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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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 http://www.hpaonline.com/2013-program and the opening "Super-sized Session" was on "More,...
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"...
A light meter / waveform monitor / false-color display for iPhone
By Adam Wilt | January 22, 2013
[Warning: crass commercial message follows.]
So, it's finally done and dusted: Cine Meter for iOS has shipped.
It actually went live last Thursday, but one of my beta testers immediately told Jon Fauer about it. Jon posted a quick review on Film and Digital Times...
I was looking for a few good men...
By Adam Wilt | January 01, 2013
Happy New Year!
[Update 5 January: I have all the testers I need, thanks!]
I've been beavering away for a while on a new app. Cine Meter is a shutter-priority reflected light meter, an RGB waveform monitor, and a false-color display, for any iPhone / iPod / iPad with a...
The GH3 may be more valuable behind the scenes than filming them.
By Adam Wilt | December 05, 2012
I’ve had my new GH3 for a couple of days now; long enough to work my way through the manuals and answer my burning questions about how it compares to the GH2 as a video camera, and time enough to learn some interesting...