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#1 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 03:10 AM

Just looked at the latest Aston sheet for the digital Penelope, no doubt just out for NAB.

http://www.aaton.com...april-2012b.pdf

The interesting bit is how they're achieving the camera's lower ISO rating by using a multi slot shutter with a 100 ISO setting, so avoiding the use of ND filters. I was wondering how they were managing it. I expect there'll be a lot of testing for artifacts from this new arrangement.
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#2 Stephen Williams

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 04:52 AM

Just looked at the latest Aston sheet for the digital Penelope, no doubt just out for NAB.

http://www.aaton.com...april-2012b.pdf

The interesting bit is how they're achieving the camera's lower ISO rating by using a multi slot shutter with a 100 ISO setting, so avoiding the use of ND filters. I was wondering how they were managing it. I expect there'll be a lot of testing for artifacts from this new arrangement.


The 100 ISO shutter looks like a very clever soloution.
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#3 Tim Tyler

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:47 PM

Looks like an amazing camera. delta_profile1_531_2.jpg

CCD eliminates rolling shutter issues.

http://www.aaton.com...cts/film/delta/

The first optical viewfinder digital camera with an internal SSD recorder (DeltaPack*) for full rez CineDNG ucompressed RAW (the Adobe archival format based on open standards), and editorial-ready proxies.
* DeltaPack is compatible with the codex® backstage and post station workflow.

Lightweight: 7.5 kilos with internal recorder and two onboard 14V Li-Ion batteries. Two to five hours‘ autonomy; power dovetailing during changes.

Designed for earthlings, Delta respects Aaton‘s first commandment : Cat on the Shoulder profile, plus wide flat base for tripod. No eye-strain bright viewfinder with large peripheral coverage. . Rotating mirror shutter; no rolling shutter artifacts.

Main selector eliminates complex menu navigation and gives direct access to operating functions from both the operator and assistant sides.

Location sound-mixer friendly, Delta is noiseless in both record and pause ( <19dB ) and offers AES42 input for digi-mics as well as RF transmitted mixdown from audio recorders.

Unlimited number of cascadable preset 3D LUTs for RAW metadata on one hand, and for on-set control screens on the other.

14 stop dynamic range Super35 Dalsa® CCD sensor, 800 and 100 ISO sensitivities (patent pending) eliminate the need for special anti-IR neutral density filters. 90% pixel-fill allows for wide angle lenses with short exit-pupil distance. 
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#4 Keith Walters

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:19 PM

Do they state the sensor's native resolution anywhere? All I can find is:
"Dalsa® sensor’s 90% pixel-fill allows for 7K pixel sampling"

If you can afford the mirror shutter, Dalsa's simple 40-year-old CCD design still gives the best results, since almost the entire silicon area is used for photon capture, without the complication of microlenses.
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#5 Chris Millar

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:05 AM

Looks like a fine piece of engineering...

er, so can anyone explain what a '100 ISO' shutter is ? (last time I looked up a patent I remember thinking never again)

Whats going on with those slits ?

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#6 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:19 AM

Whats going on with those slits ?


I assume it's a means of reducing the amount of light passing through, without reducing the effective shutter angle. I guess it acts as a series of travelling slit shutters, which combine to provide the complete exposure.
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#7 Vincent Sweeney

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:49 AM

Does this mean that non-film movie cameras will finally be able to record red lights without them turning white and/or pink? Current digital nighttime street shots are already looking dated.

Any word on shipping dates or price?
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#8 Chris Millar

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 02:06 AM

I assume it's a means of reducing the amount of light passing through, without reducing the effective shutter angle. I guess it acts as a series of travelling slit shutters, which combine to provide the complete exposure.


Ah, ok - I (mis)read 'multi-shot' in your first post which got me thinking too much... Yup, I get it, and you've already touched on temporal aliasing issues which was my next thought.
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:09 AM

Wow. How many tens of thousands will this pupppy command?

Edited by Matt Stevens, 01 May 2012 - 09:10 AM.

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#10 Michael Lehnert

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:00 PM

Funny: Jean-Pierre Beauviala in signature dress featuring in the photo on page 3 of the Aaton PDF brochure Brian posted originally. B)
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#11 Keith Walters

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 08:57 PM

We also now need a new folder; clearly this doesn't fit in "Aaton Film".
Why not just "Aaton" since there aren't that many Aaton-related posts?
Or is that about to change...? :rolleyes:
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#12 Tim Tyler

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:21 PM

We also now need a new folder; clearly this doesn't fit in "Aaton Film".
Why not just "Aaton"


I think just renaming this forum will do the trick.
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#13 Michael Lehnert

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 05:27 AM

I think just renaming this forum will do the trick.


I second that motion!

I think 'Aaton' or 'Aaton Film + Digital' would do the job.
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#14 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 01:18 PM

Some pictures and info from IBC

http://www.fdtimes.c...penelope-delta/
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#15 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 01:04 AM

Here's an article by on the Penelope Delta with some test DNG frames..

http://blog.abelcine...enelope-camera/
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#16 Chris Millar

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:14 AM

Moving the sensor half a pixel - very interesting! ;)

'7k' though - not sure how to achieve it without having your screen and or projection also moving half a pixel every frame - huh?
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#17 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 11:29 AM

Interesting to find out theory behind that, it could be a perceived "dynamic" resolution over a number of frames as against a stand alone single frame resolution. The Camera records RAW, so there could be a bit of post processing going on.

Here are some test images:

http://www.marquise-...ces.html#tabs-5
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#18 Chris Millar

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:10 AM

Thing is the end product has a single frame resolution... But one of 7k? Oversampling? To be used in? VFX/comp work?
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#19 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 02:08 AM

Whats going on with those slits ?

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I believe there are 20 slits and looking at some still frames in a CML thread the motion blur does look pretty normal on the number plate of a moving car.
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#20 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:49 PM

The first Digital Penelope has been delivered.

http://www.fdtimes.c...pe-d-delivered/
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