The HBO Camera Assessment Series (CAS) was held on November 2 at The Metroplex, KITEC, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, and attended by representatives from HBO, SMPTE HK, APB and systems integrator Ideal Systems.
In the 60-minute documentary presentation, HBO tested six digital camera systems undergoing the same set of photographic scenarios, from dynamic range to mixed colour lighting and skin tone
To maintain and improve the image quality of its film productions, HBO conducted a Camera Assessment Series (CAS) with the aim of bringing imaging technology into the testing environment, and in order to produce the “most thorough” production technology of its kind.
In the fifth edition of HBO CAS, the US-headquartered cable network evaluated six digital camera systems. They were: ARRI Alexa 65, Panavision Millennium OXL, Panasonic Varicam-Pure, Red Epic-W 8K S35, Canon EOS C700, and Blackmagic Design URSA Mini.
Each camera was subjected to the same set of rigorous photographic scenarios, including dynamic range, mixed colour lighting, motion, wardrobe colour and patterns, skin tone and available light.
The 60-minute documentary presentation provided insights into the latest imaging capabilities of each camera while offering commentaries from directors of photography (DoPs), producers and HBO executives about how these digital camera systems are currently being used.
Collaborating with Hong Kong’s Society of Motion Imaging (SMI), HBO has brought the CAS screening to Hong Kong.
Last November 2, the screening was conducted in a 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) digital cinema at The Metroplex, KITEC, Kowloon Bay. More than 400 visitors attended the screening, including Erik Hansen, director of media and production operations at HBO, who shared the company’s experiences working on some of the latest technologies that were used in the CAS.
Alongside SMI, other participating agencies who made the HBO CAS screening a success were CreateHK, the Film Development Fund (FDF), the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Hong Kong Section, and the Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers (HKSC).