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by Adam Wilt

Adam Wilt has been working off and on in film and video for the past thirty years, while paying the bills writing software for animation, automation, broadcast graphics, and real-time control for companies including Abekas, Pinnacle, Omneon, CBS, and ABC. Since 1997 his website,, has been a popular reference for information on the DV formats. He has reviewed cameras for DV Magazine and written its "Technical Difficulties" column, and taught classes and led panels at NAB, IBC, and DV Expo. He co-authored the book,"Optimizing Your Fi...

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First Look: Veydra Mini Primes for Micro Four Thirds

I test four new cine lenses for GH4s, BMPCCs, and other MFT cameras.

By Adam Wilt | December 15, 2014

I’ve had some time to play with four prototype Veydra MFT Cine Lenses: the 16mm, 25mm, 35mm, and 50mm. Here’s what I’ve seen. [UPDATE #4 6:00pm PST 17 Dec: Kickstarter project funded at over 5.4x the goal.] [Update #5 28 Feb 2015: I've tested production lenses, too.]

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Review: Luxi For All Incident-Metering Photosphere for iOS and Android

The 2nd-generation Luxi fits any iOS or 'droid device up to 1 cm / .4” thick

By Adam Wilt | December 03, 2014

Luxi For All (US$30) from Extrasensory Devices is a small, translucent white hemisphere with a spring clip. It’s designed to clamp over the front-facing camera of a smartphone, transforming it into an incident-reading light meter.

Luxi For All on an iPhone running Cine... Read More


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Coming Soon: Veydras Micro 4/3 Cinema Primes

Dedicated cine primes will improve cine-style workflows for MFT cameras

By Adam Wilt | November 19, 2014

Los Angeles lensmen Ryan Avery (formerly with Schneider Optics) and Jim Zhang (a behind-the-scenes designer for the likes of Century Optics, Chrosziel, and 16x9) have teamed up to build the “Veydra” line of Micro 4/3 Cinema Lenses.

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Shame on you, PBS

When even PBS uses its flagship programs as advertising backdrops, is it any wonder viewers are dumping OTA TV for OTT VOD?

By Adam Wilt | September 21, 2014

I went back to Ohio  But my pretty countryside  Had been paved down the middle  By a government that had no pride

"My City Was Gone" - Chrissie Hynde, The Pretenders

This past week, PBS aired Ken Burns' latest 7-part... Read More


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122 Slides on the Sony PXW-FS7

Sony’s new Super35mm camcorder, introduced by Product Manager Juan Martinez

By Adam Wilt | September 11, 2014

The Sony PXW-FS7 “Vérité”, being announced at IBC as I post this, is a large-single-sensor camera aimed specifically at shoulder-mounted run’n’gun work: things like documentary shooting, news, direct cinema, and (shudder) “reality TV”.  It... Read More


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Review: SLR Magic ANAMORPHOT 1,33x 50 anamorphic adapter

Make your camera a mean, clean, widescreen machine with this affordable anamorphic adapter

By Adam Wilt | July 27, 2014

SLR Magic's ANAMORPHOT 1,33x 50 is an affordable anamorphic adapter lens (US$899; $1099 with two diopters) letting you shoot 2:37:1 widescreen on a 16x9 camera, or, if you're in a retro mood, 16x9 widescreen on a 4x3 standard-def camera. It works on lenses with a clear front aperture of... Read More


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Art Adams and Adam Wilt on the F55 at Cine Gear Expo

Two PVC contributors talk about Sony's do-almost-anything cine cam

By Adam Wilt | June 05, 2014

In Los Angeles for Cine Gear Expo this weekend? Art Adams and I will be giving an hour-long presentation on the Sony PMW-F55 at the Sherry Lansing Theater on the Paramount lot, Saturday 7 June, from 2:45 - 3:45 in the afternoon. 

I'll go over the camera's versatility: with... Read More


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Entering Production: SLR Magic ANAMORPHOT 1,33x 50

SLR Magic’s anamorphic adapter is available for pre-orders until 14 February

By Adam Wilt | February 10, 2014

I’ve just received a “test sample” of the SLR Magic ANAMORPHOT 1,33x 50 adapter built with final parts, so it’s pretty much as it will be delivered. I’ll have a proper review in a few weeks, but as the window for pre-orders is short, I thought I should post this... Read More


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Should Professional Editors care about FCPX (again)?

Sam Mestman thinks so: he's betting his company on it. I think he's right. Attend his demo 25 January and make up your own mind.

By Adam Wilt | January 15, 2014

Last October Kevin McAuliffe told us in two articles that Final Cut Pro X wasn't worth caring about: "FCPX is still not ready for professional use". He caught a lot of crap for saying so, but he was right... in a very constrained context (which, if you read his rants, he carefully... Read More


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Quick Takes: Phase-detect AF coming to Canon C100; DaVinci Resolve 10 released

C100 to get better-than-70D AF; Resolve 10 Lite outputs QuadHD

By Adam Wilt | November 11, 2013

Two stories of note from this past week:

Canon's C100 Large-Single-Sensor AVCHD Cine Camera will be upgradable to dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus, similar to that used on the EOS 70D DSLR... but better.

Canon's update should improve AF considerably. Note... Read More


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Preview: SLR Magic ANAMORPHOT 1,33x 50 anamorphic adapter

Andrew Chan shows us a prototype of his innovative 1.33x anamorphic adapter

By Adam Wilt | October 21, 2013

[2013.10.22 update: availability will be June 2014]

At Art Adams's behest, SLR Magic's product manager and lens designer Andrew Chan stopped by on Monday morning, fresh off the plane from Hong Kong. Andrew is on a whirlwind week-long tour, showing off his... Read More


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First Look - Luxi Incident Metering Attachment for iPhones

A Kickstarter-funded photosphere turns the iPhone / iPod touch front camera into an incident meter

By Adam Wilt | August 24, 2013

Back in late February, a chap named James Flynn put up a Kickstarter page for Luxi: "Luxi turns your iPhone into an incident light meter." He hoped to raise $10,000 to build the thing; 45 days later he had $120,921. I threw some money in the pot in mid-March, and earlier this month two Luxis... Read More


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OS X: Fixing AVCHD media to avoid the dreaded “CANNOT OPEN”

OS X is too picky for its own good with AVCHD media names. Here's how to fix things.

By Adam Wilt | May 10, 2013

If you’re using OS X and you copy AVCHD media folders to a NAS (network-attached storage) or a case-sensitive disk, you may run into problems: opening the media in 10.8’s Finder gives you “CANNOT OPEN” instead of a clip browser, FCP X can’t see the clips, and so... Read More


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Photos: Sony F5 and F55

New Sony cameras at Videofax's Open House

By Adam Wilt | March 19, 2013

Today, one of our excellent local rental houses, Videofax in San Francisco, held an Open House to show off the Sony F5 and F55 large-single-sensor cine cameras. I was able to get a few pictures of these new beasts, which Videofax has kitted out using third-party support accessories and a couple... Read More


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HPA Tech Retreat Wrap-up

Demos, baseball, and final thoughts

By Adam Wilt | February 24, 2013

The 2013 HPA Tech Retreat has concluded. In my final report, I offer some observations, look at a few items in the Demo Room, and show Mark Schubin’s post-retreat treat.

Observations and Comments

4K and the cloud were in, 3D was out.

Sony has apparently had F55 4K... Read More


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HPA Tech Retreat Day 4

Lightfield cameras, lens metadata, REDRAY, and even more!

By Adam Wilt | February 22, 2013

The Tech Retreat is an annual four-day conference (plus Monday bonus session) for HD / Video / cinema geeks, sponsored by the Hollywood Post Alliance. Day 4 offered a SMPTE update, lens metadata, lightfield cameras, new encoding paradigms, Ethernet AVB and video, upconverting to 4K, and the... Read More


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HPA Tech Retreat Day 3

Post On Demand, VFX on GPUs, and more.

By Adam Wilt | February 21, 2013

The Tech Retreat is an annual four-day conference for HD / Video / cinema geeks, sponsored by the Hollywood Post Alliance. Day 3 covered a legislative update, post on demand, ACES, the VFX business, file-based architecture, IMF, working in raw, digital intermediates exchange network, the cloud,... Read More


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HPA Tech Retreat Day 2

ATSC 3.0, the Olympics in 8K, and more...

By Adam Wilt | February 20, 2013

The Tech Retreat is an annual four-day conference (plus Monday bonus session) for HD / Video / cinema geeks, sponsored by the Hollywood Post Alliance. Day 2 covered design considerations for HDR displays, ATSC 3.0 and the future of TV, broadcasters' concerns, mobile DTV, 8K UHDTV, and... Read More


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HPA Tech Retreat Day 1: Super-sized Session: More, Bigger, but Better?

Looking at HFR, HDR, high-res, immersive sound, and more...

By Adam Wilt | February 19, 2013

The Tech Retreat is an annual four-day conference (plus Monday bonus session) for HD / Video / cinema geeks, sponsored by the Hollywood Post Alliance. The program for this year's show is online at and the opening "Super-sized Session" was on "More,... Read More


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HPA Tech Retreat: Charles Poynton on High[er] Frame Rates

A discussion of perception and display issues pertinent to HFR presentations

By Adam Wilt | February 18, 2013

The 2013 Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Retreat started today with a presentation from Charles Poyton on "High[er] Frame Rates". Charles couldn't attend in person, as his Canadian passport expired unnoticed, so we enjoyed him via a live webinar instead (which had all the "cone of silence"... Read More