I recently wrote about coming across stock footage where the clip metadata didn’t align with the actual clip. In particular, a file may say it was shot at 23.98 frames per second, but in reality, it was shot at a different frame rate and then conformed to 23.98fps.
There are other times when the metadata lines up properly but things still go wrong.... Read more
Find out if the features on this new Canon EOS cinema camera will catch your attention
By Dan Brockett
The C500 Mark II is the first digital cinema from Canon that’s truly modular. Pictured here with the optional V-mount back, shoulder mount/baseplate, rods, lens support, handgrip extension
At IBC 2019 in Amsterdam today, Canon introduced a new digital cinema camera, the C500 Mark II. I’m not going to go deep into the specs of the camera as they... Read more
A new film explores a master photographer, who left his unique home in New York City after nearly a half-century
By Amy Touchette
I recently watched Jay Myself, a documentary film about the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home—the 35,000 square-foot, 100-year- old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as “The Bank.” Sold for over 50 million dollars, it was the largest... Read more
Stock footage has become a commodity. Sometimes I use a single stock shot and other times—for example, with a pitch piece—all I work with is stock footage.
As will all commodities, the quality varies. Some shots look great, others only look okay. Oftentimes you don’t know which until you buy the shot and can look at the full resolution files.... Read more
Using nesting to fix a problem with speed changing a clip
In a previous post, I recounted a problem I ran into when I tried to match an offline sequence to a finish or online sequence. Basically, the camera originals were very long and had been trimmed because it wasn’t feasible to render out color-graded full-length clips. I tried to duplicate the edit using those trimmed clips.
When I compared the graded,... Read more
Video/digital cinema production in 2019 feels as if there are some groundbreaking changes underway. Here's a look at three of them.
A view of Cine Gear 2019 at Paramount Studios.
Video/digital cinema production in 2019, to me, feels as if there are some groundbreaking changes underway. I’m not sure if you have felt this lately, but I definitely have.
BMD Resolve 16.1 public beta has some interesting Ai features that are supposed to preemptively help editors cut more efficiently.
Seismic... Read more
You might think that the image that leads this post is missing. Or maybe it’s a mistake. I can assure you that it’s not. It’s exactly the image that should be there. In fact, it’s perfect.
Before I explain the image, I want to talk about the tools that editors have at their fingertips. A lot of the tools are all about making a difference on... Read more
A look at what’s happening with 2019 production cameras so far this year
The Panavision Millenium DXL 2 was announced in 2018 but has just come into use on major features and some episodic in 2019.
It’s basically two-thirds of the way through 2019, and I felt it would be clarifying and helpful if I were to sit down and put fingers to keyboard to take a look at what’s happening with 2019 production cameras so far this... Read more
Highlights from Blackmagic Design's recent product announcements
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 6K is a groundbreaking camera in features and in price.
Is The Future About More Than Just Cameras?
I recently attended the webinar that Blackmagic Design held to make four new products announcements. I have to admit that I didn’t know what Blackmagic Design was planning on introducing, so I went into the webinar with... Read more
A Monumental Change
Just recently, an amazing thing happened to me. Not one, not two, but three different clients within a two-week period requested that we shoot their project in 4K RAW. Big deal you say? It actually is a big deal and in this blog, I’m going to focus on why this represents an actual global mind shift, at least for our clients. Frankly,... Read more
Finding the right monitor to use for your main edit app monitor can be a bit daunting. I want good color accuracy, the right inputs and something that’s easy to customize for my environment. I had the opportunity to run with a BenQ PD2720U display for a few weeks. I was able to see how it fit my needs as a monitor running various applications... Read more
When we last left the project, it was in crisis. The speed changes on clips didn’t make it through color grading properly because during production there was no urgency to stop the recording. As a result, very long clips were created.
Because the clips were extremely long, it wasn’t practical to render out fully graded original length clips. Instead,... Read more