High Dynamic Range

HDR and Where the Crawdads Sing

Mon, 07/18/2022 - 10:17 -- Jeroen Hendriks

[Editor’s Note: Jeroen Hendriks served as digital imaging technician on the feature film Where the Crawdads Sing, which opened in theatres this past weekend. Here, in his own words, are his thoughts about the project.] After having positive experiences using Sony’s OLED monitors for years, I chose their PVM-X2400 24-inch 4K high dynamic range monitor for use on my latest project Where the Crawdads Sing, based on the best-selling novel.

Cinity Wins CineEurope’s Technical Achievement Award

Thu, 07/07/2022 - 12:03 -- Nick Dager

Cinity was this year’s winner of the Technical Achievement Award at CineEurope 2022. This is the first time a premium high-tech film brand from China has won this prestigious award at a major trade exhibition, and it is a starting point for the global expansion of Cinity. Fu Ruoqing, vice-chairman and general manager of China Film Group accepted the award.

CineEurope Attendees Get First Look at Avatar: The Way of Water

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 11:19 -- Nick Dager

Cinionic and China Film Group teamed up to bring attendees at CineEurope 2022 a first look at 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water releasing later this year. The film was presented using China Film Group’s Cinity technology. James Cameron’s next high-end feature is coming to theatres in December 2022.

Dolby Institute Emerging Filmmaker Winning Films Screened

Wed, 05/04/2022 - 12:09 -- Nick Dager

The winning films in the Dolby Institute x Ghetto Film School Filmmaker Finish the Script Challenge were screened late last month in separate events in Los Angeles and New York. The winners are Alejandra Araujo of Jamaica, New York for Shipped Out; Eleanor Cho of Artesia, California for Dinner is Ready; Antonio Salume of Mexico City, Mexico, and Amy B. Tiong of Waterbury, Connecticut for Take Care Zora; and Christian Osagiede of Los Angeles, California for Hunted.

Managing HDR for Sweet Magnolias

Thu, 03/03/2022 - 09:50 -- Nick Dager

Netflix’s Sweet Magnolias is a dramatic romance tale set in the South about three lifelong friends navigating their personal and professional priorities and relationships alongside one another. Sweet Magnolias cinematographer Brian Johnson is a Gemini Award nominee, a two-time Golden Sheaf award winner and recipient of two Leos, whose resume includes The Killing, and You Me Her, to name a few. He was joined on the series by Tyler Blackwell, digital imaging technician, whose credits include One Night in Miami…, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Women of the Movement, among others. Johnson shot with a Sony Venice full-frame digital cinema cameras. Blackwell follows the production on a combination of Sony PVM-X2400 and BVM-HX310 4K high dynamic range monitors.

ASC Completes StEM2 Test Packages

Wed, 12/15/2021 - 10:36 -- Nick Dager

The American Society of Cinematographers has completed its Standard Evaluation Material II project. The short film is an initiative by the organization to provide standardized viewing material designed to aid in the development and calibration of technology impacting the modern imaging chain. StEM2 test packages will be available in early 2022 to download for free in all common theatrical and home TV formats.

Arcadian, MTI Partner on Workflow Issues for Content Delivery

Mon, 11/08/2021 - 09:34 -- Nick Dager

Southern California-based Arcadian is a specialist in creating and managing workflows to produce streaming content. It offers expertise in transcoding and interoperable media format packaging, ensuring that content is ready for delivery to consumers according to the specific protocols, formats and packaging requirements of individual streaming services. The workhorse tool the company uses to accomplish that task is Cortex from MTI Film.

Red Digital Cinema Unveils V-Raptor 8K VV Camera

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 14:49 -- Nick Dager

Red Digital Cinema unveiled the new V-Raptor 8K VV camera today, launching its first entrant into the next generation DSMC3 platform. The company says the camera is Red’s most powerful to date. It features the highest dynamic range, fastest cinema-quality sensor scan time, cleanest shadows, and highest frame rates of any camera in its lineup. It is designed to provide unmatched performance for a variety of shooting scenarios.

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