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Signature Primes vs. Ultra Primes: The Pixel-Peeper’s Guide

Signature Primes vs. Ultra Primes: The Pixel-Peeper’s Guide

For nine months I’ve been working periodically as a trainer for the ARRI Academy. Recently we added an Alexa LF to the class, accompanied by a set of…

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…

Blackmagic Design eGPU Shooter’s Review

Blackmagic Design eGPU Shooter’s Review

I do not care how the Blackmagic Design eGPU looks. I do not care how it works. I only care if it speeds up my exports. As a shooter I…

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…

Blackmagic’s New eGPU Is A Hurdle Leaped For Creatives (commentary)

Blackmagic’s New eGPU Is A Hurdle Leaped For Creatives (commentary)

Yes, the news about Blackmagic Design’s new eGPU, a high-performance graphics processor, has already been posted on PVC by Jose Antunes. I want to talk about how…

Setting up your on-set monitor: what to look for, and what to avoid

Setting up your on-set monitor: what to look for, and what to avoid

A few years ago, when high quality LCD monitors didn’t exist, I found myself in the wonderful position of mentally averaging every monitor on the set. The on…

Your camera MAY have a color gamut: further musings on camera color pipelines

Your camera MAY have a color gamut: further musings on camera color pipelines

My last article resulted in some new input on color gamuts. Here’s what I think I know now. Before I start, if you haven’t read my…

Your camera does not have a color gamut

Your camera does not have a color gamut

Yes, it’s true: your camera has no color gamut. Don’t believe me? Good, ’cause I’m going to try to lay it out for…

Split SDI ports, or: how to hack an Arri Mini

Split SDI ports, or: how to hack an Arri Mini

“My assistant says it’s impossible,” said the Steadicam operator over coffee at Arri headquarters in Burbank. “The DIT wants a LogC output, but I need…

The large format look, continued: shallow focus and stressing old lenses

The large format look, continued: shallow focus and stressing old lenses

I’ve been getting some play time with RED’s new Weapon camera with a Monstro sensor at Videofax in San Francisco. Jim Rolin, one of Videofax’s owners and…