March 2nd, 2015

Nikon introduces new DX-Format D7200 DSLR for photo enthusiasts

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Nikon Inc. introduced the Nikon D7200, a DX-format DSLR built for photo enthusiasts.
Updating their popular D7100 DSLR, Nikon just announced the D7200, which is a DX-format DSLR that contains a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, 1 new 51-point AF system, no OLPF (optical low pass filter), and an EXPEED 4 image processor. For video shooters, Nikon is also releasing an affordable new wireless microphone system – ME-W1 mic (sold … 

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February 23rd, 2015

Go Live! Teradek announces VidiU Mini and Live: Air iPad Production Suite

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
VidiU Mini is a miniature HDMI encoder that can stream in full HD to any online video platform or to Teradek’s new Live:Air Production Suite.
Teradek just announced two new products – an H.264 encoder, the VidiU Mini, and an iPad Production Suite, Live:Air. Both products are part of Teradek’s new Create:Share platform for indie content creators. Here’s the release… IRVINE – Teradek, a manufacturer of professional video transmission equipment, has an-nounced a new H.264 encoder, the VidiU Mini, along … 
February 23rd, 2015

Good Things Come In Small Packages – ARRI announces new ALEXA Mini – a compact, lightweight ALEXA system

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
ARRI announces the new ALEXA Mini - a compact and lightweight camera system that contains the same image quality you would expect from the ALEXA system.
NAB 2015 is just around the corner and ARRI just announced an exciting new compact camera system. The ALEXA Mini is a small and lightweight system that is designed for specialty shots but fits perfectly in the ALEXA workflow, eliminating the need for another small 3rd party camera such as a DSLR. It will be … 
February 19th, 2015

Canon to release new Broadcast ENG Lens (HJ24ex7.5B) that improves performance, operability and usability

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Canon's new HJ24ex7.5Bi is an affordable, high-quality portable telephoto HD lens for high-end ENG applications.
Great news for ENG and doc-style shooters. Canon announced an affordable new HDTV Zoom Lens, designed for ENG shooting. The HJ24ex7.5Bi is a portable telephoto HD lens that has a 24x zoom ratio and is smaller and ligher than its predecessor. It also contains the widest angle and highest zoom ratio in its class. Here’s … 
February 17th, 2015

ARRI updates AMIRA with 4K UHD and MPEG-2 MXF recording

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
ARRI just announced they are releasing two software updates for its AMIRA, which will include 4K UHD recording and the ability to capture MPEG-2 MXF files, ideal for broadcast workflows. For UHD capture, you’ll be able to capture 3840 x 2160 (up to ProRes 4444) files in camera to CFast 2.0 cards. AMIRA is definitely … 
February 12th, 2015

Samsung NX1 Review – With its pioneering sensor and efficient H.265 codec, Samsung delivers a 4K powerhouse

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
The Samsung NX1 contains a Super35mm-sized 28MP BSI APS-C sensor that is essentially a 6.5K video camera.
By Neil Matsumoto Although we’re still a long way off from viewing 4K television broadcasts, 4K capture has been a reality for several years with cameras like the RED EPIC and Sony F55 for high-end features and the Panasonic GH4 and Canon 1D C for indie productions. But with this new explosion of 4K cameras, … 
February 1st, 2015

Sundance 2015 – Sundance Institute announces film awards for its 2015 festival

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was awarded to Crystal Moselle's The Wolfpack.
Sundance Institute just announced its winners for its 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Along with the usual Dramatic Feature and Documentary awards for both the U.S. and World categories, the jury also included new awards for films that they felt deserved merit, such as World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Unparalleled Access and World Cinema … 
January 30th, 2015

Sundance 2015 – Shot with an iPhone 5S, Tangerine is the film of the fest

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Shot entirely on an iPhone 5s, Tangerine has been one of the most talked about films of Sundance 2015.
By Neil Matsumoto Just because you borrowed from your trust fund to obtain a shiny new 4K camera with 12-stops of latitude doesn’t qualify you as a filmmaker. We can argue all day about resolution, dynamic range, 10-bit vs. 8-bit, etc., but if you don’t have an original story to tell, it’s probably best to … 
January 29th, 2015

Sundance 2015 – Canon Creative Studio on Main Street

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Canon returned to Sundance 2015 with their Canon Creative Studio space on Main Street.
By Neil Matsumoto Last year at Sundance, Canon ran a successful space (Canon Craft Services) on Main Street that invited Sundance attendees and filmmakers to get their hands on their latest gear and attend informative filmmaker panels. For Sundance 2015, Canon Creative Studio operated the same space on Main Street from 1/24 – 1/26 and … 
January 29th, 2015

Sundance 2015 – Be Very Afraid – (T)Error explores our country’s current counter-terrorism tactics

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe’s "(T)Error" (photo courtesy of David Felix Sutcliffe)
By Neil Matsumoto Over the past several years, documentaries have transitioned into a new medium. They’re no longer the standard “talking head” with lots of B-roll designed to educate us. Partially due to inexpensive and compact cameras, documentary filmmakers are able to follow their subjects around for years while keeping a low profile. True video … 

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