Author Adam Wilt

Adam Wilt

Adam Wilt is a software developer, engineering consultant, and freelance film & video tech. He’s had small jobs on big productions (PA, “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”, Dir. Robert Wise), big jobs on small productions (DP, “Maelstrom”, Dir. Rob Nilsson), and has worked camera, sound, vfx, and editing gigs on shorts, PSAs, docs, music vids, and indie features. He started his website on the DV format, adamwilt.com/DV.html, about the same time Chris Hurd created the XL1 Watchdog, and participated in DVInfo.net‘s 2006 “Texas Shootout.” He has written for DV Magazine and ProVideoCoalition.com, taught courses at DV Expo, and given presentations at NAB, IBC, and Cine Gear Expo. When he’s not doing contract engineering or working on apps like Cine Meter II, he’s probably exploring new cameras, just because cameras are fun.

Arri
Arri Amira at Videofax

Last Wednesday, Videofax in San Francisco hosted Arri’s Snehal Patel, who showed off Amira, “the new documentary-style camera” with the heart of an Alexa. Amira is a tasty package: backlit physical switches and controls, so it’s tactile like a broadcast…

Camera Gear
NAB 2014 – TVLogic VFM-058W

Among other announcements at the TVLogic press conference was this new 5.5″ camera-top monitor, the VFM-058W. It builds on the widely-used VFM-056W with several useful enhancements: Full 1920×1080 resolution. This is the trend even for the smallest monitors; it won’t…

Video
Digital Bolex

Joe Rubinstein is the founder and camera developer for Digital Bolex. On Sunday, he sat down with me and talked about the Digital Bolex D16: what inspired him, what he set out to accomplish, what challenges he faced… and what…

Show Reports
NAB 2014: Sony, Sunday Night

Every Sunday before the show opens, Sony has a booth tour for VIPs. The Sony folks kindly allow me to tag along, as long as I don’t publish before 9am Monday morning. Herewith, some (only some) of the cool stuff…

JVC Pro HD
NAB 2014: JVC Camera News

Some things for broadcast and news: the GY-HM850 and GY-HM890 are new shoulder-mount, 3-chip 1/3” HD camcorders in the mold of the 790, but using high-sensitivity CMOS sensors instead of CCDs. The 890 differs from the 850 by being dockable…

Show Reports
NAB Saturday Setup

Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s… 1987? These iconic letters, seen on the journey to the show, are also the initials of the The Silver Valley High School in Yermo, CA, about 130 miles southwest of Las Vegas. (Apologies to…

Monitors
Live View? Not So Fast…

Bob Shaw’s 1966 short story “Light of Other Days” and 1972 novel “Other Days, Other Eyes” are built around the idea of “slow glass,” a substance through which light travels very slowly. The material was developed as a strong, lightweight…

Show Reports
HPA Tech Retreat 2014: What Just Happened?

The annual HPA Tech Retreat is over; here’s my quick summary of trends that stood out, as well as a few interesting images. Chasing viewer engagement / sampling / metrics: Real-time social-media monitoring. Set-top boxes delivering customized ads. Live user-engagement…

Optical Science
HPA Tech Retreat 2014 – Day 5

The HPA Tech Retreat is an annual gathering where film and TV industry folks discuss all manner of technical and business issues. It’s the sort of conference where the chap next to you is cutting shows on his MacBook Air;…