On The Move

A first look at ARRI’s new shoulder-mount, documentary-style camera, the AMIRA

It’s no secret that the ARRI ALEXA is a well-executed digital cinema camera that has become a favorite for projects as diverse as blockbuster theatrical releases and popular television series over the past few years. The ALEXA is even being used to shoot commercials and music videos, as well. The camera’s very organic image quality, dynamic... Read more

Raw Power

Not much bigger than a smartphone, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera contains a secret weapon

For two straight years, Australian-based company Blackmagic Design stole the show at NAB. In 2012, the announcement of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera rocked the show floor, with its interchangeable EF mount and the ability to capture 2.5K RAW CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes files for a price less than $3,000. (The current price has come down miraculously to... Read more

The 4K Consumer Shooter

At $4,499, is Sony’s FDR-AX1 the most important camera in the 4K push?

Although the 4K RED ONE was released way back in 2007, Sony has been one of the leading companies behind the 4K push, launching 4K digital cinema cameras like the F65, F55 and F5 for high-end motion pictures. But with the exception of JVC’s GY-HMQ10 ($5,500 list) and Sony’s own FS700R ($8,686.05, camera body only), most of your 4K cameras... Read more

February 2014

The camera is capable of recording to dual SD cards simultaneously with a Relay Auto Switch that allows you to capture backups or extend capture from one card to the other in order to gain extended shooting time.

SHOULDER-MOUNT AVCCAM Ideal for weddings, conferences, documentaries, events, exhibits and fieldwork, the extremely affordable Panasonic AG-AC8PJ camcorder offers a wide range of file capture at up to 1080/60p in 28 Mbps/VBR, as well as several compressed formats and 1080/1440 in 60i and 720/60p/i. Intelligent auto (iA) resolution technology preserves... Read more

MFT Rising

Why Micro Four Thirds is a good option for low-budget filmmakers

The Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system was started by Olympus and Panasonic back in 2008 for mirrorless interchangeable-lens digital cameras. The format contains the same sensor specs as the Four Thirds system, but the MFT design doesn’t have a mirror box and pentaprism, allowing the camera bodies to be even smaller with a shorter flange focal distance... Read more

December 2013

he Phantom HD OLED electronic viewfinder has full HD resolution with a variety of overlay menus and display modes, while both component- and HD-SDI-based viewfinders are also supported.

TRAYS IN THE UPRIGHT POSITION The Media Tools stand from Matthews is capable of supporting computers, laptops and other payloads weighing up to 35 pounds. The tray is equipped with a 3⁄8" female thread on the bottom for use with tripods and mounts. A removable 5⁄8" baby adapter will also mount it to light stands or other hardware. The... Read more

Cut The Cord

The Teradek Bolt system lets you wirelessly transmit HD video up to 300 feet

If you’re a director or cinematographer who’s meticulous about the look of your movie (framing, lighting, art direction, etc.), proper monitoring is one of the most important aspects of filmmaking. Before HD, to view shots while not looking through the viewfinder, one had to employ a video tap. The video tap monitor attached to the camera’s... Read more

The World On Your Shoulder

New ENG cameras from the big three manufacturers reveal convergence and divergence

While ENG camera users have been experiencing fairly incremental product life cycles over the past few years, with small, yet significant updates to their camera platform of choice, colleagues who shoot with cinema-style cameras have been enjoying a wild roller coaster-like journey of innovation. That ride began with the introduction of the RED ONE,... Read more

Canon EOS 70D

Canon’s revolutionary new autofocus system will change the way DSLR filmmakers shoot on the fly

I’ve said this many times, but achieving critical focus is probably the hardest learning curve to master in filmmaking. On a movie set, the person charged with this task is the First AC (aka focus puller), who’s one of the most important people on the set. If he or she makes even a subtle mistake, the shot is ruined, meaning all of your... Read more

All-In-One Flexibility

The Canon EOS C500’s multiple formats should have you covered now and into the future

2013 has been the year of 4K, and if you believe all of the marketing hype, you can’t be a serious filmmaker if you’re not shooting 4K. At this year’s NAB, everywhere you went 4K cameras and workflow applications were on full display, making 3D a distant memory. In the past year, Sony introduced a successful new line of 4K cameras... Read more

At A Glance: Cineo TruColor LS LED Light

High-quality color rendition in a compact energy-saving fixture with swappable color temperatures and soft light output

Offering the same features and high color transmission of the TruColor HS LED light in a much more compact and more affordable fixture, the Cineo TruColor LS LED lamphead is roughly equivalent to a soft 1K light source, offering up to 8000 lumens in an even 160º light spread produced from interchangeable polycarbonate phosphor panels. With front dimensions... Read more

October 2013

The LiveText application creates unique HD titles and graphics with vector-based drawing tools, extensive text options and hundreds of preloaded templates.

DESKTOP PRODUCTION STUDIO The newly updated NewTek TriCaster 40 is an entry-level HD live production system where you can mix multiple cameras, video, computer sources, graphics, and custom visuals and titles. Version 2 of the software now offers customizable animated transitions and network-style titles and graphics through the Animation Store Creator,... Read more
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