A motion picture technical database: Shotonwhat.com

Published in Production

A fledgling website, shotonwhat.com, aims to be your new destination for movie tech info. The twist? The site needs you to fill in its blanks

The dangers of relying on camera shootouts

Published in Production

They’re often entertaining and they undeniably create headlines, but we need to stop treating camera shootouts as if they give us the definitive picture.

It's  one thing to manually specify which points and objects a system should track, but quite another for a visual system to find its own points - and for your life to depend on it.  In a strange and convoluted way, self-driving cars may point to the future of cameras

There is always a frisson of excitement generated by big chip cameras, but that doesn’t mean they are always the best answer to the job in hand.

Does this mean we’ll be buying cameras in Six Packs next?

Published in Business

You can now buy six of Amazon’s new colour Kindles (i.e. a fully-fledged tablet) for $250. It was eye popping enough to see the price for individual tablets, which is $50, but if you buy five, you get an additional one free. Is this degree of commoditisation about to happen to cameras?

RedShark reveals The New F from Sony tomorrow

Published in Production

Tomorrow morning, at 8:00am in London, 4:00 in New York, 1:00 AM in Los Angeles, we'll bring you the news of Sony's new product or products. 

UK sees ‘huge demand’ for 4k production

Published in Production

According to UK hire outfit Procam TV, which you will recall has recently spent over £500k on Sony 4k cameras, demand for 4k acquisition in the UK is ramping up impressively.

Of all the things you might know about cameras, their similarity to washing machines is probably not one of them. But both suffer from serious problems with their user interfaces.

Slowing things down wirelessly

Published in Technology & Computing

Ultra slow motion cameras, the sort that will run above 10x, had a bit of a field day at the Olympics, with nigh on 50 units from various different manufacturers deployed during London 2012 alone. Their next task: getting to places that ultra slo mo has never been before, with NAC’s Hi-Motion II leading the way. Andy Stout observes.

How upgradeable is your camera?

Published in Production

You won’t find this information on your camera’s spec sheet. But it needs to be there.

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