Sony flew a bunch of journos to Japan recently; here's what they saw.
By Adam Wilt | March 13, 2011
In the past couple of weeks, Sony took industry journalists on a junket to Japan, to get an advance peek at some new cameras (I was invited, but had to decline due to scheduling conflicts). Jon Fauer and David Williams have written up what they've seen.
Are videos useful? Should I shoot more?
By Adam Wilt | March 01, 2011
I'm starting to think about NAB 2011, and I'm curious what you thought of my 2010 coverage. Got a minute to let me know?
3D ghosts, camera arrays, etc.; final thoughts.
By Adam Wilt | February 21, 2011
On this fourth and final day of the 2011 Tech Retreat, we learned about standards activities, 3D ghosts, camera arrays, automated audio "recognition", a new method for making film protection masters, how bending a cable affects its performance, and a whirlwind tour through TV Tech history. Also: the death of tape... for real this time?
After the fear and trembling yesterday, suggestions of solutions; OLEDs; DSLRs; and more.
By Adam Wilt | February 18, 2011
Day 3 (by my counting; HPA calls this Day 2, because Tuesday's Super Session doesn't count) covered LTO-5, LTFS, IMF, HDSLR, OLED, FIMS, SOA, SLA, monitors vs. displays, file-based mastering, Hollywood in the cloud, and Disney restorations.
Mayhem, confusion, and chaos continue!
By Adam Wilt | February 17, 2011
Day 2 of the Tech Retreat covered the year in review, CES, cloud storage, broadcasting, pool feed audio, content protection, transcoding, stereo subtitles, and more...
HPA Super Session 2011 -- Snowflake Workflows
By Adam Wilt | February 16, 2011
HPA set the stage for the Super Session with these words:"With all the options in workflow today, it seems no two projects are exactly alike. Just like snowflakes, our projects begin beautiful, shiny, and a unique wonder to behold. But as they slowly drift to their final destination, they seem to just turn into slush, as we leave them behind searching for our next wonderful, pristine, new way."
The industry's most thought-provoking conference happens this week.
By Adam Wilt | February 14, 2011
There's a quiet gathering in Palm Springs every February. Many of the post-production industry's leading luminaries, along with a gaggle of production folks, hangers-on, and ne'er-do-wells (including your correspondent) assemble for the Hollywood Post Alliance's Tech Retreat, three and a half days of discussion about where the industry is and where it's going.
Zeiss lenses show what they're really made of.
By Adam Wilt | February 04, 2011
I attended a local tradeshow yesterday and today, and Zeiss had a display table showing off still and cine lenses. Herewith, some images for your viewing pleasure.
Oh, frabjous day: Apple offers PDF user manuals again!
By Adam Wilt | December 19, 2010
The PDF link downloads a copy of the docs to disk.
OK, so maybe I'm stupid (no comments, thanks very much) and these have always been available, or maybe they're new: Apple has PDF user manuals for Pro Apps available for download.
I take a not-entirely-reverent look at how the D90, 5D Mk II, 7D, and DMC-GH1 "versacams" really perform for video work.
By Adam Wilt | December 07, 2010
Art Adams wrestles a fully kitted-out Canon 5D Mk II with 85mm f/1.2 Canon prime.
Hybrids, HDSLRs, VDSLRs, EVILs, DSMCs, DILCs? There's as much confusion about what to call these highly-affordable, large-sensor, interchangeable-lens, video-capable still cameras as there is about their actual usefulness. Some proclaim them the revolutionary future, doing to RED what RED did to the industry before it: bring large-format, shallow depth-of-field motion imagery to the masses at a price point previously inconceivable. Others reject them out of hand for their technical shortcomings and unsuitable ergonomics.
Some chaps in the UK have shot a short with an PMW-F3, and Sony announces a pro large-sensor NXCAM camcorder.
By Adam Wilt | November 17, 2010
Things are really heating up in the large single sensor camcorder world.
Using the 3DA1 at the Createasphere / Panasonic 3D Workshop
By Adam Wilt | November 14, 2010
Last weekend I attended the two-day Createasphere 3D Production Workshop Utilizing Panasonic AG-3DA1 Cameras in Burbank, and got a good overview of the issues in shooting stereo 3D (S3D) content, as well as some immensely instructive hands-on experience with the AG-3DA1 S3D camcorder.
Quick links to early info on this large-format camcorder.
By Adam Wilt | November 10, 2010
[Updated 2010-11-13: Added link to Jon Fauer's preliminary report.][Updated 2010-11-11: Sony USA press release, shipping date, US prices.] Sony has announced the PMW-F3, a 35mm-sized camcorder designed for interchangeable lenses. Think 35 Mbit/sec, 4:2:0 XDCAM EX; handycam form factor; new Sony F mount with a PL mount adapter; available as a body only or packaged with three new Sony cine primes (35mm, 50mm, 85mm T2.0). It will ship in February 2011.
Panasonic shows off a prototype AG-AF100 at Birns & Sawyer
By Adam Wilt | November 08, 2010
Thursday, 4 November 2010: Panasonic's Jan Crittenden Livingston appeared at Hollywood rental and sales facility Birns & Sawyer to show off a prototype AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds cine-style camcorder. I was in town for the Createasphere 3D Workshop, so I stopped by for a look. Herewith, my notes and observations.
Aye, laddie, it takes you back...
By Adam Wilt | October 24, 2010
Over the weekend I cleared out a bunch of old gear, including the capture card that launched a revolution: the DPS Spark. Thirteen years ago, this card changed low-cost video editing forever.
I compare an early 2009 and a late 2010 Mac mini with a three-year-old MacBook Pro.
By Adam Wilt | October 11, 2010
At work, I have a big, snorting, hairy beast of a MacPro, but at home I want something small, quiet, and abstemious with the power—yet still capable of dual-screen HD editing with reasonable playback performance when I need it. I've tested two Mac minis, with GeForce 9400M and 320M GPUs, alongside my older 15" MacBook Pro with a Radeon x1600 GPU, and the results are... interesting. They may be applicable to recent MacBooks with the same GPUs, too.
I hold an EPIC in my hands, and get a glimpse beneath the covers and behind the scenes.
By Adam Wilt | September 26, 2010
[Update 2010.09.27: Spanish version / versión en español with thanks to / gracias a Carlos Zapater.]At five minutes to midnight on 13 September, I received a short message from RED Digital Cinema's Jim Jannard: "Want to come to the studios and get a sneak peak of EPIC and the soon to be famous HDRx?" Eight days later—this past Tuesday, at high noon—I stood at the gates of RED Studios in Los Angeles, not really sure what to expect.I wasn't disappointed.
RED's approach to HDR capture works better than it should.
By Adam Wilt | September 23, 2010
Last week, Jim Jannard at RED invited me to come down to RED Studios to talk about EPIC and HDRx, RED's new High Dynamic Range capture mode. I made the trip this past Tuesday, and had the opportunity to sit down with Jim, Jarred Land, and Deanan DaSilva for three hours. Here's what I learned about HDRx; a report on EPIC will follow.
Little low-light 60i handycam with 64GB of built-in storage and a sharp, stable image.
By Adam Wilt | September 14, 2010
Sony's HXR-MC50U (US$1695 list, $1499 street price) is a fit-in-your-fist handycam shooting 1080/60i and recording AVCHD (and SD MPEG-2) to 64GB of built-in memory and/or a removable card (Memory Stick or SDHC). A back-illuminated sensor gives it great low-light capability, and infrared "NightShot" mode lets you shoot in utter darkness. Active SteadyShot adds superb stabilization, and the supplied shotgun mike offers tightly focused sound. [Update: typo: it's 64 GB, not 64 MB!)
Production stills from Art's August evening outing with a prototype Alexa digital cine camera.
By Adam Wilt | September 06, 2010
Seen Art Adams' writeup on his Alexa shoot? I have a whole mess o' photos from that long, cold evening...