Bits and Pixels

Has Canon found its way again?

The last couple of years Canon has always been the company releasing cameras in the sub-20,000 category that were a) more expensive than the competition (Sony) and b) less capable than the competition. If you look back at the Canon-Sony camera release history: Year Camera Price 2012 Canon EOS C300 (S35) 20,000 2014 Sony PXW-FS7 …

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Life cycle of Flash Media

I am often confronted with accusations that flash memory cards are responsible for lost footage or corrupt media files. I dug deep to find out if there is some truth to the accusations or if other factors need to be considered why footage wasn’t delivered to Post Production properly. The accusation From time to time …

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How to correctly store your Fluid Head

During my years as a camera rental agent I have seen pretty much every way possible that a tripod head was stored or returned. There are many theories out there that have either been taught in film schools, were passed on by older generations of filmmakers or simply thought up on how to properly handle …

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Wireless Video best practice

Going with a wireless video transmission is often seen as the more practical and superior solution compared to routing cables. On the other hand you will have to be aware of certain restrictions and best practices in order to have trouble-free operation or at least be able to troubleshoot if you encounter interference or signal loss …

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Lens Coverage Tool and Lens databases

After the very positive feedback for the Ultimate Camera Database I built in 2017 I decided to build on that success and offer even more data – this time for cine lenses. I am regularly confronted with questions like “What‘s the close focus distance of a lens?”, “What’s the front diameter of lens XY so …

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Anamorphic on 16:9 sensor workflow

With the “digital revolution” for cameras, the new video recording aspect ratio of 16:9 came along which represented a more natural field of view that comes closer to the human vision compared to the former 4:3. When you attach a 2x anamorphic lens to a camera that records 16:9 video you still record the full …

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Ultimate Camera Database

As part of my daily job as a rental technician I had clients ask regularly for rather specific details about the cameras they want to use and I always kept spreadsheets with the most important specs for certain cameras. But the lists would eventually get lost or were in the wrong place when on the …

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