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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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Understanding Anamorphic Lenses

Posted over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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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Understanding REDlogFilm and REDgamma

Posted over 1 year ago

REDlogFilm and REDgamma are options in REDCINE-X that affect how digital values are translated into visible tones. This article delves into how these and other gamma settings work, along with how they can be used to simplify post-production—regardless of whether this is with quick dailies or manually-graded feature films.

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Upscaled 1080P vs Native 4K

Posted over 1 year ago

Upscaling attempts to utilize higher resolution displays without higher resolution content. In this article, we compare how low resolution, upscaled and native high resolution content appear, along with discussing the motivations behind each solution.

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High Dynamic Range Video with HDRx

Posted over 1 year ago

High dynamic range (HDR) imaging is a powerful technique that combines multiple exposures into a single frame that encompasses the brightness range of the entire set. This has been an established technique with stills photography, but has only recently emerged as a possibility with motion capture—where the applications are even more expansive.

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Chroma Subsampling Techniques

Posted over 1 year ago

Video compression is commonly thought of as being unique to digital, but it’s also been around since the early days of analog. Compression has just become more sophisticated since then. In this article, we will take a look back at one early strategy in particular: 4:2:2, 4:1:1 and 4:2:0 chroma subsampling.

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ISO Speed Revisited

Posted over 1 year ago

Most are familiar with how ISO controls a camera’s sensitivity to light and susceptibility to film grain. However, ISO has other consequences with digital, and its implementation often varies. This article explores how ISO is evolving and influencing camera technique in the digital era.

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Motion Capture at 4K and Beyond

Posted over 1 year ago

High resolution capture is beneficial even when the output resolution is reduced. These benefits include better image quality, but also extend to less familiar areas including creative flexibility, post-production, prints and future-proofing. This article summarizes how each of these aspects is influenced.

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Intro to Slow Motion Video

Posted over 1 year ago

Slow motion video can provide new and interesting views of otherwise everyday events. This enhances their emotional impact, but also pushes the technical abilities of a camera system. In this article we’ll provide a background on how slow motion works in addition to discussing best practices.

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Shooting Video For Stills

Posted almost 2 years ago

High resolution video has now surpassed the detail necessary for professional-sized prints. Techniques that make it easier to pull stills from video are therefore becoming increasingly important. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the best practices and possibilities.

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Stills Photographer Intro to Video

Posted almost 2 years ago

With the advent of digital cinematography, many stills photographers are beginning to explore the possibilities of motion capture. Although the fundamentals remain similar, other aspects are likely unfamiliar. This article gives an overview of the key differences in order to make the “cinephotography” transition as straightforward as possible.

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Color vs. Monochrome Sensors

Posted almost 2 years ago

Monochrome camera sensors are capable of higher detail and sensitivity than would otherwise be possible with color. However, to understand why requires a closer look at sensor technology. This article gives an overview of the key differences between each sensor type, along with how these influence the resulting image.

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The Bayer Sensor Strategy

Posted almost 2 years ago

In this article we’d like to give an inside view on how most cameras acquire their images, using something called a “Bayer array” sensor. This will help put the approach into context, in addition to providing a foundation for future topics.

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Flicker-Free Video Tutorial

Posted almost 2 years ago

Flickering in video and film is a common problem resulting from certain frame rate and shutter speed combinations under artificial lighting. This article gives an overview of why this happens, along with recommending settings for minimizing the chances of this happening in the first place.

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Overview of the REDCODE File Format

Posted about 2 years ago

REDCODE is a key advance that made the first 4K video captures a reality. It has since been used for a growing array of movies, and is fully supported by all major post-production software. In this article, we’d like to share more about the inner-workings of this much-discussed format.

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The false coloring and zebra tools are useful for assessing tonal levels within different regions of an image. This reveals exactly where there are potential problems, and can make it easier to adjust the lighting or camera settings accordingly. In this article, we’ll discuss how to use these tools to improve video output and exposure.

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Shutter Angles & Creative Control

Posted about 2 years ago

The advent of digital cinematography has opened up new creative possibilities for how motion is captured. This tutorial explores the influence of shutter angle, along with how it can be used as a creative tool for accomplishing one’s artistic goals.

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High Frame Rate Video Playback

Posted about 2 years ago

The advent of digital cinematography has opened up new creative possibilities for how motion is captured. This article explores the influence of high frame rate (HFR) video playback, along with the associated motivations and controversy, with an eye for what this might hold for the future of cinema.

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Our visual system subconsciously removes color casts from subjects under a wide variety of lighting. Cameras, on the other hand, preserve these color casts—leaving it up to the cinematographer to decide how best to represent a subject. In this article we’ll give an overview of how this process is quantified and controlled.

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There is often a lot of discussion about whether a particular device truly has a given resolution, such as 1080P, 4K or something else, along with how this impacts image quality in general. In this article we’d like to clear up some of that confusion by investigating the trade-offs of any discrete imaging system.

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Nailing the right exposure can make a tremendous improvement in the quality and flexibility of digital footage. However, this also requires carefully balancing several potentially competing factors. In this article, we’ll discuss how to use the in-camera histogram tools to achieve the right balance.

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RMD Files & Non-Destructive Editing

Posted over 2 years ago

Non-destructive editing stores the post-production steps without modifying or requiring a duplicate copy of the original material. This makes grading fully reversible, maximizes image quality and reduces storage requirements. In this article, we’ll discuss the file formats that make this possible, along with comparing the workflow to traditional editing.

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Intro to Grading with REDCINE-X

Posted over 2 years ago

Shooting with REDCODE enables non-destructive editing, which stores the post-production steps without modifying or requiring a duplicate copy of the original material—making grading easier and fully reversible. In this article, we’ll give an overview of non-destructive grading tools within the “Look: Image” and “Look: Curve” sections of the REDCINE-X side panel.

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Exposure with RED Cameras: Strategy

Posted over 2 years ago

Nailing the right exposure can make a tremendous improvement in the quality and flexibility of digital footage. However, this also requires carefully balancing several potentially competing factors. In this article, we’ll discuss the strategy and settings for customizing this balance

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Top 10 EPIC Questions Answered

Posted over 3 years ago

While traveling the globe, Ted Schilowitz stops in on the hardest working camera man in Vietnam, Tonaci Tran, and answers the 10 questions in anticipation of EPIC’s release.

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RED DIGITAL CINEMA

Posted over 3 years ago

Join Ted Schilowitz as he describes the key points to RED’s remarkable rise in the industry and the secret of RED’s success.

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4K FOOTPRINTS

Posted over 3 years ago

Ted Schilowitz explains the transformation from concept to reality. One very special technological leap made the RED revolution possible.

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THE FILM ALTERNATIVE

Posted over 3 years ago

The industry is convinced that the future is digital, but just any digital? Join Ted Schilowitz as he explains the key component in RED technology that makes it the rightful successor to film.

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EPIC

Posted over 3 years ago

Learn why it’s not just a name. Join Ted Schilowitz as he introduces the highest resolution, smallest and most advanced digital cinema camera in the world.

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RED VS HD

Posted over 3 years ago

Ted Schilowitz explains why High Definition is the Low Definition of tomorrow and why any digital technology that is going to accept film’s passing of the baton must offer one very special quality.

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