D.W. Leitner enjoys the benefits of a Super 35mm-sized sensor on Sony’s F3.
In an earlier podcast, David Leitner had discussed some of the key technologies that he found going in to the 2011 edition of the National Association of Broadcaster’s convention, which ended last week.
In his wrap-up of the show, David considers one of the top attention draws at a very busy show—Apple’s preview of Final Cut Pro X, announced at the last minute at the annual Final Cut users’ group meet-up. The Cupertino-based company, reports Leitner, delivered a striking re-working of its very successful non-linear editor, which is said to now control around 50-percent of the total editing market. Beyond just listing some of the new capabilities, he offers up specific examples from his experience of just how the new software—which releases in June—benefits editors from newbies to pro.
David goes on to discuss how the ubiquitous appearance of solid-state drive (SSD) technology further made the case that tape is “on its way out” as a capture medium, and how a number of companies are using the compact devices to offer remarkable recording gear. Other technologies he takes note of include proliferating Super 35mm sensors, a new life for film lenses, and a discussion of what the move into choices for quality lens means for production. This section runs about 35 minutes.
In the second section, David discusses LED lighting, including a significant new product from Arri Lighting, the L7 Fresnel. There are also notes on cameras at the show, including the new Arri Alexa M, which the company designed for 3D; the RED Epic, being used by Peter Jackson in shooting 3D for The Hobbit; and Panasonic’s shoulder-mounted camcorder. David goes on to discuss further aspects of 3D production, including an innovative 3D camera rig developed by a St. Petersburg-based company and recently used by famed effects designer Douglas Trumbull; small screen Nintendo 3D; business models for 3D, and more. This section runs around 15 minutes.