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by tom hardwick
Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Filming shows in 4K and cropping
Replies: 16
Views: 5834

Re: Filming shows in 4K and cropping

I do vary the exposure constantly throughout a stage production because there can be moody lighting, very bright lighting, spotlighting, every which way lighting. Spotlight mode (an auto exposure mode where correct highlight exposures are paramount) can be helpful when you've really no idea what's c...
by tom hardwick
Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Filming shows in 4K and cropping
Replies: 16
Views: 5834

Re: Filming shows in 4K and cropping

Using three cameras (left of stage, centerline and right of stage) almost forces the editor to cut to each of them in sequence, otherwise crossing the line becomes very objectionable for the general viewer. I'm sure the cast members don't mind it in the slightest though, feeling that their showreel ...
by tom hardwick
Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Filming shows in 4K and cropping
Replies: 16
Views: 5834

Re: Filming shows in 4K and cropping

I too am a believer in filming stage shows from one centerline position. Years ago I used to use cameras left and right of the stage, in combination with the on-axis camera, but the edit never really looked right as actors looked left, straight and right, depending on which camera viewpoint had been...
by tom hardwick
Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Editor/viewer lamp
Replies: 8
Views: 3752

Re: Editor/viewer lamp

I couldn't always try?
by tom hardwick
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2018
Replies: 50
Views: 18869

Re: BIAFF 2018

FIVE films entered. Surely this deserves a Guinness Book of Records entry?
by tom hardwick
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Editor/viewer lamp
Replies: 8
Views: 3752

Re: Editor/viewer lamp

The replacement lamp arrived (rated at 15w rather than the stipulated 10w) and is very slightly brighter, but it's a cheap £1.95 thing and the filament is wonky inside the glass bulb so it doesn't focus nicely, giving me a streaky picture. I've cleaned the multi-faceted prism and the four surface si...
by tom hardwick
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Hi8 players
Replies: 4
Views: 2180

Re: Hi8 players

It might be worth keeping an eye open on eBay or Pre-loved or Shpock, as people do try to 'get rid of' old analogue tape camcorders they find in a drawer. Generally camcorders weren't used much so sellers will have to be pumped for confirmation that's it's a Hi8 version, but prices are so low that i...
by tom hardwick
Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Hi8 players
Replies: 4
Views: 2180

Re: Hi8 players

I use my Hi8 Sony camcorder to replay all my 8mm and Hi8 tapes. Might you have one in a cupboard somewhere?
by tom hardwick
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: usb connections
Replies: 6
Views: 2754

Re: usb connections

I haven't got a USB socket on my BD player so I can't answer from experience, but I'd say that BD players have USB ports for precisely that reason, to play movie files into your TV down its HDMI cable.
by tom hardwick
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: usb connections
Replies: 6
Views: 2754

Re: usb connections

Your TV will have an HDMI socket, probably 2 or 3. The BD player will plug into one of these sockets, (or maybe into your surround sound amp and that will take the signal HDMI to the TV). It will play your Blu-rays as well as upscale your DVDs which is a nice feature Some people find it better to ha...
by tom hardwick
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Editor/viewer lamp
Replies: 8
Views: 3752

Re: Editor/viewer lamp

Thanks for your thoughts Cathy. I've used the Wide-screen centre for many years but even they don't have a replacement lamp for my viewer. I've bought one on eBay and we'll see if it improves matters.
by tom hardwick
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Editor/viewer lamp
Replies: 8
Views: 3752

Editor/viewer lamp

Hi team. Somewhat unusual request for info coming up. I have a lot of Super 8 film to look through and would like a much brighter editor/viewer screen image on my Erno EM-1801 if possible. The current lens is a 6v 10w incandescent bulb in a 10mm cylindrical bayonet fitting. Is there a halogen or LED...
by tom hardwick
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2018
Replies: 50
Views: 18869

Re: BIAFF 2018

And do you remember (you probably don't, you youngster you) that back in the 70s when they were trying to get quadraphonic vinyl discs off the ground, (they never did) there were quite a few 'quadraphonic' headphones for sale. I could never get my head around (pun) the idea that left and right headp...
by tom hardwick
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2018
Replies: 50
Views: 18869

Re: BIAFF 2018

A good and measured response from you Tim. You could of course listen to your TV through good headphones. It would still be 'only' stereo of course, but your TV audio is only that anyway, and you'd then get to hear what the competition entrant had worked so hard to produce. As filmmakers we all reco...
by tom hardwick
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2018
Replies: 50
Views: 18869

Re: BIAFF 2018

Perhaps I didn't make myself clear. I was pointing out that the film's message (and its ability to stir my emotions) can be delivered just as effectively to my TV on DVD or BD. If the film's any good the fact that the BD has a higher bit rate and 4x the resolution matters only to pixel-peepers. Mind...