This is the debut column of a new series that charts the past week’s most interesting articles and news items from industry web sites, blogs, and other info sources relevant to our readers.
Last week Sony finally announced its new line of OLED (organic LED) reference monitors, delivering on what had turned into a long second stage to its initial 11-inch OLED monitor introduced in 2008.
OLEDs, as you might know, hold great promise for use in pro and civilian monitors alike, with deep blacks that you’ll never see on an LCD screen, along with a high dynamic range and wide color gamut, with color reproduction beyond anything you’ve seen. No, really. Prices though, will have to drop from their stratospheric range, you first adopters will mumble — Sony’s 25-inch “reference-grade” BVM-E250, for example, lists at $26,000. More from Sony’s announcement here.
Want to actually see one of these up close? You can, but you only have one more day before registration closes for SMPTE’s February 24th seminar on “Evaluation Grade Monitoring for Cinema and Television”. Registration details here.
Post Magazine has a look at just how advanced on-location color correcting has become with a short piece on Brian Buongiorno’s set-up for his Austin-based Tone Visuals. Buongiorno works either on-set or to in a client’s studio with his Apple Mac Pro paired with a Flanders Scientific monitor, Tangent Wave control panel and Iridas’ SpeedGrade DI app.
Fast Company points us to a social media trend that could change local reporting. Seems Silicon Valley startup Tackable enables groups to post hyper-local news assignments, with users then able to track developments by location as eyewitness reports roll in. Basing news on location, says a Tackable co-founder, “is the most logical way to organize live information.”
The always-thoughtful musings of critic David Bordwell on his blog take a scientific turn when psychological researcher and guest blogger Tim Smith details how we actually view a film at the moment-by-moment physical level, and contrasts that with how we analyze and interpret those same images.
There have been any number of blogs posting lists of the best iPhone apps for a cinematographer. But if you’re a DP who just got a shiny new Verizon version of the iconic phone, you might be as fresh to the burgeoning app market as Art Adams, who offers this round-up list on the ProVideo Coalition site.
Finally, a little media tech history from the always erudite and snappily-written blog of Mark Schubin. This particular entry–Headphones, History, & Hysteria—might seem a little ho-hum at first glance, but if you have even a slight interest in what goes on behind the technology you use every day, you’ll actually have a fun read. Anyway, why wouldn’t you want to know something more about the “19th Century iPhone”, you Apple-mad readers?