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#1 tom clapson

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:45 AM

im currently writting athesis at university about the rise of digital in film, and wonderd does anybody know what the first film shot on digital was and what camera it was filmed on. im after full digital not dv recording etc. thankyou for any help or refferences it would help me so much.
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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:54 PM

Are you also asking about analogue video or just digital? The former was used to shoot films.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:00 PM

I think there may have been earlier, but this one of the first films shot on video tape and transferred to 35mm. http://en.wikipedia....wiki/200_Motels
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:03 PM

i meant not video or dv so a camera that goes straight to hard drive, external drive or memory cards if any one knows but thanks these will still be great for my middle area
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:22 PM

i meant not video or dv so a camera that goes straight to hard drive, external drive or memory cards if any one knows but thanks these will still be great for my middle area


You can have digital video tape, it can record the same codec as hard drives etc. I assume you mean a camera that records RAW, because all the other digital cameras record a "video" format be it recorded on tape or a hard drive etc.

I think the first production camera that recorded just data was probably the Thonpson Viper.

Edited by Brian Drysdale, 18 April 2012 - 04:26 PM.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:27 PM

Cool ermm i guess the first video tape film in digital format and the first film recorded to memory card or hard drive
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:36 PM

Cool ermm i guess the first video tape film in digital format and the first film recorded to memory card or hard drive


Here's list of major digital feature films. http://en.wikipedia....shot_in_digital

I suspect it's not comprehensive and I expect there will be low budget films that aren't mentioned. Google is a wonderful thing.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:11 PM

The Pixelvision is a digital camera, maybe that was the earliest used for a movie?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PXL-2000

"It was also used by Michael Almereyda for three of his films: the 1992 film Another Girl Another Planet, which was entirely shot with a PXL-2000... "
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:18 PM

wow freaky im listening to the only ones another girl another planet when i opend it lol what are the odds thanks for the help though
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#10 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 05:45 PM

Recording digital to tape using a video codec predates most ability or desire to record directly to hard drives as data. All your early examples would have been recorded to Digital Betacam and DV tape in the early 1990's. I can't think of any features recorded directly to computers other than for some efx shots in "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones" around 2000-2001.

Then you'd have the feature "Russian Ark" (2002), also shot on the Sony F900, recorded to a backpack hard drive as one 100 minute continuous take.

Then there might be an early Thomson Viper project recorded in film stream mode to data recorder -- "Zodiac" (2007) is probably the first major studio film to be shot digitally and recorded entirely without tape media.
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