I've come to the conclusion that I have to use frame line guidance on
the viewfinder, gaffer on the monitor, then at the film burn stage anamorphise
the image. In effect throwing away nearly 300 lines of vertical resolution.
Has anyone got another solution that uses the whole image at the front
end. In the UK Panavision argue that it isn't worth using an optical solution
because the chip is too small.
Also, has anyone done any tests comparing the Sony 1080 and the uprezzed
720 Varicam when it's output to 1080. I have to admit to a preference
to Varicam colours so I'm interested in taking that through this process.
If you're going to drop 300 lines to get to 35mm CinemaScope, then I'd
be even more concerned about shooting 720P instead of 1080P to begin with.
The Thomson Viper uses a mega-pixel CCD design that allows all 1920 x
1080 pixels in recording to be used for a 2.35 image - sort of an electronic
anamorphosis in that it looks stretched to fill a 16:9 monitor unless
you do something to the display.
Getting an anamorphic lens to focus sharply through a prism block onto
three CCD's has been the main problem with using anamorphic lenses in
HD, plus the fact that they would have to be a 1.33X squeeze instead of
the standard 2X squeeze of 35mm anamorphic lenses.
Cinematographer / L.A.
Terry Flaxton wrote :
>Has anyone yet shot anamorphic
and 2.35:1 on HD ?
That is essentially what you must do - do not do squeezed HD - go spherical.
You can easily custom program the frame lines into your Sony HD monitor
if it has the right boards.
One example :
2.39:1 95% safe zone ~1824x764 rez. this was in an f900.
The only additional advice I have is that you should keep booms and equipment
well away from the frame lines as theatrical projection/framing is not
100% exact. I kept thinking when a boom almost touched, "ah we can
dirt fix that" or do a slight blow-up, and everyone agreed. Well,
things don't always get fixed (its more expensive in HD post) therefore
you frame precisely during your film-out to make sure the close boom stays
The above framing also gives you some wiggle room for operating, so you
can see equipment encroaching from the sides.
Spherical can also help you a little when you compromise a 16:9 and 4:3
video master. If you keep the dolly track out of the bottom of the frame
of "HD Full Ap" then you can help yourself a little when you
try to bring a 4:3 frame over the widescreen. It can take the curse off
some pan-n-scan. Basically the same approach you take with Super-35 widescreen.
Actually, has anyone ever done 4:3 or 16:9 pan-n-scan from an HD master
framed cinemascope? What post-route or bay was this done in? Online? It’s
not the DaVinci bays anymore like it is when you master off of film. Which
is unfortunate since it involves more sessions for the DP to attend, when
it could all be done in color.
Anybody have experience in this ?
LA based DP
David Mullen :
>Getting an anamorphic lens to
focus sharply through a prism block onto >three CCD's has
been the main problem with using anamorphic lenses >in HD
Maybe this sounds silly - using a film lens adaptor like the pro35 or
the angenieux/zeiss on a SD camera with progressive scan in 4:3 - then
it works fine with anamorphic lenses, but only for tv because its not
I’ve seen some nice images shot on a miniDV with mini35 adaptor
and a cinemascope zoom lens - really nice!
+++ Florian Rettich Medientechnik +++
>Has anyone yet shot anamorphic and
2.35:1 on HD ?
Yes. Get a Viper form Thomson. Never throw away the vertical resolution
I believe Sony did this using an HD chip in the Vialta Telecine with an
optical converter and at one time wanted to promote an "anamorphic
on HD" format I guess 2.35 on 1.77. Does any one know if this ever