The New 4K ARRI ALEXA SXT

ARRI to release the ALEXA SXT, which offers in-camera 4K capture

For years, one of the biggest criticisms of the ALEXA camera was that it did not offer 4K recording. Because it’s a professional digital camera system whose primary distribution is through broadcast and cinema, ARRI took their time in releasing a 4K camera since 1080 and 2K are still the dominant distribution channels. Although they were never... Read more

Chrosziel Supports The Sony FS7

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 that Chrosziel – one of Read more…

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 that Chrosziel – one of the most respected... Read more

Get In Focus

Manfrotto expands their video accessories line with its first follow focus

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 mind, Manfrotto’s new follow... Read more

Gimme The Newz

Zylight introduces the Newz, a compact on-camera light designed for broadcast news and run-and-gun shooting

For the past several years, Zylight has been one of the most innovative companies in the film and television LED lighting industry. For ENG and run-and-gun shooters, they just introduced the Newz, a compact on-camera light that contains brightness settings from Tungsten (3200K) to daylight (5600K). The light also has an innovative articulated arm that... Read more

At A Glance: K-Tek ProShot

The 4-in-1 run-and-gun tool

If you’re not careful, indie filmmaking can be an expensive habit. Even when shooting with a DSLR or compact camcorder, camera support (tripods, shoulder-mount rigs, stabilizers, etc.) can add thousands to your budget. Known primarily for their audio products (boom poles, shock mounts, bags, etc.), K-Tek has been dipping their toe in the video... Read more

February 2015

JVC has announced three new camcorder models to start the company’s series of 4K Ultra resolution solutions.

PRIMO LENSES Panavision has announced a new line of Primo 70 lenses specifically designed for large-sensor digital cameras. Compatible with the Primo 70 mount available on cameras such as the ARRI ALEXA, RED EPIC DRAGON, Sony F55, Phantom 65/Flex4K and more, the lenses and optics have been constructed to reproduce pleasing skin tones, natural bokeh,... Read more

The Indie Broadcaster

Whether you’re shooting for the small screen or the web, broadcast gear doesn’t have to break your budget

Back in the old days—think 15, even 10 years ago—there was a huge gap when it came to the sort of gear used to shoot big-budget features and TV shows compared to low-budget indies and cash-strapped broadcast productions. But thanks to the digital revolution, and fueled by the insatiable demand of the Internet, the playing field has been leveled... Read more

Motion Pictures

Sliders, jibs and stabilizers that help your camera tell the story

What is cinema? While there are many different definitions that have evolved over the past century, one can think of a common-sense definition of the word as the art or technique of making motion pictures. As digital technology has evolved, the cost of admission to the tools capable of photographing cinema-quality images has rapidly shrunk, as have... Read more

Widescreen In A Digital World

Anamorphic prime and zoom lenses are making a comeback

The anamorphic format was developed during World War I in order to give soldiers a wider view while traveling in tanks. But in the ’50s, with the explosion of television, 20th Century Fox took the technique and created CinemaScope, a marketing ploy to lure audiences back to movie theater seats instead of their couches. So what exactly are anamorphic... Read more

Built For Post

Panasonic releases not one, but two new VariCams, the VariCam 35 and VariCam HS

A decade ago, the original Panasonic AJ-HDC27 VariCam was a ground-breaking technical achievement. It was the first 2⁄3-inch-CCD, high-definition production camera that was capable of variable frame rates. Featuring frame rates that were selectable from 4 fps to 60 fps in single-frame increments, the camera could also change frame rates during recording,... Read more

Compact Broadcaster

Sony’s PXW-X70 XDCAM camcorder delivers the “ENG” experience in a small package

You may have read reports that the camcorder is dead. After all, the masses are now shooting video with their mobile phones, and the rest are shooting motion with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Even with vast improvements in DSLR technology, if shooting video is your primary function, a camcorder is still your best bet, offering features that most hybrid... Read more

Vision Quest

Dolby Vision and new 4K monitors from Panasonic, Canon and Sony are pushing the boundaries of professional on-set monitoring

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 right, as colorists... Read more
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