K-Tek Klassic Interview Boom Pole Keeps 6’ Distance For Safer News Interviews

Keeping a safe distance when conducting news interviews in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak can make audio a little more tricky, especially if you don’t want to be approaching the talent and attaching a lapel microphone. One obvious solution is to use a boom pole. K-Tek has just announced the Klassic Interview Boom Pole … Continued

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CORE SWX- Trade-In Old Batteries & Chargers offer

CORE SWX has a promotion on at the moment where you can trade-in your old batteries and chargers to get a discount on new batteries or FLEET battery chargers. CORE SWX has two “Trade-In & Save” programs. One is for their line of smart brick battery packs which have capacities ranging from 98wh-292wh and the … Continued

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Sony Camera Division becomes part of a separate company

Sony has announced that it will establish an intermediate holding company “Sony Electronics Corporation” effective April 1st, 2020. This is not an April fool’s joke, despite the timing. It is not uncommon for companies to split up divisions while still remaining under the same umbrella. Usually, companies do this so that successful divisions won’t be … Continued

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Try Final Cut Pro X free for 90 days

Apple has made FCPX available to download for free for a 3 month trial period. If you have ever been curious about or wanted to try FCPX then this is as good a time as any. To get a free trial of Final Cut Pro X version 10.4.8 for your Mac, all you need to … Continued

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Irix 45mm f/1.4 Delayed

With all of the disruptions due to COVID-19, Irix has had to delay the release of sale for the 45mm, f/1.4 lens after being officially announced two weeks ago.

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“Flying Blind”: Writer/Director Caleb Johnson On the Production, “SXSW Screening” and Future of His Feature The Carnivore

In light of SXSW’s cancellation, a private “homespun” screening of the only local production in the festival’s narrative line up, Caleb Johnson’s The Carnivores, was arranged at its cinematographer’s (Adam J. Minnick) Austin residence on the night it was scheduled to premiere. The event hoped to encapsulate the spirit of the festival all at once. Upon entrance, invited press, programmers and audience got their photo taken on a polaroid against a classic yellow backdrop and laurels. That polaroid fit snug inside an imitation festival badge. After attendees stuffed themselves with Tacodeli they dragged over the red carpet to their seats […]

BirdDog gives Central Pro & Comms Pro to Educational, House of Worship & Not for Profit organisations

NDI hardware and solutions company BirdDog is now offering their Central Pro & Comms Pro software for free to all Educational Facilities, House of Worship & Not for Profit organisations. Normally worth $995 USD & $495 USD. What is it? Central Pro is a software platform that makes NDI distribution a simple task. It allows … Continued

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Footage From Victorian England Enhanced to 4K and 60 fps

Footage From Victorian England Enhanced to 4K and 60 fps

If, like me, you have a love for history, being able to see footage from Victorian England in 1901 is a real pleasure. Using neural networks, we can now see previously grainy and fuzzy video from the era upscaled to 4k, 60 fps, colorized, and significantly improved image quality.

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HPA 2020 Tech, Part 4

As I wrap up my writing about the annual Hollywood Professional Association’s Tech Retreat, I’d like to touch on new technology that I hinted at last time. It deals with motion in cinema capture.

The motion I refer to comes from either moving the camera—panning, tilting, dollying and handholding—or from objects that move within the scene. Because of the typical 24-frames-per-second frame rate used in cinema, the capture of the movement can be tricky.

The problem is referred to as motion judder. If you move the camera too quickly, the image appears to have what’s often called stutter or strobing. The same artifact may also occur when the camera doesn’t move but something in the scene—a vehicle, for instance—moves too fast.

What’s too fast? The picture at the top of this article shows a page from my copy of the ASC’s American Cinematography Manual. There are several charts in this book that address this specific problem. The image above shows a chart listing panning speeds for 35mm cameras at specific focal lengths. Using the data in these charts, a camera operator can determine how fast they can pan a camera with a lens of a given focal length and not get motion judder.

I bet you can guess how many people pull out their ASC manual when setting up a shot! And even if they did, the director would probably tell them that it doesn’t matter what the chart says, “I need the camera to move this way!” or “I need that car at that speed!”

In fact, most of the time people shoot with a 180-degree shutter (in photographic terms: a shutter speed twice the frame rate). This leads to motion blur. And motion blur helps minimize the appearance of motion judder.

However, as we move to HDR the problems of motion judder are more obvious. High contrast images really magnify judder artifacts. During the breakfast roundtables at the HPA Tech Retreat, post professionals described some scenes as almost unwatchable in HDR because of motion judder.

There’s software that can help. The software is operated by someone that might be called a motion grader. Next time, how this new position can help with motion judder.

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