TV

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…

From:: XDCAM-USER

10 Famous Actors No One Wants To Work With

By David Zou

“You’ll never work in this town again!” is an immortal slogan thrown around Hollywood, a scornful marking that makes working in that elite business just that much more difficult.

For whatever reasons, these several actors enjoyed success at the top and then due to bad manners or just general maniac behaviour lost that top spot, becoming pariahs in the industry. It’s a sad yet common story that will only see more names soon in these current heated and haphazard times in the industry…

10. Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay-Lohan

So is the way of the sad story of some Hollywood starlets. Lindsay Lohan was the adorable Disney kid who enjoyed a series of successes (in remakes of “The Parent Trap” and “Freaky Friday”) that showed her as a strong and memorable presence on screen even at an early age. She then came of age in the superior high school comedy “Mean Girls.” All eyes were set on her, yet soon her offscreen exploits began to take centre stage as her cute-as-a-button image became more of a constant ‘party girl’ image instead.

She had on-set drama when she attempted to step into the serious acting leagues with Robert Altman’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Then her toxic reputation followed her onto her next couple of attempts at comebacks in “I Know Who Killed Me” and more recently, “The Canyons,” both edgy indies that were critically lambasted and flopped at the box office; not to mention, they had the media eat up plenty of juicy filming conflicts due to her prima donna nature on each film. The offers have seemingly dried up now, with the actress going instead to TV for work.

9. Charlie Sheen

Martin Sheen’s son rose to heavy prominence in the 80s as he moved to leading man → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Robin Roberts to Receive Distinguished Service Award at 2018 NAB Show

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” Robin Roberts will receive the NAB Distinguished Service Award (DSA) during the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Roberts will accept her award at the NAB Show Opening on Monday, April 9.

Each year, the NAB DSA recognizes members of the broadcast community who have made significant and lasting contributions to the industry. Previous award recipients include Bob Schieffer, Michael J. Fox, Mary Tyler Moore, President Ronald Reagan, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite and Oprah Winfrey, among others.

Roberts began contributing to “Good Morning America” in June 1995 and was named co-anchor in May 2005. Prior to that, she appeared on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and “NFL PrimeTime.” Additionally, Roberts heads her own production company, Rock’n Robin Productions, which creates original broadcast and digital programming for ABC and other networks.

Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007, and five years later, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Upon her diagnosis, she joined forces with the national marrow donor program, Be the Match, to inform the public about the need for more donors. The registry has seen a tremendous increase since Roberts began her advocacy.

“Robin Roberts has shown indelible poise and strength throughout the course of her broadcasting career and subsequent illness,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “As a prominent TV personality, she has become a household name while generously supporting important causes. We look forward to honoring her in April.”

Roberts has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country, including The Susan G. Komen Foundation and The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program. She was also honored with a George Foster Peabody Award and Gracie Award. Additionally, Roberts was recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s in July 2013.

Roberts is the → continue…

From:: Student Filmmakers

The FIRST TEN Things you NEED to Buy for Filmmaking

By Sareesh

What could be so important you need to buy right now? This is my advice for filmmakers looking to make short films or feature films:

Are you feeling the urge to spend money? Like those late night TV promos of some belt that will miraculously melt away body fat. You want it so bad you’ll believe anything. I bought it too! Though technically it did lighten my wallet so overall I did lose weight.

Seriously, what ten things could be so important to filmmaking you need to buy them right now?

1. Your Stupid Camera

Which camera should you buy? What house should you buy? What should you eat? Who knows? Look around, you’ll find cameras in all sorts of price ranges, sizes and even colors. They exist because someone is buying them.

Also, look at those YouTube videos comparing the iPhone to a Red camera or whatever combination. Yet, the stingy studio executives still insist on shooting with Arri Alexas. That’s money they could spend on an expensive vacation in Paris. Yet they grudingly sign the check. What do they know that you don’t? After all, hasn’t it been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt the iphone is as good as a Red Weapon, on YouTube? The thing they know that you don’t, is that they know what they want.

Say you want to advise a budding chef. What knife should I buy? And someone on the Internet makes a video comparing a chef’s knife to a shaving blade. Both can cut, so you can convince a beginner a shaving blade is a must-have item for a chef with a full-grown beard, right?

Before you put money down on a camera, think about what you want, as specifically as you can. And no, I want to make a movie, is not specific enough. Think about → continue…

From:: Wolfcrow

Is Twin Peaks Season Three a Movie or a TV Show? Well…

By Vadim Rizov

I’m always up for an endless debate that paralyzes my Twitter feed into repetitive stasis for 12+ hours at a time, and accordingly braced for one last night upon seeing that Twin Peaks: The Return had landed at number two on Sight & Sound‘s annual year-end poll. Pedantic disputes about Category Fraud — i.e., if a performance is lead or supporting for awards purposes — have never been my favorite, and I can’t imagine a topic to get less exercised about than whether a TV series is illegitimately occupying a slot that should belong to a Real Movie. Note that the Sight & […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine

Is it Safe For Young People to Come to Hollywood?

By philcooke

As the headlines continue to be filled with horror stories of sexual harassment at film studios and TV networks, I’m getting more questions from concerned parents – especially Christian parents – about their children who want to pursue a career in Hollywood. Is it safe? Particularly for a daughter? There’s no question that some of […] → continue…

From:: Phil Coke

The 10 Best Movies About Celebrity Culture

By David Zou

Celebrities have always been a recurring theme in the history of art. Many books, songs and movies – fictional or not – are based on celebrities.

We can sum it up just by saying that fame is something interesting to be explored in art – and it is definitely explored a lot. So, in this article we have 10 films that approach celebrity culture at one or more points.

It is never too late to remember that many things interfere while choosing the titles for a list like this one, but as always, memory and personal preferences are the main factors. If you think any other film about celebrity culture should be on this list, please leave it as a recommendation in the comments section below.

So, here are 10 great films about celebrity culture that you should definitely watch.

10. The Truman Show (1998; directed by Peter Weir)

The Truman Show

Written by Andrew Niccol and directed by Peter Weir, “The Truman Show” should definitely be considered among the most intriguing films of the 1990s.

Even though it might have some problems in its rhythm, its concept and story make up for these small problems. With a powerful performance by Jim Carrey in the leading role, this story about an ordinary man who discovers his whole life is a TV series is simply great.

This mix of sci-fi and dramatic comedy approaches the relationship between viewers and celebrities in such an unique way, while building an amazing character arc for Truman Burbank.

“The Truman Show” is one of the most interesting movies from the 1990s and one of the best about celebrity culture. Definitely worth watching.

9. Misery (1990; directed by Rob Reiner)

Adapted from Stephen King’s novel of the same name by acclaimed writer William Goldman, “Misery” follows the → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

The 10 Best Movies About Celebrity Culture

By Vitor Guima

Celebrities have always been a recurring theme in the history of art. Many books, songs and movies – fictional or not – are based on celebrities.

We can sum it up just by saying that fame is something interesting to be explored in art – and it is definitely explored a lot. So, in this article we have 10 films that approach celebrity culture at one or more points.

It is never too late to remember that many things interfere while choosing the titles for a list like this one, but as always, memory and personal preferences are the main factors. If you think any other film about celebrity culture should be on this list, please leave it as a recommendation in the comments section below.

So, here are 10 great films about celebrity culture that you should definitely watch.

10. The Truman Show (1998; directed by Peter Weir)

The Truman Show

Written by Andrew Niccol and directed by Peter Weir, “The Truman Show” should definitely be considered among the most intriguing films of the 1990s.

Even though it might have some problems in its rhythm, its concept and story make up for these small problems. With a powerful performance by Jim Carrey in the leading role, this story about an ordinary man who discovers his whole life is a TV series is simply great.

This mix of sci-fi and dramatic comedy approaches the relationship between viewers and celebrities in such an unique way, while building an amazing character arc for Truman Burbank.

“The Truman Show” is one of the most interesting movies from the 1990s and one of the best about celebrity culture. Definitely worth watching.

9. Misery (1990; directed by Rob Reiner)

Adapted from Stephen King’s novel of the same name by acclaimed writer William Goldman, “Misery” follows the → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

The Link Between HDR, SDR and HLG Explained

By Yossy Mendelovich

HLG

Display technology has suppressed camera technology over the years, preventing filmmakers from unleashing their visual creativity. Nowadays, the boundaries are significantly reduced thanks to HDR TVs and HLG.

HLG connected to HDR

HDR (11 stops) vs SDR (6 stops)

First, a word about HDR. HDR (which stands for High Dynamic Range) means being able to display a bigger brightness and contrast range. An HDR TV display contains and is able to present ten times as much brightness compared to an regular TV with SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) in Rec. 709.

It must be noted that not everything will be presented brighter in the HDR display. For example, a white piece of paper will be presented as pure white, but only direct sources of light will be presented brighter on a proper HDR display.

A Rec.709 TV (Standard Dynamic Range) displays ONLY 5-6 stops – enough to present people, skin tones and other objects that fall between black and white, and delivers a perfectly usable image.

Cameras are far more advanced than TVs in term of HDR

Cameras have been capable of capturing much more than 6 stops for a long time now. For example, when shooting with a Log profile, a camera is capable of capturing 14 stops, but a TV will squeeze those into only 6 by the SDR (Rec.709) display, and we will see a flat and washed-out image.

It is important to emphasize that there is no such thing “Flat” picture profile. Those milky images are caused by the limitations of the standard Rec. 709 TV dynamic range.

In other words, when we shoot Log, we shoot HDR!

HDR TVs as a filmmakers’s lifeline

HDR TVs can display 11 stops of dynamic range, and thus have the ability to reproduce the full amount of stops in the Log/flat picture profile, which leads to a → continue…

From:: Cinema 5d

Rotolight Anova Pro 2 features improved output and ‘unrivaled battery’

Lighting manufacturer Rotolight has introduced a mark 2 version of its Anova Pro circular LED stills and video light. The Anova Pro 2 is the same size as the previous model, but according to the company, the new model features a 70% uplift in brightness, “unrivaled battery performance”, and up to 10,700 lux at 3 feet instead of 6,280 in continuous mode.

Like the previous model, the Anova Pro 2 also operates as a flash unit, and is capable of high speed sync at up to 1/8000sec. Rotolight says the flash mode has no recycle time and that the maximum output has been increased by 250%.

The Anova Pro 2 also has the Elinchrom Skyport system built-in to allow wireless radio triggering and control of the lights. The Skyport receiver has a range of 200m and provides remote access to light levels in flash and continuous modes, as well as color temperature and the built-in CineSFX cinema effects.

Gillian Anderson by Mark Mann Martin Scorcese by Mark Mann

Rotolight says the CineSFX effects—which create various flashing patterns to simulate the light from a fire or a TV, for example—have been improved to give them ‘enhanced realism’ with the help of Batman and James Bond visual effects cinematographer Stefan Lange. The unit also has variable color temperature settings that run from 3150 to 6300K, a CRI value of >96, and a Television Lighting Consistency Index of 91.

Although its rating of 72W uses more power than the original version, it still has the best power consumption ratio in the industry when the output is taken into consideration, says Rotolight. The light can be powered by a V-Mount battery or directly from the mains supply.

The Rotolight Anova Pro 2 will be available → continue…

From:: DPreview