Monday 09 Jan 2017
Wafer-thin OLEDs and HDR were this year’s CES TV advances
Amid all the usual hoopla about wacky gadgets — this year being AI toothbrushes, robotic cushion cleaners and walk around VR — you can rest assured that the old product category of TVs is where the largest manufacturers are putting most of their marketing and R&D. These were the CES 2017 highlights.
Wednesday 11 Jan 2017
The rather magnificent return of Kodak Ektachrome 100
By reintroducing a favourite but discountinued film stock, Kodak seems to understand that there's a growing call for something other than clinically clean images abroad in the industry.
Tuesday 17 Jan 2017
This might be the tipping point for 8K
A recent addition to the Dell monitor line-up points to the arrival of affordable 8K in the near future.
Wednesday 01 Mar 2017
Just announced: How the Unreal Games Engine could change the way we make films
‘The Human Race’ is a new short film created by Epic Games, The Mill and Chevrolet, which celebrates the 50th birthday of the Camaro but whose realtime CG techniques could go on to revolutionise filmmaking.
Tuesday 21 Mar 2017
New battery technology 3x more powerful than Li-Ion?
Batteries with better performance than the currently available Li-Ion bricks aren’t exactly around the corner, but new findings hint at a huge step forward in battery technology. Two scientists are working on a solid-state battery based on glass and sodium. Will someone pass me the salt, please?
Tuesday 10 Jan 2017
CES 2017 – is this really what the future will look like?
Do we look at CES as a vision of the future, or do we look at it with a mixture of laughter and astonishment at how technology companies can find very complicated ways of doing simple things?
Thursday 16 Feb 2017
Realtime Matrix-like effects from Robic the robot
Robic is a new robotic arm that moves faster than anything the industry has yet seen, the result being that productions can capture things in-camera that were previously very much a post-only experience.
Sunday 26 Feb 2017
Fire at Sea: How to grade for documentary
Colourist Andrea Orsini reveals the ways in which DI can craft nonfiction through his work on Oscar-nominated Fire at Sea.
Saturday 04 Mar 2017
Managing Westworld with a state of the art LUT workflow
Creatives working on Westworld had an elegant solution for co-ordinating looks between the set and post production.
Friday 10 Feb 2017
In praise of the handheld camera operator
When done right (and in the right circumstances), going handheld can add a certain intensity to your scenes, especially if you have a skilled camera operator in tow.
Monday 23 Jan 2017
Want to make a feature film? This is how much money you will really need
Phil Rhodes does some number crunching and comes up with some ballpark figures for a minimum budget for a movie that a) hires qualified people to b) produce something that c) an audience might actually want to watch. It's not cheap.
Wednesday 04 Jan 2017
Aputure takes aim at prestigious rivals with new shotgun mic
RedShark review: Aputure’s new $369 Deity mic is both aggressively priced and aggressively marketed, with both the Schoeps CMC641 and Sennheiser MKH-60 in its sights. Phil Rhodes is guardedly impressed.
Saturday 28 Jan 2017
Cropping to a cinema aspect ratio gives the impression of higher resolution
Adopting a wide aspect ratio for our pictures, even when chucking pixels to do it, tricks our brains into perceiving quality.
Wednesday 08 Feb 2017
Sony introduces two new E-Mount lenses
Sony’s announcement of two new E-mount lenses (and a flash with remote capabilities) yesterday probably says as much about what else Sony is working on as it does about the products themselves.
Wednesday 15 Mar 2017
Capturing the ISS with an α7s
On 4th February, amateur astronomer Thierry Legault filmed the ISS as it passed across the middle of the first-quarter moon with his Sony α7s camera.
Tuesday 03 Jan 2017
Does Samsung’s new Blu-ray player indicate the future of HDR?
Samsung's M9500 Blu-ray player, an early release in the field of HDR-compatible consumer devices and on show later this week at CES, could signal the start of a movement away from Dolby Vision.
Friday 24 Mar 2017
The state of the market for SSDs: March 2017
Leo Waldock takes a look at the latest movements in the SSD market and, while these are all from the UK which has its own economic peculiarities at the moment, the trends map onto countries around the globe.
Wednesday 08 Feb 2017
Dark, wet & smoke: Physical effects and production design
The dark is rising: As a reminder that not everything is done in post these days, Phil Rhodes looks at the problem of getting darkness just right in your productions.
Thursday 23 Feb 2017
ZEISS Cinema Zoom Lenses [sponsored]
Cameras keep getting better. This is a good thing. It means that high quality cinematic cameras are available to more creative people than ever.
Monday 27 Mar 2017
VariCam: Exquisitely sensitive and colourful [sponsored]
With a dual native ISO, 14+ stops of dynamic range and enhanced colour rendition, the new generation of Varicams have remarkable and unique talents.
- Tuesday 21 Mar 2017 - (14081) How to get MacBook performance for less
- Sunday 19 Mar 2017 - (13792) Why you should use prime lenses
- Tuesday 28 Mar 2017 - (11201) AMD’s Revolutionary Ryzen: Is this the chip to make you move from Intel?
- Friday 17 Mar 2017 - (10481) It’s a kinda magic… The Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro review
- Thursday 23 Mar 2017 - (6908) New HDR Ninja Inferno breaks the $1000 barrier
- Thursday 30 Mar 2017 - (62) iClone 7 now supports ARRI, RED and Canon camera Looks
- Thursday 30 Mar 2017 - (778) Sony highlights flagship system camera HDC-4800 at CABSAT [video]
- Thursday 30 Mar 2017 - (1259) The four things you need to shoot tethered
- Wednesday 29 Mar 2017 - (1037) Rampant Design releases new tools for Premiere Pro
- Wednesday 29 Mar 2017 - (4948) AMD's forthcoming Radeon RX Vega: greater GPU power at lower cost?