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From the Sidelines to the Live 3D Game

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While Avatar’s success has triggered a lemming migration into the third dimension by directors of dramatic fare, the ripples are also lapping against the bleachers of spectator sports and other live events. But while a movie can always be fixed in post, a live event is a beast of a different stripe that has, at best, a 10-second time-delay buffer. Nevertheless, ESPN’s early commitment to 3D seems to have spurred many to get off the sidelines and into the live 3D game.

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Technicolor Launches ShareVue™ Dailies Solution

Technicolor launches its next-generation dailies solution that facilitates and greatly enhances the viewing of dailies content on desktop, laptop and mobile device including iPad and Android tablets.

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Sensor Size Is Huge but Not Everything in Choosing the Best Camera for a Project

sfw_fieldcameras_turnkeyhd_2It was just a few years ago that any list of the year’s best and hottest cameras would be topped by 3CCD 2/3-inch sensor models. But that seems like another era altogether since today “bigger is definitely better,” with 35mm-sized sensors predominating. Ironically, these large sensors are conjoined with smaller, not larger, cameras. Blame it on HDSLRs, the digital still cameras that have taken the HD production world by storm, thanks to the rapid response of the camera support industry’s impressive array of viewfinders, support rigs, audio adapters and more for operating HDSLRs smoothly and with stability, much like video cameras.

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Shooting Polar Bears on Arctic Ice, in 3D, with a Thin 2D Crew

ShootingIn3D_IMG_0201SFWWhen planning to shoot a 3D documentary on polar bears in the Canadian Arctic, Filmmaker Adam Ravetch, an Arctic wildlife doc veteran, needed a rig that was capable of vertical and horizontal configurations. He used a prototype of Element Technica’s mid-sized Pulsar 3D rig coupled with Sony P1 HD cameras. “With the Pulsar we could configure the cameras side by side, or one atop the other in the beamsplitter mode,” reports Ravetch. “This enabled us to keep our weight to a minimum while having multiple 3D shooting options, depending upon how close we were to the subject that day.”

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Academy Award® Nominated Films Shot with Angenieux Lenses.

Angenieux’s Optimo PL mount zoom lenses were used in the production of two of this year’s Academy Award nominated films. Production of the 35mm film “The Fighter,” nominated for seven Academy Awards, was shot with the Angenieux Optimo 28-76mm lens and the large format digital cinema production of “Winter’s Bone,” nominated for four Academy Awards, was shot with the Optimo 24-290mm lens and the 15-40mm lens.

“We are extremely proud to be associated with some of the industry’s most recognized films,” said Eva Paryzka, Sales Manager, Cinema Products, Thales Angenieux. “The selection of Angenieux lenses by the world’s top cinematographers is a testament to the quality and performance of our lenses.”

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