Thursday, December 3, 2009

The near future

Obviously there's a lot more to film making than the toys you use, but it's an important part of the equation, since your acquisition format has a lot to do with the overall look and the style you bring to the project as a cinematographer. As an early owner of a Red One, I'm one of the first in line for the next generation of cameras coming out from the company, and needless to say I cant wait until they are released. Shooting 20-megapixel video with 15-bit dynamic range in RAW format is on the horizon.



tendon said...

20 megapixel in RAW.
thats friggin ridiculous!

Wheres the HD projector to show this stuff?

Movecrafter said...

There's a few giant companies, such as Hitachi, JVC, and Epson that have hi resolution projection in development. There's working 4K prototypes here and there.

Anyways, it's always beneficial to capture in the highest quality possible, even if the playback media is a lower quality. That's why Hollywood trailers look so good off the Apple web site even though it's streamed at similar data rates to YouTube.

Eli Powell said...

Yo Chuck,
Have you considered shooting with any of the DSLRs such as the canon 5d II? It may be a little lower quality (still "full HD"), but I imagine the range of lenses would be great.

I'm Just Saying said...

I love cameras and movies... some times i make films in my brane they are usually so good. Too bad no one else can watch them

Movecrafter said...

Hey Eli.
We used a 5d II for a couple shots in the new film, and the SLR's certainly have their place... but editing the material side-by-side the only word that comes to mind is 'inferior'. But it's apples and oranges.

The DSLR's look great on Vimeo, or any other tiny screen. But the RED actually holds up to big-screen projection.

However, you can get an SLR to a lot of places where you just couldn't get a real motion picture camera... so that's the big advantage.

People forget sometimes that HD is a marketing term, not a technical specification.