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Influence of sensor size on depth-of-field
Sensors come in many different sizes and the size of the sensor has a direct relationship to light sensitivity. Large sensors perform better in low light, and a large sensor creates a more shallow depth of field to the image. The critical factors affecting depth of field is the aperture setting on the lens, the sensor size, and the chosen focal length. For the cinematographer, understanding the sensor within a camera, is key to producing cinematic images. It is worth mentioning that the small sensor tends to exhibit more noise than large sensors. Just like 16mm film was more grainy than 35mm motion picture film, a large sensor contains more information than a small sensor and this shows in the low light performance. There are other considerations which will affect the look and quality, such as recording codec, resolution, and of course lens choice and the aperture you choose to shoot at. Regardless, sensor size certainly has a major influence on depth of field and low light performance. It is therefore an important consideration when choosing the right camera for the job. For those filming with smaller sensors it can be difficult, or impossible to suitably throw the background out of focus. This can make producing cinematic looking images difficult, and contributes to what many call the “video look.” There is a solution to this problem. By using a dedolight in combination with an imager, one can project an image onto a background, and then throw the background out of focus. The result, when recorded, shows an out of focus background with the foreground subject in focus. We can therefore simulate the large sensor look with a smaller sensor - this means we can produce cinematic images regardless of sensor size. As cinematographers our job is to create the look and feel of a scene through all the tools available to us. The tools provided by dedolight, specifically focussing lights in combination with a dedo  imager, enables us to project an image on a background, control the focus of the background image, and create truly cinematic results regardless of which camera you are using.
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Complex 11 light set-up: how it's done
The scene in this video is lit with 11 separate lights. Each light serves a distinct purpose in achieving the overall result. This short video shows the positioning of each of the lights, what they do, and the different types of lights which have been used. Dedolight provides the ideal tools for the modern cinematographer to work with. These lights are low in power consumption, easy to carry around, and enable the cinematographer to precisely place light exactly where they wish within the scene. The term "painting with light" has been used to describe the abilities of dedolight and this short film, 11-light set-up, is a good example of the precision of dedolight at work.
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The Light in your Eye
In the world of photography, it is well-known the impact the reflection in the eye can have on the image: some call it a catch-light or a sparkle in the eye. In filmmaking, we can greatly enhance the visual appeal by creating reflections in the eyes. Reflections in the eyes can be the result of the lighting on the face, or, the eyes can be independently lit with lights used to create specific reflections. These reflections can be achieved in different shapes, with attention to the positioning of the reflection within the eyes. Reflections can also be created in different colours. The result achieved is dependent on the type of lights used, the positioning of these lights, and also the curvature on the eye of the subject. Different eye shapes and the colour of the eyes will result in differences with the reflections. For cinematographers, we can achieve beautiful results and greatly enhance the image by working with the reflections in the eye. This is a deep subject, which *The Light in your Eye* only touches on. The purpose of this film is to inspire those who shoot and light, to spend a little time to look at the reflections in the eye, and how this can be used to effect - and also to provide some insight into how these reflections can be created, controlled and shaped. *The Light in your Eye* shows many different examples of reflections in the eyes, the effort which has gone into creating the results and the equipment used in the lighting process.
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FILMING WITH URSA MINI 4K & 4.6K; EDITING RAW WITH DAVINCI RESOLVE

24/09/2016 - Recorded live at the Amsterdam SuperMeet, September 11, 2016 This video features 2 distinct demos: (i) shooting RAW with URSA Mini 4K and 4.6K (ii) post=production RAW workflow - editing with DaVinci Resolve. Klaus B. Pedersen is a Danish cinematographer and the Creative Director behind the Swiss-based creative media agency Gaffa Media. Klaus explains why he chose the URSA Mini 4K and 4.6K cameras and how RAW acquisition influenced his workflow. Simon Hall is a DaVinci Resolve specialist with Blackmagic Design. Simon clearly explains the post-production workflow using Resolve, which involves creating optimized media (low resolution proxy files) which can be worked with while editing. Editing and color correction is done within DaVinci Resolve and when complete, the original DNG RAW files can be matched back to straight away, enabling output at the highest level of qualityl. The ability to work with low resolution files while editing within DaVinci Resolve is a major break-through in terms of simplifying workflow.
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25 Sep 2016 - Posted in: New Product Launches

PANASONIC LUMIX GH5: 4K 60P/50P VIDEO RECORDING 4:2:2 10-BIT RECORDING

View News Panasonic has announced that it has developed a new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) Camera LUMIX GH5 that is capable of recording smooth, high-precision 4K 60p/50p and faithful 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video

24 Sep 2016 - Posted in: New Product Launches

PANASONIC INTRODUCES LUMIX FZ2000 FEATURING 20X LEICA OPTICAL ZOOM

View News The LUMIX FZ2000 boasts exceptional video recording performance which has never been seen in a bridge camera. It is capable of unlimited[1] 4K video recording (Cinema 4K: 4096x2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840x2160 / up to 30 fps) in MOV/MP4[2] and Full HD video at an ultra-high bitrate of 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB).

24 Sep 2016 - Posted in: New Product Launches

GOPRO, KARMA, MUCH MORE THAN A DRONE: STABILIZATION IN A BACKPACK

View News Karma features a compact, fits-in-a-small-backpack design and includes an image-stabilization grip that can be handheld or mounted to vehicles, gear and more. Karma makes it easy for anyone to capture amazingly smooth, stabilized video during almost any activity.

20 Sep 2016 - Posted in: Firmware & Upgrades

BLACKMAGIC DESIGN: PUBLIC BETA 2 OF NEW SOFTWARE FOR URSA MINI

View News Blackmagic Design has announced the availability of Blackmagic Camera 4.0 Public Beta 2. This second public beta features new support for image stabilization on EF lenses, better lens control, improved focus assist and more. Blackmagic Camera 4.0 Public Beta 2 is available for download free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website for...

20 Sep 2016 - Posted in: Company Announcements

BLACKMAGIC DESIGN ACQUISITIONS: ULTIMATTE AND FAIRLIGHT

View News Blackmagic Design announced at IBC 2016 that the company had acquired both Ultimatte and Firelight. In this interview, Tim Siddons, Director of Sales for Blackmagic Design, comments about the acquisitions and what this could mean for customers.

12 Sep 2016 - Posted in: New Product Launches

SIGMA ANNOUNCES NEW CINE LENSES

View News The SIGMA CORPORATION has announced that it will enter into the cinema lens market with the release of its SIGMA CINE LENSES, designed specifically for cinematography.

11 Sep 2016 - Posted in: New Product Launches

SONY E-MOUNT E PZ 18-110MM F4 G OSS

View News An 18-110mm powered zoom for Super 35mm/APS-C moviemaking, with constant F4 maximum aperture. G Lens optics deliver high resolution that is ideal for 4K production. This lens would work well on either the Sony FS5 or FS7.

7 Sep 2016 - Posted in: Company Announcements

NEW ANGENIEUX TYPE EZ SERIES ON SHOW AT IBC 2016

View News Full frame EZ zooms will fit RED 8K VV, Red cameras recording at resolutions higher than 5.5K, ARRI Alexa Open Gate, ARRI Alexa 65 with VistaVision crop and also Full Frame DSLR cameras such as SONY a7S Mark II, Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, 5DS, 1DX Mark IIand more to come. Detachable ENG style zoom servo grips and other accessories are being de...

6 Sep 2016 - Posted in: New Product Launches

CANON XC15 COMPACT 4K UHD CAMCORDER FEATURING XLR AUDIO INPUTS

View News The new Canon XC15, which builds on the XC10 4K UHD digital video camcorder announced in April 2015, enables shooting with an external microphone through an XLR input and features the selection of visual-expression "Look" modes, including modes that allow it to match the look of other Canon professional cameras, making it ideal for use as...

1 Sep 2016 - Posted in: Tradeshows & Events

IBC AMSTERDAM SUPERMEET, SUNDAY SEPT 11, AGENDA ANNOUNCED

View News Join the Creative Pro User Group Network (CPUG Network), including groups from within the US, Europe and the world over in Amsterdam for the largest gathering of creative and collaborative editors, Adobe, Resolve, Final Cut Pro, Avid gurus, Visual Storytellers and collaborative Digital Filmmakers in 2016!

1 Sep 2016 - Posted in: New Product Launches

CANON INTRODUCES NEW FLAGSHIP EOS C700 CINEMA CAMERA

View News Ideal for Major 4K Cinema, Television, and On-Demand Streaming Productions. The EOS C700 and EOS C700 PL are currently expected to go on sale in December 2016, while the EOS C700 GS PL is currently expected to go on sale in January 2017. The EOS C700 and EOS C700 PL will have a list of $35,000.00 each** and the EOS C700 GS PL will have a ...

25 Aug 2016 - Posted in: New Product Launches

SONY MCX-500: 4 INPUT HD-SDI STREAMING SWITCHER WITH IN-BUILT RECORDER

View News The MCX-500 is an affordable, uniquely user-friendly and flexible production switcher that makes it simple for a single operator or small team to produce a broadcast quality live event. Multiple video inputs include professional 3G-SDI, HDMI, Composite Video plus dedicated DSK mean you can mix and match kit as needed for each production.

25 Aug 2016 - Posted in: New Product Launches

NEW SONY NXCAM HXR-NX5R MULTI-PURPOSE FULL HD PRO CAMCORDER WITH REMOTE CONTROLLER

View News Sony is expanding its NXCAM line of professional HD camcorders with the new HXR-NX5R professional compact camcorder, delivering a range of enhancements over its predecessor models. The new camcorder offers upgraded network functions and a choice of advanced XAVC-S 50Mbps or established AVCHD/DV recording formats to help users meet diverse...

25 Aug 2016 - Posted in: New Product Launches

CANON EOS 5D MARK IV ANNOUNCED AND NEW L-SERIES LENSES: EF 16-35MM F/2.8L III & EF 24-105MM F/4L IS II USM

View News Developed for Professional Wedding, Portrait, and Nature/Wildlife Photographers as well as Filmmakers, the EOS 5D Mark IV Delivers Excellent Image Quality and 4K Video Recording

22 Aug 2016 - Posted in: New Product Launches

MSES DUTTI DOLLY TO MAKES FIRST APPEARANCE AT IBC 2016

View News Starting price of the DUTTI DOLLY is $1399 - with this dolly, and accessories, you can get into extreme low angles or can carry a bazooka or tripod for other heights. The stability gives the operator the ability to whip pan and quick tilt. It rolls directly on the ground or can be mounted on stands or track and can be over or under slung.
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