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Black Shading Calibration

Posted 7 days ago

Black shading maximizes image quality by ensuring that pixel sensitivity remains consistent throughout an image. The technique has been used for a variety of high-end applications in digital capture over the years. In this article, we’ll discuss when this is beneficial and how it is applied.

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Launch Sequence EPIC and SCARLET

The Launch Sequence is a simple how-to video designed to assist new RED camera users with the basics of RED camera operation. This video gives you all of the information you need to build a simple configuration, manage your settings, and record.

In this tutorial you will learn how to:

1. Prepare The Camera
2. Define The Project
3. Expose, Focus, and Record

Download the Launch Sequence PDF for an additional resource. Once you’ve completed this video, be sure to check out all of the product demos and tutorials available on RED.com to build on your RED camera and post-production knowledge.

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Color Management with Cinema

Posted 3 months ago

Color management is a process that helps achieve more predictable and consistent color. However, many of the core concepts involve color science and are often unfamiliar to even experienced users. In this article, we’ll introduce the key technologies and best practices as they pertain to cinematic and broadcast distribution.

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Understanding Sensor Crop Factors

Posted 8 months ago

The crop factor and size of a digital sensor affects numerous image characteristics, including depth of field, angle of view and cropping. In this article, we explore the relative trade-offs as they pertain to cinematic capture.

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Understanding Lens Vignetting

Posted 12 months ago

Vignetting is an imaging phenomenon that happens with virtually every optical system. It can even also be added intentionally in post-production. In this article, we investigate the types and causes of vignetting so it can be better anticipated and controlled.

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Human Eyesight & 4K Viewing

Posted about 1 year ago

Resolution has been advancing continuously since the early days of analog television. The latest incarnation is 4K displays, but even higher resolution devices are possible. In this article, we take a closer look at the science of visual acuity, along with when higher resolutions are beneficial to the viewing experience.

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Global & Rolling Shutters

Posted about 1 year ago

A camera’s shutter determines how and when light gets recorded during an exposure. In this article, we’ll explore the various shutter mechanisms that have been implemented, ranging from early film to recent digital cameras.

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Temporal Aliasing with Cinema

Posted about 1 year ago

Motion capture techniques have been evolving continuously since the early days with film. However, related artifacts such as flickering, stuttered motion and blur have all remained a concern. In this article, we take a deeper look at the science of temporal aliasing, along with how this can be used to improve cinematic quality.

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Understanding Low Contrast Filters

Posted about 1 year ago

A low contrast or “LowCon” filter is a technique used by some cameras and cinematographers to reduce the appearance of subject contrast and soften highlights. In this article, we examine the mechanism and relative trade-offs behind these filters.

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Video Aspect Ratios

Posted about 1 year ago

A video’s aspect ratio is an important creative choice that can affect the feel of footage, but it’s also a key technical consideration that affects how and where this footage can be displayed. This article gives an overview of the various capture settings and applications.

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