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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…

Some thoughts on color, brightness, and contrast

Some thoughts on color, brightness, and contrast

I’m not happy with just knowing that colors work together in artistic ways. I want to know why. Here are some thoughts. I’m a strict amateur…

LED, the convenient yet dangerous light source

LED, the convenient yet dangerous light source

I love LEDs. Well, mostly. I have my tricks for dealing with them, and I’m going to pass some of them on to you. Read on… This…

Train your eyes to see color, the easy way

Train your eyes to see color, the easy way

Color awareness is a learned skill. All you really need is a car. The human brain is a funny thing. For the longest time I was aware of color in…

Opening titles: commercials that sell a series

Opening titles: commercials that sell a series

The art of the opening title sequence is flourishing like never before. The best ones contain clues, “Easter eggs,” as to the theme of path of the series…

Art of the manual white balance

Art of the manual white balance

White balancing a camera is only half the story. Now we have to white balance our lights. Back in my Betacam days I learned that one of the easiest ways…

Three beautiful TV shows you probably aren’t watching

Three beautiful TV shows you probably aren’t watching

I’ve worked on episodic television. I know how fast it moves. That’s why I’m amazed at how good recent TV shows tend to look…

Current thoughts on current lenses

Current thoughts on current lenses

Near perfect lenses are easy to find these days. The problem is… I don’t want them. I want lenses with character. A while back I wrote this…

Reality: it’s completely overrated

Reality: it’s completely overrated

There’s no such thing as a reality show, only unreality shows. The more unreal, in some cases, the better. Back in the early 2000s all of my corporate…