Tuesday 15 Aug 2017
Human vision and why the colour green is so important
None more green! Several very important pieces of film and TV technology rely on the assumption that human beings can see green light best and that we can see sharp edges most clearly when they're rendered in shades of green, rather than any other colour. Why?
Tuesday 19 Sep 2017
How to shoot HDR with FS7, FS5 and Fujinon Cine Zoom
With HDR shooting adding another layer of complexity to things, Alister Chapman takes us through the processes he went through to create his short HDR documentary Fire & Iron.
Thursday 10 Aug 2017
Sony reintroduces withdrawn firmware
Sony has reissued previously-withdrawn firmware releases for the PXW-FS5 and PXW-Z150 camcorders.
Sunday 03 Sep 2017
You really do still need a light meter
The apparent convenience of shooting digital has meant that the humble light meter has taken a bit of a popularity hit of late. But as Phil Rhodes writes, they are in fact still one of the most valuable tools in the bag.
Thursday 21 Sep 2017
Ignite Express: a very capable set of free plugins
Who doesn't like free stuff? Enter Hitfilm's Ignite Express, a suite of 90 free plugins to use in your favourite editor. Useful, or just another set of plugins that never get used? Read on to find out.
Tuesday 12 Sep 2017
Sony RX10 Mk IV: Sony just can't stop improving its cameras!
The rate at which Sony is bringing out new versions of its cameras is astonishing. Here's the latest RX10 - and it looks good.
Monday 21 Aug 2017
Make your drone footage really fly
Flying high. With the easy availablity of compact drones such as the DJI Phantom and GoPro Karma, the opportunities to shoot sweeping cinematic vistas on a budget are better than ever before. But in order to get the best image from these devices, sometimes the camera needs a bit of a helping hand.
Tuesday 05 Sep 2017
How to build a portable editing system
There are times when working in an office with the latest hardware isn't an option. It could be that you're being brought out to the field so you can begin editing as soon as possible, or maybe you're going on holiday but need to bring your edit with you. Peter Haas takes a look at some truly portable options.
Wednesday 28 Jun 2017
Waking up the workflow [sponsored]
Workflows are right at the centre of modern digital production. No two workflows are the same, but the efficiency of this chain of tasks and actions can seriously affect the success of a production.
Sunday 17 Sep 2017
Video game graphics are now good enough to train AI systems without reference to the real world
RedShark at IBC 2017: AI will take over the world, and cameras are now all very good. This might seem like a statement of the obvious, but a measure of how far things have come can be seen by the latest developments. Phil Rhodes gives us his roundup of day three at IBC.
Tuesday 25 Jul 2017
Nikon celebrates 100th birthday by announcing the Nikon D850
Nikon celebrates its centenary today and, while details are frustratingly sparse, it is marking the occasion by confirming the development of a replacement for the much-loved D810.
Wednesday 06 Sep 2017
8K is coming into the living room this year
Sharp launched what it reckons is the world’s first 8K TV destined for the domestic market in four cities worldwide last week with what looks to be a sub $10,000 price tag attached.
Friday 04 Aug 2017
Can you create perfection with imperfection
Is imperfection the new perfection? Simon Wyndham thinks that it might be.
Monday 07 Aug 2017
Video production: How to cope with complexity [sponsored]
Video has somehow become an intrinsic part of modern culture. It’s at the centre of social media. It’s an immediate medium to get a message across - whether it’s good, bad, happy, sad, right or wrong. It’s also the most powerful medium for corporations and businesses to communicate with their customers.
Wednesday 09 Aug 2017
What’s so great about soft light?
We all love soft light, don’t we? It’s natural and flattering; hard light is old fashioned and looks artificial. And LEDs are a convenient and energy efficient source of soft light that have made most other lights obsolete, particularly if you are on a low budget. Is that all really true?
Thursday 07 Sep 2017
How the DSLR revolution changed the way we see cameras - part 1
The DSLR revolution had a huge impact on the video production industry. Conventional views of what a video camera should be were turned on their head, and doors were opened, making low budget filmmaking much more accessible. But the ripples from the revolution went far and wide. Roland Denning takes us on a journey of the effects those ripples caused.
Friday 25 Aug 2017
Computational zooming: faking it convincingly with a computer
Computational photography - using computers to generate images that were never "seen" - is allowing "miracles" to happen. Phil Rhodes examines one of the most recent methods developed by the University of California.
Monday 26 Jun 2017
Blackmagic ships Bluetooth remote app
Ships is probably the wrong word for an app, but, after announcing it at NAB, Blackmagic Design’s iPad control app for the URSA Mini Pro is now available in the Apple app store.
Friday 01 Sep 2017
Give Your Corporate Video a Classic, Swiss Design Inspired Look [sponsored]
If you’re involved in creating corporate videos, then here’s a bundle of assets that will make your job a whole lot easier. Made by the team at RocketStock, their pack, Geneva, is a must-have for anyone looking to give corporate video presentations, interview clips, and more a hit of professional style.
Friday 08 Sep 2017
Creating depth with layered lighting
Delving deeper into light. Lighting is the single most important aspect of filmmaking of any kind. Without it, film has no shape, no mood, no atmosphere, and no dimension. DP Neil Oseman takes us on a journey to achieving depth through lighting.
- Saturday 9 Sep 2017 - (47775) The truth about colour. This is stuff every film-maker should know about.
- Tuesday 12 Sep 2017 - (8635) Canon announces two new fixed lens 4K camcorders with high frame rate capabilities
- Wednesday 13 Sep 2017 - (7935) HP boasts new workstation is ‘the most powerful on the planet’
- Friday 15 Sep 2017 - (7131) Sony's new 120fps 8K broadcast camera offers a step change for live broadcasting
- Sunday 17 Sep 2017 - (5426) Panasonic updates us on the amazing AU-EVA1 camcorder plus new footage [Video]
- Saturday 23 Sep 2017 - (329) How to travel with your drone
- Friday 22 Sep 2017 - (1021) Remembering Final Cut Pro 7 - the end of an era
- Friday 22 Sep 2017 - (839) Atomos Sumo monitors to receive new capabilities with firmware updates [Video]
- Friday 22 Sep 2017 - (1130) IBC 2017 - Have manufacturers stopped playing the numbers game?
- Friday 22 Sep 2017 - (4517) First footage from the new Sony CineAlta VENICE