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Minicams Launch Turnkey Portable Production System For Fixed-Rig Filming

ITV's Happy Families is using Minicam's new portable production unit for recording families from dawn to night time.As reality TV and web shows show no sign of relenting their particular brand of entertainment so the suppliers of technology of such shows become more sophisticated. Small camera specialist Minicams have launched the Mini-Rig portable production unit (PPU), a new multi-camera mobile HD unit for fixed-rig filming with robotic cameras. The rig features integration of multiple audio channels and HD video streams but with a fully customisable graphical user interface and touch screen control panel.
Posted on May 29, 2013 and filed under broadcast, case study, technique.

BBC Studios and Post Production breathes new life into Trumptonshire trilogy

Forget the Twilight trilogy here comes the remastered Trumpton TrilogyFor anyone above a certain age, the towns of Trumpton, Camberwick Green and Chigley, with their weird and wonderful collection of characters, hold a special place in our hearts. Telling the everyday tales of the inhabitants of these imaginary (yet somehow very real) places, the domestic goings-on of Windy Miller, Doctor Mopp, Captain Flack, Peter the Postman, Harry Farthing and the like have enthralled children and parents alike since the 1960s.
Posted on December 22, 2011 and filed under colour correction, film, post, technique.

BBC Studios and Post Production Transfer Historic Archive For Film London

London’s Screen Archives (LSA) is a virtual film archive for LondonBBC Studios and Post Production’s Digital Media Services team has helped London’s Screen Archives make unseen footage of London life over the past 100 years available to view online. Funded by Screen Heritage UK and Film London, the project includes film dating back to 1911 which had remained in storage in film archive libraries kept by local London authorities and other organisations.
Posted on October 27, 2011 and filed under colour correction, technique.

Dan Mulligan Starts A New Blog - Databank

Cinematographer Dan Mulligan starts his new blog about the Datacentric video worldWell known cinematographer Dan Mulligan has joined HD Magazine online with his take on the progress of the datacentric video world. However he starts with a question about the development in the Medium Format stills world and Hassleblad in particular.

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Posted on January 27, 2011 and filed under cinematography, educational, technique.

Digital Cinema Mastering Workshops

High Definition & Digital Cinema Ltd, supported by the Skillset film Skills Fund, presents the 'Theory and Practice of Digital Cinema Mastering.' A series of 2-day workshops for post-production professionals, covering the whole process from receiving the picture, sound and subtitle files, through to final compression and secure packaging.
Posted on July 14, 2010 and filed under cinematography, technique.

Do You Speak Data? Welcome To The Data Lab

click for bigger picAnyone who went to the first BSC camera test last summer would understand the reason why MPC set up its Data Lab. There were a couple of digital cameras included in the test that weren’t handled properly as far as their file format transcoding was concerned and the results were very bad. The test results caused much consternation for proponents of digital cinematography and ultimately led to a second test with much more ‘real world’ conclusions made.
Posted on May 31, 2010 and filed under post, tapeless, technique.

How Soho Deals With Canon EOS Footage

Officially MPC’s Lab question the camera compression found in the 5D MkII, 7D and ID MkIV: “It cannot be pushed too far in the grade before it starts to break up”. Warns people not to use it for green screen or 3D tracking and not to expect much image manipulation because of its 8-bit performance. They also don’t pull any punches about the aliasing, rolling shutter and frames rates. But if people are going to shoot with it MPC have a solution.
Posted on May 25, 2010 and filed under colour correction, dslr, technique.

Qui Es Tu? Anamorphic Canon

This Cannes-debut short was shot with the Canon Primes and Anamorphic converter to gain a ‘grander look’Up and coming director and producer Chloe Jenden shot her short Qui Es Tu? on Canon FJS primes using the anamorphic converter. The film was given two showings at Cannes this year. Jenden met James Friend, DoP for Qui Es Tu?, while studying for a masters degree at the London Film School run by Mike Leigh. In this article, we examine Jenden’s work, and the effect the converter had on the final look of the feature.
Posted on May 11, 2010 and filed under cameras, technique.

Bad Skills In The Face Of Mother Nature

Shooting in Hurricane Gustav © Medical Student Flickr.comOne of the pleasant by-products of the HD evolution are the benefits brought to standard definition broadcasts. Well lit and shot standard definition material looks far better on a large HD screen than a small screen. Similarly HD productions broadcast in SD also look better than if they had originated with SD cameras and lenses.
Posted on April 21, 2010 and filed under comment, mike brennan, technique.