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Topics Lighting

The Sekonic SpectroMaster C-700 color temperature meter provides data to determine a light’s color temperature and compare it to other lighting instruments. In this blog, I present several lighting situations and how using different modes can determine a desired lighting setup. The C-700 is feature rich and can be used for numerous lighting tasks. I will also take a look at lighting under tungsten and LED source setups.

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AbelCine is now an authorized dealer for RED Digital Cinema, offering the full line of RED cameras, including the newly-announced WEAPON. This tiered camera family provides a solution for a variety of applications including documentaries, episodic TV, high-end features and more. Our camera comparison chart gives an overview of the cameras and compares specs side-by-side so you can choose the RED camera that best suits your needs. A PDF version of this chart is also available to download.

AbelCine is also an authorized REDucation partner, teaching classes in NY and Chicago. Be sure to check out our upcoming workshops in July!

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There’s been yet another major firmware update to Convergent Design’s Odyssey7 series of external monitors/recorders. This time the focus is on monitoring, routing/distribution and, especially, LUTs (Look Up Tables).

Let’s start with LUTs. Up to 140 custom 3D-LUTs can be loaded into the Odyssey7Q or 7Q+. Cube sizes of 17x, 32x, 33x, 64x and 65x are supported in .cube format (.cube is the input format; a free app from Convergent is available to translate to the Odyssey’s internal LUT format). At this point, LUTs are for viewing only, so it’s not possible to “bake” the LUT into footage recorded by the Odyssey. However, any LUT used while footage is being recorded can be noted in an associated XML for re-application in post. Both extended and legal range LUTs are supported.

…continue reading Convergent Design’s Firmware v2015.5 for Odyssey7 Series

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Topics Arri, Lighting

I stopped by the ARRI booth at Cine Gear to speak with Mike Wagner, Senior Product Manager, about the new SkyPanel, a fully tunable LED soft light that compliments Arri’s L7-C fresnels. The user interface is easy to use with three simple knobs to adjust the intensity, color temperature and saturation. In addition to the on-board controls, these functions can also be adjusted remotely using DMX or LAN network connections. The SkyPanel was designed with versatility in mind – interchangeable diffuser panels are available now and additional accessories are planned for the future, including egg crates, honeycombs and barn doors. The SkyPanel comes in various sizes and will begin shipping late this Fall.

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We have quite a few divers here at AbelCine, and we all admire the ease of operation and reliability of Gates Underwater Housings. At Cine Gear 2015, I had the opportunity to check out the upcoming ALEXA Mini housing with Pamela Mertz, Director of Sales for Gates. We had a chance to talk about some of its main features, including menu navigation, heat dissipation, and monitoring signals underwater and on land. The ALEXA Mini housing will be available this fall. Check out my video for more info.

If you want to learn even more about the setup and operation of Gates Underwater housings, make sure to check out our Underwater Cinema Gear workshop coming up in LA!

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Virtual Reality is currently at the forefront of discussion among content creators but 360-degree viewing has a long history. While the latest technology has made capturing and viewing VR more accessible, it is interesting to explore the unusual history that has brought us to the current Virtual Reality technologies.

Paris Exposition

The idea of surrounding viewers with moving images to create a Virtual Reality has been around for a long time. The first cinema patent was awarded back in ’97 for a process called Cineorama – that’s 1897, nearly 120 years ago! Cineorama premiered at the 1900 Paris Exposition, where ten synchronized 70mm projectors projected onto ten, thirty-foot high screens arranged in a full 360° circle. A viewing platform dressed like a hot air balloon, large enough to hold 200 people, was in the center. The film was shot by locking a circular array of ten cameras to a central drive, putting them in an actual hot air balloon, and filming as the balloon rose more than 1,000 feet above Paris. Cineorama’s only public viewing was short lived. It closed after only three days for safety reasons, due to the extreme heat from the projectors’ arc lights. The virtual experience was more dangerous than the actual reality.

…continue reading The Curious History of Virtual Reality

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One of the biggest crowd pleasers at the AbelCine booth this year was the Freefly MIMIC, especially as attendees saw how intuitively it controlled camera framing. We previously covered the MIMIC at NAB, but when we received our beta kit, we were eager to set it up and have an in-depth look. The MIMIC ships with the sensor package mounted on MōVI crossbars, and includes a 5v USB battery and a MōVI Controller Receiver. If you already own the MōVI Controller, your existing receiver can be used with both your MōVI Controller as well as the MIMIC, although you’ll have to re-bind when you switch between the two.

…continue reading Cine Gear 2015: Camera Mobility with the Freefly MIMIC

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