Sunday, September 12, 2010

Nos 21 Rocks

My bet is that EPIC is the 1st digital camera to beat film in every way.

It is smaller than every 35mm film camera. It has more resolution. More dynamic range. The color science is now perfect. It is cheaper than a film camera. It records to a reusable SSD or CF. The results are NOW.

I have to say that EPIC achieves everything we ever set out to accomplish. Wow.


     rWe have successfully tested EPIC HDRx to 18 stops of dynamic range in motion. You can use the mode in two ways... Easy HDR (in camera) and HDRx (manipulate in post). It can be used several ways, including the "magic" way... which is very cool. Or there is a "normal" way to deal with motion blur. Since it is very rare to need 18 stops, you can set different HDR settings... like +3 stops, +4 stops, etc. 

You are really going to love this. We are working with the Foundry for the HDRx mode. Graeme and the Foundry boys make a powerful combination.


We have a ton of engineering footage. But we want to reveal HDRx in a "knock your socks off" way. Give us a bit to shoot some footage that is worthy of "here it is"... :-)

I will tell you that EPIC is the resolution leader. EPIC is the dynamic range leader. EPIC is the bang for buck leader. And EPIC is the size/performance leader. Actually... IMHO EPIC is, well Epic.


I have an EPIC here with me and I just don't need anything else. The "if I just had ____ (fill in the blank) is gone. I just might retire on this one and go to Fiji.

BTW... I have an EPIC with side SSD that shoots 5K at any REDCODE I want up to 250. It also shoot 120fps at 2.33:1. It weighs less than nothing. I LOVE it. I don't want anything more...


Lets put it this way... there is more DR than you can get with any other camera. This was only +3. Bright sun and typically a problem. More footage to come that better represents what the HDRx mode can do.

The long and the short is... EPIC is it.


Friday, September 10, 2010


Bringing together the advantages of digital technology with film-style operability, the F35 expands the “production toolset” available for high-end digital cinema and prime time program production both today and tomorrow. The new F35 digital cinematography camera offers a Super 35mm-sized CCD sensor and PL lens mount for cinematographers who have passion for 35mm film lenses. The F35's newly developed Super 35mm-sized CCD sensor provides breathtaking picture quality, an extensive range of depth-of-field controls, dynamic range, and F23-equivalent wide color gamut. The PL lens mount of the F35 allows flexible use of the vast majority of 35mm cinema lenses, which greatly expands creative possibilities. 

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Canon 5D MK11

Canon's update to the wildly popular full frame EOS 5D is here, and it's better than ever. The EOS 5D Mark II has a stunning 21.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 Image Processor, a vast ISO Range of 100-6400 (expandable to ISO L: 50, H1: 12800 and H2: 25600), plus EOS technologies like Auto Lighting Optimizer and Peripheral Illumination Correction. It supports Live View shooting, Live View HD videos, and more. It can shoot up to 3.9 fps, has 9 AF points plus 6 AF assist points, a new 98% coverage viewfinder, a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots/VGA) and a rugged build. Full-frame shooters rejoice!


21.1 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS sensor, 14-bit A/D conversion (16,384 colours/each of 3 primary colour), wide range ISO setting of 100-6400 (expandable L: 50, H1: 12800 and H2: 25600).
Full HD Video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution for up to 4GB per clip with HDMI output for HD viewing of stills and video.
Next generation DIGIC 4 Image Processor for faster processing of fine detail and colour reproduction as well as reduced image noise.
High performance with 3.9 fps continuous shooting, new shutter with a durability of 150,000 cycles and improved weather-resistant body.
Live View Function for stills (Quick, Live and Face Detection AF modes) and video.
3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots/VGA) monitor with anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coatings for improved viewing and smudge protection.
Updated EOS Integrated Cleaning System specifically designed to work with a full-frame sensor.
Compatible with over 60 Canon EF lenses and most EOS System accessories.

Magic Lantern adds on-screen audio meters for monitoring sound recording levels, “zebra stripes” to show where video is overexposed while actually shooting (very similar to the flashing warning for blown-out highlights on still cameras), on-screen crop marks for alternative aspect ratios (16:9, 2.35:1 and 4:3) and the ability to switch off the troublesome AGC (Auto Gain Control) and control audio gain manually. 

Monday, September 6, 2010

My Other Blog from the #21 Thread

Alexa and Red

                                                                           EPIC INFO

Intro to Alexa

This product is the latest technology with Bayer sensor of 35 CMOS; it is able to shoot with 2K resolutions, with the support of SxS card that give many advantages for this camera. With this camera one could shoot with high end 1080p with the ability to edit it right after finish the shoot without going back to the conversion. This is the positive things that in any other cinematic digital tools are rarely found. Its idea to make the users comfort is the capability to edit while making a 2K supports the whole process.

This product is developed in competing with the RED cameras. RED cameras are popular with its not comfort in use, but this Alexa will answer all those anxious situation commonly found on other camera. It is claimed to be a comfort digital cinematic tool with high performance. The price starts from 45,000 Euros.

Intro to Red

From a cost stand point this set up is a bit more than the advertised price of $17,500 for the camera body. Once you factor in a RED lens or two, power, viewfinder, storage, etc. the cost quickly goes to around $30k or more. Now this is about the same amount we paid for a high-end SD camera a few years ago for far less technology and a fraction of the resolution.
There are some financial short cuts you can take. For example RED and 3rd parties have adaptors to use 35 mm still lenses you may already have. Or perhaps you have a set of film lenses available. Regardless this will be a bit more costly than the current crop of small HDV camcorders but, it will pay off big in far superior quality and marketability.
In regards to anything else at the higher end of the camera spectrum it's a no-brainer. Newer high-end HD camcorders from name manufacturers once fully loaded can cost well over $100k. And for that you get far less resolution than RED.

     DOWNLOAD     Alexa Manual

Red Camera Manual

Canon 4K

                                                 This is the Canon 4K concept camera.

A mere 5.5 pounds, this working concept model shoots 4K video at 60 frames a second using a single 2/3-inch CMOS sensor. Which is about all of the details Canon's offering since it's just a concept, though you can see that as is, it's nothing a pro shooter could use, with its stripped, barren control scheme. Still, a Canon vs. RED war over ultra high definition video?