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.
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.
At A Glance: The Variable ND Filter
A good solution for motion capture?
Capturing cinematic shallow depth of field is the main benefit in shooting with large CMOS sensors found on DSLRs and the latest crop of large-sensor camcorders.
At A Glance: Cross Over
The Manfrotto 502 Video Head
As we all know, rock-steady shots, as well as smooth pans and tilts, can easily separate your work from the non-pros.
Air Sea Land Productions’ T-Bag helps keep Boardwalk Empire and The Big C dry
The 2010 fall season saw two new preeminent Emmy®-nominated cable series open with titles that featured under-water cinematography.
At A Glance: Go Wide
The Canon EF 8-15mm ƒ/4L fisheye zoom lens
Most of us are familiar with the distorted 180° angle of view that a fisheye presents.
Known for its fluid heads, OConnor releases innovative DSLR and compact digital camcorder accessories for the professional shooter
The OConnor name connotes quality gear, albeit high-end and high-cost, normally supporting large, heavy camera systems where innovation is paramount and cost is relative, thus justified.
Sound To Vision
Audio giants THX and Dolby get into the professional monitor business
It’s often surprising, with the best will and intention, how trusting we can become.
At A Glance: Petrol Cambio
A new convertible equipment bag/camera support system
Have you ever dreamed of lighter travel and a quicker setup? In an industry first, the new airline carry-on-approved Petrol Cambio offers a unique solution, combining a solid camera/equipment bag and capable tripod.
As more and more productions go tapeless, have storage drives become the new medium?
Storage drives may not be the most exciting, sexy elements in the creative process, but they’re quickly becoming more and more crucial as the end of videotape draws ever so closer with productions essentially now capturing data.
Tools For Everyone
HD-DSLR accessories that will elevate your production without breaking your budget
Using a traditional still camera for video capture is revolutionary not only because it’s unconventional, but also because the relative low cost of shooting with HD DSLRs allows anyone with a little money to shoot stunning footage.
At A Glance: Matrox MXO2 Mini
Cost-effective HD monitoring and more
On average, professional HD studio monitors used in postproduction can run anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 on the low end to nearly $20,000 on the high end.
In part two of our new lens report, we look at the latest prime lenses designed for both film and digital cameras
The past year has seen an avalanche of new lenses.
At A Glance: The Zacuto Z-Finder
Finding your focus
Let’s face it, you pretty much have to be a Zen master in focus-pulling to shoot high-def video with an HD DSLR camera.