Filmmaking Equipment for Beginners

Any film lover has been tempted to make their own films; whether you want to film home movies or begin a career with independent films, there are a few pieces of equipment that you’ll need. But remember to keep your spendings low! When you start out, you won’t need top of the line gear. And you can always hire what you won’t use regularly.

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The Evolution of Home Movies

Gone are the days of sitting in front of a flickering projector screen with the curtains shut and the ‘big light’ off (although enjoying a spot of outdoor cinema is always a fantastic idea). From 8mm film to 16mm and Super 8, we can now re-watch our home movies on our TV’s, phones, laptops, and tablets. The same could be said for trying to catch a home memory in action. Telling your partner to quickly grab the camera and the film reel to catch the little ones first steps; you’ve probably missed the opportunity by the time you’ve set the kit up.

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The Tools and Techniques Used in Animated Films

Animated films are something that all ages can enjoy. Contrary to many people’s opinions, animation is far from something that is limited to children’s shows and films.

In fact, there are a variety of different animation techniques which are used to create specific types of animation, but each can be utilised in a variety of different ways to create almost any themes; from happy, go lucky feature length, to hard-hitting emotional shorts.

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The Differences Between Film and Digital Formats in Hollywood Films

With the technological advances in the 20th century, it’s not hard to see that digital formats are overtaking the original film format when it comes to producing Hollywood blockbuster film.

In the 20th century, all films were produced using the film format but with televisions and cameras becoming clearer, the necessity for digital filming is a must. But what is the difference between film and digital formats when it comes to producing a film? Continue reading

Is New Video Technology Killing Home Videos?

Everyone who owns a smartphone has the ability to film and edit high quality videos and quickly upload them to the internet, if you wish it. It’s easier and quicker than traditional cameras, and it has opened the way to apps like Vine that let you share your videos online instantly.

Home videos have been common since cameras first allowed people to film their families at home. Are apps like Vine becoming the popular choice that will surpass the traditional home videos?

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The Magic Behind FPS

The technology behind the way we view things on screen is ever evolving, becoming more and more in tune with reality and creating amazing experiences for viewers. Here at Cine2DVD we are always following these advances, eager to see where the future of video will take us and how we can apply it to your home videos. FPS is one such element of video advancement we are excited about.

But what is FPS and what are the advantages that it can bring to the home viewing experience?

 

What is FPS?

FPS (frames per second) is, simply, the frequency at which an imaging device displays consecutive frames. The term is used in relation to film or video cameras, computer graphics and motion capture systems alike.

Human vision takes the FPS in, but the untrained eye often will not notice the difference between 24 and 60 FPS in most cases. The resolution and temporal sensitivity of the human eye differs from person to person. Theoretically, human vision can process 1000 separate images at once, but at this stage it will appear to be nothing more than a blur. So, an optimum FPS must be reached to be perceptible to the human eye and maintain a high-quality viewing experience.

Speed

There are different speeds of FPS that we see on a daily basis, depending on the way that the video is filmed. A standard cine reel is around 18 FPS for example.

More common is 24FPS, which is the standard format for most televised programmes on television and in film. This has recently increased to 25 FPS on the standard PAL television, as this is much better for suited for progressive-scan output; such as LCD televisions, computer monitors and projectors.

Cinematic filming has taken to using a 30 FPS filming technique, due to the higher quality and cinematic nature of this frame rate. Recently, Peter Jackson used 48 FPS in the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which received a mixed reception. The criticism from the audience was that it felt too lifelike, effectively ruining the suspension of disbelief needed to view the film. So, it seems as if a higher frame rate and more realistic experience is not always the desired outcome for audiences.

However, that is not the case in gaming. For many gamers, the more real the better, and as such 60 FPS is the desired output. This frame rate works well with the growing standard of 1080p50 resolution screens and the European Broadcasting Union considers this to be the best way to future-proof broadcast television. It recommends that companies upgrade their equipment to 50 or 60 FPS as a result.

Ultimately FPS is something which many people may never even notice; however, it is an important part of our viewing experience nevertheless.

So, if you want your cine memories to be brought up to speed then we are happy to help you. Viewing your old memories on DVD can be a great blast from the past, brought to your TV screen today.

To find out more about how we can help convert your cine film, please contact us on 0800 592433 and we will be happy to help.

The Differences Between Video and Cine Film

Cine film and video have been used for many years for a good reason: they’re reliable, quality ways to record and watch television or homemade videos, even if a bit outdated nowadays – still, you can find plenty of media in these formats, especially classic movies that never go out of fashion and your own home movies! Knowing how these mediums differ from one another, though, can be challenging.

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