Remember everyone who told you that
4K was the future of video? They were
wrong. Well, half wrong. While the world
dutifully migrates from high-definition to
4K resolution, another migration is under
way, from standard-dynamic range to high-dynamic range (HDR) video.
HDR video promises vastly improved
picture quality, boosting details in both the
highlights and shadows of your footage. But
just like the transition to 4K, you’re going to
need to update some of your gear to get in
on the HDR action.
• You need a 10-bit file: While standards
bodies are still wrangling over the precise
contours of an HDR specification, there’s
no question that 10-bit color (at a minimum)
will be part of what defines HDR video. With
the honorable exception of the Panasonic
GH5, DSLR and mirrorless cameras can’t
record 10-bit files to internal memory. Some,
however, can output a 10-bit file via HDMI to
an external recorder like the Atomos Sumo.
• You need an HDR monitor: There’s no point in recording HDR footage
unless you’re able to see all those shadow and highlight details. A new
generation of HDR monitors from companies like Eizo support the requisite
gamma curves (specifically HLG and PQ) required to accurately edit and
color-grade HDR video.
• You may not need new software: If you’re already working in an NLE such
as Adobe Premiere, you won’t necessarily need to update your software.
Adobe has been steadily updating Premiere to enable users to color grade
HDR files and output those files in the new HEVC video codec.
What you need and need to
know about shooting HDR
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With Palette, you can banish your
mouse and edit in programs like
Adobe Premiere and Lightroom
using knobs, dials and physical
sliders. Plug the Core into your
computer’s USB port, attach
up to 18 di;erent modules, map
your program’s controls to those
modules and you’re o;.
From $200 / palettegear.com
While most Wi-Fi-enabled hard drives are just dumb
repositories for your files, the Gnarbox is smarter. It can
ingest files from an SD or microSD card or a USB device.
Using a free app, you can pair your smartphone with
the Gnarbox and edit its contents—including RAW still
images and 4K video files. •
$299 / gnarbox.com
Housed in a 1.5-inch cube that’s
waterproof to a depth of 100
feet, the light delivers 150 lux at
3 meters and is a great option to
mount on a drone or smartphone.
The Lume Cube also has an
optical sensor to serve as a slave
to a camera flash, and you can
pair your Android or iPhone to
the light via Bluetooth.
$80 / lumecube.com
The new Factor lights from Fotodiox are dimmable,
bi-color LED panels that come in several shapes and
sizes. They include barn doors and can work with
optional batteries for portable performance.
From $530 / fotodioxpro.com