North America

More on frame rate choices for todays video productions.

By alisterchapman

This is another of those frequent questions at workshops and online.
What frame rate is the best one to use?
First – there is no one “best” frame rate. It really depends on how you want your video to look. Do you want the slightly juddery motion of a feature film or do you want silky smooth motion?
You also need to think about and understand how your video will be viewed. Is it going to be watched on a modern TV set or will it be watched on a computer? Will it only be watched in one country or region or will it be viewed globally?
Here are some things to consider:
TV in Europe is normally 50Hz, either 25p or 50i.
TV in the North America is 60Hz, either 30p or 60i.
The majority of computer screens run at 60Hz.
Interlaced footage looks bad on most LCD screens.
Low frame rates like 24p and 25p often exhibit judder.
Most newer, mid price and above TV’s use motion estimation techniques to eliminate judder in low frame rate footage.
If you upload 23.98fps footage to YouTube and it is then viewed on a computer it will most likely be shown at 24p as you can’t show 0.98 of a frame on a 60Hz computer screen.
Lets look first at 25p, 50i and 50p.
If you live in Europe or another 50Hz/Pal area these are going to be frame rates you will be familiar with. But are they the only frame rates you should use? If you are doing a broadcast TV production then there is a high chance that you will need to use one of these standards (please consult whoever you are shooting for). But if → continue…


LensProToGo and Lensrentals Join Forces to Form Mega Online Rental House

By Charles Haine

Two of the largest online rental houses have partnered to offer the largest rental inventory in North America.

LensProToGo and LensRentals are the two largest players in the online rentals business, and they have both helped innovate and bring down costs in the rental market. While you can do walk-ins with either company (Tennessee for LensRentals and Massachusetts for LensProToGo), they are really innovators in the online space, bringing warehouses of inventory available via quick shipping and an easy web interface.

Beyond just lenses, each company offers a wide variety of products, and in fact, we frequently get our testing color meter from LensRentals. Today, they announced that they are going to merge, creating a behemoth of the online rental market.

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From:: No Film School

Turning Fort Hood Texas into Baghdad and creating the largest standing set in North America

By Matthew Allard ACS

On this weeks Go Creative Show, host Ben Concoli speaks to Seth Reed, an Emmy Nominated production designer known for his work on hit shows like Supergirl, The Expanse, Salem,…

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From:: News Shooter

Peak Design unveils limited edition Leica Backpack Capsule

Peak Design has teamed with Leica to launch the Peak Design Leica Backpack Capsule, a combination Peak Design Backpack, Cuff (wrist strap) and Leash (neck strap) designed specifically for lovers of that expensive Red Dot.

This limited edition version of the company’s backpack includes subtle Leica trim including the camera maker’s iconic red dot, as well as red stitching.

Peak Design’s Backpack is designed for everyday use by photographers who need to safely transport their gear while traveling or undergoing their daily commute. The bag sports a pair of expandable external side pockets, padded internal accessory pockets, a sleeve for laptops up to 15in, a pair of weatherproof side zips for dual side-loading, a MagLatch top access point, and customizable FlexFold dividers.

Here’s a closer look:

The Leica Backpack Capsule is currently listed for preorder online at a price of $300, but visitors to Leica stores and Boutiques in North America can get one for free (while supplies last) if they purchase a Leica SL before December 31st.

The backpack’s specs are as follows:

  • Weight Empty: 1350g (2.9 lbs.)
  • Capacity: 12 L min to 20 L max
  • Max laptop dimensions: 15″x9.75″x1″ (38x25x2.5cm) – Designed to carry up to a 15 inch Macbook Pro Retina, 2009 or later.
  • Max Tablet Dimensions: 14″ X 8.5″ X 0.4″ (33X22X1CM)
  • Outer dimensions: 18” H x 12” W x 6.75” D (46 H x 30 W x 17 D cm) (These are unpacked dimensions. Actual size will expand/contract depending on load.)

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From:: DPreview