Colour temperature: mireds versus Kelvin

The mired is a unit that measures colour temperature, just like Kelvin does. Only, almost everybody knows degrees Kelvin while fewer people know what the mired stands for. That’s not surprising, given that most light and strobe colour temperatures are expressed in Kelvin. So why use mired instead then — and perhaps more importantly — when do you use the mired unit instead of Kelvin?… Read More Colour temperature: mireds versus Kelvin

Review: Aputure Accent B7c cinema grade light bulb

Aputure recently released the Accent B7c, a mains power and battery operated 7W RGBWW colour-mixing LED light bulb. It’s the first product in the new Accent family of LED lights built for filmmakers. The B7c features a standard E26/27 fixture but unlike typical household LED bulbs, the lamp uses cinema grade LEDs to reproduce skin tones with CRI and TLCI values of 95+ and a tungsten SSI score of 85.… Read More Review: Aputure Accent B7c cinema grade light bulb

Nix Color Sensor Pro 2 Tristimulus Colorimeter Review

If you’re professionally working with colour, it pays off to invest in a colorimeter or spectrophotometer. The only problem is that these can be quite expensive and bulky, and if your need is to compare colours, find colour harmonies and the RGB, Lab, CMYK and other colour space value of colours, this kind of equipment is overkill. It is where the $349 Nix Color Sensor Pro 2 tristimulus sensor is a boon to have.… Read More Nix Color Sensor Pro 2 Tristimulus Colorimeter Review

X-Rite i1Pro version 3 is faster, more accurate than its predecessors

The redesigned i1Pro 3 spectrophotometer is more accurate and reliable as well as two times faster than its predecessor. The i1Pro 3 is meant to be used by professionals who require accurate color from their printer, display, and projector. The i1Photo Pro 3 set allows photographers to quickly and easily create custom camera, monitor, projector, scanner, and RGB printer profiles.… Read More X-Rite i1Pro version 3 is faster, more accurate than its predecessors

Aputure Amaran AL-MX videolamps throw impressive light, accurate colour

The size of a pack of cigarettes but a lot heavier; that was the first thought that came up my mind when I first got the Amaran AL-MX in my hands. Aputure’s smallest on-camera LED light throws 2400 lux at a distance of 30cm, 880 lux at 50cm and 200 lux at 1m, according to the specs. It does all this with a CRI/TLCI of well over 95 and colour temperatures of between 2800K and 6500K.… Read More Aputure Amaran AL-MX videolamps throw impressive light, accurate colour

Affinity Publisher is an InDesign killer

Serif, the developers of Affinity Photo and Designer, last week released their much-anticipated publishing app, Affinity Publisher. The new layout design app comes with a good deal of unique and very clever features, including “StudioLink”, an integration system – that re-defines the adjective “seamless” – between Publisher and their Designer and Photo apps.… Read More Affinity Publisher is an InDesign killer

Cinema Grade, a dramatically new way of colour grading footage or a huge marketing bubble?

Denver Riddle is a colour grading expert who first developed Color Finale for Final Cut Pro X. His company now comes forward with a next-generation colour grading app and plug-in for Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, and Da Vinci Resolve via the OFX plug-in, Cinema Grade. The new plug-in is a radical step away from traditional colour grading where the artist either needs to control the adjustments via on-screen wheels and sliders or through an expensive control surface. With Cinema Grade, on the other hand, you just mouse-drag colour adjustments in the frame, although you can still control everything by numbers if you want to.… Read More Cinema Grade, a dramatically new way of colour grading footage or a huge marketing bubble?