Tech Notes.

Please use the links below to go directly to some of the technical notes written for this web site.

It’s all in the grade! Camera setup and shooting techniques for a post biased workflow.

Getting your levels right in DaVinci Resolve, especially if transcoding files. Data or Video levels?

Why Using Negative Gain Can Reduce Dynamic Range.

Camera gain doesn’t make the camera more sensitive.

Using Cine EI on the PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 – comprehensive guide.

EI Gain on the PMW-F5 and PMW-F55.

Using EI Gain with Zebras for accurate exposure with the Sony PMW-F5 and PMW-F55.

S-Log. In in depth look at how it works.

Can I record S-Log with 8 bit 4:2:2

Exposing Log, S-Log and EI S-Log.

To shoot flat or not to shoot flat?

Using LUT’s for on set monitoring and then in DaVinci Resolve.

Why you should never render 8 bit video to 8 bit video. (ie why 10 bit is good for post)

Whites and Superwhites. Know what your NLE does to your highlights.

Understanding Focal Length and Lens Conversion factors.

Coloured Fringes in video, Chromatic Aberration explained.

Getting Good SD from an HD Camera Part 2

The Link Between Contrast and Resolution.

Measuring Resolution, MTF, Nyquist and Aliasing.

Aliasing and Moiré at 2K with a 4K camera (PMW-F5, PMW-F55 and FS700)

What’s the difference between shutter speed and shutter angle

ISO and Camera Gain, what’s the difference?

White Balance and the Matrix, what’s the difference?

DCC, what is it and what does it do?

Choosing the right gamma curve.

Guide to Sony’s Hypergammas.

Understanding Cinegamma, Hypergamma and S-Log.

Importance of correct exposure with Cinegamma, Hypergamma and Log.

Log style picture profiles for F3 and EX1R

Bayer Sensors and Bayer resolution.

What is raw and why is it so good for post production.

Raw is raw, log is log, they are two very different things.

Why do my pictures go soft when I pan – Detail Correction.

What is psf or why does my camera output interlace in progressive.

Shooting Snow and other bright scenes.

Why Sensor Size is Important – Sensitivity and Dynamic Range.

Why Sensor Size is Important – Diffraction.

HD – SD and depth of field.

Getting good SD from HD video 1

The 8 bit – 10 bit debate.

Picture Profiles – Crispening – How to clean up your image. 

Low light picture profile for EX1 and EX3

2 thoughts on “Tech Notes.”

  1. i have wise s2 32 gb express card for sony pmw-ex3 camira & i have some problem with my mac osx 10 to read this memory card , when i connect the camera with mac
    it can readed the card but when i take memory card out the camera & connecting to mac within ausb wire the mac cant read the memory card , please if any one can help
    me to solve that problem . thanks for all u my friends

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