What is Full Swing, Studio Swing; and How to Work with Video Levels in Adobe Premiere Pro? (Part One)

The simplest explanation of what studio swing and full swing is, and how they are different.

The Complete Guide to Choosing and Using Video Production Monitors (Part One)

Everything you wanted to know about video production monitors in one place.

What is a Signal Generator, and when would you need one for Video?

Why on earth would anyone need a signal generator (also called a function generator) for video?

Layer-based vs Node-based Compositing

The simplest explanation of the difference between layer-based and node-based compositing applications, and when to use what.

Notes by Dr. Optoglass: Noise and Dithering

Topics Covered: What is Noise? Signal to Noise Ratio Dithering Color Banding I think television has betrayed the meaning of democratic speech, adding visual chaos to the confusion of voices. What role does silence have in all this noise? – Federico Fellini Noise is unwanted information in a signal. A fly in your soup is […]

Comparing Camera Systems for Feature films

Thinking of buying a camera for your next low-budget independent feature film? Below is a comparison chart of five systems to help you decide. The cameras are the Sony PMW-F3, the Panasonic AF100, the Canon 600D, the Canon 5D Mark II, and the old and outdated JVC GY-HD111E. Click on the image to enlarge:

ETTR – Expose to the Right

To improve signal to noise ratio (S/N), many professionals advocate ETTR (Expose to the right) when faced with low contrast scenes. The Luminous Landscape has two great articles by Michael Reichmann explaining this here and here. You might want to read them first before going on. I decided to test this to see for myself […]