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…
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…

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…

The Chicago Way

Zacuto’s Steve Weiss and Jens Bogehegn lead the socialist filmmaking revolution
By Neil Matsumoto
"Oh, I hate that word!" shouts Zacuto director and product designer Steve Weiss in his office when I bring up the word "democratization" in regard to filmmaking. "I have to stop you right now. This is not a democracy. The fact that they say that video is accessible to everybody…

At A Glance: I Can See Clearly Now

SmallHD DP7-PRO LCD
By Neil Matsumoto
A good field monitor is often the best friend a film crew can have. Although an operator is typically looking through the camera's viewfinder, anyone from a first AC to a director to a script supervisor will check the on-camera field monitor for reference. But if you're shooting a commercial,…
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