HDR & ACES: a 1-day Technical Seminar

with Charles Poynton hosted at Mr X Gotham, Manhattan On Thu Aug 11, in collaboration with Mr X Gotham (Manhattan), I’ll present a one-day technical seminar on HDR and wide colour gamut for d-cinema, HD/UHD/4K/8K. ACES is important in high-end production, and is becoming increasingly useful in CGI/VFX and DI. The ACES block diagram serves …

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Practical Aspects of HDR (in Oxfordshire, July)

On Tue July 12, at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire (90 min or so from London), John Watkinson presented a 5-hour seminar, Practical Aspects of HDR: Implementation and Deployment, as part of the SMPTE/HPA UK Tech Retreat. John covered the material that I presented at HPA Tech Retreat in Palm Springs in Feb., with an update concerning emerging …

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Emergent Technology in D-cinema and UHD/4K

High Dynamic Range, Wide Colour Gamut, and ACES 1.0 A Seminar with Charles Poynton hosted by SKYLAB HQ/Screen Dragon, Vancouver, BC Tue Feb 23, 10:00 – 17:00 Three important emerging technologies touch acquisition, post production/DI (especially colour grading), studio display, mastering, and distribution for cinema and UHD/4K: high dynamic range (HDR), wide colour gamut (WCG), and ACES 1.0. …

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“Windows Technical Support” scam

At least once a week I get a call from a caller claiming to be “Windows Technical Support.” It’s a scam. The routine is to convince you that your computer is “infected” by dozens of virii. You give a “technician” permission to take control of your computer (!); after a payment of from $100 to $360, the “technician” repairs the alleged damage. …

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Windows 7 System Update, 80246002 error

I’ve been using Windows 7 (SP1, 64-bit). I use it rarely, and keep it very very close to factory-standard state. I use it to run Adobe FrameMaker and nothing else. I frequently run Windows Update. But yesterday, Windows Update failed with an error code 80246002 (which I gather is in hexadecimal). None of the remediation options offered in the Windows …

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Phishing for Bell Canada

During the past four weeks or so, about once a week I have received a voice landline call where the caller begins, “Hi, I’m calling from Bell Canada Promotion Department.” The caller ID does not indicate BELL CANADA, that’s your first clue that something is amiss. The second hint (sad to say) is that the caller has an East …

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Bell Sympatico pop/smtp

If all of a sudden (in my case after 10 years of service) you’re having trouble with Bell Sympatico email service, if you find that your credentials are not recognized – even immediately after resetting your password – I’m here to tell you that Bell has turned off pop email access by default. Yes, crazy, I know, but they’re almost …

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Xerox Phaser 6500 fan replacement

As the title suggests, my Phaser 6500 colour laser printer – which I’ve been pretty happy with – had its main cooling fan fail, a few months after the warranty expired. The failure was indicated by a fairly explicit message on the built-in display. So I tore the printer apart and fixed it. Should you find yourself in a similar circumstance, …

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Contacts – Linkedin/Mac Address Book

I wouldn’t want Linkedin to think that I’m abandoning the “platform,” on the other hand, with every dot-dot release they’re making it more difficult to stay. So: How to get Connections out as contacts? On the web, access Connections, look under the gear icon at the top right (Settings), then at the top right of that …

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