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NAB: Reporting from the Tech Summit on Cinema

By Tim Spitzer

What did I hear about digital cinema at the Technology Summit of Cinema during NAB? That the future of digital cinema is bright (pun totally intended)!

Projection at the Summit was provided by Barco on a single head 4K Laser projection system on a new RealD Silver Screen technology. Indeed it was bright. Barco’s largest laser projectors are approaching 60,000 lumens, and new screen coating technologies are making screens more uniform and higher gain. Continue reading

NAB: sweet, sweet pictures

By Tim Spitzer

I had the very enjoyable experience of seeing footage captured on two of the newest large sensor camera’s being introduced to the marketplace: Panasonic’s Varicam 35 and Arri’s Arri 65.

Starting with the latter, a “for rental only” camera that captures 6.5K images only in ArriRaw — these are the most beautiful images I have seen captured on a digital sensor. In a brilliantly inspired demo, close-up images of the faces of Arri employees, shot without make-up as Continue reading

IBC Blog: reference monitors and more

By Tim Spitzer

When I finally visited Sony in the elusive Hall 12 at the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam during IBC, I was glad I did!

Sony introduced the first ergonomically sensible 4K camera called the PXW-FS7.
The name might not seduce you, but it’s a beautiful looking and operating camera to fall in love with. The PXW-FS7 has a body profile reminiscent of the Aaton S-16mm “cat sitting on your shoulder” advert, and a handgrip that looks like the modern version of the wooden handgrip that graces the Aaton.

For documentarian or S-16mm shooters who have had to migrate away from film, this gives all the “good of the old” updated with a 35mm sensor, E-mount (also A-mount) for lenses and Continue reading

IBC Blog: scanners, LTO and SDI

By Tim Spitzer

Although we all know “Film is Dead,” film scanners are popping up all over in an effort to resuscitate the medium.  Three of the new players to my circus of knowledge are:

MWA Nova GmbH, which make realtime scanners in 2.5K and 4K at 5fps, with the 4K, are soon to be realtime flavors. The scanner is capstan-driven (without sprockets), with room for PTR rollers, so looks to be easy on archival film. A laser senses the perf position to modulate the speed of the transport to deal with shrunken perforation pitch. Their gates are available for most known film formats from 35mm down to Super 8.

Blackmagic is offering a 35mm scanner with stabilization software and Resolve thrown in for free. The machine comes with a 35mm gate, and the rollers are milled to also handle S-16mm, Continue reading

Two hot items at the electronics circus

By Tim Spitzer
Managing Director
Goldcrest Post, NYC
www.goldcrestfilms.com/postny

VFX

SGO, manufacturers of Mistika, introduced Mamba FX.  Mamba FX is a stunningly cost-effective node-based, shot-based, Windows-based effects software package.  Mamba FX is effectively the full subset of effects tools that live in Mistika.

Mamba FX allows capture of all the same camera codecs/file formats as Mystika.

Mamba FX has the same stabilizing, speed change, compositing, tracking, text, color, and 3D tools as Mystika. In my understanding the only tools that have been removed are the Stereoscopic toolset. Continue reading