Around 1990 the first RIP was invented. Its developers envisioned a low-cost, easy-to-use system that would allow users to process and print high-quality graphics, including photos, with equipment that doesn’t need to be operated by fully qualified people who are familiar with offset, lithography, etc. A decade later the printing industry started needing something more powerful, something that could load files from various network sources and process them for variable data applications as well as pull information from a database for personalised documents — what we now know as the Digital Front End or DFE.
All that expensive video and/or photo equipment you’re carrying with you in the wild runs on electric power. Keeping it alive in Western urban areas can’t be that difficult, although it comes with its own problems. In some areas of the world it can be quite a challenge to power your cameras, monitors, lighting equipment and everything else involved. How do you go about planning for electrical scarcity?
The Kingston HyperX Fury SSD of 120GB should not feature on Atomos’ Recommended media list for 4K video recording. This SSD can’t even keep up with 1080p video data streams and is only usable for 720p50 recordings.
With Atomos announcing their Flame series of video monitors/recorders at NAB 2016, HDR is the talk of the town. Most photographers, be it professional or amateur, will know what the acronym HDR stands for: high dynamic range. Dynamic range is defined as the ratio of the largest value of a signal to the lowest measurable value. The dynamic range of luminance in real-world scenes can be 100,000 : 1, while our computer screen or TV set is limited by technology to a ratio of 400 : 1 or even less. With HDR rendering, bright things can be really bright, dark things can be really dark, and details can be seen in both.
It’s been a while since EditReady was first released. Since then I’ve only used Squeeze and Episode. I have them on my machine and they’re industrial workhorses so why would I choose something else? Speed could be a significant factor and quality of output of course. I decided to try them all with a GoPro HERO4 UHD clip and the results sort of surprised me.
When I think of printers, I don’t think of equipment in the first place, but of craftsmen like Christophe Plantin, Jan Moretus (Museum Plantin-Moretus), Aldo Manuzio and Henri Estienne. True, printers rarely publish polyglottal bibles in Hebrew, Latin, Greek, Syriac and Aramaic these days. Equally, few of them count world-famous painters and cartographers among their friends. However, they are every bit as much experts in a range of disciplines as their famous predecessors were. Although the terminology they use and the problems they encounter these days has changed a fair bit — from colour management to colour registration errors, a problem that appears to occur even with colour laser printers — printers or printer operators are multi-disciplinary craftsmen as the Renaissance printers before them.
A tight budget doesn’t go together well with studio lighting. An inexpensive but apparently viable alternative could very well be — hold on to your socks — to mount a couple of mood LED lights, provided you can control their solid colours using your iOS or Android device.