Friday 21 Apr 2017
What SMPTE 2110 is exactly and why it matters for IP production
There has been a huge amount of activity in the area of IP standards in recent months, with the AIMS-championed SMPTE 2110 suddenly emerging very much as the front runner.
Tuesday 23 May 2017
This problem with Virtual Reality displays needs to be fixed
One of the criticisms being levelled against the first generation of mainstream VR displays is a lack of resolution and sharpness. Phil Rhodes on the problems you have when your screen is only centimetres away.
Wednesday 24 May 2017
Logos: is that real or is that CGI?
Now, *this* is how to create a TV ident. Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française's original Eurovision logo was mixed in live from a camera pointed at a cat's cradle of string. Phil Rhodes reckons the all-pervasiveness of CGI means we've lost something along the way.
Monday 29 May 2017
When it comes to HDR is bitrate more important than format?
The EBU's catchily-named TECH REPORT 038 has attempted to conduct a subjective evaluation of HLG for HDR and SDR distribution and concluded that it's just as good as PQ. The real story though looks to be about the bitrates broadcasters are going to typically allow for the signal.
Wednesday 24 May 2017
Animatronic dinosaurs and 24K giant screens - welcome to the future of cinema
News from Cannes: VFX and 3D animation facility Prana Studios plans to reinvent the theatrical experience with massive screens encompassing entire theatres, animatronic dinosaurs, and actors performing live on stage.
Saturday 13 May 2017
Sony XDCAM: Still kicking after all these years!
We take a moment to remember the heyday of Sony XDCAM, a revolutionary optical disc format that still has some relevancy today.
Thursday 25 May 2017
We need to talk! Frame.io helps you communicate with your production colleagues [sponsored]
Digital, file-based video, has brought untold benefits. Quality is up, and equipment costs are down. And now the internet means that we have a worldwide distribution network that allows anyone to can watch video almost anywhere. It’s win-win.
Monday 08 May 2017
Here's the state of the art in tape decks. But there's no tape. AJA's Ki Pro Ultra Plus
The spirutual sucessor to the studio VTR is here
Monday 05 Jun 2017
So, that was Cinegear 2017
I’m on the plane back from Cinegear, the video and cinematography show based on Paramount’s Studio lot in Hollywood. In three words: it was great.
Thursday 01 Jun 2017
Can you really shoot a broadcast documentary on an iPhone?
Last week, the BBC broadcast what it described as its first documentary to be shot entirely on cellphones. Is this really a good idea? Phil Rhodes has his doubts.
Monday 12 Jun 2017
Blackmagic is NOT about to become a digital audio company
With the rapid integration of the Fairlight digital Audio Engine into Resolve 14, does this mean that Blackmagic has ambitions to become a major audio company?
Tuesday 20 Jun 2017
Panasonic updates VariCams with new features
Panasonic has uploaded some free firmware upgrades for the VariCam 35, HS, LT, and Pure cinema cameras that add several interesting new features and added functions.
Tuesday 20 Jun 2017
UHS-II SD cards: well worth the investment for shooting in 4K
If you’re planning to make the jump from 1080p to 4K, it’s important to remember that you’re going to be writing files that are four times the size that your current SD cards can handle.
Tuesday 25 Apr 2017
Beefed up motors and a 13.5kg payload: DJI launches the Ronin 2
The DJI Ronin series is one of the most ubiquitous stabilisation platforms in use today. Its versatility carries it from the ground, and into the air on drone systems. And now DJI has announced its successor, the Ronin 2.
Wednesday 26 Apr 2017
G-Technology exploits Thunderbolt 3 speed to the max [video]
G-Technology has rocked up to Vegas with some powerfully impressive new products in its bag. Senior Product Manager, Matt Bennion, reveals all from the showfloor.
Monday 10 Apr 2017
Loving Vincent: how to make a movie using 65,000 oil paintings
65,000 frames, all of which have been hand-painted on canvas and then assembled into a film. Unsurprisingly, Loving Vincent is very much the first feature of its kind.
Thursday 04 May 2017
Making a homebrew lens out of spare parts
What do you do when you find a box full of junk parts at a swap meet? Create a lens which gives you amazing images of course! That’s what wild video producer Mathieu Stern did just recently, and the image results are pretty impressive.
Tuesday 13 Jun 2017
Eclipse TD510 MK II speakers on test
RedShark Review: They may look rather odd, but there is nothing odd at all about the sound quality the Eclipse TD510 MK II speakers deliver from their 4-inch cone. In fact, it is superb.
Friday 19 May 2017
For Google, smartphone cameras are the gateway to the internet
If a photo is worth a thousand words then for Google it may be worth a thousand searches. Having declared that artificial intelligence (AI) was at the forefront of the company’s R&D a year ago, the tech giant has now merged AI with imaging in a suite of product announcements.
Tuesday 25 Apr 2017
Sony’s large-scale display wows the crowd
Notes from NAB: Sony's press conference at the weekend showed just how good LED videowalls have become.
- Saturday 17 Jun 2017 - (12114) Working with resolutions above 4K: We interview renowned cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC
- Saturday 24 Jun 2017 - (11656) When NASA calls a camera revolutionary, it really means it
- Saturday 17 Jun 2017 - (9197) Just in case you doubted that 8K video is the new still photography...
- Friday 16 Jun 2017 - (8275) 5 Tips from top Colorist Warren Eagles
- Wednesday 21 Jun 2017 - (7743) The home-brew return of anamorphic
- Tuesday 27 Jun 2017 - (1402) Six VFX Editing tips to keep your project organised
- Monday 26 Jun 2017 - (1063) Practical effects so good they need a 'not CG' disclaimer
- Monday 26 Jun 2017 - (992) Signiant: An easy way to boost your production business [sponsored]
- Monday 26 Jun 2017 - (1026) Blackmagic ships Bluetooth remote app
- Sunday 25 Jun 2017 - (509) Can we have content that is both user-generated and high-end?