Rossi Shoots CNN’s Death Row Stories with Canon January 2nd 2015 - 07:01 PM

The rich color palettes and creative lensing typically seen in feature films is becoming increasingly common for documentaries thanks to the Canon EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Camera and EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera. Director of photography (DP) Antonio Rossi used both of these cameras – and an assortment o…

Improving Live Production Through the Eye of the Lens December 9th 2014 - 08:05 PM

Veteran remote production specialist Token Creek Mobile Television upgrades “Sioux” truck with the latest HD lenses from Fujinon. Fujinon’s XA99x8.4 lens combines high-performance imaging, a long zoom reach, and an ultra-wide angle. It also features a patented image stabilization technology for rock-steady performance.

How we see November 11th 2014 - 08:35 PM

It may be obvious, but sometimes the obvious needs stating, which is that television pictures can only be assessed by the viewer through the human visual system. It is equally obvious, that moving picture reproduction systems developed without an understanding of human vision will be sub-optimal. That’s where we a…

Tips to Selecting a Video Camera, Part 1 November 3rd 2014 - 07:06 PM

Sometimes we can make an informed decision about which camera acquisition format to use, other times we take what we get and fix it in post. Both cases require an understanding of the tradeoffs manufacturers have made in producing a camera designed to sell at a particular price point. Without…

Blurring the real and the virtual live October 27th 2014 - 11:57 AM

The capture of depth information in scenes is an increasingly rich field of development but it has so far remained on the fringes of TV production because of the need to either use physical markers on objects or to render the output in post. Start-up company Zinemath aims to change…

Who Needs Lens Coatings? August 7th 2014 - 03:27 PM

Considering the compromises inherent to any complex lens we shouldn’t be surprised by the shortcomings in most low-cost optics. Chromatic aberrations, lack of sharpness, poor contrast to the corners, and inferior or nonexistent lens coatings, are significant drawbacks that can negatively impact our images, especially when viewed at high m…

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Preparing To Broadcast ​Commonwealth Games Birmingham June 27th 2022 - 09:00 AM

The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be the biggest sports event on UK shores since London 2012 with around 1.5 billion global audience expected to watch over the 11 day event beginning July 28. Bidding for the host broadcast contract began in summer of 2019 with the award announced for Sunset + Vine in April 2020. Here’s what…

The State Of Film June 17th 2022 - 09:00 AM

On one hand, film might seem dead. On the other, the last few months have seen a flurry of activity which is emblematic of a wider interest in the field that’s continued ever since the technology fell out of mainstream use. It’s been suggested that photochemical origination is set…

HDR: Part 3 - Grading June 16th 2022 - 09:30 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…