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Adam Wilt has been working off and on in film and video for the past thirty years, while paying the bills writing software for animation, automation, broadcast graphics, and real-time control for companies including Abekas, Pinnacle, Omneon, CBS, and ABC. Since 1997 his website, adamwilt.com, has been a popular reference for information on the DV formats. He reviewed cameras for DV Magazine and started its “Technical Difficulties” column, and taught classes and led panels at NAB, IBC, and DV Expo. He co-authored the book, “Optimizing Your Final Cut Pro System”, part of the Apple Pro Training series. He currently writes for ProVideoCoalition.com and DVInfo.net, and creates iPhone apps like Cine Meter II and FieldMonitor.

Snapshots – NAB 2008 Day 3

Snapshots – NAB 2008 Day 3

Panasonic AG-HPX170 The Panasonic HPX170 is a P2-only update to the HVX200 (The HVX has been updated to the 200A and remains in the lineup). The HMC150, which…

Snapshots – NAB 2008 Day 2

Snapshots – NAB 2008 Day 2

Codex Digital Portable and disk pack Highlights of my walking around the show floor on Tuesday… Codex Digital showed working versions of their Portable digital cine recorder. $44K gets…

Snapshots – NAB 2008 Day 1

Snapshots – NAB 2008 Day 1

Carlos Acosta shows off his prototype shoulder mount for the F23 Carlos Acosta shows off his prototype shoulder mount for the F23 at the Band Pro booth. Fully flexible configuration…

Sony Snapshots – NAB 2008 Day 0

Sony Snapshots – NAB 2008 Day 0

PMW-EX3 with 2/3″ cine lens, Sony HDD recorder Sony’s Juan Martinez gave me a night-before-the-show tour of the Sony booth (really a…

Locking HDMI cables!

Locking HDMI cables!

Left: normal HDMI cable. Right: locking HDMI cable. Note the cantilevered paddle with two tiny retention hooks. A colleague and I were discussing the sorry state of the physical HDMI…

Review: Camhandle camera support

Review: Camhandle camera support

The $220 Camhandle looks like a tripod handle gone AWOL from its tripod. Its attachment plate bolts to the underside of the camera, and it hangs off the left front…

Pix: Zacuto rig; RED tests

Pix: Zacuto rig; RED tests

Art Adams uses his spot meter during exposure testing. Camera porn: some photographs from the past couple of days… Zacuto handheld rig with HVX200 and EX1 26 March 2008…

RED? Or Cyan?

RED? Or Cyan?

In my unfair comparison of three cameras, I found that RED’s overexposed highlights went cyan and got darker than surrounding, non-overexposed areas. Here’s why it…

Working with RED Footage

Working with RED Footage

For my unfair comparison of three cameras, I had to process RED clips to a greater degree than I had previously, including dealing with odd overexposure artifacts. I relate my…

EX1 Misfocusing Explained

EX1 Misfocusing Explained

[Updated 2008.03.29] I noticed in my unfair comparison of three cameras that the EX1’s outdoor shot wasn’t in focus. I was puzzled: I had…