By Neil Matsumoto
Although 4K-shot productions are ramping up, we’re in purgatory in terms of distributing content in 4K. At the moment, your typical delivery specifications for VFX and theatrical exhibition are still currently at 2K and deliverables for television and the web are mainly at... more »
It's that time of year when we start seeing major announcements from companies looking to wow NAB audiences (held April 5 - 10 in Las Vegas, NV). At the past few shows, Panasonic has stayed on the sidelines in releasing groundbreaking digital motion picture cameras targeted towards filmmakers.... more »
Nikon just announced their new flagship DSLR, the D4S. In a nutshell, the D4S has a 16.2-megapixel FX-format sensor with a 51-point AF system and an ISO range that can reach speeds up to 409,600 ISO.
In terms of video, the camera does not break new ground but should offer professional photographers... more »
If you haven't used Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF on the 70D camera, you really have to check it out. It's one of the most exciting features I've seen in years regarding motion capture on a DSLR, especially for single camera operators working with moving subjects.
Canon just announced several updates,... more »
The Canon C300 has emerged as one of the most popular cameras for both narrative and documentary filmmaking. But one of the problems in shooting handheld work with the camera is the positioning of its viewfinder, which lies on top of the camera, right smack in the middle. Operating handheld is difficult... more »
With cameras like the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera capturing 4K and 12-bit Log CinemaDNG files, you're going to need a fast SD card to capture these large video files.
And just in time, SanDisk today announces the Extreme Pro SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card that offers... more »
When New York-based filmmakers Jon Reiner and Brad Rothschild teamed up to produce Tree Man, an independent documentary focusing on an Upper West Side Christmas tree vendor, they knew the project would be a challenge. Many of their desired shoot locations had limited access, and there was a very... more »
The 4K wars are heating up. The announcement last week of Panasonic's LUMIX DMC-GH4 4K camera created a ton of buzz in the indie filmmaking world. Even though pricing and availability for the GH4 has not been released, the current king of buzz, Blackmagic Design just announced that they are lowering... more »
On the filmmaking front, Panasonic has released a number of disruptive indie filmmaking cameras in the past, including the landmark 24p DVX100 and the large sensor AF100. But at the past couple NAB shows, it appeared as if Panasonic had been focusing more on ENG shooters than indie filmmakers. The... more »
With the release of the 5D Mark II - and large sensor camcorders shortly after - JVC kind of got lost in the indie filmmaker camera explosion, where Canon, Sony, RED and now, Blackmagic dominate. The past few years, they have excelled and put most of their efforts in targeting indie doc or ENG... more »
Shutterstock documented contributor Daniel Hurst while he tested the sophisticated MōVI stabilization rig, announced last year at April's NAB conference.
On Location with Daniel Hurst and MōVI from Shutterstock on Vimeo. more »
ARRI just announced pricing on its new doc-style camera, the AMIRA, and it's $40K. This is a number that many industry experts were predicting.
But in my opinion, $40K is way too high. After all, the AMIRA, as well as the ALEXA, are still 2K or 1080 cameras. Also, the AMIRA does not capture ARRIRAW... more »