Newsletter 167 – Draft – Do Not Publish

DCS UPDATE February was a difficult month for us here at DCS; in addition to the upsetting developments in Ukraine, we lost two longtime members, friends and industry icons, Douglas Trumbull and George Dibie, ASC.  Following are short tributes including clips from DCS...

Now Streaming: 2020 DCS Cinema Lighting Expo

Complete coverage of the annual Digital Cinema Society exploration of Motion Picture Lighting and Grip Technology is now streaming.  Hosted by Cinematographer and DCS Founder, James Mathers, the daylong event was held at the IATSE Local 80 stage in Burbank, CA on...

7 Tips for Shooting a Music Video

7 Tips for Shooting a Music Video Content contribution created as part of the educational web series,  Suzee Skwiot, Managing Editor for Adorama Learning Center Since they first debuted decades ago, music videos have transformed the music industry landscape, bringing...

DCS Test:Intercutting Panasonic’s EVA1 and VariCam LT

DCS Test: Intercutting Panasonic's EVA1 and VariCam LT   I’ve long been a fan of the VariCam; I owned one of the first generations of the tape based camcorders and used it on several features, TV shows, and documentaries, such as The US vs. John Lennon.  Although...

Tech Tips For Your Mac Courtesy of OWC and MacSales.com

The following Tech Tips for your Mac are reprinted with permission from Rocket Yard Weekly, the terrific Blog sponsored by OWC and MacSales.com. For the latest postings from Rocket Yard, and to subscribe to their weekly newsletter visit: http://blog.macsales.com...

Multi-camera Set Up for High End Production by George Palmer

Training operators to run cameras in studio production and OB trucks is often learned from someone within the group, and can therefore vary greatly in scope and thoroughness. Originally presented at NAB2014 in the Tektronix booth, this video is a condensed version of...

Determining Digital Cinema Camera Sensitivity and Setting Exposure

Thoughts on Determining a Digital Cinema Camera’s Sensitivity and Setting Exposure  By: James Mathers, Cinematographer and President of the Digital Cinema Society I was asked recently to provide insight into how a Cinematographer might evaluate exposure, and think I...

Digital Cinema Production and Post TECHNICAL TERMS

Sensor Dimensions: The height and width of a sensor, measured in inches, millimeters and/or pixels. S35: Super 35mm. Sensor dimensions equivalent to a 3-perf, 16:9 frame of 35mm film, which is 25mm wide X 14mm tall. FF35: Full Frame 35mm. Sensor dimensions equivalent...

Avid Workflows for Digital Cinema Cameras

Avid Workflows for Digital Cinema Cameras, (published September 2014) -- Valuable tips for a smoother end-to-end workflow. With a proliferation of high-resolution cameras, formats, and ever-evolving standards, today's editorial workflows are rapidly growing more...

Common Files Types and Their Storage Requirements

ADS, Advanced Digital Services, has offered a very useful chart which list most common digital format types from Full Aperature 4K uncompressed to NTSE Standard Def and even iPhone video. It then lists the corrosponding resolutions, Bitrate in Mbps, and the amount of...

Infrared Contamination In Digital Cinematography

There has been much discussion recently of problems related to Infrared Contamination when photographing brightly sunlit scenes with Digital Cinema CMOS Sensor Cameras. Slower speed emulsions used to be the answer when shooting film in these situations, but with the...

Lit Pixels: Why Do They Happen?

DCS Member Content contribution submitted by Juliet Verni of Abel Cine Tech Did you ever wonder what creates permanently lit, or what we often refer to as “blown”, pixels in your CCD camera’s imager? Here’s the reason: Charged-Coupled Devices (CCD’s) are made up of an...

DVD & Bluray Disc Tips

This download is a companion piece to the currently streaming presentation by Digital Doyenne Bruce Nazarian, of Digital Media Consulting Group. In this pdf, you will find tips for desktop creation of DVD and Blu-ray Discs....

Data Rate Calculator

This Data Rate Calculator, courtesy of DCS member Chris Vincze, a Digital Imaging Producer at MPC Data Lab in London, is a handy guide to storage requirements for digital formats ranging from RED 4K, 3K, & 2K, Phantom, ARRI D21 RAW Mode, SI-2K, EX-1, and S.Two or...