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Back in the Saddle Again

by on May.19, 2016, under HD Video Pro, High Definition News

As I hang on to the advancing technology that drags us, often kicking and screaming, into the future of video and visualization, I have, once again, been drawn into the process of documenting that technology.

I am writing new “Misinformation” columns in HDVideoPro Magazine, and those can be found online at

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ANHA videos

by on Apr.23, 2010, under Atchafalaya

If you tried to get the new National Heritage Area video by Bill Rodman to play and had trouble with jerkiness, your computer or software may not be up to the task, so we have two other versions stored here for you to try.

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1080 vs 720, Again…

by on Dec.10, 2009, under Opinion, Panasonic

One question that periodically comes up recently surfaced on the “prosumer” group of the Cinematographers Mailing List (CML). That is “What is the best format to use for green-screen with a Panasonic HVX200 camera?” This is a different question from the general, “Which format is better?” question, because of the nature of this particular camera. (continue reading…)

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Changing World of NLEs

by on Dec.10, 2009, under High Definition News, Opinion

I ran into some HD presentation issues at Jackson Hole and that prompted me to buy an AJA Io HD box for delivery of live HD playback from a MacBook Pro that travels with it. It is well suited for playing back show elements from a Final Cut Pro timeline. We did just that for Jackson Hole this year, running a two hour awards program from a similar package. (continue reading…)

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Jackson Hole Comes Again

by on Aug.27, 2009, under Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

It’s that time of year again, and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is only a month away. Vision Unlimited/LA is again involved in the Festival in several ways. I (C. R. Caillouet) am functioning as the Technical Director for the Festival, pulling together the collection of high definition devices needed to present dozens of programs to the attendees.

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VU/LA Sponsors EAD2009

by on Aug.27, 2009, under Atchafalaya

Vision Unlimited/LA is a proud supporting sponsor of Experience Atchafalaya Days 2009 (EAD2009), a collection of events around the Atchafalaya Basin, organized by the non-profit Friends of the Atchafalaya and the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area and presented by the Louisiana Office of Tourism. The National Audubon Society/Louisiana Coastal Initiative and Black Bear Conservation Coalition are also supporting sponsors.

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Digital Stills and Video

by on Aug.16, 2009, under Opinion, Tech Notes

People often ask me what they need to know to shoot “digital” and what is different about shooting electronically from shooting with film. Here are a few thoughts.

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MacBooks and External Disks

by on Jul.12, 2009, under Opinion, Tech Notes

If you are a Mac junkie, like i am, you might have noticed that Apple is once again, playing games with us. When the MacBook series came out a few years ago, the CardBus slots that we had gotten used to on the PowerBooks were gone, replaced by the newer ExpressCard slots. So we started collecting adapters like eSATA, Firewire and USB2 adapters for independent disk interfaces.

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Gamma and Gamut…

by on Jul.03, 2009, under Tech Notes

A few days ago, someone wrote about film color correction to one of the lists that i read…

“The Rec 709 issue is a bit confusing because I’ve had D.I. houses tell me that they color-correct LOG footage in Rec 709 color space but aren’t changing the gamma or limiting the dynamic range.  So does that mean they are just using Rec 709’s color gamut but not its gamma structure?”

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What size P2 cards?

by on Jun.29, 2009, under Opinion, Panasonic, Tech Notes

Sorry that i have been out of pocket for a couple of months. Things have been crazy here.

Recently, someone asked me what size P2 cards that he should get for his P2 camera. With the new, cheaper, larger cards coming out, the answer is not necessarily the same as it was in the past. Most people would have said, “As big as you can afford.” The answer may be more complicated now. (No, these days, answers seldom get simpler.) He also asked what type of devices were best for transferring P2 cards in the field.

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