Blackmagic 4K Production Camera Firmware 3.4 Announced

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It was the last thing I thought Blackmagic would do. I thought they would focus nearly all of their efforts on furthering the 4.6K URSA Mini and the 4K URSA Mini software but I was wrong. It happens quite a bit. Firmware 3.4 was just released by Blackmagic to update the 4K Production Camera. I […]

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Amazon gets Dolby Vision HDR

Amazon gets Dolby Vision HDR

Viewers of the hit Amazon original series Bosch can now see it with Dolby Vision. There is also a slate of blockbuster films in Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range that customers in the United States can watch. The announcement was made recently. “We’re thrilled that customers have access to titles, including our binge-worthy Amazon Original […]

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Annabelle 2 will scare you in 2017

Annabelle 2 will scare you in 2017

In 2014 “Annabelle” scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The new film, once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who also partnered so effectively on “The Conjuring” movies, expects to scare even more. David F. Sandberg (replacing John R Leonetti, who made the […]

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Spartan: beauty dish and softbox

Phottix Spartan: beauty dish and softbox

The Phottix Spartan assembles easily using flexible rods, a huge benefit over the time-consuming setup of traditional octa softboxes. When needed, it changes into a softbox, by replacing the metal diffuser with the internal baffle. Available in two two popular sizes – 50cm / 20 inches and 70cm / 28 inches – perfect for single subjects and […]

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Imaging at the speed of light

Imaging at the speed of light

Researchers have improved upon a new camera technology that can image at speeds about 100 times faster than today’s commercial cameras while also capturing more image frames. No, it’s not something you can buy at your photo or video store, but the technological jump it represents may be beneficial for commercial models, in the future. […]

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V-Log L on the GH4 revisited, part 1

GH4 V-Log L, boosted

The release of the V-Log L upgrade for the Panasonic GH4 brought new attention to log capture in affordable cameras, resulting in new waves of both interest and confusion. I’ve previously taken a first look at the GH4’s V-Log capabilities, focusing mostly on the luma and chroma noise implications of squishing a log image’s wider […]

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Dead Dreamcolor? Reanimate it.

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Got an original HP LP2480zx Dreamcolor display? Did it suffer catatonic failure? By that, I mean a failure where when you turn it on, the side-panel buttons and backlight illuminate… and then, after a few seconds, the side buttons fade to black; no picture ever appears, and the buttons do not respond to being pressed. The final […]

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Remote Productions: The Traveling Road Show Continues

Remote Productions: The Traveling Road Show Continues 1

In our first examination into the origins of television remotes, we explored the first mobile units designed to leave the confines of studios and cover events, particularly sports, from anyplace they could get a signal back to the transmitter. Just as television shifted from experimental to a commercial enterprise, World War II broke out. During […]

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