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Sasaki, Cioni and Panavision Large Format

Dan Sasaki, VP of Optical Engineering at Panavision, and Michael Cioni, Senior VP of Innovation at Panavision and Light Iron, have a few things to say about Large Format. Dan began, “In the last two years, I have seen more changes to lens imaging traits than I have over my entire time at Panavision. The changes in cinematography trends have made it possible for a new lens class to be introduced at nearly all of the major trade shows.” Read the entire interview.

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Amimon and Creative Solutions Report

Amimon Inc. was acquired by The Vitec Group on November 9, 2018. Amimon will be integrated into Vitec’s Creative Solutions division. Creative Solutions, with headquarters in Southern California, comprises Teradek, SmallHD, Wooden Camera, Paralinx, Rycote—and now Amimon. If you work with wireless video, chances are that an Amimon chipset is inside. It’s somewhat like computers having the label “Intel Inside.” Amimon designs and provides the proprietary chips and circuits inside most of the wireless products from Teradek, Paralinx and SmallHD, as well as ARRI, Transvideo and other companies. Amimon’s technology paved the way for user-friendly and reliable wireless systems that “cut the cables” between camera, video village and video monitors on set—and has grown to the point where wireless video is now an expected and essential ingredient of most productions. read more…

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Sony’s Atsugi Technology Center

The Sony Atsugi Technology Center sits on about 25 acres next to the Sagami River in Kanagawa, Japan. It’s a 1 hour ride southwest of Tokyo. Opened in 1960, this is where Sony engineers devised Electronic News Gathering (ENG) in 1971. The digital VTR was launched here in 1987. F35 was Sony’s first Super35mm, PL-mount, single-CCD Cinealta camera–it came in 2008. Next came a rapid succession of digital cine cameras. And then came VENICE, in 2017. That’s the reason we’re here in Atsugi: to visit the team that developed, and continues to support, the Sony VENICE camera. read more…

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NAB 2019 Show Preview

The 2019 NAB Show exhibits will be open from April 8-11 in the Las Vegas Convention Center with many product announcements, a greater focus on cinema and a new area in Central Hall called Cine Central. read more…

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Vitec acquires Syrp Sliders & MoCo

Vitec Imaging Solutions has acquired Syrp Limited. This New Zealand company makes highly portable sliders and motion control equipment. Syrp designs and develops hardware and software aimed at the independent owner-operator market. Those beautiful night sky scenes where the camera slides past rock formations are often achieve with Syrp’s motorized sliders and timelapse controls. read more…

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ROMA and the Look of Large Format

If anyone is still wondering whether larger formats have legs, look no further than last night’s Oscars. Alfonso Cuarón won Awards for best Foreign Language Film, best Director and best Cinematographer on ROMA. Outside of commercials, it is not common for one person to both  direct the talent and manage the camera work. Even though Cuarón studied cinematography and shot… read more…

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The Show will Go On

The Academy’s Board of Governors did the right thing today, issuing this statement: “The Academy has heard the feedback from its membership regarding the Oscar presentation of four awards – Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling. All Academy Awards will be presented without edits, in our traditional format. We look forward to Oscar Sunday, February 24.”  

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Cinematography Oscar during Commercial Break?

At the ASC Awards on Saturday, I thought someone was joking when he mentioned that the Oscar for Best Cinematography would be presented during a commercial break. Alas, it is true: “We [The Academy] believe we have come up with a great way to do this, and keep the show to three hours. While still honoring the achievements of all… read more…

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BSC Expo 2019

BSC Expo in London was the best ever. More than 5500 visitors gathered in the Battersea Park Evolution exposition space on Feb 1-2. If there was a theme, it was full frame and large format lenses. Panavision had 11 or 12 series of large format sphericals and anamorphics at their lens bar. Michael Cioni’s 4-screen display let you compare the… read more…

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Leitz Cine Leica Format Primes

Leitz Leica Format Cine Lenses (not the official name) made a prominent prototype debut at the CVP Lens Bar in BSC Expo. Four focal lengths were shown: 18mm, 21mm, 65mm and 100mm — all T1.8. The new Leitz lenses were first presented to the world inside an untouchable glass case at IBC. This time the Leitz Leica Format Primes were… read more…

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FDTimes February 2019 now online

Limited time complimentary download of the full 96-page edition. read more…

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FDTimes at BSC Expo

The ever- fabulous BSC Expo begins in Battersea Park Evolution: Friday Feb 1 – Saturday Feb 2. FDTimes will be there with a BSC Expo complimentary special printed edition. The full 96-page worldwide edition goes online later this evening and paper copies ship tomorrow. read more…

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Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS on “VICE”

“VICE” opened today, Christmas Eve. Round up the reindeer and steer your sleigh to the nearest movie theater.  Directed by Adam McKay, “VICE” swings from drama to satire with a hint of the absurd (if it weren’t so true.) It’s the story of Dick Cheney, the Washington insider who maneuvered to become the most powerful person in the US government… read more…

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NAB 2018 belated Slideshow

New Year 2019 Resolution: Get these slideshows posted on time. Here are Mark Forman’s excellent photos from NAB 2018. Click on any thumbnail to enlarge and click through all 330 pictures:    

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SUP

Tristan Boxford has a great job. He is founder and CEO of the Waterman League, a worldwide organization that represents all kinds of Ocean sports. Tristan was a professional World Champion windsurfer in the 1990s and early 2000s. His latest endeavor is the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP) World Tour and Stand Up Paddling (SUP).

It just so happens that APP uses Blackmagic Design products on all their productions. Distributed in more than 100 countries, they are covering the 2018 championships in London, New York, San Francisco, Paris and the Canary Islands. read more…

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The Story of Easyrig: 25 Years

Johan Hellsten, inventor of Easrig, will release his new book at IBC. The Story of Easyrig, 25 Years is the story of his fascinating journey from an idea to a final product. Johan has been working on the book for the past two years. It is not only about Easyrig but also about his interesting life. read more…

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RGB – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

RBG is everywhere. Streaming, screening, in theaters, on DVD and devices. RBG opened in January 2018 at Sundance Film Festival.

The documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg was directed and produced by Betsy West and Julie Cohen. Claudia Raschke was the Cinematographer, working with ARRI Amira, Canon C300 Mark II and Sony F55 cameras—all shot in LOG. Ken Sirulnick, President of Glue Editing & Design in New York, graded the film using DaVinci Resolve Studio and a DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel. read more…

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Gottfried Pflugbeil and Preston Light Ranger 2

Here’s the latest episode in the continuing series, Season Two, of “The Superstars of Focus.” Gottfried Pflugbeil has been a Camera Assistant since 1994 and a 1st AC since January 1999. Recently he’s been working on the TV Series “Condor” for MGM and “The Handmaid’s Tale” for MGM/Hulu. He writes, “When the Preston Light Ranger 2 came out, focus tools came to a new level. The LR2 uses infrared light to calculate the distance, but it takes the idea of a focus tool to two additional levels…” read more…

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ARRI Large Format Signature Primes

Alexa LF and Large Format Signature Primes were announced in February and are working on productions worldwide. The core set of ARRI Signature Prime Large Format lenses have shipped. They include ARRI Signature Prime 18, 25, 35, 47, 75 and 125 mm lenses. New lenses pretty much arrive every month from now until April 2019. read more…

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Panavision DXL2, DXL-M, New Lenses, LCND

At Cine Gear in June, Panavision previewed the latest firmware for the new Millennium DXL2 8K camera, four new Large Format lens sets, Modular DXL-style accessories for RED DSMC2 cameras, and an innovative LCND filter. read more…

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