So you’re a producer, and your cinematographer is campaigning for the use of anamorphic lenses. Problem is, they’re expensive, and for people who aren’t cinematographic propeller heads, it can seem hard to justify. Let’s look at what’s going on and how we got here, without assuming the reader has a masters’ in cinematography.
In this second installment of our extended article looking into HDR for cinematography we look at the practical aspects and applications of HDR.
It’s nothing new for technological change to make things obsolete, but a camera manufacturer in the early 2020s might be forgiven a little nervousness. Just look at a catalogue from any electronics retailer in the late 80s. Bedside clock? More or less displaced by phones. Radio? Same. Walkman? Cellular communication devices do that, too. Dictaphones? You guessed it. And cameras? Well, holiday camcorders are a distant memory, as are point-and-shoot stills options.
High dynamic range and wide color gamut combined with 4K resolution and progressive frame rates have catapulted broadcast television to new levels of immersive experience for the viewer. As HDR and WCG are relatively new to television, we need to both understand their application and how we monitor them to enable us to surpass the levels of quality and immersive experience cinematographers’ demand.
The term “paperless office” goes back at least to 1978. The parallel term “filmless movie” is actually far older, dating perhaps from a 1930 article by the Hungarian inventor Dénes Mihály in the West Australian, published in Perth on 9 April 1930. Given how long it took us to actually achieve a filmless movie even after Mihály had proposed the idea, it’s perhaps no great surprise that the paperless office is still, mostly, some way out of reach.
Autodesk unveiled more than 40 improvements to Flame intended to simplify the artist’s day-to-day and boost creative collaboration. Building on machine learning (ML) capabilities that address specific tasks in Flame, this update brings ML to Flame’s core toolset in the form of camera tracking technology.