From aerial photography to remote control operation, powerful and versatile features in a tiny and extremely capable dedicated video system
By David Alexander Willis
With RAW video capture, the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is a dream solution for special-purpose video needs, like hiding in a scene or aerial photography.
Incredibly compact at external dimensions of only 3.25 x 2.74 x 2.57 inches, the 11-ounce $995 Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera saw some POV usage on a fast-moving commercial for Mountain Dew recently... Read more
A variety of tools for multi-camera productions allows projection to a live audience for later playback from YouTube and Vimeo and for live streaming
By Noah Kadner
The NewTek TriCaster Mini offers the convenience of a built-in monitor; it’s a complete production switcher at the easily portable size of a cereal box.
I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with my good friend and colleague Dave Cerf on researching options for live-streaming productions. A technical adviser for a popular series of live stage... Read more
The new Cineluxe Collection of video camera bags were designed in collaboration with working filmmakers to incorporate features they require
Tenba has introduced the new Cineluxe Collection of video camera bags, designed in collaboration with working filmmakers with the qualities they demand on set and on location. The bags are available in a range of sizes, with capacities that can hold professional camcorders, cinema cameras and ENG rigs from Sony, Canon, RED, Blackmagic and others (with... Read more
Transvideo’s StarliteRF-a monitor-recorder and Aaton Digital’s CantarMini digital mixer-sound recorder will debut at the Dubai show, March 21-23
The front view of Aaton Digital’s new CantarMini 16-track digital mixer-sound recorder, with swivelling display open
Sister companies Transvideo and Aaton Digital will debut new products at CABSAT 2017, March 21-23, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Transvideo will introduce the new StarliteRF-a monitor-recorder with wireless camera control of the... Read more
Featuring a Super 35mm CMOS 4K sensor with a global shutter, the flagship camera is designed for a variety of shooting scenarios, from features to docs to episodic TV
Canon has announced a July 2017 release date for its flagship EOS C700 GS PL Cinema Camera, joining the EOS C700 EF and EOS C700 PL Digital Cinema cameras, which are available with a rolling shutter.
Originally announced in September 2016, the EOS C700 GS PL features a Super 35mm CMOS 4K sensor with a global shutter for cinematographers who need quality... Read more
These breakthrough solutions let us step right into the shoes of a burnt-out detective in the year 2029 or become Harley Quinn in the Warner Bros. Suicide Squad VR experience
By Robert Powell
Over the past few years, filmmakers have been diving headfirst into creating and shaping the language of cinematic VR. No longer are large studios regarding VR as a gimmick or novelty that eventually will pass, instead validating it as a new medium by dedicating their effort, ingenuity and money into designing experiences that are unlike anything seen... Read more
The most complicated LED lights I’ve ever used. Is that a good thing? Definitely.
By David Alexander Willis
Light & Motion Stella and Stella Pro LED Lighting System
Promising up to an incredible 12 hours of battery-powered illumination, the Stella family of high-powered LED lights from Light & Motion are bringing a fairly exciting new approach to LED technology. While most current LED systems for filmmaking and video are designed as simulacrums of... Read more
The Cage Kinetics XT2 and LockPort XT2 Dual are designed to protect your investment in this powerful 4K camera
LockCircle continues to innovate, releasing two new products aimed at protecting the Fujifilm X-T2 during demanding shooting conditions.
The Cage Kinetics X-T2 is built to “fit like a glove” around the Fujifilm X-T2, but its ergonomic design still makes the camera easy to hold and operate, even with attached accessories. The kit is designed and... Read more
The highlight of the product announcements is the new full-featured camera, where exceptional digital film image quality meets broadcast camera features
Blackmagic Design has been busy innovating—again. What’s exciting is the company’s announcement of the new URSA Mini Pro 4.6K camera, which marries exceptional digital film image quality with broadcast camera features, built-in ND filters, an interchangeable lens mount and more for a wide variety of applications.
Among its many imaging features... Read more
The new mid-power softlight is color-tunable, building on Cineo’s award-winning Maverick line
With optimized output for film, video and still photography, the new mid-power MavX softlight from Cineo Lighting will make its debut at NAB 2017. Building on the award-winning Maverick line, the MavX provides up to 8,000 lumens, delivering the color rendering and output benefits of Remote Phosphor, while giving users the ability to color tune dynamically... Read more
ProMediaGear has introduced a line of rugged tripods designed for professional videographers and photographers
ProMediaGear has introduced a new line of rugged carbon-fiber tripods designed to meet the needs of professional videographers and photographers. There are three models in the Pro-Stix series—the TR423, TR424 and TR424L—and all feature a 42mm diameter with 10x layer carbon-fiber top legs and a machined lightweight aluminum apex.
The tripods support... Read more
Many HDSLRs and HD cameras deliver amazing picture quality, but with mediocre sound. Here’s advice on capturing crisp external audio on new, affordable gear.
By Dan Brockett
Zoom H4n Handy Recorder
The reality of modern productions, especially low-to-no-budget projects, is that low funds make it impossible to hire professional sound mixers with top-notch recording gear. The good news is that the quality and capability of sound gear has increased exponentially over the past few years, while the cost to purchase medium to... Read more