Little reality check…
“What Are We Choosing for Our Future?
Wind energy expert Paul Gipe reported this week that – for the amount spent on the Iraq war – the U.S. could be generating 40%-60% of its electricity with renewable energy…”
This changes everything for many, many millions who can’t realize the investment a more capable cinema camera would cost.
John Brawley has the scoop (and a unit he’s testing):
That little guy has more dynamic range than a $35k Red Epic (despite what Red claims), and more than a $16k Canon C300, or $12K 1-DC.
It is the dynamic range (DR) that allows digital cameras to mimic film response in high contrast, bright sunlight situations. The more DR you capure, the more film-like you can get the image. Related is the amount of image data you store without butchering it with high compression schemes. Blackmagic has excelled with their BMC cameras at not compressing the RAW data and capturing more contrast than the competition — AT A MUCH LOWER PRICE.
Colt may have made all men equal in the Old West, but Blackmagic is on its way for filmmakers.
Because I’m such an informative sweety, here is the real reaon you go BMC, with a direct comparison to the Canon 5D-MK3. The original BMC Cinema Camera ($2995 msrp) blows away the 5dMK3 which at the time cost $500 more.
The consumer DSLRs all use 8bit color for their video, with only 256 possible shades per red/green/blue. The Blackmagic processes 16 bit color, stored in a 12 bit lograrithmic format for its RAW DNG capture (uncompressed – very large files). With 16 bit color it captures 65,536 levels of r/g/b for high precision. This isn’t important until you start tweaking the color space around and playing with levels in the image. Then, all that data is crucial and needs to keep away from the floor (noise) and ceiling (clipping) to maintain image integrity. This is where compressed codec cameras fall flat, and can be discarded.
This handheld gimbal revolutionizes the steady-shot. It will probably be expensive, but able to be rented. Amazing. I would shoot a whole film with this.
Interesting legal campaign, openpacer.org, demands that courts obey the law and make court records free to the public. Currently about $100M goes south each year from unlawful gouging by an online court document distributor called Pacer.
A bill to open the records to the public, free of charge, is written and needs support.