Last updateFri, 03 Jul 2020 5pm


Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance


Cinema Test Tools for the Non-Technical Manager 

Cinema Test Tools is a free resource for the cinema industry, tuned most particularly for the non-technical manager. The tools include several DCPs, all with interesting means of testing the sound and picture quality for the interested by lightly trained staff. The lessons on sound and light are written to provide a foundation to communicate with the technician who must respond quickly and well to the information that they discover.

The key is a free Online Managers Online Walk Through Checklist that correlates with the many DCPs. It helps bring an understanding of the many nuances of the auditorium's situation in a straightforward way. 

Lens Tangents | DCinema Acquisition

Capture – with lens or microphone, perhaps moving electrons around with a stylus, or perhaps conversion from an analogue form. Regardless, the beginning is acquisition.

RED Sched for IBC

RED will not have a booth at IBC this year, but like last year they have a presentation at Assimilate (Saturday, 10:30AM), but this year Jim promises that Ted will have a working EPIC and a new reel, and BandPro says they will style the EPIC with Leica lenses.

Ted has posted the following schedule:

Here's the list so far:

Big Screen Theater Presentation planned with them on Sat. Sept 11th at 1030am.

(Other casual visiting times throughout the week as time permits, opportunities for close up look at EPIC and latest Scratch developments on their highly evolved, RED Rocket powered, fully native R3D grading and finishing workflows)

The Foundry – Booth 

415pm on Friday, Sept. 10th

4pm on Sunday Sept 12th

1130am on Monday Sept 13th

11am on Tuesday Sept 14th

(Presentations and workflow discussions planned, chance for a close up look at EPIC and discussions on native R3D Post Production, VFX and Compositing with the Foundry solutions.)

Band Pro – Booth 

1pm to 3pm on Friday, Sept. 10th
1pm to 3pm on Sunday Sept 12th
1pm to 3pm on Monday Sept 13th
1pm to 3pm on Tuesday Sept 14th

(casual meet and greet time each day, plans to show EPIC with the new super high performance Leica Primes, that are very well suited for the ultra high resolution 5k EPIC camera.)

Avid – Booth 7.J20

10am on Sunday Sept 12th

(Special Presentation, Q&A session and latest Avid developments for Media Composer 5 and Avid DS that support RED R3D footage natively for editing through 4k finishing)

Autodesk – Booth 7.D25:

5pm on Saturday Sept 11th

(Special Presentation, Case Study session and latest developments on Lustre, Smoke, Flame, etc. Covering AutoDesk's end to end support of RED R3D footage natively for editing, through 4k finishing)

Radiohead "House of Cards" Data

Not camera, not CGI. 

Play the Google Code Instrument with the Radiohead data from 3 data gathering shoots.

In Radiohead's new video for "House of Cards" from the album "In Rainbows", no cameras or lights were used. Just data.

See the video and learn more about the technology behind it.

VFX Unions: Scott Ross Vs. Scott Ross

An excellent article on effects editors as artist needing portable benefits, employers who respect labor laws, and retirement plans...

VFX Unions: Scott Ross Vs. Scott Ross

Here is some news, while VFX facilities and Scott Ross have talked the talk about giving artists portable benefits, respecting labor laws, and creating retirement plans, The Animation Guild has walked the walk for almost the past 60 years.

Read more ...

Micro Four Thirds and 3D

3D lens in micro four thirds formatTo disparage Micro Four Thirds as being a consumer standard does a dis-service to the era that we are all involved in. Not only do they have the coolest logo, but the number of manufacturers onboard is only eclipsed by the number of lenses and camera bodies they have released since the standard came together.

Now Panasonic has announced a 3D lens in the format. Danger Will Robinson.

Read more ...


The technology of acquisition explained; from cameras and lenses, to memory and local storage, from storyboarding and or read it here.

Storage. It wasn't that long ago that trying to get a 9 Gig RAID working on a sophisticated LAN was monumental, if not impossible. 9 years perhaps?

Now, terabyte drives are here. Enough to go with holographic storage soon?

There is a thrust for acquisition to take on some of the aspects of post. We are way to conservative for something fancy like that. But, we'll let you modern people talk about it.

Camera, but virtual. 

Film has higher resolution, no matter what that means. It is important.

We are hoping that we won't be talking much about how many electrons in the full well capacity, but we might...never know. There is just so much new coming out, that cameras and their accessories need a whole category by themselves...and here it is.