Sensors and Lenses - Part 1 December 11th 2019 - 09:00 AM

The push to create the ideal digital cinematography camera has now been going on for, arguably, two decades. There were a couple of standout attempts in the 1980s involving high definition tube cameras, but the introduction of Sony’s HDCAM tape format in 1998 served more or less as the starting p

Real Film Grain For Video December 9th 2019 - 09:00 AM

People have been making pictures for both the big and small screens for almost a century. In an industry with a history that long, it’s no surprise that the perpetual search for something new has long been tempered by a certain respect for tradition. Or, to put it another w

PBS NewsHour Goes West November 25th 2019 - 10:13 AM

Last month the popular PBS evening news program NewsHour went on air with a new West Coast edition, live from Arizona State University (ASU)’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Phoenix. The school’s facilities are now considered the Western bureau for “PBS NewsHour West,” serving as a reporting hub f

What Is The Role Of NMOS In ST2110 Adoption? November 20th 2019 - 09:00 AM

At the recent IBC conference, vendors were showing ST2110 compatible products. The IP pavilion was there to demonstrate how it all works nicely together, all interoperable, etc. There were sessions to introduce and provide the information and knowledge to implement ST2110. And a few announcements about new facilities and mobile

HDR - Part 5 - Jargon Buster November 6th 2019 - 09:00 AM

The techniques of 35mm film are seductively simple. The process is the same no matter what the camera in use, or how the film will be cut. Conversely, every digital camera might have its own ways of approaching different parts of the process, creating a forest of terminology – gamma, gamut, s

Shooting HDR: A More Efficient Way September 24th 2019 - 09:00 AM

As High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (i.e.BT.2020) are increasingly mandated by major industry players like Netflix and Amazon, DOPs in the broadcast realm are under intense pressure to get it right during original image capture. We all know (or learned the hard way) that the

HDR - Part 3 - Grading August 26th 2019 - 10:00 AM

Almost since photography has existed, people have pursued ways of modifying the picture after it’s been shot. The “dodge” and “burn” tools in Photoshop are widely understood as ways to make things brighter or darker, but it’s probably less widely understood that they refer to techniques for exposure control tha