Bertram Kropac Bertram „Berti“ Kropac (born March 1976 in Fürth) is a German cinematographer, filmmaker and film producer and one of the pioneers in producing highest quality images in UHD and 4K.
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Bertram Kropac was already involved in film shooting and production during his time at school at the Hardenberg Gymnasium in Fürth.
Bertram Kropac started out as a cinematographer for numerous prime time documentaries for numerous TV Stations such as ARD, ZDF, Discovery Channel, History Channel and RTL. Furthermore he was responsible for the image composition of the 35mm short movie Night Train (2000). Within that same year Bertram Kropac realized an image film about the first SUV of the sports car manufacturer Porsche: the development and design of the Porsche Cayenne. With this image film he set his starting point as an expert for innovative motion picture production in the automotive industry.
He was especially dealing with the new Stereo 3D image composition as well as the Ultra High Definition Video in 4K- to 8K resolution. The use of this technique laid in premium exhibition films at first: the difference in quality of the completely computer generated, high-resolution graphics in comparison to the original film frames became really clear on the over 20 meters wide LED presentation walls. The Ultra HD format was also required for the production of real images; in the stereoscopic sector also with the double data volume. At first Kropac shot the majority of his technical innovative films for the industry, in particular for the Volkswagen Group for instance for Audi: the realization of the worldwide first 3D exhibition film for the automotive industry. The premiere of the new Audi A3, driven by the DTM champion Mike Rockenfeller, took place on the Geneva Autosalon on a more than 40 sqm sized 3D LED-wall.
At the same time, Berti was starting to look into 4 and 8K recording technology and started to develop a proper workflow for the postproduction of these high resolution images. The first important project in Ultra HD was realized for SKY Germany in December 2012: The shooting and postproduction of the Bundesliga Match between FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund, which turned out to be the first football match ever to be recorded in UHD resolution.
In the following year, KROPAC MEDIA was producing the world premiere for the new Audi R8 in 4K.
Although the efficiency of the new video technology could just be guaranteed for the industrial film productions, at first Berti Kropac was further on engaged as a cinematographer for television projects in the genre of nature, adventure and sport. Among them: So viel lebst du (2008), 75 minutes for the ARD, for the ZDF within Abenteuer Wissen: CERN – das größte Experiment der Welt and furthermore within Terra X Expedition ins Unbekannte – wilder Planet: Pulverfass Vesus as well as Gefahr für Lissabon. Additionally 2009: Erbebenalarm in Tokyo. He accompanied Markus Lanz for a 45 minute ZDF documentary Sehnsucht nach Grönland in the following year.
Kropac produced a 90 minutes HD cinema film about the first rope free single ascent of the 270 meters high Supervisors in the area of the Pongau, Austria by Harry Berger: Supervisor – Solo im Eis (2011) is about ice climbing on one of the worlds most difficult waterfalls.
Berti Kropacs Filmography as a cinematographer comprises about 20 television productions until the end of 2013. In addition there are more than 300 productions for bigger companies, which are shown on trade exhibitions for instance in Shanghai, Las Vegas, Detroit, Paris, Geneva as well as showrooms or rather used in internal company communication channels.
Bertram Kropac was dealing with the production of ultra sharp 8K images, the so called Big Five in south Africa in the beginning of 2014.
His company, the full service agency Kropac Media has been decorated with several awards such as
– 26. Internationale Wirtschaftsfilmtage – Silver (highest Category)
– Cannes Corporate 2014 – Golden Dolphin- Qaestar Awards – Two times Grand Winner and Best of Show 2015
– Worldmediaawards 2015 – Gold and Magic Waves