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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.