SmallHD's New 5-inch Monitor

SmallHD, known for its excellent HD field monitors, announces the 502, the first offering in its new 500 Series of 5-inch Full HD on-camera monitors
By Neil Matsumoto
Often overlooked on the set, proper monitoring is one of the most important aspects of digital filmmaking. Since most cinematographers are creating the look of the film on set, you really need to know what you're capturing, especially in terms of focus. SmallHD has quickly become one of the most…

Flare On

The new ARRI Master Anamorphic Flare Sets give your Master Anamorphic lenses more creativity and control on set
By Neil Matsumoto
It's been a busy few weeks for ARRI, which is looking to make a huge splash at NAB 2015. With the announcement of the ALEXA Mini and ALEXA SXT, ARRI will also be showing their new ARRI Master Anamorphic Flare Sets for their Master Anamorphic lenses. As you probably know,…
You know a camera is good when nearly all of the best camera accessory manufacturers start to build specialty rigs and accessories specifically for the system. The Sony FS7 is one such camera and has been taking the documentary and indie film production world by storm. Schneider Optics just announced…

Get In Focus

Manfrotto expands their video accessories line with its first follow focus
By Neil Matsumoto
Achieving critical focus is one of the most difficult filmmaking skills to master and for professional camera assistants, a good follow focus is a must have tool. Manfrotto, a leading manufacturer of photo and video tools, just introduced its first follow focus, the MVA511FF. Created with precision and flexibility in…

Widescreen In A Digital World

Anamorphic prime and zoom lenses are making a comeback
By Neil Matsumoto
The anamorphic format was developed during World War I in order to give soldiers a wider view while traveling in tanks. But in the '50s, with the explosion of television, 20th Century Fox took the technique and created CinemaScope, a marketing ploy to lure audiences back to movie theater seats…

Vision Quest

Dolby Vision and new 4K monitors from Panasonic, Canon and Sony are pushing the boundaries of professional on-set monitoring
By Ian Blair
Monitors have often been treated like second-class citizens intruding in the glamorous world of movies, commercials and TV—respected, but largely unloved. But that's all changing, as movies, TV and commercial production run to embrace high-resolution digital video and CGI. Now, the lowly monitor has become a star in its own…
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