Andy is European Editor of RedShark. He has spent nearly two decades writing about all aspects of the broadcast and film industries for a variety of high-profile industry publications on both sides of the Atlantic. During that time the industry has moved from 4:3 SD to 16:9 SD to HD and now on to 4K. He's getting kind of curious to see where it goes next.
The UK’s industry training body, Creative Skillset, has released its latest Creative Media Workforce Survey which details how much is earned by who at all levels of the industry. It’s not particularly happy reading, especially if you work in film. And freelance. Or you’re a woman.
The rise of Periscope and Meerkat has been one of the most significant stories for the tech industry this year, but alongside their already fearsome reputation in online piracy we reckon they have an important role to play for film makers too.
We have become so used to technological progress with mainstream video cameras being dizzyingly relentless that it’s almost a shock to come across a field where the dominant models are two years old and, as yet, there are no new ones on the horizon.
Earlier this year NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory celebrated five years of operation. To celebrate NASA released a highlights reel of its first half decade of hovering in space watching the dance of giant loops hovering in the corona and enormous sunspots growing and shrinking on the sun's surface. It’s some of the most stunning space imagery we have seen.
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.
One of the factors reining the GoPro HERO in from complete industry ubiquity has been the lack of a live transmission option for broadcasters beyond some home-brew workarounds. That has all just changed with the launch of the GoPro HEROCast, but it ain’t going to be cheap.
We’ve talked before about High Dynamic Range imaging and how we think it might turn the industry on its head, providing not just more pixels but better ones with a lot more colour information. Even better though, it’s coming to a set near you soon courtesy of Dolby Vision and VIZIO. This is now a 2015 technology.
‘Game-changer’ is probably the most overused phrase at this year’s NAB, but in the shape of the HDC-4300 Sony might just have the real article in its hands, not just for the company itself but for the whole industry-wide introduction of 4K.