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

At A Glance: The Padcaster

Filmmaking in a frame

If you work in production, iPads have become ubiquitous on set. With its Retina display, the iPad delivers higher than HD resolution (2048×1536) and has become the go-to device to view on-set dailies. Many production professionals also have been using the iPad as a film slate and teleprompter, as well. But for shooting HD video, most believe the... Read more

The Big Leagues

After revolutionizing indie filmmaking with the 5D Mark II, Canon’s Cinema EOS line takes aim at Hollywood

With the unexpected success of the 5D Mark II with cinematographers in 2008, Canon became an overnight sensation with the indie film community. In 2011, they set their sights even higher by targeting Hollywood with the launch of their Cinema EOS Division. At a red carpet event hosted by Martin Scorsese at Paramount Studios, they introduced their first... Read more

Good Things Come In Small Packages

Blackmagic Design’s Pocket Cinema Camera wows the NAB crowd

As a journalist covering NAB, your back is against the wall to see as many manufacturers as possible in a short amount of time. That may seem easy enough, but it’s actually a grueling schedule that goes on nine hours a day for four days. This year, we hit the ground running with Blackmagic Design’s press conference, which took place first... Read more

Movers And (Non)Shakers

Freefly Systems’ MoVI M10 is a handheld 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbal that might redefine camera movement

After cruising the floor at this year’s NAB, you may have thought to yourself, "Is there anything truly new under the sun in production support gear, especially for smaller and lighter cameras?" A company called Freefly Systems seems to think so. While the market in recent years has seen a plethora of new camera support systems, if... Read more

At A Glance: Tiffen Steadicam Smoothee

Capture smooth moves with your GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

GoPro’s acquisition of video compression and workflow technology company CineForm Inc., made them much more than just a wearable camera company. And with the HERO3 Black Edition’s ability to capture 2.7K in 24p with a RAW-like profile, cinematographers took immediate notice because they were now able to place GoPro action shots into an editing... Read more

August 2013

The Novo 2K is available for rental exclusively at Radiant Images in Los Angeles and via P+S Technik in Europe.

PALM-SIZED RAW 2K Offering an interchangeable lens mount system for PL-, Canon-, Nikon- or C-mount (with 16mm coverage of lenses as wide as 3mm to as long as 200mm) lenses, the diminutive Novo 2K is an incredibly efficient camera head design that builds on Silicon Imaging’s SI-2K camera technology to deliver uncompressed RAW format video. With... Read more

Drone Wars

Instead of taking out enemies, production drones are being used for aerial cinematography

One of the production industry’s latest infatuations is with the use of drones in production. No, the intention isn’t to take out an enemy. Using drones in production—unmanned aircraft controlled from the ground and carrying lightweight cameras—has developed into a must-have tool for productions that need aerial coverage and can’t... Read more

Hands On With The Blackmagic Cinema Camera

A low-cost digital motion-picture camera designed for cinematographers

Today, almost everyone is aware of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, so I don’t have to remind you about the bomb they dropped at NAB 2012, nor do I have to rehash the impressive specs of the camera, which retails for only $2,995. But even with this high level of public awareness, not everyone has had the opportunity to shoot with the camera because,... Read more

At A Glance: Rokinon VDSLR Lenses

The “V” is for video

Large-sensor cameras, especially video-enabled DSLRs with APS-C or full-frame sensors, have changed low-budget filmmaking forever. Like HD or 24p capture, the ability to use fast prime lenses to capture cinematic shallow depth of field was a huge breakthrough for filmmakers used to shooting with camcorders that contained 1⁄3-inch CCDs and fixed zoom... Read more

Indie Camera Moves

The latest stabilizers, sliders, jibs and dollies designed for the low-budget shooter

Movies always have been the perfect medium for capturing the sheer kinetic energy of motion, and thanks to the many advances in technology in the past decade or so, the new generation of stabilizers, jibs and sliders have helped filmmakers push the limits even further in their quest for never-before-seen shots. Of course, many indie productions, as... Read more

June 2013

Other features include wireless metadata input, Wi-Fi capability, and USB and Gigabit Ethernet connections, as well as operation integration with live video uplink transmitter devices from a selection of partners. T

PANASONIC AJ-PX5000G P2 CAMCORDER The first P2 HD camcorder to offer Panasonic’s native AVC-ULTRA recording codec, as well as built-in microP2 card slots, the 2⁄3-inch 2.2-megapixel 3-MOS Panasonic AJ-PX5000G shoulder-mount camcorder captures up to 10-bit, 1080/60p AVC-Intra Class100 files, as well as standard AVC-LongG in a selection of compression... Read more
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