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Creating A Feature Film DCP Using OpenDCP

Creating A Feature Film DCP Using OpenDCP | Cinematography, Photography and Filmmaking Thoughts | Scoop.it
A step by step guide to understanding a Digital Cinema Package and creating one with the free, open source, OpenDCP software.
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When a Camera Manufacturer Hates Me… | Thoughts on how Camera manufacturers, Clients and Producers are impacting Cinematographers by Art Adams

When a Camera Manufacturer Hates Me… | Thoughts on how Camera manufacturers, Clients and Producers are impacting Cinematographers by Art Adams | Cinematography, Photography and Filmmaking Thoughts | Scoop.it

It's a dubious distinction that I was called out by Jim Jannard in his final post to Reduser. It's true that I've been critical of RED over the years; while they've made my life easier in some ways they've made it harder in others...

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Know Your WaveForm | RGB vs. Luma by Art Adams

Know Your WaveForm | RGB vs. Luma by Art Adams | Cinematography, Photography and Filmmaking Thoughts | Scoop.it

Proper exposure in HD is not always easy. Meter readings don’t always match what the camera sees. Zebras tell us where highlights are clipped but that’s about it. False color gives us broad stroke references… but the most useful tool overall is the waveform monitor. The problem is that there are two kinds: both are extremely useful, but for completely different things(...)

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Shooting Documentary Handheld and Ergonomics | Cinematographer David Leitner gives his insights.

Shooting Documentary Handheld and Ergonomics | Cinematographer David Leitner gives his insights. | Cinematography, Photography and Filmmaking Thoughts | Scoop.it

"Sony have posted an informative video of Cinematographer David Leitner talking about shooting handheld documentary work with large sensor cameras – in particular the Sony F55/F5 and FS700. Speaking at theCine Gear Expo earlier in Los Angeles earlier in the year he gives insights based on his extensive knowledge of various handheld systems. The video is a little long but well worth watching all the way though if you are a real world shooter."

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Hard Clipping | Understanding the issues with the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera by John Brawley

Hard Clipping | Understanding the issues with the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera by  John Brawley | Cinematography, Photography and Filmmaking Thoughts | Scoop.it
So it seems there was a "calibration" problem with some of the first Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Cameras shipped. Many users have reported a kind of hard clipping, often described as ORBS or BL...
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RED Goes Global Shutter? New Motion Mount for EPIC/SCARLET

RED Goes Global Shutter? New Motion Mount for EPIC/SCARLET | Cinematography, Photography and Filmmaking Thoughts | Scoop.it

When motion cameras moved from CCD to CMOS sensor technology, we got much better low-light performance, but gained an unfortunate side effect we affectionately refer to as jello, also called image skew. While CCDs are normally global shutters, CMOS technology can run in either rolling or global shutter. Unfortunately up until recently, running a CMOS sensor in global shutter mode meant lower performance, including less dynamic range. This means we’ve been stuck with rolling shutters and the jello effect, and high end cameras have only gotten rid of the effect by putting actual spinning mirrors in front of the sensor. Now RED has introduced a brand new mount called the Motion Mount, which turns their CMOS MX or DRAGON sensors into global shutters, without any dynamic range or noise penalties. We also have new DRAGON footage

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Advanced Masking and Tracking in Final Cut Pro X | CoreMelt SliceX Reviewed by Oliver Peters

Advanced Masking and Tracking in Final Cut Pro X | CoreMelt SliceX Reviewed by Oliver Peters | Cinematography, Photography and Filmmaking Thoughts | Scoop.it

Proper exposure in HD is not always easy. Meter readings don’t always match what the camera sees. Zebras tell us where highlights are clipped but that’s about it. False color gives us broad stroke references… but the most useful tool overall is the waveform monitor. The problem is that there are two kinds: both are extremely useful, but for completely different things(...)

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Hawaiki Color | Colour Grading tools for Final Cut Pro X by Oliver Peters

Hawaiki Color | Colour Grading tools for Final Cut Pro X by Oliver Peters | Cinematography, Photography and Filmmaking Thoughts | Scoop.it
Color correction using graphical color wheels was introduced to the editing world in the Avid Symphony over a decade ago and adopted by nearly every NLE after that.  Final Cut Pro “legacy” had a tw...
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Shooting 4k RAW with an FS700 | Focusing, Composition and Exposure Challenges by Art Adams

Shooting 4k RAW with an FS700 | Focusing, Composition and Exposure Challenges by Art Adams | Cinematography, Photography and Filmmaking Thoughts | Scoop.it

(...)In 4K you really need to make sure something is in sharp focus at all times or the image will look soft overall. Focus splits under such circumstances make me very nervous. If the most important thing is in focus then it’s no big deal to try to hold other things in focus as well, but at least you’re safe if your focus split fails. It’s best to pick a single point of focus and make sure it is sharp.(...)

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The Changing Shape of Cinema | The History of Aspect Ratio, by John P. Hess

Posted by Robert Hardy on June 28, 2013 • 

 

"How often do we think about aspect ratios? Better yet, how often do we think about where all of our aspect ratios came from and the storied cinematic histories from which they were born? It’s an interesting question, not only for the sake of being more informed about the technical history of cinema, but also for having a better understanding of the implications of various aspect ratios on your film’s aesthetic and story. Hit the jump for an extensive video lesson on the history of the aspect ratio.

 

Filmmaker IQ has produced an awesome and in-depth course called “Everything You Need to Know About Aspect Ratio“. The first lesson from their course is a sprawling 18 minute exposé with all of the aspect ratio history you could ever want."

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Fred Harden's curator insight, July 4, 2013 8:45 PM

Yeah size matters but I'm reminded of Jean Cocteau who said "The next time I write a poem, I shall use a larger sheet of paper. The problem is in using archival images (all that 16mm, 8mm, VHS diary footage)  and destroying the composition when cropping it to 16x9. It looks old. It is.

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Visual Effects for Low Budget Filmmaking | VashiVisuals Blog

Visual Effects for Low Budget Filmmaking |  VashiVisuals Blog | Cinematography, Photography and Filmmaking Thoughts | Scoop.it
Visual effects using miniatures in your film can save time, money and require no CGI. See how I used a model Hummer in this breakdown.
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Bright Tangerine Matte Boxes | Why They Are The Best

Bright Tangerine Matte Boxes | Why They Are The Best | Cinematography, Photography and Filmmaking Thoughts | Scoop.it
Recently I received my order for the Bright Tangerine "Strummer", a 15/19mm swing away matte box. Needless to say it's the best matte box I have ever owned or used. Whats with the name Bright Tange...
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Smart EF Mounts by Dante Cecchin

Smart EF Mounts by Dante Cecchin | Cinematography, Photography and Filmmaking Thoughts | Scoop.it
Dante Cecchin is a DP and inventor -- and he was at P+S Technik's IBC booth with the latest amazing updates to his Prime Circle Canon EF lens mount adapters, remote iris controls, and more. The adapter attaches to PL cameras (ARRI Alexa.
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Bag of LUTs | a look at the VisionColor OSIRIS LUT collection by Frank Glencairn

Bag of LUTs | a look at the VisionColor OSIRIS LUT collection by Frank Glencairn | Cinematography, Photography and Filmmaking Thoughts | Scoop.it

Proper exposure in HD is not always easy. Meter readings don’t always match what the camera sees. Zebras tell us where highlights are clipped but that’s about it. False color gives us broad stroke references… but the most useful tool overall is the waveform monitor. The problem is that there are two kinds: both are extremely useful, but for completely different things(...)

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