Focus From Afar
For camera assistants, new tools to pull focus wirelessly
Talk to different shooters, and you're likely to get a variety of different views on the necessity of a follow-focus system.
The FT-ONE variable frame rate camera from FOR-A brings slow-motion capabilities to 4K-resolution video.
At A Glance: The Merlin 2
Steadicam refines its popular handheld stabilization system for low-weight camcorders and video-capable DSLRs
Introduced more than six years ago, the Merlin was designed originally as a solution for smaller camcorders, with hover-like floating stabilization of the image for extended takes and smooth pans even when dealing with tricky camera movement obstacles like staircases, corners and motion.
The 5D Mark III
Canon’s long-awaited update to its landmark 5D Mark II has arrived
In developing the EOS 5D Mark II, Canon wanted to give AP still photographers the ability to capture video while on their photo assignments.
At A Glance: Pregrading
Irudis Tonalizer|VFX gets your footage into shape
Once the shooting stops, it's time to create your look. For many, the color-grading process is a plug-in to an editing application with an assortment of preset looks.
True Cinematic Results
Hands-on with the Canon EOS C300, the ultimate camera for indie filmmakers
In the April issue of HDVideoPro, I wrote up a First Look on the new Canon EOS C300, Canon's first professional large-sensor digital camera system.
First Look: Back In The Game
Nikon releases the D4 and D800, two DSLRs with much improved features for filmmakers
When it was announced, back in September 2008, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was the game-changing DSLR that helped start a filmmaking revolution.
Audio Assist: Modern Sound Reports
Recording stereo, and apps for writing sound reports
You ask a simple question that actually has a pretty complex answer.
First Look: Blackmagic Cinema Camera
Blackmagic Design launches a revolutionary digital cinema camera
At NAB 2012, a similar game-changing event took place. Australian company, Blackmagic Design—mostly known for their video converters, routers, disk recorders, etc.—announced the arrival of a new digital cinema camera, which is simply titled the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.
Canon is welcoming new family members to the Cinema EOS line with two cameras capable of 4096x2160 resolution and four lenses.
At A Glance: Swift JIB50
Fast to set up and easy to carry, the SWIFT JIB50 telescoping jib provides an affordable solution for overhead tracking, panning, tilting and crane-style movements
Available on its own or in total kit solutions that also package a remote head and tethered remote control of the system, the SWIFT JIB50 provides independent filmmakers with more possibilities for camera movements, the same kind of overhead shots that professional productions often create using expensive cranes and jibs.
RED’s modular Scarlet-X delivers 5K stills and 4K motion picture capture—definitely not for amateurs
I have a confession to make. Although I've seen plenty of RED ONEs and EPICs on sets and have placed my hands on models at trade shows (when they're not encased behind glass), I've actually never shot with one.
Audio Assist: iRecord
Recording sound with iOS devices, plus lavalier mic options
Is it possible to record professional-level audio with my iPhone?
Hands On With The Sony NEX-FS100U
A true digital motion-picture camera with a budget-friendly price
I first saw the Sony NEX-FS100U on a press excursion last year in Japan a week before the earthquake and tsunami hit.