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Technology 2014 | Production, Post & Beyond: Part ONE

Technology 2014 | Production, Post & Beyond: Part ONE

What were the big technology trends in media and entertainment over the past year? What's going to be significant in the coming year? Those are questions that many of us are asking, so we went to some of our savviest Creative COW contributors to ask their opinions of where we've been and where we're going. Here in Part 1, we offer an overview of their perspectives. (See Part 2 for their additional insights.)

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
Will 2014 Be the Year of 4K?

Will 2014 Be the Year of 4K?

UltraHD, or 4K, has been making an appearance at trade shows for the last couple of years. At this year's IBC in Amsterdam, the demonstrations and products pushed forward the idea that 4K is a possibility for TV distribution and general production and post. Creative COW takes a look at the offerings and the opportunities.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
KICKSTART THEFT: Filmed on Sony F65

KICKSTART THEFT: Filmed on Sony F65

Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and director Frederic Goodich, ASC got together to push the new Sony F65 to its limits. The result is Kickstart Theft, a short film based on De Sica's classic The Bicycle Thieves, which was shot in downtown Los Angeles in a range of challenging lighting and shooting conditions.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Lightwave
Creating A Ghost Train: A Visual Display for Preston Hall

Creating A Ghost Train: A Visual Display for Preston Hall

Pollen Studio creates a ghost train audio/visual display for prestigious Preston Hall Museum in Northern England, an eerie effect that smashes out of a bookshelf within a museum room. The 3D elements blend perfectly with the actors in period costume who portray passengers on the doomed train.

Feature
Tom Sefton
HD High-End
NAB 2012: OConnor

NAB 2012: OConnor

Fluid head pioneer OConnor, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, unveiled a 30L carbon fiber tripod, O-Focus Dual Mini follow focus unit, and Universal Camera Baseplate at NAB 2012. Attendees also had the chance to experience hands-on the Ultimate 1030D and Ultimate 1030Ds fluid heads.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
ARRI
Codex Digital Offers Full Support for ARRI Alexa Studio

Codex Digital Offers Full Support for ARRI Alexa Studio

Codex Digital now offers full support for ARRI's Alexa Studio with Codex ARRIRAW Plus and the Codex Onboard recorders, which can record up to 48 frames per second of ARRIRAW from the Alexa Studio in 4:3, using Codex' new high speed Data Packs. The company is also readying the debut of the Codex Vault at NAB 2012.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
IBC Expo
IBC: Sony Introduces All-in-One 3D Shoulder Camcorder

IBC: Sony Introduces All-in-One 3D Shoulder Camcorder

Sony's most interesting play at IBC 2011 was the advance in 3D camcorders. Live 3D sports is the target for Sony and with their new product releases, they'll be up to the game.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
The Sony F65 CineAlta Digital Cinema Camera

The Sony F65 CineAlta Digital Cinema Camera

The latest member of the Sony CineAlta family of digital cinema cameras is the F65. One of the hottest cameras at NAB 2011, new details include pricing and availability, as well as a closer look at its impressive and unique features, including a rotary shutter option, and full support for IIF-ACES workflows.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Sony F900 & PDW Series
Cinedeck EXTREME Enhances Sony F3 Workflow

Cinedeck EXTREME Enhances Sony F3 Workflow

The Cinedeck Extreme is an upgradeable, rugged, portable, direct-to-disk video recorder "designed and built by cinematographers for cinematographers." In recent tests, the Cinedeck EXTREME proves itself a lower-cost alternative to SR tape.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2011 Camera News: Winds of Change

NAB 2011 Camera News: Winds of Change

Gary Adcock picks some of NAB's hottest high-end cameras.

Review, Feature
Gary Adcock
NAB Expo
Codex Digital debuts on-set lab for RED, ARRI and Sony

Codex Digital debuts on-set lab for RED, ARRI and Sony

Thousands of members of Creative COW were at the 2011 NAB Show, and we are pleased to bring you some of their reports. In this entry, Debra Kaufman found at NAB 2011, Codex Digital unveiled The Vault, a standalone solution with its own internal drives, providing a single, standardized workflow for productions employing multiple camera systems. IIF/ACES dailies workflow also demonstrated.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
Inexpensive archiving for tapeless media

Inexpensive archiving for tapeless media

Thousands of members of Creative COW were at the 2011 NAB Show, and we are pleased to bring you some of their reports. In this entry, blogged from NAB 2011, Shane Ross had a mission, which was to search for a reasonably priced archiving solution of tapeless media that all of us not-so-big production and post production people could afford. Look now at Prime CACHE-A and Pro CACHE-A, BRU by the Tolis Group, and Edit Bay Production Desktop with this talented editor.

Feature
Shane Ross
Cinematography
Dreams of Freedom

Dreams of Freedom

Centered around flight as a metaphor for freedom, the "Storyville Live" project and the short film "Flyboy" contribute to ending the very real and ongoing slavery of millions.

Feature, Project
Stephen Campbell
Field Production
Anton/Bauer Tandem 150 Modular Power System

Anton/Bauer Tandem 150 Modular Power System

Want to charge an Anton/Bauer battery in just about any situation, whether wall power is available or not? Anton/Bauer's small, lightweight Tandem 150 is what you need.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Lighting Design Pros
Litepanels SolaENG Review: On-Camera LED Light

Litepanels SolaENG Review: On-Camera LED Light

There are plenty of power-sipping LED lights that you can mount atop cameras, but very few have enough punch to fill up large spaces, or cut through daylight. Litepanels finally has such a light in the Sola ENG. It's powerful, controllable, and in some cases, a little loud.

Review
Helmut Kobler
HD High-End
Band Pro One World 2010 Trade Show

Band Pro One World 2010 Trade Show

These days, many video-oriented trade shows are struggling with declining attendance, reduced scopes and the nagging fear of irrelevance when customers can get so much information online. So how has the Band Pro One World managed to attract big-name vendors and over 500 attendees? Helmut Kobler attends and shares with COW members his experience at what felt like more of a "friendly mixer" where you can easily talk to vendors and friends, and see great products close up.

Review, Editorial, Project
Helmut Kobler
Broadcasting
How to Shoot Footage Your Editor Will Respect

How to Shoot Footage Your Editor Will Respect

When it comes to shooting, David Allison's experience in the editing room has helped him develop parameters that lead to better footage that embodies the sensible values of an efficient shooter.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
David Allison
Field Production
Backing Up Solid-State Cards In The Field

Backing Up Solid-State Cards In The Field

If you shoot video to solid-state cards, two products from Nexto and Panasonic make it easy to back those cards up in the field. At over $2,000, these gadgets aren't exactly cheap, but they can save a lot of time and effort. The Panasonic in particular can make a solid-state workflow feasible for just about any project.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Cinematography
Camera and Lens Round-Up

Camera and Lens Round-Up

Gary Adcock explores and reviews many of the high-end cameras, lenses, monitors, and camera support gear introduced at NAB 2010 in this acquisition and display report.

Review, Feature, People / Interview
Gary Adcock
Stereoscopic 3D
Stereoscopic Storm - NAB 3D Cameras

Stereoscopic Storm - NAB 3D Cameras

After years of mere trickles, a deluge of 3D surged through NAB 2010. Steven Bradford shows you some of the cameras that really shined.

Review, Feature, People / Interview
Steven Bradford
Cinematography
DSLRs: A Time Exposure

DSLRs: A Time Exposure

Robert Primes, ASC is watching the progress of DSLR video, and sees some remarkable visions of the future of cinematography. Read on for his detailed review...

Review, Feature, People / Interview
Robert Primes, ASC
Panasonic HVX - HPX (P2)
ShotPut Pro V3 by Imagine Products, Inc.

ShotPut Pro V3 by Imagine Products, Inc.

ShotPut Pro streamlines an important part of tapeless, solid-state workflows: offloading the media cards to a hard drive or other volume. Creative COW leader Helmut Kobler has been using Shotput for a couple of years now, and reviews its latest update on the Mac (a Windows version works the same way).

Review
Helmut Kobler
Sony EX Series XDCAM
On Stage with the Sony XDCAM HDOn Stage with the Sony XDCAM HD

When your corporate clients are as big as Wembley Stadium, a small camera will not do. Besides, Rick Bronks was not interested in HDV or in tapeless shooting that cost more than tape. Enter XDCAM HD.

Feature
Rick Bronks
Sony CineAlta - XDCAM
The Sony PMW-EX1 XDCAM EX Camera: A Closer LookThe Sony PMW-EX1 XDCAM EX Camera: A Closer Look

Creative Cow Contributing Editor Dylan Reeve says that the EX1 is another Sony breakthrough. A truly professional camera, the XDCAM EX1 offers format and workflow advantages previously unseen in other small cameras. Dylan will show you how the camera works, and how the footage works with your favorite NLE, while also looking ahead to the PMW-EX3.

Review
Dylan Reeve
Sony EX Series XDCAM
Mastering the Sony PMW-EX1

Mastering the Sony PMW-EX1

In this review, CreativeCOW's Jim Harvey takes a hard look at Mastering the Sony PMW-EX1 from Vortex Media. See why he says: ...''if you are planning on purchasing a SONY PVM-EX1, or want to learn more about tapeless workflow and acquisition, this Workshop course will be an invaluable addition to your knowledge base.''

Review
Jim Harvey
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Jim Harvey (1)
Debra Kaufman (9)
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Dylan Reeve (1)
Shane Ross (1)
Tom Sefton (1)


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