AMP HDR Video Production System

AMP is a new camera technology by Contrast Optical that captures three simultaneous images and produces real-time HDR video. It is currently scheduled for end of summer 2011. However, the AMP Gen II cameras will not be available to the public, due to the limited production run.

Contrast Optical Design & Engineering, Inc. (CODE) and the Advanced Graphics Lab present their SIGGRAPH 2011 submission video that accompanies the Technical Paper of the same name. This camera system captures a true HDR image for every frame of video, and then it’s up to the user to tonemap it however they want. We used a variety of commercially-available tonemappers with the video data shown here.

A fun video that introduces the AMP Camera Technology and gives a sneak preview of the GEN II camera features. AMP captures three images with the exact same exposure time, at the exact same moment in time. A custom blending algorithm is used to combine the images to produce a true HDR image for each frame in the video. Of course, we can’t display true HDR images (yet) so tonemapping is left to the user. For this video, we chose a wide variety of commercially-available tonemappers, just to get the idea across that all the HDR data really is there for every frame. AMP is a trademark of Contrast Optical Design & Engineering, Inc.

This video shows how a single frame of AMP HDR video can be tonemapped many different ways, giving the artist complete tone control over the image. A couple of selected tonemappers are then applied to the entire video.

“Melting Snow” is test footage that shows the distinct difference between creating an HDR image (which cannot be displayed on today’s computer or TV monitors) and the tonemapping process (which essentially “crushes” all the HDR data down to an image that can be displayed on a monitor). This “data crushing” process is very artistic, and it’s straightforward to use commercially-available software to produce a variety of tonemapped looks running from very natural, to washed out, to completely cartoon-like.

In addition to putting out a “natural” tonemapped video stream via HDMI, the AMP camera generates and saves a true HDR image for every frame in a video, with complete color tone information from the darkest areas of the scene all the way up to the brightest areas. After the AMP camera produces the HDR frames, it is up to the artist to choose how to tonemap the frames for display.

The Sound of Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Director Michael Bay and Producer Steven Spielberg return this summer for the third film in the Transformers franchise, Tranformers: Dark of the Moon. The amazing visual effects in this film are complimented by the talented efforts of the sound team including Re-recording Mixers Greg Russell and Jeff Haboush, and Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designers Ethan Van der Ryn, and Erik Aadahl.

VIA: Michael Coleman

Thank You Everyone on our 3rd Anniversary

by Dennis

I can’t believe its been three years already. It seems like yesterday our rowdy bunch of banned MySpace users created this little home and declared our independence.

It all started with a forum post of the video above. Most of those that where here that day still post regularly.

That first day on July 4th 2008 we had a total of 54 visitors. It was months before we broke 100 in a day. A year went by before we started to break 1000 per day. Now we will have over a 1000 in the time it takes me to write this.

Had I known at the time how much work it would be and how long it would take to get to this point I doubt we would be here today. But, there was one thing far more important I didn’t know then that I know today… how fulfilling and fun it would be.

I’ve been involved in more businesses and ventures than I care to remember. The reward was always money. To steel a line from Citizen Kane: “Well, it’s no trick to make a lot of money…if all you want…is to make a lot of money.” Now, I’m not getting all pinko commie on you. I still love to make money. Having said that, I never would have dreamed the one venture (IQ) that loses money each month would be the most rewarding.

Almost every waking hour of the day I check our numbers, re-tweets, likes and more. Not just because I want to adjust and improve, it’s because my reward is watching all of you getting use of all our hard work.

I never wanted to be the face of IQ. I’ll leave that to John. :) My role is to keep the trains running on time and to provide a guiding hand and a platform for others to shine their brightest. That’s what I have always enjoyed doing and why I became a venture capitalist.

I have always had big plans for IQ. We are just now at a point where I can start to implement those big ideas.

Today we where planning on launching the new IQ design (v5), but because there are so many third parties involved you will have to wait another week. That will be the first step in a much bigger plan that will be rolled out over the course of this year.

I guess what I’m trying to say in this rambling post is, I want to thank everyone that has stuck with us and welcome all of the new members that have discovered our little home. And stay tuned because you haven’t seen anything yet!


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IQ Recap June 26-July 2, 2011

Vibrations at 1,000 Frames Per Second using the Phantom HD GOLD
Explore the world of vibration at 1,000 frames per second. Directed by Propadata Films. Filmed on a Phantom HD Gold camera.

SCRIPT COPS: Bad Writers, Bad Writers, Whatcha gonna do…
Final Draft’s first series of its new Branded Videos section is SCRIPT COPS, a hilarious web series by Scott Rice. SCRIPT COPS is an award-winning parody warning screenwriters of the dangers involved when writing goes bad.

Stupid Hipster DSLR Lens Review
Blunty’s review on the Dreamy Diana Lens which claims to ads a “retro mode” to your DSLR, so he’s off on an adventure into the vile, poser filled lands of faux nostalgia infested by vapid Hipsters who drool over deliberately crappy plastic lenses, he is a pilgrim in an unholy land!

Creating the Illusion of 3D
Buzz Hayes, a pioneer in three-dimensional film, explains how the technology of 3D movies is related to the science of vision, and how this new technology transforms the way stories are told on screen.

The Heart and Soul of Great Dialogue
Understanding subtext is the key to crafting great dialogue.

DIY High Speed Camera for Repetitive Motion
Using a Quantum Pulse Generator and a Canon T2i, Youtube user Destin rigs up a high speed camera for recording repetitive motion.

Panasonic AF100 vs DSLRs
Vimeo user Darren Levine compares the Micro 4/3rds Panasonic AF100 to popular DSLR cameras.

How the crazy lady at CVS can help write character and dialogue
Think waiting in line at the pharmacy waiting while the cashier does just one more price check is a waste a time? Well keep your eyes and ears peeled because these real life annoyances may be the perfect opportunity to study human nature an dialogue.

The Science behind the Refocusable Camera
Last week we posted an article with the Ren Ng CEO of Lytro Cameras, a new consumer camera that allows yor to refocus an image after you shoot them. Here’s a more in depth discussion about the science behind this revolutionary step in camera technology

Every Ray Harryhausen Stop-Motion Creature in One Video
Before the CGI era, filmmakers had to rely on models and puppets to star in their monster films. One of the legends of the stop motion techniques is Ray Harryhausen whose credits include Mighty Joe Young, Jason and the Argonauts, and One Millions Years B.C. Here are every one of Harryhausen’s creates present in chronological order in one video:

DIY – Turn your Garage into a Prison Set
Shooting a real live prison may be a little hard to pull off with no budget, but with a bit of movie magic and some elbow grease, you can build you very own prison site right in your garage. French filmmaker and Vimeo user eric bernaud systems demonstrates how resulting in some very outstanding results.

Audio advice from a frustrated boom op
I hope this post comes out informative, but there is a high risk that it will turn into a rant. I’ve been very frustrated lately that I’ve been working with multiple directors, DPs, and producers lately all of which have been in the industry for over 15 years…and yet still know absolutely nothing about the world of sound.

5 Facts About For-Profit Film Schools You Should Know
It’s summer time and lots of new graduates may be thinking about film school. They may also be thinking they shouldn’t have procrastinated filling out those admissions papers to that State College. But hey, those for-profit schools let you sign up anytime. Well before you sign on those dotted lines you should know some facts.

WTF Post of the Week

Most Awesome Chase Scene EVAR!!

“Sparkler” Trapcode Particular Preset

Nick Campbell of GreyscaleGorilla gives you a overview of his preset he posted at RedGiantPeople for Trapcode Particular. It’s called “Sparkler” and it gives you the effect of writing your name with a sparkler.

He also shows you how you can write YOUR name with the preset using After Effects and Motion Sketch.

5 Facts About For-Profit Film Schools You Should Know

It’s summer time and lots of new graduates may be thinking about film school. They may also be thinking they shouldn’t have procrastinated filling out those admissions papers to that State College. But hey, those for-profit schools let you sign up anytime. Well before you sign on those dotted lines you should know some facts.

With 317,000 waiters and waitresses having college degrees, you may be asking what’s the value of any such degree, public or for-profit.

We can debate the value of film schools as a whole another time. The purpose of this article is to let aspiring filmmakers know a few facts before they make a decision that can affect the rest of their life.

I also want to be clear this isn’t an attempt to persuade anyone not to attend for-profit schools. Everyone’s situation is different. I just want to give a few facts so you can go in with your eyes open and your expectations in balance.

1. They are generally much more expensive.

In August 2010, the Government Accountability Office found that in 14 out of 15 times, the tuition at a for-profit school was more expensive than its public counterpart, and 11 out of 15 times, it was more expensive than the private counterpart. Examples of the disparity in full tuition per program include:

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