Saturday, May 23, 2020

Top 5 Hollywood Tech & Gear Advancements

Technology refuses to stand still as it shapes the world around us. Artificial intelligence, 4K and 3D printing gear are shaping up to be Hollywood’s next big stars.

1. 3D Printing Your Own Gear

There will come a day when shipping gear across the world will be as archaic as dial-up internet, but until 3D printing reaches the next level of speed, quality, and affordability, we can only dream. That being said, for small and simple items like follow focuses, lens rings, tripod plates, and even clapboards (pictured above), 3D printing is fast-becoming a viable option.

2. Algorithm Editing

Perhaps the scariest technological innovation on the horizon, algorithmic editing technologies, like the software MIT researchers are developing, may very well replace human film and video editing jobs all together. Or, depending on how you look at it, the technology may just make editing much less tedious. Either way, the breakthroughs in facial recognition, automatic labeling, and idiom appliance are all frighteningly innovative parts of the futuristic “Computational Video Editing.”

3. Drone Goggles

Drone goggles are, at the very least, one of the most futuristic-looking technological innovations — and they are, indeed, a thing of the imminent future. DJI actually unveiled their current offering at NAB, which is on the market today. However, as we can see with some of the limitations of the current products (as well as look into what could be available), POV drone operation is just beginning to take off.

4. Smartphone Filmmaking Gear

To some, the idea that there will come a day when entire feature films will be shot on iPhones seems like a dystopian concept. Yet, it’s already happened. Multiple times in fact. This raises a question: will the market and industry shift to accommodate those up-and-coming iPhone and smartphone filmmakers with new, cool and innovative gear and technologies? The answer, again, is it already has — just look at this round up of iPhone gimbals unveiled at NAB.

5. 4k+ 3D

Virtual reality (or VR as we like to say in the biz) may be the brightest star in the future-tech galaxy. One shining example would be Lucid VR’s LucidCam, which is touted as the “first and only 4K 3D VR live production camera”. Not to be outdone is Google-supported Yi Technology’s Yi Halo 16-point 4k 3D action camera. 

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