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“native decoding of many .mov formats is available today (including uncompressed, DV, IMX, MPEG2, XDCAM, h264, JPEG, DNxHD, DNxHR, ProRes, AVCI and Cineform)”...
“Unfortunately, there are some codecs which remain dependent on QuickTime being installed on Windows, most notably Apple ProRes. We…have no estimated timeframe for native decode currently.”
We were operating at only 20 foot candles which is very low-it's really hard to get a good depth of field. So, since depth of field was one of the things Bob Wise (the director) wanted to stress, I employed split diopters on most of the scenes. A split diopter is an optic, the equivalent to bifocal glasses, where the eye sees, looking straight forward, one specific distance, and, when you move to a different viewpoint, sees another increment of distance. The split might be top to bottom or side to side; the diopters are half-moon-shaped, and they cover one half of a third of the lens. They attach right onto the lens, and they can be shifted right and left, and up and down, or whatever...However, with split diopters, you can also pan the camera all you want, you don't have to keep it locked in one shot at a time. All you have to do is slide the split diopters on and off for each focal point, being careful, when you set up the shot, to prepare it so that you've got a shadow, a vertical set element or a hot spot to cover the blend line.