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17 Mar 2016 Paul reviewtechproduction
LumeCube LED Lights

Lume Cube LED LightI happened upon these little lights and out of curiosity ordered a couple. There are a number of small battery powered LED lights out there now, at a variety of price points. My go to light is an Area 48, which is stunning light in terms of quality, flexibility and, sadly, cost. I also have a small LED panel from Aladdin as well as a bi-flex lite panel, both of which i really rate. With the ability to become more and more portable on the camera side of things, it’s wonderful to see the numbers of lighting options increase too. I can fit a full 4K recording package, with lenses into a backpack.

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25 Jan 2015 Paul techproductionreview
Area 48 Remote Phosphor Light Review

This has been my favourite light since i got it at the beginning of the year (actually last year now, how time flies). Review done.

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31 Jul 2014 Paul techpostproductionreview
Inside cDNG Files

DNG, a digital negative, was designed to hold the RAW sensor data from your camera. This post is specifically focused on the RAW data from the FS700 via the Odyssey 7Q. Both the 2K and 4K RAW but should apply to other cameras. cDNG is cinema DNG which is a superset of the DNG standard and it’s becoming more common with support increasing all the time - although when it comes to valid workflows it’s the wild-west out there.

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02 Feb 2014 Paul review
Camera Rigs with Tilta, Lanparte, Movcam

Camera Rigs, Man Cages, Man Handles, whatever you want to call them, we all need them. Lets get away from the obvious question of why most camera manufacturers cannot design an ergonomic camera in the first place and seem to think that square bricks are the way forward, and jump straight into some of the options we’ve looked at, used and moved on from.

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12 Oct 2013 Paul reviewproduction
AirBox Softbox lights for LEDs

Airbox Softbox light in useThis is such a simple but elegant idea that i'm kicking myself that I didn't come up with it! The AirBox light solves one of the more annoying issues with all those LED panels out there -- how to diffuse the light so it's actually soft. Without any form of diffusion the hundreds of little LEDs combine to produce fairly harsh light and ropey shadows. Most LED Panels allow for some diffusion to be attached to the front but it's a little too close to the panel itself and doesn't always produce that nice a result.

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10 Oct 2013 Paul techpostproductionreview
Indie Post Network, 10GigE and Synology

A big facilities house will spend a lot of time and money on their infrastructure and network as the performance of this will have a knock on effect on practically everything they do. Typically, networks will be SAN based and the costs can run quite stratospheric. Here's a quick run down of some typical options

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11 Aug 2012 Paul marriagereviewtech
Inline Dolly The ladder dolly from InlineDolly The ladder dolly from InlineDolly Inline Dolly

We knew we wanted some kind of decent dolly. We had a slider, which was a bit lightweight but useful for some moves but we needed something longer. We'd considered a floor dolly and in fact at one point we were hoping to get someone on board who also happened to have a Chapman but sadly for all sorts of reasons we were unable to get things to work out, also the floor of the location was only smooth-ish. It was polished concrete but with quite a few bumps and joins. Most importantly a lot of the drama plays out in the main bed and so it would be useful to be able to get over the bed.

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