In The Driver's Seat

With groundbreaking new cameras, ARRI looks to dominate all sectors of the high-end production industry
By Neil Matsumoto
Along with Panavision, ARRI has been the gold standard in the production industry for decades, but the Munich-based company has had a much smoother transition to the digital age than their American rival. ARRI released the Arriflex D-20/21 in 2005, and although it wasn't an immediate success, cinematographers appreciated that…

ARRI's Total Domination

The Mighty ARRI Display Their New Mini And Other Groundbreaking Products
By Neil Matsumoto
As usual, ARRI had one of the busiest booths on the floor with attendees elbowing their way in to get up-close-and-personal with the latest gear. But NAB 2015 was a pretty big year for ARRI as they announced game-changing new gear – perhaps even besting Blackmagic. On the lighting side,…

Blackmagic Gives Birth To An URSA Mini And Much More

Blackmagic sets off a bomb at NAB2015 with 38 new products, including a new imaging sensor, three new cameras, a big update to DaVinci Resolve, and more
By Neil Matsumoto
It’s NAB time so you know what that means. A slew of new Blackmagic products - all 38 of them! How does one company accomplish so much? Well, I certainly don’t have the time to write about all 38 products, but I will give you a rundown on the exciting…

Sony Unveils HDC-4300 - 1st Camera With Three 4K Image Sensors

Delivers 4K/HD capabilities for sports and event broadcasts - up to 8X super-slo-mo in Full HD with proven HDC Series performance
By Neil Matsumoto
Here at HDVideoPro, since a lot of our coverage is on indie filmmaking, we sometimes overlook the important broadcast world. Even with a large number of documentaries moving towards large sensor cameras (Canon C300, ARRI AMIRA, Sony FS7, etc.) for sporting and event productions, cameras containing 2/3" sensors with B4-mount…

The Sony FS7 - Cinéma Vérité Style

Sony’s 4K PXW-FS7 delivers the goods for both non-fiction and narrative shooters
By Neil Matsumoto
Up until recently, most non-fiction content was primarily captured by shoulder-mount camcorders containing 2/3” type CCDs (Panasonic AJ-PX800, Sony PDWF800, etc.). Many run-and-gun documentarians or low-budget filmmakers gravitated to compact, fixed-lens camcorders like the Sony PXWX200 or the JVC GY-HM650U. Although all of these cameras deliver great images, with smaller…

Canon Announces Two New 4K Camera Systems

Canon USA announces two new 4K systems at NAB 2015 - one a familiar face and the other a brand new category
By Neil Matsumoto
At NAB 2015 Canon was the first camera manufacturer out of the gate by announcing two new 4K digital cameras. Unlike ARRI, Canon was not gun shy in releasing a 4K camera with their Cinema EOS C500 and 1D C both hitting the market in 2012. The C300, which was…
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