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The impact of digital technology on the film industry

The impact of digital technology on the film industry

Digital media has changed a lot of the way the world works. Physical limits and restrictions mean very little in the modern world. It’s truly a wonderful time to be alive.

Digital cameras are smaller, lighter, sharper, more powerful. We can operate remotely using cloud-based tools such as TeamViewer. Our phones are transforming point-and-point cameras into 360-degree experimental recording systems, and brilliant minds in secret rooms are dreaming of new ways to move the entertainment industry ahead in directions that we can only describe as mere science fiction. What a time to be alive!

The first movies were a series of short 50-second movies produced by the French brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere. In 1895, they proved their invention — a hybrid portable recording camera, a film processing unit, and a projector called the Cinemagraphe— to a paying audience.

In the last 120 years, there have been a variety of twists and turns impacting the motion picture industry. It is remarkable how much digital technology has reshaped the film industry in particular.

Here are a few technologies at the forefront of this change:

  • Autonomous drones

The film industry is now using autonomous drones that have built-in knowledge and algorithms related to filmmaking techniques. They take different angles and shots while shooting a film. They are also GPS-enabled and can be operated via smartphones, apps, or remote-control systems. The director, on the other hand, can create or change shots as needed. Drone cruises at high speed and high altitudes, depending on the configuration. They are a good invention for movies, because drones are lightweight and more maneuverable than big vehicles.

  • Algorithmic Editing

Researchers working on a joint venture between Stanford University and Adobe, recently created a software that can manipulate video without the need for a human. This should follow a plot, filter through several clips, and adapt lessons learned from film editing manuals to the production of complex, well-edited, dialog-driven scenes. It even boasts a feature that allows the software to apply concepts such as ‘start wide,’ ‘peaks and valleys’ and ‘jump cuts.’

  • AI Face Generation

Not long ago, a group of Nvidia researchers developed a neural network algorithm that can produce a brand new, highly realistic face from scratch. The platform is based on the state-of-the-art Nvidia, a neural network that can distinguish facets of an image in order to learn and produce new ones. To date, this technique has been applied to anime characters, old works of art and animals.

  • Virtual Reality (VR)

A virtual reality headset is required to create a 360-degree view, and some equipment manufacturers have already started selling products specially designed for recording 360-degree videos. A virtual reality headset is required to create a 360-degree view, and some hardware manufacturers have already started offering devices specifically built to film 360-degree images.

  • Screenplay Writing Through AI

Movie-making technology often applies to a plethora of tools and enhancements in audiovisual quality for consumers. But what about technology that simply eliminates the role of filmmakers? Okay, that’s no longer a distant thought. Recently, several researchers at New York University have developed AI software that is capable of writing screenplays. The best thing about this AI-powered thinking robot called Benjamin is that he could even write a song after the researchers trained him with more than 30,000 other songs.

  • Ultra HD 3D Technology

Technologies like 4k+ 3D or ultra-high definition 3D are now being used to shoot action sequences. The camera uses two or more lenses to capture details that display better content on screens. It captures live action and playback, and features plug-ins and VR audio editing. It behaves as a 3D, but it is not, and offers a transparent and enhanced image quality. It is expected that at the pace cinema is adopting new technologies, 4K content is likely to be available everywhere, and at an affordable price.

  • Smartphone Shooting

Smartphones have become the face of filmmaking, and many filmmakers are adapting to it. Often short films and documentaries are made on smartphones because they find it more convenient and easier to use. In the future, there will come a day when every modern film maker will come a smartphone with filmmaking technologies.

  • 3D Printing

3D printers are one of the most important development of our day. There are countless commercial applications. From 3D printing houses to devices in outer space, 3D printers make a very versatile piece of technology. In reality, filmmaking is very well suited to the use of 3D printers to reduce costs. As a fact, a 3D printer removes the need for transport equipment. Of course, 3D printers can’t print a camera or lens, but it can print the parts one needs.

These are some of the technical advancements in the film industry that are transforming the way the viewer watches films. Film making equipment is getting shorter, more powerful and more affordable due to the latest technologies. All of these advances are inspiring the film industry to adapt and implement new methods of making films and project quality content.



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