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Oli Laperal’s NAB Report

By Oli Laperal Jr. The omnipresence of 4K and 8K systems over HD at NAB reminded me of the HD-over-SD transition a dozen years ago.  As in the past, there are no shortage of nay-sayers.  But the quantum leap of technology offering price points lower than previous systems, coupled with transparent ease of intuitive workflow, and Thunderbolt 2 up to… read more…


CP+ Camera Show Japan

In addition to remembering Feb. 14 on our calendars as Valentines day, we also mark Feb 13 – Feb 16  for this year’s biggest Camera Show in Japan: CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2014 in Yokohama. And it shows clear, that the popularity of this show grows every year. Last year, for the first time, a space for video and… read more…


J.L. Fisher Open House

Saturday’s J.L. Fisher Open House 2013 took place on a cloudless, beautiful day in Burbank. This annual event, held at J.L. Fisher’s sprawling complex and stadium-sized parking lot, is sponsored by the SOC, ASC and ICG guilds and supported in part by the participation of dozens of top gear manufacturers, dealers and rental houses. The Open House, now in its 8th… read more…


NHK Open House in Tokyo

Open House at NHK STRL (Science & Technology Research Laboratory). To see information about each image in the slideshow, go to Full Screen Mode and turn on “show info” at top right. NHK is a Japanese publicly-funded company. Every year, for one week at the end of May, they open their doors to the public to show what they have achieved recently. NHK… read more…

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Oli at NAB 2012

Oli Laperal’s impressions of NAB 2012: 4K+, 6K, 8K, solid state, Thunderbolt, H.265, glasses-free 3D… read more…


InterBEE 2011 Tokyo

InterBEE 2011, held November 16-19 near Tokyo, had companies from 34 countries exhibiting cinema, video and audio products in 1329 booths. There were more than 30,000 visitors–a record attendance. Slideshow, above. My quick impressions: 3D was almost gone. The flavor of the show was 4K and 8K. The company that introduced a 4K recorder 2 years ago introduced an 8K UNCOMPRESSED recorder…. read more…



A line of moviegoers stretched around the block outside the Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles at 1 pm on Saturday, November 5. Hundreds of people from the filmmaking societies and guilds were waiting to enter an advance screening of Martin Scorsese’s newest film Hugo. Not only has this film been much anticipated for being Scorsese’s first using 3D, but… read more…


RED Scarlet

Once upon a time, Scarlet was a camera on the development roadmap of Red Digital Cinema with a 3K 2/3” sensor and a fixed zoom lens. Delivery deadlines were pushed back until this past summer when all news of the camera ceased. Some wondered aloud if the camera would happen at all. Then RED scheduled a delivery announcement for Scarlet… read more…


LDI Lighting Show

Looking for location lighting gear at LDI is a bit like being a vegan at a steak house. There’s a big menu but not much  you can order. With the show’s primary focus on theater and live entertainment, LDI attracted some manufacturers of TV studio lighting gear but many location oriented companies were absent. Even industry leaders Mole and Arri… read more…


LiveU: Backpack Broadcasting

On Sunday, August 28, 2011, Fox News Photographer/Editor Paul Celeste set up his camera at Newport Harbor in Rhode Island, preparing for a long day of live shots as Hurricane Irene passed over.  Through most the morning the satellite truck was stable, sheltered from the wind by a parking garage. But, when the eye passed overhead and the winds shifted,… read more…

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Oli at IBC 2011

This year was IBC’s highest level of attendance. To prepare for IBC, I like to plan in advance: circling “must see” company names on the floor plan. I had trouble with Sony not mentioning specifically where they were in Hall 12 until I arrived and found that Sony occupied the entire Hall. Keynotes, conferences and seminars touched on broadcasting, web casting, social… read more…

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Broadcast Asia 2011

Oli Laperal, Jr. filed this report from Broadcast Asia in Singapore, June 21-24, 2011. This year’s Broadcast Asia and Communication Asia Shows saw new expanded locations at Suntec Convention Center and Sands Marina Bay Resort & Casino respectively.   Both ultra modern convention centers surpass current standards, even Las Vegas’. All day conferences included: 3D@home, All about 3D, 3D post, Future… read more…


Andy Romanoff on “Magic Trip”

Note from Jon Fauer. Andy Romanoff has been king of cranes and remote heads, highly respected Panavision Executive VP of Technical Marketing, and is now managing  Industry Relations and Business Development at Abelcine. Andy sent in the following review of “Magic Trip,” directed by Alison Ellwood and Alex Gibney (named by Esquire as “the most important documentarian of our time.”) “Magic… read more…

Oli at NAB 2011

Sony’s theme was “Believe Beyond HD.” The Digital Cinema Society’s seminar was titled, “3D, 4K and beyond.” We saw plenoptic lenses selectively adjusting focus within a scene. We saw the GoPro 3D camera on a model helicopter. NAB 2011 was well beyond HD. Attendance was up, along with activity on the show floor.  It could be a reflection of a… read more…

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Sci-Tech 2011

This year’s Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were presented at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on February 12. The event, hosted by Marisa Tomei, honored many innovations in the digital realm in the industry, as well as gravity-defying systems for sending cameras and props zooming through the air and enabling shots and special… read more…


Image Stabilization (PDF)

At NAB 2010, Larry Thorpe, National Marketing Executive for Broadcast & Communications, Canon USA Inc., presented a fascinating lecture on how image stabilization works. He’s graciously crafted this article in response to demand for more insight into how the two major systems of stabilizers work: Vari-Angle Prism IS and Shift Lens IS.

IBC 2010

IBC in Amsterdam saw attendance increase to almost 49,000, the second highest level in its entire history.  Healthy numbers:  8.7% increase from last year, 1300+ exhibits, 300 speakers in 60+ conference sessions, 100,000+ sq. meters, 150+ training sessions.  Two new additional halls were added:  Hall 12 and 13. These are good indications that the recession is hopefully over as clearly… read more…


Trade Show Mania – January 2010

Read the report by Oli Laperal, Jr on 6 major trade shows and important conferences:

1. Storage Visions. 2. CES. 3. IEEE/ICCE.
4. Red Camera Showcase.
5. 3D Displays & Applications.
6. SPIE Photonics.
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