Fox Sports’ broadcast of the 2022 Baseball World Series was a real eye-opener, and it wasn’t just because the Houston Astros handily defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in six games. After all, for those in the know, the Astros were the heavily favored team so the outcome shouldn’t have been too surprising. But what was surprising and even amazing to many broadcast professionals were the quality of the images from the center-field cameras.
In television, ‘talent’ isn’t just the people in front of the camera. Everyone working at a station needs talent, dedication, initiative, and team spirit to succeed.
Most people are aware that words like “gamma” and “gamut” are connected with the way a camera processes brightness and color, respectively. Some modern cameras might easily have half a dozen settings for each, and it’s not always obvious which is best for the circumstances at hand. To be clear up front, it’s not the purpose of this article to prescribe which settings to use in which situations. There’s an infinity of reasons to do various things, that sort of advice would date very quickly.
With the advent of camera-to-Cloud recording, will in-camera recording media be relegated to the dust bin of history alongside the Jaz Drive and the Sony Memory Stick? It could soon well be the case, but for it to happen, The Broadcast Bridge’s Tony Orme cites the need for a major change in mindset among industry professionals, a group understandably hesitant to abandon the tried-and true practices that have long paid the bills.
Ashley Xu blew up on social media when she started making ‘thirst traps’ (adverts) in her college dorm. Check them out, you may be surprised by just how good they are. It did not take long for major brands to see it and commission her. It’s a fascinating example of how talent and technology are converging to change the future.
If we could get lights capable of full color mixing at the same price as conventional white-only ones, would we?
Matt Sakatani Roe shares his experiences shooting the Netflix film ‘Purple Hearts’, staying hands on with the camera, staying close to the characters and leveraging natural light.
Like a lot of new ideas in film and TV, high dynamic range pictures are easy to like. The fear is that they’re far harder to create. In reality, HDR isn’t necessarily a huge burden, certainly not in the way that stereo 3D can be. It’s often been possible to take well-shot images which were produced with no thought of an HDR finish, and make them available in HDR via a fairly straightforward re-grading process. Most people are aware of the truism that proper exposure is the cinematographer’s first responsibility, and we should probably hold on to that thought.