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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, adamwilt.com, 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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NAB 2011 Video - Saturday Setup

A quick look at the Las Vegas Convention Center on the Saturday before the show...

By Adam Wilt | April 10, 2011

The Las Vegas Convention Center, where NAB is normally held, and what goes on there on the Saturday before the show starts (clarification: DCS sessions are in the South Hall meeting rooms, not North Hall as my narration might imply).900x506 QuickTime movie, 1 Mbit/sec h.264, 17 Mbytes. Read More

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More on the Sony NEX-FS100U AVCHD LSS Camcorder

The large-single-sensor "NXCAM 35" unveiled. Plus: writeups, NAB seminars, press release.

By Adam Wilt | March 23, 2011

NEX-FS100 next to a PMW-F3, from a Sony NAB Seminar email.

This image of the "NXCAM 35" camcorder is lifted from a promotional email for Sony's Super 35mm Seminars at NAB (more below). Jon Fauer shows a different configuration from his Japan trip along with his un-embargoed writeup. Read More

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AG-AF100 and PMW-F3 on the Charts

...with RED ONE, Alexa, and EX1 resolution/aliasing comparisons.

By Adam Wilt | March 18, 2011

A PMW-EX3, PMW-F3, and AG-AF100 lined up on a cart.

This past Monday, Art Adams and I went up to Chater Camera to have a quick look at the tonal-scale renderings of the PMW-F3 and AG-AF100, two new large-single-sensor (LSS) interchangeable-lens camcorders, and to torture them with resolution, aliasing, and IR sensitivity tests. [updated 2001-03-19: RED M vs M-X aliasing comparison.] Read More

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New Sony Cameras

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. Read More

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How should I cover NAB this year?

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? Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat 2011 Day 4

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? Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat 2011 Day 3

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. Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat 2011 Day 2

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... Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat 2011 Day 1

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." Read More

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HPA Tech Retreat 2011

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. Read More

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Zeiss Eye Candy

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. Read More

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Pro Apps PDFs!

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. Read More

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Overview: Several First-Generation Versacams

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. Read More

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Quick notes: First PMW-F3 Movie; NXCAM 35 Pro Camcorder

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. Read More

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Hands-on with the Panasonic AG-3DA1 S3D Camcorder

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. Read More

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Sony PMW-F3 Announced

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. Read More

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Quick Look: Panasonic AG-AF100 MFT Cine-Style Camcorder

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. Read More

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Remembering the DPS Spark

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. Read More

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Can a Mac mini handle dual-screen HD editing?

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. Read More

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RED Visit, 21 September: EPIC!

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. Read More

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