If the recent review of Blackmagic's SmartScope Duo is anything to go by, there's a significant amount of interest in test and measurement equipment. Gone are the days when a light meter and a trained eye was enough; to do better, we need technological measures – test and measurement equipment, and in this article I'm going to discuss a few of the most common approaches and why some may be more useful than others, depending on the circumstances
Blackmagic's cameras are bringing a raw workflow to an uprecedented number of people, and also highllighting the difference between raw and "standard" ("Rec 709) video - the stuff we've been used to up to now. If it seems complicated, it will be a little bit less so once you've read Phil Rhodes' article.
How often do people really take the time to explain the real basics? With stuff like colour correction, while you can and should rely on your eyes and a good, colour-calibrated monitoring system, you also need to make sure that your graded output is technically OK, or it might be rejected by your client