The RED vs. Nikon Drama

The news of RED suing Nikon for patent infringement was to be expected, as was the army of drooling idiots infesting the forums and comments sections of the leading websites devoted to photography and video. What the haters fail to realize is how RED completely transformed cinema. At the time the RED ONE was released,... Continue Reading →

Beautiful Noise

"What I’m really liking in the latest RED sensors is that they have an aesthetic texture to the image noise which is so far from the objectionable “video” noise or the plastic look of a noise-reduced image."  - Graeme Nattress There really is something about the noise from a RED sensor that is unlike any... Continue Reading →

Daejeon Chronicles Sees RED

We’re in love with RED, but $8,000 for the Komodo is just a touch extravagant for an English teacher in Vietnam, so instead we’re eyeing this marvelous beast - a 6K Scarlet X with EF mount for a cool four grand.

HEVC High Bitrate vs. ProRes 4444 XQ (HDR)

In this test, we compare HEVC bitrate 39,000 kbps (which ended up being 22.6 Mb/s), HEVC bitrate 80,000 kbps (which turned out to be 46.3Mb/s overall bitrate ) and ProRes 4444 XQ. To compare the clips yourself, open up the videos in three different tabs of your browser. As of today, we officially bid farewell... Continue Reading →

HEVC 10-bit 4:2:2 vs. ProRes 4444 XQ to YT

If you don't mind the ginormous file sizes and waiting longer for YouTube to finish uploading and processing your video, ProRes 4444 XQ does offer benefits over HEVC 10-bit 4:2:2 (using the standard bitrate for web publishing in Apple Compressor): more detail and improved contrast as well as richer color. In the sample clip, there... Continue Reading →

Create Textural Depth with Depth Map

Grain is one of the key components of the film look but few things are more distracting than seeing clumps of film grain dancing around on the talent's face. One solution is to use the HSL qualifier to isolate skin tones and use the keyer to de-emphasize the grain. An even easier way is to... Continue Reading →

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