PINLIGHT's equipment is geared towards providing digital content. We specialize using Apple's Final Cut Pro X. We believe it is the fastest and most modern editing solution available. It is used in the post production of all our programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOOTING - 2K and 4K NEW UPDATES

We've been shooting HD since 2006, and have never gone back to NTSC in producing our own programs. All shooting is now done on DSLR, using Canon's 70D with multiple lenses and...

A newcomer is the Sony RX10-MK III This new Sony can shoot in 4K and takes stunning pictures-- has a lens with an incredible reach from 24mm to 600mm. It's the camera now being used for WATCHERS. With its mirrorless design and OLED optical viewfinder, the Sony fills a much needed gap in our production hardware. The Canon really can't keep up with it, but has its uses as well.

Audio is handled via Sennheiser wireless EK-100 systems, and a BeachTek audio interface. Mics are TRAM TR-50s which simply are unbeatable.

Driving and flying sequences are also shot with the GoPro Hero 3+ camera. We started using a Hero2 in WATCHERS 4 and the Hero 3+ was a surprisingly powerful leap in technology. While the Hero4 is a great camera, most of the time the 3+ with filters attached looks terrific.

Another newcomer is the new Yuneec Typhoon Q500+ which is a 4K quadcopter. We've needed drone technology for a couple years and not until we saw this machine did we get all that excited about it. The Q500+ can operate in Follow Me and Watch Me modes automatically, without having to worry about the controls. Top speed, 40mph. It also has a detachable gimbal that can be used in hand-held applications and was used in WATCHERS 10.

 

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EDITING

There was a huge controversy about Apple's Final Cut Pro when they went to version "X." For awhile, we weren't sure if it would ever provide the features we lost in previous versions. When the new update was released, Apple made some HUGE improvements and now we're glad we stuck with it.

FCPX is now the fastest system we've used to date with many of the effects visible in real time. With Apple's tie-in to iOS, FCP-X has become part of the post production flow. Apple is a mainstay at PINLIGHT.

To do the amazing 3D titles and other effects, we use Adobe's After Effects with a powerful plug-in from Video CoPilot known as "Element 3D." The rendering times are almost instantaneous, and the results are spectacular. PINLIGHT uses a set of very specific plug-ins in After Effects to acheive the results that people have come to expect.

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