Digital Film/Video Acquisition & Post Report

SCRI Research has just conducted a survey among digital film & video facilities worldwide.  The survey was undertaken with the Digital Cinema Society.

Table of Contents

Type of productions associated with

  • Studio Feature
  • Independent Feature
  • Broadcast TV(Series, MOW, or Specials)
  • Cable TV
  • Internet / Web Series
  • Music Videos
  • Commercials
  • Documentaries
  • Other

Computer Platforms Used

  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Unix
  • Other

Types of products evaluating/considering for purchase in 2013?

  • Digital Cinema Cameras
  • Digital Cinema Camera Lenses & Accessories
  • Monitors
  • Lighting & Grip Equipment
  • Digital Recorders/Players
  • Digital Editing Hardware/Software
  • Projectors
  • PC Workstations
  • MAC Workstations
  • Unix/Linux Workstations
  • 3D Graphics, Animation & Visual Effects Products
  • Other Workstations
  • Authoring Applications
  • DVD-R/RW
  • Music Libraries & Sound Effects
  • Stock Footage/Clip Media
  • Switchers, Routers
  • Signal Processors
  • Scan Converters
  • Encoders / Decoders
  • Servers
  • D/A’s & A/D’s
  • Test & Measurement Equipment
  • Media Storage
  • Streaming Media Applications
  • Audio Editing Hardware/Software
  • Microphones & Sound Accessories
  • Audio Mixers/Consoles
  • Screenwriting/production budgeting & scheduling software

Type of cameras do you currently use and/or plan to use in 2013?

  • Film 16mm
  • Film 35mm
  • Film 65mm
  • HD/DSLR
  • Large Single Sensor Digital Cinema Camera, 35mm or larger
  • Smaller and or Multiple Sensor, (4/3”, 2/3”, 1/2”, 1/3”, 1/4” etc.)
  • 3D, (Single Body Twin Lens or 2 camera in a Mirror Rig)
  • Other

Brands of cameras do you currently use &/or plan to use in 2013?

  • Aaton
  • Arri Alexa
  • Arri Film
  • Blackmagic Cinema Camera
  • Canon
  • GoPro
  • Grass Valley
  • Ikonoskop
  • Iconix
  • JVC
  • Nikon
  • Panasonic 3D
  • Panasonic Other
  • Panavision
  • RED Epic
  • RED One
  • RED Scarlet
  • Silicon Imaging
  • Sony, Large Single Sensor
  • Sony Broadcast/HD camera
  • Sony 3D
  • Sony Other
  • Vision Research Phantom
  • Other

Types of Post Production Tools do you use or plan to use in 2013?

  • Non Linear Editing
  • Color Correction
  • Visual Special Effects
  • 3D
  • Audio
  • Other

Brands of post production tools do you currently use &/or plan to use in 2013?

  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Other
  • Apple FCP 7
  • Apple FCP X
  • Apple Motion
  • Apple Color
  • Apple Other
  • Assimilate Scratch
  • Autodesk 3ds Max
  • Autodesk Other
  • Avid DS
  • Avid Media Composer
  • Avid Motion Graphics
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Avid Symphony
  • Avid Other
  • Boris FX Media 100
  • Boris FX Other
  • DaVinci Resolve
  • Digital Vision Nucoda
  • FilmLight Baselight
  • Grass Valley Edius
  • Lightworks
  • Matrox
  • NewTek LightWave 3D
  • NewTek TriCaster
  • Quantel Pablo Rio
  • Quantel Other
  • Red Giant
  • SGO Mistika
  • Sony Vegas
  • Other

Which brands of digital recorders/players do you use currently &/or plan to use in 2013?

  • AJA Video
  • Atomos
  • Blackmagic Design
  • Codex
  • Sound Devices
  • RED
  • Sony
  • S.two
  • Panasonic
  • JVC
  • NextoDI
  • Convergent Design
  • Vitec Focus
  • Other

Long term storage medium currently using and/or plan to use in 2013?

  • Datatape such as LTO
  • Videotape
  • Spinning Hard Drives – RAID Protected
  • Spinning Hard Drives – Stand alone drives
  • Flash Memory
  • Disc, (Blu-ray, DVD)
  • Ruggedized HDDs (e.g., RDX).
  • Holographic Memory
  • Optical Storage Systems (eg. DOTS)
  • Archiving on Film
  • Other

Methods of capture/store during acquisition – medium?

  • Videotape
  • Hard Disc Drive
  • Solid State Card
  • Other Solid State Drive
  • Optical Disk
  • Film
  • Other

Recording Codec/Formats

  • Avid DNX
  • RAW
  • Uncompressed (4:2:2, 4:4:4 etc)
  • JPEG2000 compression
  • DVC Pro
  • Pro Res
  • HDCAM
  • HDCAM SR
  • HDV
  • DV
  • P2 – AVC Intra
  • P2- DV
  • AVC Intra
  • AVC (H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10)
  • MPEG2
  • MXF Files
  • Other

Importance of technologies?

  • Film for Acquisition
  • Film for Exhibition
  • 3D for Theatrical
  • 3D for Television, Gaming, and Web
  • Resolution beyond HD
  • Resolution beyond 4K
  • Higher Frame Rate Exhibition
  • Motion Capture
  • Greater bit depth
  • Greater color gamut
  • Lens metadata capture
  • Location metadata capture
  • Spatial depth capture
  • Camera-attitude metadata capture

Last time (year) work with film and / or videotape as formats?

Business Revenues

  • 2012 vs. 2011
  • 2013 vs. 2012

Equipment Budgets

  • 2012 vs. 2011
  • 2013 vs. 2012

Issues Facing the Industry

  • Future economical availability of Film as an acquisition format
  • Shrinking Budgets and Schedules requiring everything to be delivered faster and cheaper
  • Lack of technical standards
  • Loss of archival material or shifting formats so that your work may not be around for future generations
  • Shrinking attention span of the audience
  • Job competition; too many qualified people for any given position
  • Consolidation of media conglomerates squeezing out the Independents
  • Piracy of content robbing rights holders of profiting from their investments
  • Proliferation of surveys
  • Declining Equipment Reliability
  • Obsolescence and Limited Life-cycle of Gear

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  • Per Question: $395 or $595 for brand questions
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  • FULL REPORT: $1,750
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