2017 has been a great thus far. Finished a round of RED 8K Sensor Tests available on YouTube. Also picked up a set of Tokina Cinema Vista Primes for use on my RED Weapon Dragon 8K VV, all T1.5. They are indeed very nice. Also finished a quick round of cinematography workshops with RED and Zeiss in Boston and New York as well as cinema lens workshop over at B&H. What's up next? First up an aerial shoot that will take me out of town for a bit of February, then working diligently on a couple of short form projects and one bigger beast that should be beautiful. Exciting times. If you find yourself browsing the February American Cinematographer Magazine, I'm looking stable after 12 hours of filming.
4 days ago I launched a little project I've been thinking about for a while. I took a small break from filming to get down to some programming.
PHFX | tools is a set of useful online motion picture tools for working professionals.
It contains various "things" that generate datasheets, can be used as reference, and be shared easily with others to help plan out their productions in a few ways.
Here's a few of the things that are live at launch:
For RED Shooters, REDCamAssist is very useful for generating a datasheet for a given RED camera model with user specific recording settings.
For Post Peeps, framesToDataRate is a handy data rate calculator that not only pushes out Uncompressed DPX file sizes, but also file sizes for Intermediate Codecs that you might deploy in a given workflow.
And for Motion Picture Viewers, optimalViewing is a handy Optimal Viewing Distance calculator that will give you the THX Recommended Viewing Distances for a given screen size as well as a "Window Effect" rating depending on it's results.
There's a few more things live on the site like my popular "Phil's Sensor Chart" that overlays modern digital sensor format sizes with common motion picture film formats.
I'll be developing a few more tools as time goes on and also use this page for various notes and tests.
These tools are free to you to use and the project itself is sponsored and made possible by those who support filmmakers around the globe. I hope you find this useful. Some of these I'm already using on a daily basis.