The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – News from NAB 2017

After all the dust has settled from the NAB show of April 22-27, 2017, the world’s largest annual convention produced by the National Association of Broadcasters held in Las Vegas, the following are my lasting impressions, having followed various live streams and reports from a broad range of vloggers on YouTube. According to many, this … More The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – News from NAB 2017

Against High Resolution Large Sensors – Why I prefer to shoot in 2K Super 16

Following the official Blackmagic Forum and unofficial BMCuser forum, I feel that there is to much attention being made on the Blackmagic URSA line of cameras. My qualified guess is that there are a lot more Blackmagic camera users that own and shoot with a Blackmagic Cinema Camera (BMCC), a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC), … More Against High Resolution Large Sensors – Why I prefer to shoot in 2K Super 16

The illusion of Film – Blending my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with Filmstock

I have been told that the closest equivalent of negative filmstock that emulates the image coming from a Blackmagic Cinema Camera, a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, or a Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, that works best for colour grading and matching with these cameras in DaVinci Resolve, is Kodak Vision3 250D 5207 Colour Negative, the successor … More The illusion of Film – Blending my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with Filmstock

Upping my Grade – The DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel

Yesterday, at 21:00 (9 pm) Stockholm time Blackmagic Design held a Camera and DaVinci Resolve Press Conference where the founder and CEO Grant Petty presented three new products, the DaVinci Resolve Micro and Mini Panels, and the Blackmagic Mini URSA Pro camera. Blackmagic Design simultaneously announced that a new version of DaVinci Resolve (12.5.5) had … More Upping my Grade – The DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel

Made in Russia – Considering the POOLiCAGE for the BMPCC

I already knew when puchasing the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera that I eventually would need to invest in a protective metal cage which also provided for a full rigging of the camera, with rods, batteries, mics, etc. In my search I have considered the CAME-TV, the Tilta ES-T13 and the CamTree Hunt (a carbon copy … More Made in Russia – Considering the POOLiCAGE for the BMPCC

The Big Three – The Fraternity of Digital Super 16 Shooters

Recently, a heated discussion erupted on the Blackmagic Forum following a plead to Blackmagic Design to incorporate Bolex Log and Bolex Wide Gamut RGB support as an option in the Camera Raw panel of DaVinci Resolve. The biggest benefit from the implementation of such a feature, the pleader Alex Mitchell holds, is that highlight information … More The Big Three – The Fraternity of Digital Super 16 Shooters

The RAW factor – Is it better to shoot overexposed or underexposed?

Studying Steven Ascher’s The Filmmaker’s Handbook has left me somewhat perplexed and made me reflect on the issue of exposure when shooting RAW. Or rather, what lattitude of error exists in wrong exposure. Is it better to overexpose or underexpose RAW footage? Exact and balanced exposure is of course always the preferrable, but what is … More The RAW factor – Is it better to shoot overexposed or underexposed?

Sub Zero – Protecting your Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera against the freezing cold

The winter season having already arrived, it begs the question on how to best protect a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) against temperatures below the freezing point of water. Blackmagic Design specifications limits the Operating Temperature of the BMPCC (as well as all other of its range of cameras) to 0° C (32° F). As … More Sub Zero – Protecting your Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera against the freezing cold

Some Essential Advice – Dispelling all confusion between the Super 16 and 35 mm formats

I want to take the opportunity to pass on the writings of a distinguished forum member over at the BMCuser forum that really struck me as being one of the single most important lines that I have read on that forum or anywhere else in a long time. It was a true eye opener for … More Some Essential Advice – Dispelling all confusion between the Super 16 and 35 mm formats