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Understanding Sensor Crop Factors

Posted about 1 month 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 5 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 6 months 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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Temporal Aliasing with Cinema

Posted 7 months 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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Global & Rolling Shutters

Posted 7 months 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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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 9 months 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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Understanding Anamorphic Lenses

Posted 9 months ago

Anamorphic lenses are specialty tools which affect how images get projected onto the camera sensor. They were primarily created so that a wider range of aspect ratios could fit within a standard film frame, but since then, cinematographers have become accustomed to their unique look. This article discusses the key considerations with anamorphic lenses in the digital era.

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Panning Best Practices

Posted 10 months ago

Camera panning is one of the most utilized cinematic techniques, and for good reason. It can make otherwise static shots more dynamic, give vistas a more expansive feel, and track the movement of a subject, among other benefits. However, results may appear unusual if the panning rate, settings and method are suboptimal. This article discusses best practices for improving results.

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Exploring Infrared Cinematography

Posted 10 months ago

Infrared cinematography opens up a whole new spectrum of light not visible to the unaided eye. This has the potential to give otherwise ordinary scenes a surreal and dream-like appearance. In this article, we explore several of the unique applications and technical hurdles.

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