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Steven Sodebergh shooting Full Frontal.
Steven Sodebergh shooting Full Frontal.
George Lucas shooting Episode II.
George Lucas shooting Episode II.
Michael Mann shooting Collateral.
Michael Mann shooting Collateral.

Digital cinematography is essentially filming motion pictures on digital video instead of film. The vast majority of major Hollywood movies are still shot on film, but more and more films are being shot with digital video cameras. Several directors, including James Cameron and George Lucas, have stated that they will probably never shoot on traditional film again. This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ... Digital video is a type of video recording system that works by using a digital, rather than analog, representation of the video signal. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... For other uses, see Hollywood (disambiguation) Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the City of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that runs from about Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to... James Cameron from Ghosts of the Abyss James Francis Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a Canadian film director noted for his American action/science fiction films, which are often completed behind schedule and over budget but compensate by being extremely successful financially. ... George Lucas George Walton Lucas, Jr. ...

There are several types of cameras used for digital cinematography:



Mini-DV cameras have been around for many years and are used frequently on independent and low-budget films. There are too many models to list here but the Canon XL series is used frequently. It was used on Steven Soderbergh's Full Frontal for example. One of the first Mini DV cameras to used on a feature film was the Sony VX-1000 which was used to shoot Spike Lee's Bamboozled. A MiniDV tape Digital Video (DV) is a video format launched in 1996, and, in its smaller tape form factor MiniDV, has since become one of the standards for consumer and semiprofessional video production. ... The Canon XL2 is Canons high-end 3CCD Standard Definition camcorder. ... Steven Soderbergh (born January 14, 1963, Atlanta, Georgia) is an American film director. ... Full Frontal may refer to: Full Frontal (TV series) - an Australian sketch comedy series which debuted in 1993. ... Shelton Jackson Lee (born March 20, 1957), better known as Spike Lee, is a film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his bold, overtly political films. ... Bamboozled is a 2000 satirical film written and directed by Spike Lee about a modern televised minstrel show featuring black actors donning blackface makeup. ...

Sony CineAlta

The CineAlta (http://www.cinealta.com) series of cameras are high definition video cameras geared toward motion picture production. They can shoot at 24 frames per second (24p) just like film and have a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels (1080p) which is very comparable (and some say superior) to film. High-definition television (HDTV) means broadcast of television signals with a higher resolution than traditional formats (NTSC, SECAM, PAL) allow. ... 24p is a video format which runs twenty-four progressive frames per second. ... 1080p is a resolution, 1920x1080 progressive. ...

CineAlta cameras record onto HDCAM tapes. Episode II and Episode III of the Star Wars Trilogy were shot with CineAlta cameras. Betacam and VHS size comparison Betacam SP L, Betacam SP S, VHS Betacam is a family of half-inch professional videotape formats developed by Sony from 1982 onwards. ... Film poster for Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) is the fifth Star Wars science fiction movie released and the second part of the prequel trilogy which began with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ... Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is the third episode of the Star Wars film series (but the sixth film to be produced), to be released on Thursday, May 19, 2005. ... For the missile defense program, see Strategic Defense Initiative. ...

Thompson Viper

The Viper FilmStream Camera (http://www.thomsongrassvalley.com/products/cameras/viper) is the newest type of camera being used to shoot feature films. It has the same resolution and frame rate as a high definition video camera like the CineAlta, but captures an uncompressed video image. (All traditional high-definition video cameras compress their images slightly.) It was used on Michael Mann's Collateral. The Viper can shoot in extremely low light levels, thus much of Collateral could be shot on the streets of Los Angeles in middle of the night without a lot of additional lighting equipment. Michael Mann is a film director. ... Collateral is a 2004 Dreamworks SKG/Paramount Pictures American action/thriller film directed by Michael Mann and written by Stuart Beattie. ...

There is no tape format that can handle the data generated by the Viper camera, so images are usually recorded to a hard disk array. This allows the footage to be edited immediately after it has been shot. For this reason, director David Fincher used the Viper camera on a Hewlett-Packard commercial with complex visual effects. A disk array is an enterprise storage system which contains multiple disk drives. ... David Fincher (born May 10, 1962) is an American film director. ...


  • American Cinematographer article (http://www.theasc.com/magazine/sep02/exploring/index.html) about Star Wars: Episode II
  • American Cinematographer article (http://www.theasc.com/magazine/aug04/collateral/index.html) about Collateral
  • article (http://www.apple.com/hotnews/articles/2002/04/fullfrontal/) about the shooting of Full Frontal
  • Hewlett-Packard spot directed by David Fincher (HiRes Windows Media (http://www.hpbroadband.com/program.cfm?key=A76LJQ62J) / LoRes Windows Media (http://www.hpbroadband.com/program.cfm?key=O36YYM717K))

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For comparison, the CineAlta at 24 PsF, 0dB, Clear Filter, 1/48th shutter (180 degree) is an equivalent rating of about E.I. 320 Tungsten when compared to a film stock.
Compared to film emulsions, the sensitivity of the older Sony HDW 700/A camcorder is roughly equivalent to 400 E.I. (ASA) for Tungsten balanced film (3200°K) with your light meter set to 30 frames per second or 1/60th of a second.
And compared to film emulsions, the sensitivity of the older Sony HDW 700/A camcorder is roughly equivalent to 250 E.I. (ASA) for Daylight balanced film (5600°K) with your light meter set to 30 frames per second or 1/60th of a second.
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