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#1 Matt Irwin

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 01:46 AM

HI all,

 

I'm just curious if anyone has shot an iPad on film and has encountered frequency sync issues. Any flicker / roll / etc? 

Do I need a video sync box? (can I even use one with an iPad....)

 

The project I'm prepping is  2perf 35mm on Panaflex GII or Platinum and there is talk of iPad screens being built into some key set pieces....

 

I'd test if I had time and budget to, but.....

 

 

Thanks in advance.

Matt

 

 

 

 


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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 08:19 AM

You shouldn't have any problems, LED screens have enough decay time in the phosphors to minimize flicker issues. I've only shot scenes with iPads on the Alexa so far, but we didn't see any issues even with a 90 degree shutter (it was for a dance scene in "Smash").  If the iPad scene is not on Day One, then you can shoot a quick test on your set on the first day just to be comfortable.


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#3 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 08:58 AM

Are there any iPads with OLED displays? I suspect these may cause problems.

 

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#4 Matt Irwin

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 11:49 AM

Thanks David, yeah I'll try to work out a test somehow.

 

I don't know if iPads are OLED.... I think the "retina" feature is purely resolution and glass.


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:38 AM

Is there any possibility to 'do it in the post'? Just thinking of reflections as well. If there aren't many shots, should't be a big job to matte out and replace with content. I'm sure you've talked this through though.

 

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