Hands On With The BenQ PD2720U

Seeing it the right way
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

Never Say Cut? Part 4

Truly fixing it in post
Never Say Cut? Part 4
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

Never Say Cut? Part 3

An example of where things fall apart
Never Say Cut Part 3
In part 1 and part 2 on this topic, I said project sizes for edit are getting larger and larger due to never saying “Cut!” I have tried to emphasize that this isn’t just a rant about my needing to manage storage. This time, I’d like to detail a concrete example of the impact of long takes on a project—how a lack of “cutting the roll”... Read more

Never Say Cut? Part 2

Creeping project size
Never say cut?
In my last blog, I mentioned that I wanted to give an editor’s perspective on the increased amount of data—footage clips—that editors have to deal with. It’s not just that file sizes have ballooned due to resolution increases or the need for more and more coverage. I talked about the lack of urgency to say “Cut!” quickly once a take is done. Directors’... Read more

Never Say Cut? Part 1

With project sizes growing, calling cut more often to shorten takes can have a more positive impact on the project
With project sizes growing, calling cut more often to shorten takes can have a more positive impact on the project.
Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to test out storage arrays of various speeds and sizes. Invariably, when I write about my experience, I include an obligatory sentence about the increasing size of the footage folder created from a shoot and, by way of ingesting, the size of edit projects. Over the next few posts, I’d like to present... Read more

OWC ThunderBlade

Taking it for a spin
OWC ThunderBlade
When I edit, speed matters. With resolution, bit depth and bit rate increasing every year (or so it seems), accessing the stored footage requires more and more speed. The usual solution offered up is to put everything on solid state drives—SSDs. Of course, that solution bumps up the price per terabyte pretty quickly. It’s like telling a DP just... Read more

More Editing Software To Consider

Old vs. new
More Editing Software To Consider
I mentioned previously that there are two other software packages to consider for editing. They’re Avid’s Media Composer and Apple’s Final Cut. In truth, there are several more, but I don’t have much experience with Sony’s Vegas, EditShare’s Lightworks or even Blender’s editing tool. That’s not to say that they aren’t good, just... Read more

Having Variety In Editing Software

Variety is good
Having Variety in Editing Software
Last time, I talked about editing software that is subscription-based, namely, Adobe Premiere Pro. As I mentioned, although I was concerned about the subscription aspect of the product, even more important is having the tools I need. I haven’t found the miracle package that works for all my projects, so sometimes I step into other applications. With... Read more

What’s Your Gear Backup Plan?

It could be the difference between completing the shoot or coming back empty-handed
What’s Your Gear Backup Plan?
Our Canon C200 is our main A camera on most shoots. It’s relatively large, heavy and expensive though. We can’t afford to have two of them so we have a spare. I recently found myself in a position that I didn’t want to be in. The camera system that I had brought to cover an event decided at the last minute to die. I use a lens adapter with this... Read more

Cine Gear Expo 2019: A Snapshot Of A Blurred Camera Market And Profession

The number of available cinema cameras has multiplied, but it has also begun to blur the lines between pros and other types of filmmakers
Do you ever evaluate your position within the production business? As I was walking the exhibits at Cine Gear Expo 2019 last week, I noticed how many different positions, or levels, there are in the “professional” production business. You’ll see a production assistant in their early 20s, who may or may not be in school, working when he or she... Read more

Cine Gear Expo 2019: Three New Noteworthy Products At Cine Gear Expo 2019

Sure there were lots of products this year at the show, but which ones really caught our attention?
Despite the plethora of products, there were just a few main headlines at the Cine Gear Expo 2019. They were all pretty straightforward and easy to understand. So, here they are and why they caught my attention: Panasonic Introduces the S1H Mirrorless Camera There was quite a buzz taking place a few days before Cine Gear that the Lumix Division of Panasonic... Read more

Cine Gear Expo 2019: Reflections on Cine Gear Expo 2019

How this year’s Cine Gear Expo 2919 shows us where the film industry is and where it’s headed
While there was no doubt that we saw some memorable displays at Cine Gear Expo 2019, like this Game of Thrones spoof from Kingston, we didn’t see a lot of new products. As I sit writing this blog post, I’ve been reflecting on this year’s Cine Gear Expo 2019 show and what I saw and experienced. Now, I’ve been involved in production for long... Read more