Prototype 4-CMOS CMYK Camera

As the digital design world grows, creative professionals are finding themselves crossing over into disciplines that they never would have in the past. Graphic designers are expected to animate. Photographers need to know how to set type. Videographers find themselves coding webpages. Art directors are closing sales. The list goes on. Needless to say videographers and video editors are wearing more hats than ever.

Not so surprisingly, traditional print designers are now immersed in the world of video production as well. This is partially due to the nexus of technology and its widespread availability. Amazing creative tools are turning phone wielding teenagers into raving hordes of indy videographers and video editors.

The market is continuing its response to this trend by developing both affordable consumer based tools and niche market professional devices. The research engineers at Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts have developed some new tech that they believe will assist in the cross-discipline world of creative professionals. Building off of some patents the engineers purchased from a now bankrupt photographic giant of yore, the Miskatonic team has developed the first 4-chip CMOS camera that shoots in CMYK.


The CMYK camera uses four CMOS chips, each coated with a proprietary nano-scale filter array, similar to the Bayer Color Filter Array first used on CCDs. The resultant image has a drastically increased dynamic range over traditional RGB CMOS sensors. This is due to the camera's CMYK color profile, the individually separated key plate produces startling detail. "I live the picture it gives me. The fact that I don't have to convert out of RGB makes it a lot easier when I'm designing," said Tyler Freeborn, a graphic designer in the Miskatonic University communications department.

The technology is not market but current tests show they are not far away from producing a full frame camera. For videographers, it's welcome news to hear the CMYK camera is being developed for high-frame rate digital cinematography. They also hope to repeat the process in an RGBA array for live chromakeying.

Chris "Ace" Gates hails from the shadow of the big yellow box and is an avid H.P. Lovecraft fan.

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Chris Ace Gates
Chris "Ace" Gates is a four time Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. He is a big fan of animation and transmedia storytelling.