Oct 282014
 
Interstellar: Visualizing a Black Hole

— Cool video about how scientist Kip Thorn collaborated with the folks at Double Negative to create a scientifically true visualization of black holes for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. The key concept is from Einstein’s General Relativity: gravity bends light. And therefore the intense gravity around a black hole acts a distorting lens for the light [...]

Sep 112014
 
Douglas Trumbull presents Magi: 3D at 120 fps

— In the video below from The Hollywood Reporter, visual effects maven Douglas Trumbull gives a brief review of his involvement with immersive cinema, and presents his current Magi system, shooting 3D at 120 fps. Trumbull is travelling around showing Ufotog, a demo film shot with Canon C500s and projected with Christie’s 4K 3D projector. [...]

Aug 302014
 
Polish 12-camera Test

— DP Szymon Lenkowski & editor Tomasz Wolski present a similar shot of a woman with 12 cameras from Arri, Red, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Black Magic and Kineraw. It’s interesting to see the ungraded camera footage, combining the pastel RAW images with the more contrasty RGB ones. The filmmakers also offer color-timed versions of the [...]

Aug 302014
 
Otome - Live 3D video projection on a face

— The video from Project Otome demonstrates the scanning of a model’s face, then a live projection of video of different make-up styles on the face, as well as weirder CGI renderings. The technical accomplishment is the ability to match the video to the face as it moves in real-time. Otome is a collaboration between [...]

Aug 012014
 
Shooting the Milky Way with the ETTR Method

— It’s summer, hopefully you’re in a place with darkness at night, and you can shoot the stars! Ian Norman from lonelyspeck.com shows some of his beautiful night skyscapes, and also tells us how to shoot our own using the ETTR (Expose To The Right Method) and then process them to get nice images even [...]

Jun 202014
 
Video of World Cup Goalcontrol camera system

The 2014 World Cup is using a 7-camera system to calculate the ball’s position near the goal line within a few millimeters. The cameras run “up to” 500 fps. The system was developed by a German company, and also sends a “Goal” message one second after the action to a watch worn by the referee. [...]

May 012014
 
Paris drive shot with Phantom Flex

Our friends at Photocinerent shot with a high-speed Phantom Flex as they drove through Paris, and posted their video on vimeo. The combination of frozen people and a moving camera is eerie. I’m guessing that the video was shot in HQ mode at 1275 fps, which means they were driving pretty quickly +++ Link http://bit.ly/1iMjUJu [...]