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Film vs. video shoot out. COM 329 Contemporary Film Rafeeq Roberts. The rise of Digital. Up until the 1990’s digital was viewed as being ‘cheap’, strictly for for television, and above all inferior to film. Late 1990’s Filmmakers begin to experiment

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Film vs video shoot out

Film vs. videoshoot out

COM 329

Contemporary Film

Rafeeq Roberts


The rise of digital

The rise of Digital

  • Up until the 1990’s digital

  • was viewed as being ‘cheap’,

  • strictly for for television, and

  • above all inferior to film.

  • Late 1990’s

  • Filmmakers begin to experiment

  • with more with shooting features

  • digitally.

  • Early 2000’s

  • Sony CineAlta and later

  • The Red One usher in an

  • the era of major studio releases are

  • acquired digitally


Comparisons

comparisons:

  • With the advent of the large sensor cameras comparisons are becoming more and more common place between digital cameras and themselves, as well as digital cameras and film.

  • As the use of digital has become more prevalent industry professionals have become more concerned with the strengths and weaknesses of of the these digital cameras.

  • What follows is look at a selection of professional camera shootouts to date.


Professional landmark tests to date

Professional landmark tests to date

  • Though termed “shoot outs” these tests were not conducted to crown a winner. Instead they were conducted to provide a snapshot of the technology at a given moment.

    The Tests Include

  • 2009 Producers Guild of America and American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Camera tests

  • 2010 Zacuto Great Camera Shoot Out

  • 2011 Single Chip Camera Evaluation

  • 2012 Zacuto Revenge of the Great Camera Shoot Out


Producer guild of america and asc camera tests 2009

Producer guild of America and ASC camera tests (2009)

  • Cameras tested

    • Arri D-21

    • Panasonic AJ-HPX3000

    • Panavision Genesis

    • Red One

    • Sony F23

    • Sony F35

    • Thompson’s Grass Valley Viper

    • Arri 435 Film (Kodak stocks)


Producer guild of america and asc camera tests 20091

Producer guild of America and ASC camera tests (2009)

  • Cameras were put through a series of side by side tests.

  • Every cameras footage was given equal post production and color correction.


Producer guild of america and asc camera tests 20092

Producer guild of America and ASC camera tests (2009)

  • Being a strictly industry test, unfortunately the results were only shown behind closed doors.

  • This lack of complete transparency however was rectified in the coming years tests.


Single chip camera evaluation scce 2011

Single Chip Camera evaluation SCCE (2011)

  • Headed cinematographer by Robert Primes ASC who also participated in the 2009 test

  • Sponsored in part by Zacuto

  • Provided a unbiased look at so called digital “cinema cameras”

  • Cameras tested:

    • Kodak 5213 & 5219 (film)

    • ArriAlexa

    • Red One M-X

    • Weisscam HS-2

    • Phantom Flex

    • Sony F-35

    • Sony F-3

    • Panasonic AG-AF100

    • Canon 5D Mark II

    • Canon 1D Mark !V

    • Nikon D7000


Single chip camera evaluation results

Single Chip Camera Evaluation (results)

  • Testing was broken down into several categories including: Low light capability, sharpness, exposure latitude, highlight detail, shadow detail, color reproduction, skin reproduction, and shutter artifacts.

  • Highlights

    • In the sharpness test RED ONE and Film were the best

    • In low light sensitivity the Canon 5D came out on top

    • In Dynamic range Film and the Alexa came out on top with every other camera close behind.

    • In Shadow detail the AF-100 as well as DSLRs were all impressive. Film was one of the worst.


Revenge of the great camera shootout 2012

revenge of the great camera shootout(2012)

  • Sponsored in part by Zacuto

  • Headed by Bruce Logan ASC

  • Camera tests allowed cinematographers to light a scene as they saw fit in order to highlight their individual cameras strengths.

  • Cameras tested

    • Sony F65

    • ARRI Alexa

    • RED Epic

    • Sony FS100

    • Sony F3

    • Canon C300

    • Canon 7D with Technicolor settings

    • Panasonic GH2 (hacked and non-hacked)


Revenge of the great camera shootout 20121

revenge of the great camera shootout(2012)

  • This test differed slightly from previous tests.

  • A set was designed with actors, and given base lighting.

    Each camera filmed the set with the base lighting, afterwards each camera operator was then allowed to alter the lighting as they saw fit and shoot again.

example

GH2 Creative lighting

GH2 Base lighting


Revenge of the great camera shootout 2012 results

revenge of the great camera shootout(2012) Results

  • The results of this test concluded that the differences where largely subjective.

  • Each camera whether film or digital had its own strengths and weaknesses.

  • In the hands of a competent technician each were able to shine.


Sources and additional information

Sources and additional information

  • ‘Side By Side’ the Film vs. Digital Documentary Produced by Keanu Reeves http://nofilmschool.com/2013/02/side-by-side-film-digital-documentary-keanu-reeves-netflix/

  • The Great Camera Shoot Out 2011http://www.zacuto.com/the-great-camera-shootout-2011

  • Revenge of the Great Camera Shoot Out 2012http://www.zacuto.com/shootout-revenge-2012

  • The American Society of Cinematographers

    www.theasc.com/


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