Wide-angle adapters

Not all wide-angle adapters produce barrel distortion. Aspheric adapters are particularly distortion free. The "Bolex Aspheron" (or some-such name) is apparently "the best wide-angle adapter" available. But you have to make your own housing for it and it costs about £420.Tom Hardwick over on knows lots about aspheric lenses. Wittner-Kinotechnik in Germany sell aspheric adapters

There are loads of threads on about wideangle adapters


Tests and thoughts about de-interlacing footage using Premiere Pro and aviSynth

I've made quite a few notes over on this thread on The main observations are:

Timelapse photography

Control of cameras for time-lapse photography

Using PICs

PICs (programmable integrated circuits) to have timers etc so it would be possible to make a decent time-lapse controller using a PIC but it would take a lot of effort to programme. Advantages: low cost, lost power consumption. Disadvantages: would take ages to develop, would only work with a camera that I'd hacked, would only control one camera, can't be network-attached, can't control camera settings etc

Using a laptop


Runs on Linux, supports loads of cameras, is scriptable

MIRRORS given a good review by Ben Blaine

Ben Blaine (from Shooting People) has seen MIRRORS and given it what can only be called a glowing review. Here's a snippet (he talks about MIRRORS and another short called HOME):
Both films are about ten minutes long, both are without dialogue, both are beautiful to look at it and both deal with loss and grief in gorgeous tones of blues and greens. Both also have a compelling sense of both mystery and symmetry, though they express this in different ways.

Cineform announces new products

I knew it would be best to wait until NAB before upgrading my editing system! Cineform have already announced new products and new prices - very exciting.

Colour Profiling and Calibration


Misc notes

New computer monitors

Calibrations and Profiling



    A list of some of the consumables I buy repeatedly:

    DVCproHD in Premiere Pro

    How to edit DVCProHD in Premiere Pro? Several options:
    • Serious Magic DV Rack HD (Serious Magic was bought by Adobe and DV Rack will be included with Premiere Pro CS3 and re-badged "OnLocation". Not sure if OnLocation will support DVCProHD - here's a thread on The Cow).
    • Cineform Aspect / Prospect HD
    • RayLight
    • Ingest as uncompressed onto AJA HD card.

    Finished shooting Shiver

    still from Shiver We spent the weekend filming Shiver which was written and directed by Jonathan Stewart. I produced the project and I'll be editing and grading it. The production stills are online.

    Links to friends' pages

    Links to friends and colleagues:


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