Judge And Jury

DNA Films and vfx post house Prime Focus create a brilliant sci-fi look in 3D for Dredd

Dredd, the new British sci-fi film directed by Peter Travis and starring Karl Urban as Judge Dredd and Olivia Thirlby as Judge Anderson, paints a bleak picture of the future. America is an irradiated wasteland, and on its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington, D.C., lies Mega-City One, a vast, violent metropolis of over 400 million citizens... Read more

Data Managers

Codex Digital is streamlining the professional production workflow

We’ve been hearing about how digital acquisition and workflow would be overtaking film as the predominant production workflow for several years. Postproduction made the leap to digital a few years ago with the popularity of the DI (digital intermediate) process, but the past few years have finally seen the production side of the business following... Read more

Up In Smoke

Autodesk’s Smoke is a powerful, all-in-one postproduction application

Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Adobe’s Creative Suite Production Premium have dominated postproduction news recently. During this time, however, a sleeping giant has awoken with a new, all-in-one finishing solution that promises to revolutionize the way we think of post. The giant is Autodesk, and their solution is Smoke. HDVideoPro visited... Read more

A New Pipeline

nextLAB and ALT Systems deliver postproduction solutions to your file-based production

In the past few years, the motion picture industry has been thrust into a state of flux like never before, which was due in large part to file-based camera systems replacing film cameras. Over the past 12 months, there have been roughly 10 new camera systems introduced to the market that are actively being used for digital film production. And in today’s... Read more


Create stunning visuals with affordable visual-effects software

There’s a recurring trend in technology’s relationship with its users. First, it’s very complicated, with dedicated users learning the complications, fixing them and then employing the technology. Then it seems to get very simple, with less dedicated users jumping in and popularizing the technology. Eventually, everybody gets tired... Read more

Data Wranglers

With an abundance of new workflow solutions, the gateway between production and post is looking like the Wild West

Welcome to workflow 2011. Some wags are calling it Deadwood, while others are referring to it as High Noon. But there are few, if any, bad guys here, simply a production picture that has become excessively fragmented and in need of a new sheriff—a plan to bring some order to the wide and wild variety of workflow solutions. Over the last decade,... Read more

The Z-Finder EVF

Zacuto releases an essential HD DSLR tool

We’re all aware of the various work-arounds associated with HD DSLRs. Although most HD DSLR users consider sound to be the biggest problem, I’ve actually found monitoring to be the system’s Achilles’ heel when capturing professional-quality video. One of the main problems working with most HD DSLRs is that while in video mode,... Read more

Noise Annoys

Cinnafilm’s Dark Energy creates a cleaner and more filmic look out of video

While physicists still wrestle with fundamental questions about the nature and role of dark energy in the universe—What is it? How does it work?—filmmakers and postproduction crews have no such problem, thanks to Cinnafilm’s new Dark Energy image-processing modular software. Available as a standalone system and as a plug-in for leading software... Read more

Connect The Dots

From DP to DI, new clues in the postproduction industry signal a paradigm shift

Many great video people lost a lot of money investing in $100,000+ “online” tools like CMX and ADO just before the advent of Avid and the Video Toaster and the bottom of an entire market fell out. I think another bottom is going to fall out. Let’s witness a chain of events in the process of exploring six new products—ARRI Relativity,... Read more

The State Of Post

The postproduction industry is seeing rapid change in both film and digital workflow

“The industry is always going through a metamorphosis,” offers Dennis Ho, president of Hollywood-based post house Digital Jungle Post, on the current state of postproduction. “It’s the nature of the beast. You need to acquire new hardware and software, especially when digital is pretty much at the forefront of our work.” Ho... Read more