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You don't need cameras any more

Published in Technology & Computing

Have a close look at this video clip. It’s an advert for a high-end kitchen worktop manufacturer. Watch it in 720p, and look as closely as you can at the camerawork, the clever use of depth of field, the lighting, and particularly the fresh fruit.

And then reflect on the fact that no cameras - or indeed fruit - were involved in the making of this at all.

UK sees ‘huge demand’ for 4k production

Published in Production

According to UK hire outfit Procam TV, which you will recall has recently spent over £500k on Sony 4k cameras, demand for 4k acquisition in the UK is ramping up impressively.

Opinion: Too many cameras are bad for business

Published in Business

One interesting perspective available from the halls of NAB if you knew who to talk to came from the hire company/equipment rental bosses who, faced with yet more camera models and accessories to be added to their fleets, are starting to feel the strain.

There are a LOT of cameras coming out!

Published in Production

This is going to be a bumper month for camera reviews!

The paralysis of choice: The modern camera has a vast array of available features, but too often we find ourselves having to jump through hoops to get basic usability via add-ons, or standing in front of a bewilderingly long and involved menu scratched our heads trying to work out what it is we actually want. Just like buying a coffee. As Simon Wyndham writes, this needs to change.

A motion picture technical database: Shotonwhat.com

Published in Production

A fledgling website, shotonwhat.com, aims to be your new destination for movie tech info. The twist? The site needs you to fill in its blanks

We may be reaching the point where the tools, gadgets and gizmos that we love to buy are simply good enough. This is the first of two articles (the second will be by RedShark Technical Editor Phil Rhodes) about what happens when our technology simply gets to the point when we don't actually need any improvements.

There is always a frisson of excitement generated by big chip cameras, but that doesn’t mean they are always the best answer to the job in hand.

Slowing things down wirelessly

Published in Technology & Computing

Ultra slow motion cameras, the sort that will run above 10x, had a bit of a field day at the Olympics, with nigh on 50 units from various different manufacturers deployed during London 2012 alone. Their next task: getting to places that ultra slo mo has never been before, with NAC’s Hi-Motion II leading the way. Andy Stout observes.

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