We're replaying some of the best articles from 2012 in case you missed them the first time. Today: How to REALLY understand video data rates

Here's a video tutorial to model a CGI strawberry. Although it's specifically for Cinema 4D, those using other 3D modeling and animation programs could pick up some tips as well.

Sony at IBC2014...in video

Published in Business

Freya Black reports on Sony's IBC activities with a collection of videos that illustrate the company's direction for the near future.

Is the end in sight for "conventional" cameras?

Published in Business

Are we witnessing the end of traditional cameras?

Blender pulls a rabbit out of the hat

Published in Technology & Computing

Ever wondered how far you could go with Open Source software? 

Analogue systems are not intrinsically better than digital ones, but they are tied up in the complex history of what sounds and images mean to us and explain why they, and the 'film look', remain so important.

Billions of hours of Video could be lost forever

Published in Technology & Computing

Around the world, billions of hours of video footage are sitting on shelves or in archives. Most of it may be of very limited interest, but some of it is a vital part of our cultural history. This footage is under threat from two sides: not only is the tape that the recordings are stored on degrading, but the machines required to play them back are slowly disappearing

Just in case you thought for a moment you’d fallen asleep and woken up in 2022, I’d better say that again: Nokia now has a 41 Megapixel phone.

The trouble with that statement is that, even if it were true (which it is, says Nokia) it just doesn’t seem right - because that number of pixels packed into a mobile-phone type sensor would just be, well, rubbish, wouldn’t it? And anyway, are we really ready for a phone with a bigger pixel resolution than Super Hi Vision?

If CGI is bad, is CGI to blame?

Published in Post & VFX

Pundits cite instances of 'bad' CGI to argue that computer generated imagery is ruining films. But there may be a flaw in that reasoning.

Using just a single RED Epic and a simple 75mm master prime… oh, and an old building crammed with actors, dancers, acrobats, complex lighting, technicians, directors, producers and the film crew, this amazingly complex video was captured at 300 fps in a single shot

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