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FLOPS and Why They Matter for Video Professionals


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On Monday Apple gave us a preview of their new Mac Pro in the typical Apple fashion. Beautiful design, unique engineering, and a very simple look. They also announced some pretty impressive specs, including one that is only talked about when you’re shopping for a new supercomputer; 7 Teraflops. But what does that number mean and why is it important for a video production workstation?

What is a FLOP anyway?
This is a pretty technical conversation, but I’m going to attempt to explain it in as simple terms as I can. FLOPS stands for Floating Point Operations per…

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My Hobbit review (or why HFR isn’t as bad as some would have you believe)


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I’ve been meaning to write a follow up to my previous Hobbit article after seeing it, but with the holidays and some other things going on in my personal life I haven’t had the time. I’ve taken the time to read a few other really good reviews since then, but wanted to take the time to share my experience.

First off, I decided to see the movie 3 times. I had booked a ticket for a late showing on the Friday of the release, then a friend decided he wanted to see it right after work, so I went…

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Why I don’t think “The Hobbit” will suck in 48FPS


I’ve seen a lot of people hating on the idea of a major motion picture being shot in 48FPS. “The Hobbit” is coming out in a couple of weeks and I just watched this 14 minute video on the post production process for the movie and it finally hit me why I think Peter Jackson and crew are sticking with this decision.

When I watch that video, I see A LOT of CG. In a movie of this scale, that is inevitable. I mean they even said principal photography was finished BEFORE all the pre-viz. I’m imaging…

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Bit Depth, Signal-to-Noise Ratios, and How It Relates to Exposure


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It seems a lot of people – even professional photographers – don’t have a good understanding of bit depth as it relates to developing an image for the web.  I got in the middle of a discussion today about the ability to bring up underexposed areas of an image, and in trying to explain it I couldn’t really find a comprehensive explanation that discusses all the elements that go through my head when I’m processing images, so I decided I’d try to make one.

I don’t consider myself an expert on digital imaging, but I believe to truly understand something you…

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Geek + Photography


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For the longest time I’ve wanted to start a blog, but I never really knew for what. My interests tend to change with the seasons, so I’ve always held back because I didn’t know what I really wanted to write about. Hell the face of this website has changed about 4 times over the last few years and nothing really ever came from it other than practicing how to manage a Wordpress site.

But over the last 2 years I have discovered that I need a place to write about the things I learn and to showcase my journey…

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