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Cinematography

Sony's F5 and F55 CineAlta Cameras

f5-and-f55_smSony recently launched PMW F5 and F55 CineAlta cameras, which both record full-4K resolution and lower-resolution formats. Ubiquitous throughout NAB 2013, both models are in demand by the camera-support industry as the latest and greatest cameras to accessorize for commercials, TV production, indie features and other projects. While the F5 and F55 have been heavily marketed as twins with distinct personalities, when push comes to shove, Sony is keen to accent the superior capabilities of the F55.

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Convergent Design's Solution for Cinematographers

odyssey7__smConvergent Design introduced a solution for those cinematographers struggling to record a viable image while untangling the cables that link recorders, monitors and microphones to the camera. The new Odyssey 7 is a 7.7-inch OLED monitor that can eliminate one set of cables as it doubles as a 4K capable recorder — pretty remarkable for a package that barely weighs more than an 8-inch flatscreen field monitor. While there have certainly been high-end data recorders with built-in monitors, the Odyssey 7 has been designed with 1280 and 800 resolution; a wide RGB color range with true blacks and minimal motion blur; and an impressive contrast ratio of 3400:1. It also includes Waveform, Focus Assist (Peaking), Vectorscope, Zebras, LUT Support, Histogram and False Color.

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Capturing Live Events

super_bowl_2013_p3 The live broadcast of a major sports event can provide plenty of technical and creative challenges. And when the event is as high profile as the Super Bowl, which combines a football game, a half-time show worthy of Broadway, and an audience of hundreds of millions, the stakes are even higher. To prepare for the Super Bowl’s expansive broadcast schedule and telecast from New Orleans, several networks turned to broadcast equipment rental company Bexel to handle their on-site production needs and fiber infrastructure.
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Extreme Filming in the Himalayas

 

 
pad-yatra-6_smDedicated filmmakers will stop at nothing to tell their story, especially if it brings attention to topics that are of significant importance. Such is the case for Los Angeles-based Writer/Director/Producer Wendy J.N. Lee, who shines a spotlight on the environmental issues that have plagued the Himalayas. Lee has an MFA in Film Production from USC School of Cinematic Arts, and she has volunteered to assist non-profit organizations in the Himalayas, where she became aware of the rise in plastic waste. With no viable recycling or trash disposal system in the area, there was a sudden peak in polluted and poisoned water sources along the glacial melting routes, which provides fresh water for half of the world’s population.
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Claudio Miranda, ASC on Shooting Oblivion

oblivion_smWinner of the 2013 Academy Award for Best Cinematography on Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, Cinematographer Claudio Miranda, ASC recently attended the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev. to discuss the breakthrough technology he used on the upcoming sci-fi epic Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. The DP appeared at a Sony press conference and did a panel discussion moderated by Cinematographer and Film and Digital Times Publisher/Editor Jon Fauer, ASC.
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