What just happened? Plus, Mark's fiendish quizzes
By Adam Wilt | February 17, 2015
[Updated 10:53 PST 18 Feb: Quiz 5 winner]
The HPA Tech Retreat is an annual gathering of some of the sharpest minds in post, production, broadcast, and distribution – and the 2015 Retreat is now over. As Leon Silverman and Jerry Pierce like to ask, what just...
SMPTE, AXF, MPEG-H, lightfield capture, QC, analysis, optimization, and more... even a half-day is chock-full.
By Adam Wilt | February 13, 2015
From SMPTE updates to the speed of future Ethernet and a really-big announcement from Belden's Steve Lampen, plus the post-retreat treat, which – unusually – is not a Mark Schubin confection.
[Updated 13:35 PST: Final]
The HPA Tech Retreat is an annual...
Acquisition, creative intent, the cloud, not your mama's post, and more
By Adam Wilt | February 12, 2015
At the Tech retreat today: technical aspects of 4K capture, grading colorspaces, ACES 1.0, and... wait for it... drones for dummies!
[Update 19:15 PST: Final again (save for any additional corrections); added missing Josh Pines preso and "Snowflakes to Standards" panel; added closing...
Year in Review; Washington Update; UHD; CES; Broadcasters, and more
By Adam Wilt | February 11, 2015
From Mark Schubin's Intro and Year in Review, through Pete Putman's CES Review, it's day 2 of the Tech Retreat. Plus, we get to debate integer vs. fractional frame rates again, a topic that will never die.
[Updated 18:58 PST: Final except for fixups.]
Supersession: Shift Happens – Not Your Father's Post – What’s going on here?
By Adam Wilt | February 10, 2015
Leon Silverman, Michael Cioni, and Mark Schubin start off the discussion of how post is – yet again – evolving.
[Updated 21:25 PST: Some typos fixed (including links to Mark's video clips). Final, except for various typo fixes and other corrections.]
What it's like to rent gear by mail.
By Adam Wilt | January 30, 2015
For my December lens tests with Veydras and Rokinons (among others), I needed some Rokinons, otherwise it wouldn't really be a test with Veydras and Rokinons (among others). I also needed a PL-to-MFT mount adapter, and a Nikon-F-to-Canon-EF adapter. None of these were items stocked by...
There's still time to sign up for the 2015 Tech Retreat... but only through Monday, February 2
By Adam Wilt | January 30, 2015
If you've been thinking about attending the HPA Tech Retreat in Palm Springs, February 9-13, better make up your mind: it's close to selling out, and advanced registration closes this coming Monday, February 2. As the press release says:
The Tech Retreat is a relaxed yet...
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.]
Four prototype Veydra Mini Primes and a GH4
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...
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.
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...