Chapter 2.5Digital Cinema Cameras

While independent filmmakers and visual artists took advantage of inexpensive digital video (DV) cameras, the film industry as a whole did not immediately embrace digital acquisition due to its technical limitations. As the first cinema-style video cameras emerged on the market, adoption was slow due to the high cost and the persistence of tape-based acquisition, which limited the image to Rec. 709 (see section 4.3.8, “Essential Colorspaces”). However, it was not long before innovations in sensor technology and the introduction of the bayer sensor (see Figure 2.25) ushered in a new era of working with RAW data. In the past decade, upstart companies such as RED and Blackmagic Design have developed systems such ...

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