Not many companies can claim that their seed investment came from a savoury snack, Small HD can; if you saw Season One of Stranger Things, read how Season Two went down; IBC is here as are our top stands to visit; Transparent, the award winning Amazon Trans series has a different way of shooting; literally a game changer we have the Champions League final, the broadcast story and the rise of cellular to handle your production footage.
We were moved by the story of junior videographer Nico Edwards and his 8000 mile trip from New Zealand to Patagonia, a real sea gypsy. From one moving tale to another with the shoot story behind War for the Planet of the Apes. Lighting is something that we are quite obsessed with, witness a much extended lighting section this month. If you watched the movie Lion, we have the story of the grade. Our gear emphasis this month isn’t about gear at all, it’s our pick of online media libraries. News from the audio world with no ADR on Valerian and a tentative review of the newly rehoused Leica R lenses.
Perfect for a summer’s Sunday night viewing is Poldark - we find out what’s different about Season Three. We also visit the set of one of this summer’s blockbusters, The Mummy 2017. A great film but we were only interested in the weightless scene and yes they did it for real. At the other end of the ‘pace’ spectrum is Fargo, measured black humour at its blackest, we sum up the current Season. If you want to talk gear, we have a sensor census, a look at the latest zooms from Fujinon and Sony and how LED lighting is changing lighting…again.
To be picked-up in Pilot Season at Amazon Video relies partly on what the Prime membership think of your show, but does the look have anything to do with it? Frieder Hochheim founded Kino Flo 30 years ago and now wonders what the future holds for lighting. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 has the highest resolution of any digital movie, but why is it so important for the look? My Cousin Rachel mixes Gothic themes with bodice ripping romance and it looks superb. Season 5 of House of Cards tries hard to outdo current events and gets close.
We know that in space ‘No one can hear you scream’ but in the feature Alien: Covenant it doesn’t matter as you can see them scream in very dark and brooding spaceship corridors, as graded by Stephen Nakamura. Also in the issue is the re-creation of the look of the Anime Ghost In The Shell with a carefully chosen palette from the DOP. In gentler surroundings take comfort in the productions of TV’s The Durrells and a new live action version of The Little Mermaid.
Sometimes you can’t have it all. Bring together a fantastically creative director, a massively talented DOP and a world renown production designer and no surprise you get a movie which is breathtakingly beautiful in nearly every frame, unfortunately also one that bombed at the box office. But we have other movie stories, like how small cameras took on King Kong in Skull Island and how RED powered up the new Power Rangers. It’s a movie mash-up!
Whisper it very quietly but production budgets in the UK are now at an all-time high. The inherent tax break for productions made in this country has attracted work from all over the world and our studios are bulging with shoots. Also in the issue we have robotic otters, AI driven drones, the latest LED lights and a whole bunch of new product reviews. Also the latest from the UAV, lighting and audio world and our latest reviews.
Love ‘em or like ‘em, Star Wars films are part of our culture. Rogue One is the latest and if you’re a fan of the dark side, the best. What we all agree on is that it’s the best looking. The film also had the largest amount of raw data ever processed from the five ARRI Alexa 65 cameras used, read about how that was handled. Our Gear Group is camera wireless systems, we also look at monitor calibration; there are our usual reviews and a brand new 4K camera listing, enjoy…
The best television shows are getting better. If you’ve missed Netflix’s The Crown you’re in for a visual treat and we’ve got the inside track. In this issue we also have VFX stories from new movies Assassin’s Creed and Fantastic Beasts. More disruption from drones with a film shot only with them and hardly any aerial shots. Also the latest from the UAV, lighting and audio world and our latest reviews.
What you definitely need in your monthly professional video magazine are stories on the best movies and the best television. How about Planet Earth II and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. You also get a rare insight in to how to shoot for natural history; another dose of The Grand Tour; shooting for giant screens; more HDR de-bunking and much more.
December’s Definition has the full story of the new The Grand Tour car show; news from the Wildscreen festival; how ITV’s Queen Victoria was shot and graded; Kodak’s new film scanning business; low tech in high places from DJI; mixing audio for VR; more lights on drones; reviews of the Canon 5D MKIV DSLR; RED Cinema’s RAVEN entry level camera; KYNO’s data management tool; Zcam’s E1 minicam and Fujifilm’s entry in to pro video with the X-T2 mirrorless camera. All wrapped up with the latest news and 4K camera listing.
This month’s great mixture of editorial looks at the best way to shoot digital romcoms; the definitive details of Ang Lee’s technical tour de force, Billy Lynn; the resurgence of film and KODAK; DITs calling the shots on-set; a new way of aerial cinematography; our guide to shooting Log and the latest gear reviews.
All the content you’ve always loved but more of it! We have more production stories from Game of Thrones to Woody Allen’s Café Society to the new Bourne. Further along the signal chain is our post exclusive ‘cloud’ special. We also look at broadcast HDR capture and post. New sections include UAV, lighting and audio. But we haven’t forgotten reviews and our exclusive 4K cameras listing.
Definition Magazine Issue 91
Welcome to our issue 91 with our main article focussing on the first ever movie shot in 120 frame per second. It was also in 4K and in 3D but how do you show it? Other interviews include Michael Mansouri from Radiant Images about their huge VR business and also how IMAX used digital shoot Beautiful Planet in space. New gear from Panavision and reviews from AVID and Blackmagic Design.
Definition Magazine Issue 90
Welcome to Issue 90 of Definition. Our big interview is with VFX Supervisor of The Jungle Book Adam Valdez. Also read interviews with the inventors of Mavis the first professional iPhone 4K video app and Nic Hatch CEO of Ncam and their remarkable AR broadcast software. Other features include the confessions of an ex-DIT agent and how RED cameras patent their future tech. Reviews from OLFI action camera and the latest in computer-based cinematography.
Definition Magazine Issue 89
Welcome to our issue 89 with a major interview with the first colourist to work with HDR Stephen Nakamura; other features include taking an Alexa Mini to the Antarctic, the VFX exodus, OLFI action camera and DoP Xavier Grobet on Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot. Reviews from Cooke Anamorphic lenses, to Sony FS5 camcorder and Yamaha's SG30 audio mixer.
This month we have a large slice of post apocalyptic mayhem from the Mad Max school of the road trip genre. Also we wrap up our look at the return of Apple's much maligned editing platform FCP-X to editing movies. If you need to store and manipulate LUTs then look at our review of FujiFilm's new IS Mini LUT box. Plus we explain exactly what RED WEAPON is and how to use it. Plus much more...
Definition Issue 82
We speak with Oscar winning cinematographer Claudio Mirando about the shooting of Disney's Tomorrowland; with the film editor who is bringing Final Cut Pro back to Hollywood, review the IO Industries Flare 4K camera and much more...
Definition Magazine 81
The wonderful world of Wes Anderson is opened by his editor Barney Pilling; Arri introduce their Alexa Mini, reviews of VFX software and much more.
Definition Magazine Issue 80
An interview with Charlotte Bruus Christensen who DP'd the new version of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd; the story of the shoot of Oscar Winning Birdman; a review of Blackmagic Design's big URSA camera and much more.
Definition Magazine Issue 79
The shoot and posting of Ex_Machina; the myth of high definition commercials; the future of cinema and much more.
DEFINITION MAGAZINE ISSUE 78
The VFX of Guardians of the Galaxy; explaining Dolby Vision; editing 2014's Tour de France; Channel 5 makes their first programme with MoVI rig; review of Blackmagic Design's 4k Production camera.
DEFINITION MAGAZINE ISSUE 77
Shooting the movie Lucy with Luc Besson and three digital cameras; Arri Amira in Africa; editing Sin City 2; 'We need better 4K' - the pixel story; review of EditReady a value for money file transcoder.
How Cooke lenses got their look; the production of the movie Gravity; editing the movie American Hustle; reviews of the HPz820 4k workstation; Hitfilm 2 for Mac editor/vfx/compositor; Blackmagic Design v1.5 for their Pocket Camera.
The shooting of the movie RUSH with in-depth interview with DoP Anthony Dod Mantle; editing a season of The Game of Thrones; grading TV's Peaky Blinders; Reviews of Prime-Cache 6 tape archive, Blackmagic Design Smartscope DUO and their Audio Monitor.
INCLUDES: - We speak with the DP of 'Need For Speed' and his search for the right digital emulsion; review of the NAB 2013 tech show; Cinematography on Iron Man 3; review of the latest version of Final Cut Pro X.
INCLUDES: Shooting Oblivion with Tom Cruise; Interview with Gordon Willis - DoP who shot The Godfather and many other movies; Review of GoPro 3 black action camera; review of Teranex signal processing box.
FEBRUARY 2013 ISSUE - Shooting and RAW processing story of Zero Dark Thirty, we speak with DP Grieg Fraser and Digital Lab workflow manager James Eggelton; Reviews of Blackmagic Design's Cinema Camera, Drift Innovation's HD Ghost and HP's Z1 workstation.
DECEMBER 2012 ISSUE - The frame game of making The Hobbit; how Life Of Pi was shot and edited; Shooting Abbey Road Studios In Session; Review of Sony NEX-EA50 camcorder; How To Do ArriRAW properly; user review of Sony f65 on the set at it's first UK movie - Belle.
NOVEMBER 2012 ISSUE: DP Steve Lawes reviews an early prototype of the new Sony F55; reviews of two NLE updates from Apple and AVID; article about production company ZCDC who have gone from web series to high end commercials; RED bring REDRAY in to the consumer space.
HD MAGAZINE 62
OCTOBER 2012 ISSUE: We have a first look at Blackmagic Design's BMCC camera; how Nikon's DSLRs are starting to appear in Hollywood's episodics; a review of Panasonic's AC-90 value camcorder; production profiles of Disney's Chimpanzee and Sky TV's Got To Dance with Time Freeze.
HD MAGAZINE 61
SEPTEMBER 2012 ISSUE: JVC does it again by launching first a high resolution camera, this time a 4K product; review of Smoke For Mac Preview; Is The Mac Coming Back? We ask some technical director's what they think of Apple's reluctance to release new MAC Pros; Sony add to their NXCAM range.
HD MAGAZINE 60
AUGUST 2012 ISSUE: How Crowd funding is becoming a real investment choice for new products; our IBC Convention preview with looks at Blackmagic Design's camera and Weisscam's T CAM; putting the 3D in to Prometheus and a review of the Spyder 4 calibration system.
HD MAGAZINE 59
JUNE 2012 ISSUE: How the Cloud is changing video production; how Five Year Engagement was shot; reviews of Adobe's Premiere Pro CS6; user review of Sony's f65 and review of G-RAID Thunderbolt drive.
HD MAGAZINE 58
MAY 2012 ISSUE: Featuring our NAB Show review which was dominated by the news of a very cheap 2.5k camera from Blackmagic Design; also more reports of migration to 4k resolutions; are HDSLRs the new 16mm for indies; and movie reviews from a pro POV.
HD MAGAZINE 57
APRIL 2012 ISSUE: Has our preview of the annual NAB Trade Show in Las Vegas. We follow FilmLight's attempt to remove the Digital Intermediate process; and the introduction of the Sony FS700 with very usuable high speed recording for not alot of money; reviews come from PluralEyes and Tiffen DFx and more from our series on 'Cinema on Television'.
HD MAGAZINE ISSUE 56
MARCH 2012 ISSUE - We go all posh and report on the shooting of Downton Abbey Series Two; review Panasonic's broadcast ready HPX250 camcorder; also Final Cut X 10.0.3 & Avid Media Composer 6; MTV goes all anamorphic; and we follow the grade of TV's fantastic Great Expectations.
HD MAGAZINE Issue 55
FEBRUARY 2012 ISSUE - Our Canon C300 review featured a shoot with top chef Jamie Oliver at his restaurant in St Pauls London, Barbecoa; we also have a review of the new Scarlet-X and the new GoPro2; case studies include Gypsy Blood shot with the Sony NEX FS100 and Submarine Patrol about eight weeks in a nuclear submarine; other articles include camera prep with the Arri ALEXA and the camera equipment listing.
HD MAGAZINE Issue 54
NOVEMBER 2011 ISSUE - Canon enters Hollywood with a bang and a great new camera, all you need to know about the Canon C300; RED launch their Scarlet at the same time; CASE STUDIES - Rampart and Chronicle, two Arri ALEXA shot movies with very up to the minute workflows; Hollywood RAW, how Light Iron Digital are changing the post rules in tinsel town; Muppets in 4K looking better than ever.
HD MAGAZINE Issue 53
OCTOBER 2011 ISSUE - Sony F3 camera attains new heights; JAMES CAMERON's pointed view of 3D with exclusive interview; CASE STUDY - New technology allows driving wars where nobody gets hurt; IBC Convention review; REVIEW - SONY FS100E camcorder.
HD MAGAZINE Issue 52
SEPTEMBER 2011 ISSUE - P+S Technik s35 camera; Sound Devices PIX video recorders; living with Panasonic's AF101; makies movies with DSLRs; Long term test RED EPIC-M; Frozen Capture, shooting in the extreme cold; REVIEWS: Canon XA10 camcorder; Blackmagic Design Shuttle.
HD MAGAZINE Issue 51
JULY 2011 ISSUE - Features an interview with Anna J Foerster the DoP of Anonymous the first movie shot on Arri's ALEXA camera; long term test of EPIC-M camera; the state of pro editing post FCP X release; VIMEO Pro launch.
HD MAGAZINE Issue 50
JUNE 2011 ISSUE - Features the first BBC Drama shot with the Sony F3 camera; a TV movies called Page Eight shot with Arri's ALEXA and anamorphic Hawke lenses; How to use a DSLR when you don't want to; Producing a Royal Wedding for Broadcast; Explaining Transmedia; Steadicam TANGO review; A report from the 3D TV symposium.
HD MAGAZINE Issue 49
APRIL 2011 - Our post NAB 2011 issue features Final Cut X; ScratchLab and Scratch 6; Sony's F65 camera; Gemini 444 recorder; Sound Devices PIX video recorders; T-Project camera and recorder; Blackmagic Design's re-invention of broadcast decks and much more.
HD MAGAZINE Issue 48
MARCH 2011 - Features the 3D planning, production and post production of Carmen in 3D; 'The Road To NAB' focuses on RED EPIC; Quantel QTube; Dolby's new PRM 4200 monitor; STORM from The Foundry; the planning of STAR WARS in 3D; REVIEW - Sony PMW-F3; the use of DATA in recording; LONG TERM TEST - da vince Resolve and more.
HD Magazine Issue 47
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011 - Features the production of Outcasts, the first TV series shot with anamorphic lenses, production story on Upstairs Downstairs 2010 version, how to handle high speed footage in post, Sony Vegas 10 review, monitor reviews for colour correction.
HD Magazine Issue 46
DECEMBER 2010 - The Ultimate 3D might be holographic 3D and it may be nearer to being used than first thought, we talk about the technology and what it means for the nascent 3D production world. How to choose the right high speed camera, 3D conversion for Narnia, filling the digital divide, Tangent WAVE review, shooting iPad Apps.
HD MAGAZINE ISSUE 45
NOVEMBER 2010 - The Social Network, the new Digital 35mm landscape, reviews of DaVinci Resolve, Filemaker Go for on-set logging, Cinedeck Extreme v2, Automatic Duck Pro import/export, Shooting DSLRs with Jamie Oliver.
HD MAGAZINE ISSUE 44
OCTOBER 2010 - New IBC Gear, DSLRs shoot wildlife in the Shetland Islands, the dark side of DSLRs, reviews from Magic Bullet Colorista II, Beauty Box Plug-in, Panasonic GH2 DSLR.
HD MAGAZINE ISSUE 43
AUGUST 2010 - This issue had our biggest IBC Conference Preview ever and also a very interesting piece about the role of the Video DSLR at the BBC - did they give them the green light or not on The Road To Coronation Street?
HD Magazine Issue 42
JUNE 2010 - In this issue we discover the skills and gear needed to shoot HD from the air with a report from the Isle of Man and a very high pace 3D Mercedes SLS shoot, also in the issue the restoration of the iconic The World At War TV series; huge advances in the use of camera Metadata; AVID's Media Composer 5 review; Playing with Panasonic's 3D camcorder; how Filmlight are encroaching on to the film set with their grading tools and much more.
HD Magazine Issue 41
MAY 2010 - In this issue the Moving Picture Company opens it's doors to their shiny new Data Lab which has recently helped Robin Hood to the screen; an in-depth review of Codex's new recorder the On Board; Arri's new Alexa camera shoots a short for the World Cup, user review of the NEO 3D programme for editing in 3D.
JANUARY 2010 - Issue 39 took a look at the 3D production world with comment and reviews of new 3D gear. Also Dan Mulligan looked at the role that Panasonic's P2 media has to play in cinema; a full 3D terms glossary; a case study from Australia's first 3D movie called Dead Boring; and the usual mini reviews featuring Nikon's D300s DSLR
HD Magazine Issue 38
Issue 38 featured more details on Arri's new range of digital cameras with a behind the scenes interview with Arri in the UK; also the first UK movie to be shot on the Canon 5D MkII DSLR, the data monster that was District 9, why sensors affect lenses and reviews from Apple and Sony
HD Magazine Issue 37
Issue 37 of HD Magazine looked at Sony's new 35mm sized sensor camera the f35, it shot the latest Michael Caine movie Harry Brown. Also a look at how to use a DSLR in video mode and what support there is out there; review of MOTU converters and the JVC gy-HM100; also a report on the recent BSC camera tests
HD Magazine Issue 36
Issue 36 of HD Magazine reports on an Apple workflow for an Arri D21 project, living with tapeless part one, shooting with RED in extreme temperatures, Sony's new POV AVCHD camera and would you shoot with a video DSLR?
HD Magazine Issue 35
In this issue, why data capture is the future, also news of the UK's first RED movie, Tormented; how Benjamin Button was shot; Blackmagic Design's small converters and shooting with the SI 2K camera
HD Magazine Issue 34
In this issue the struggle to get the BBC to use the RED camera for the Wallander series. Introducing Ikonoskop, a RED killer from Sweden? Also Sony's Z5 v Panasonic's AVCCAM and how independents are changing the rules by using the latest tech.
HD Magazine issue 32 looks at the infamous Channel 4 episodic SKINS who have now embraced HD production; Also the production of 'Live From Abbey Road'; a review of the Infinity camera; sensors in HD; SOOM review.
HD Magazine Issue 31
HD Magazine issue 31 included a report from Afghanistan where US soldier Scott Matthews took his new RED camera; the UK's first RED movie was called Splintered; reviews of Blackmagic Design's Multibridge PRO2; also a review of Apple's Final Cut Server and the story behind the camera specialists at the Olympics
HD Magazine Issue 30
HD Magazine issue 30 included the inside track on shooting one of the first live action 3D movies; also news of 4K shooting in the new Bond movie and a clean shaven David Beckham; news of a new multl-camera workflow for LazyTown and a review of Sony's Z7 HDV camera
HD Magazine Issue 16
HD Magazine issue 16 saluted the decision by the BBC to start their own HD channel, the first review of the Arri D-20 digital camera, production stories from the Corpse Bride and Gil Mayo Mysteries.
HD Magazine Issue 11
HD Magazine issue 11 argues the pros and cons of digital intermediate; reviews of Sony's HVR-Z1 and the Edifis Finaliser; interviews include Larry Thorpe some say the father of high definition; and the cover story of posting Alexander.
HD Magazine Issue 10
HD Magazine Issue 10 has a review of HDCAM SR's SRW-1; an interview with Alastair Fothergill from the BBC's Planet Earth series; HD Link PRO review; HD DVD the slipped disc.
HD Magazine Issue 09
HD Magazine issue 09 reports on the first use of HD in a US episodic; an interview with Vince Pace about 3D; reviews of HD Link, MONET and Canon's 8X lens; DIY Post the Apple way; Mirrormask.
HD Magazine Issue 06
HD Magazine issue 06 looked at the new subject of digital slow motion; interviews with broadcasters who decide where high definition is headed; Pinnacle Liquid HD review; other reviews from Sony and Filmlight
HD Magazine Issue 05
HD Magazine issue 5 looks at Kings of the Road, a documentary made in HD; reviews from Nucoda Film Master and Doremi's HDVI-10; interview with Gary Curran about the intricacies of grading.
HD Magazine Issue 04
HD Magazine issue 04 featured the Lars Von Trier movie Dogville; HDV the beginnings; Triax v Fibre; Shooting HD for SD; AVID Nitris review
HD Magazine Issue 03
HD Magazine issue 03 spoke to Discovery Channel about their European venture; Peter Gabriel's HD Tour; The secret life of HD; D-ILA v DLP - the battle of two major projection technologies
HD Magazine Issue 02
HD Magazine issue 02 looked at the growing pains for HD Mobile trucks; looking at the promise of Digital Intermediate; reviews of Sony f900's third update; Nucoda Data Conform; HD Gimbal
HD Magazine Issue 01 - LAUNCH ISSUE
HD Magazine Issue One reported on the state of HD acquisition; questions on the arrival of D-Cinema; reviews of FLAME 8 and the Accuscene Monitor; EURO1080 profile