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WDTV, DuMont Network and The 1948 FCC “Freeze”

WDTV, DuMont Network and The 1948 FCC “Freeze”

Television has been with us since July 1, 1941. That is the day commercial television began with the American Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approving the first stations permitted to sell…

Casting the look of a camera into glass

Casting the look of a camera into glass

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting with ARRI’s senior color designer, and I asked him the question I like to ask all camera manufacturers: “Why?&#8221…

Relative Paths and Mixed OS

Relative Paths and Mixed OS

Relative Paths In Mixed OS PC/MAC Mixed OS environments tip…

Large sensor lens coverage: taking old glass to the “breaking” point

Large sensor lens coverage: taking old glass to the “breaking” point

 Old glass and large sensors need a lot of testing. The results may surprise you. In this article I took a look at how older S35 lenses performed on a…

The simplest interview setup ever: the modern update

The simplest interview setup ever: the modern update

Many years ago I wrote about the simplest interview lighting setup ever. Here’s my modern take on that same setup. The TL;DR version is: I still use…

Speed lighting: more lessons from the ARRI Academy

Speed lighting: more lessons from the ARRI Academy

The ARRI Academy isn’t only about learning how cameras work. We also teach how to use them. I’ve never seen a class as motivated as the…

ARRI Signature Primes: the conscious design of softness

ARRI Signature Primes: the conscious design of softness

This is a story about a lens family whose soft focus backgrounds were consciously designed, and the lens mount that made them possible. For the last six months I&#8217…

Cinema4D Tile Wall

Cinema4D Tile Wall

Cinema4D Tile Wall Create video reactive tiles that move, scale, and rotate…

CBS and New York’s Grand Central Terminal

CBS and New York’s Grand Central Terminal

When I was in elementary school I occasionally suffered from childhood ailments that kept me home from school. If I felt well enough to come downstairs I would take my…

Using the Oculus Go

Using the Oculus Go

This week on MacBreak Studio, Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us his new Oculus Go from Facebook. A departure from our usual tips on using Final Cut Pro X…