latest Thunderbolt 3 offering, the appropriately named OWC Thunderbolt... Read more

NAB 2019: Five Trends for Filmmakers, Cinematographers And Creatives

There are a number of trends taking place that will affect content creators working in video and film
Five Trends for Filmmakers, Cinematographers And Creatives At This Year’s NAB
In the past two years, we’ve seen some extraordinary technology developments at camera companies, as some competed to hop on the full-frame sensor bandwagon. Yet, not every documentary or corporate project needs that type of sensor, and some content creators were also looking for alternatives. Overall, there was an emphasis on full-frame lenses, but... Read more

NAB 2019: Atomos Unveils Its Latest Monitor, Recorder And Switcher

The new 7-inch Atomos Shogun 7 touchscreen display impressed visitors to the Atomos booth at this year’s NAB
Atomos Unveils Its Latest Monitor, Recorder And Switcher
One of the most popular booths at NAB 2019, which runs through the end of today, has been the Atomos booth, in part because of the new product announcement the company made earlier in the week: They introduced the new Atomos Shogun 7, a 7-inch monitor, recorder and switcher that’s been designed to be a 1,500nit HDR touchscreen with 1,000,000:1 contrast... Read more

NAB 2019: Sharp Surprises With 8K Camera

The electronics company produced a new interchangeable-lens 8K video camera
Sharp hasn’t made many cameras in the past 15 years. The last one I recall was the Epson R-D1 from 2005: An odd digital rangefinder that even kept the vestigial film-advance lever on the camera. However, recently there was news (posted on the Japan headquarters website of Olympus) that the company was going to start making cameras with a Micro Four... Read more

NAB 2019: ARRI Demos Its Powerful Stellar Lighting Mobile App

The camera and lighting systems manufacturer used a simple subject and background to showcase just how versatile its mobile app could be for studio photographers
ARRI Demos Its Powerful Stellar Lighting Mobile App
As you approached ARRI’s demo area at this year’s NAB show, you’d have seen a rather monochromatic still-life set up: In the center, there was a white statue of Ludwig van Beethoven resting atop a smooth, white pedestal. In the background, there was a simple white stucco wall. However, if you looked above, you’d have seen a constellation of... Read more

NAB 2019: Blackmagic Showcases Updates For Both Software And Hardware

Blackmagic emphasizes both software and hardware solutions for content creators
At this year’s NAB, Blackmagic showed off two important updates—one software, one hardware—in glass cases prominently displayed in the front of their very large booth in the south hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The first was the more recent of the two: The company announced earlier this week a major update to its DaVinci Resolve, the... Read more