Sensors and Lenses - Part 3 February 10th 2020 - 09:00 AM

There’s a terrible tendency in cinematography to concentrate too much on the technology, overlooking creative skills that often make a huge contribution. In the last two pieces of this series we’ve gone into some detail on the historical background to current camera technology. In this last piece on the…

Color and Colorimetry – Part 8 January 22nd 2020 - 09:00 AM

The derivation of the famous CIE horseshoe was explained in the previous part in terms of a re-mapping or distortion of rg color space. The derivation is somewhat abstract because the uses of color science go far beyond the applications in broadcasting. However it is equally possible to describe CIE…

Why On-Camera Filters Still Matter January 16th 2020 - 09:00 AM

We live an era of immensely powerful post-production tools with advanced color-correction and software plug-ins to serve every conceivable function. We can routinely remove guy wires from scenes, change day to night, and add just the right amount of coral or other color to fit any desired mood or impulse.…

Sensors and Lenses - Part 2 January 13th 2020 - 09:00 AM

Last time, we talked about the history that created modern digital cinema technology, and particularly the factors which lead to the modern push for ever larger sensors. It’s been going on in some form for twenty years, to the point that we’re now asking for bigger imagers than cin…

Future Production January 10th 2020 - 09:00 AM

It’s not controversial to say that film production in London has been booming for a few years, and there’s no real secret as to why: in 2006, Gordon Brown’s government introduced tax incentives that have played at least a part in provoking a doubling of production spend since 2009, and t…

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…

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The Beginning Of A New Decade February 28th 2020 - 09:00 AM

While I am not one to wax nostalgic, the last decade was a pretty exciting one in media technology. HD-SDI came into its own in the early aught (00) years, mobile and wireless media, OTT and streaming all became mainstream. IP and file based media production was introduced and standardized (SMPTE…

Open Source vs. Interoperable February 26th 2020 - 09:00 AM

Open Source is one of the current buzz terms in technology. In the world of software applications and services offering to make the source code of a program freely available is certainly a noble gesture. Interoperable is more of a design specification and philosophy to make sure systems and devices…