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Intro image for article HDR Technology Update: Fall 2020
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HDR, or High Dynamic Range video, is well-established at this point. Following Netflix mandating a Dolby Vision finish for all of their original programming, the debut of newer streaming services like Apple TV+ and Disney+, and Amazon’s embrace of a wider range of HDR standards, those of us with HDR-capable televisions have a wide range of content to consume in this vibrant new format. But what about those of us charged with making content for these new distribution avenues?
Intro image for article The Best Podcasts for Filmmakers
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These days, you can name almost any subject and find a great podcast on that topic. This holds true for filmmaking as well. From podcasts designed for general film lovers to super technical ones from industry insiders, there truly is something for everyone. In this post, we've curated a list of our favorites, based on input from our technical specialists and other members of our team.
Intro image for article First Look: Sony a7S III
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Building upon the success of its predecessor, the new Sony Alpha a7S III has been updated with several standout features focused on video. With an updated BIONZ XR processor and new 12.1-megapixel BSI Exmor R sensor, the a7S III packs powerful internal recording options, including full-frame 4K 120p and S-Log2 and S-Log3 support, all via the new XAVC HS format, an HEVC / H.265 based 10-bit 4:2:2, intra-frame (All-I) codec. External output options include 16-bit RAW via the full-size HDMI (Type A) port to a compatible recorder, up to 4264x2408 (16:9) at 60p.
Intro image for article First Look: Canon EOS C70 Digital Cinema Camera
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Today Canon announced the C70, the latest model in their line of Cinema EOS digital cinema cameras. It uses the same Super35-format sensor as the C300 Mk III, including Canon’s DGO (Dual Gain Output) technology for 16+ stops of dynamic range, their legendary Dual-Pixel Autofocus, and is the first Cinema EOS camera to use Canon’s RF lens mount (which first debuted on the EOS R full-frame mirrorless stills-oriented body). All this is packed into the smallest Cinema EOS body ever – yet with few compromises in terms of the features and functionality Canon users have come to rely on over the years.
Intro image for article September Surprise: Sony FX9 Firmware 2.0 Now Available
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Running about a month ahead of schedule, Sony today announced the availability of firmware version 2.0 for the PXW-FX9 full-frame digital cinema camera. Originally scheduled for October, the new firmware brings 16-bit RAW output (in conjunction with the XDCA-FX9 extension unit), new 4K recording and sensor modes, 180fps shooting in HD, and improved image quality when shooting in the camera’s Super35 2K mode, among other enhancements.
Intro image for article Understanding Canon's Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) Profile
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Digital video capture devices are omnipresent in our culture, and the average viewer’s subconscious understanding of what constitutes quality video is more informed than ever. Nearly everyone has a high-def capable (often 4K) camera in their pocket these days. With such a powerful imager so close at hand, more complex cameras need to reach ever higher and higher peaks of image quality. One of the many things that cinema cameras do to differentiate themselves is to offer high-latitude, extreme dynamic range gammas, like Log. However, “hybrid” gamma settings like Canon’s Wide Dynamic Range gamma, have distinct benefits too, especially in the remote production world.
Intro image for article How to Load Scene Files into the Sony FX9
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In keeping with our long-standing tradition, AbelCine has released our standard suite of scene files for the Sony PXW-FX9. The names of these scene files will be familiar to anyone who has been downloading and using them with other popular cameras over the years. We have done our best to keep the looks faithful to the original files created some 15 years ago.
Intro image for article ACES: Where Are We Now?
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The Academy Color Encoding System, better known as ‘ACES’, is a comprehensive Color Management System (CMS) specified and made available by AMPAS, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. With version 1.2 on the horizon, I thought now was a good time to look at the current state of affairs, as well as what to expect in future releases.
Intro image for article Sony VENICE Captures the Action on the Latest Season of Last Chance U
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We sat down with DP Terry Zumalt and 1st AC Devin Keebler on Netflix's Last Chance U, a series that follows players from junior college football teams as they compete to reach the next level.