Go Cine-Style

Tokina Cinema ATX zoom lenses grant indie filmmakers entry into the cinema zoom lens world

With a growing number of "priced-to-own" digital motion-picture cameras being released, such as Blackmagic Design’s URSA and AJA’s CION, shooters who like to own their gear are living it up. But the reality is that these shooters usually expend all of their resources on a camera body when they should be spending it on lenses. After... Read more

When Worlds Collide

Nipros enables live broadcast shooting with 4K digital cinema cameras

At first glance, it seems an incongruous pairing. Imagine shooting a live worldwide broadcast with a dozen RED EPICs, perhaps two handheld Canon EOS C500s and an ARRI ALEXA on a jib arm. Why would you attempt such a thing? The production parameters of live television are generally about as far away from digital cinema production as you can get. Shooting... Read more

At A Glance: Rotolight Anova EcoFlood V2 LED Lights

A technologically advanced lighting system

LED lights are very interesting as a choice for a primary continuous lighting source. While historically associated with poor lighting and shoddy manufacturing, today the technology has continued to increase in capability to the point where we see numerous LED solutions available for professional image capture. They consume only a fraction of the same... Read more

At A Glance: Comodo Orbit

Twin-grip camera rig enables smooth single-shot cinema

As you’ve probably noticed, cameras are becoming much smaller, not to mention better. Recently, Freefly Systems’ Mo VI rig transformed the camera movement industry by allowing camera operators to easily capture smooth shots without the need of a Steadicam (or Steadicam operator). Although the compact Mo VI rig has been a revolutionary... Read more

August 2014

Featuring a massive 10-inch viewfinder, four-hour internal battery, wired talkback communication, tally indicators and connections, including balanced XLR, SDI and optical fiber, the Blackmagic Studio Camera is built as an all-in-one, economic camera choice for live productions whether in the studio or in the field.

BLACKMAGIC STUDIO Featuring a massive 10-inch viewfinder, four-hour internal battery, wired talkback communication, tally indicators and connections, including balanced XLR, SDI and optical fiber, the Blackmagic Studio Camera is built as an all-in-one, economic camera choice for live productions whether in the studio or in the field. Available in two... Read more

At A Glance: Manfrotto Spectra LED Lights

Battery-operated LED lights for on-camera use on location or as accent lights in a scene

Manfrotto’s new Spectra family of LED lights is doubly useful as an on-camera light for event and live footage while also serving as very effective battery-operated compact lighting panels that can be hidden easily in a scene for accent lighting or even eye lights. Building on their previous line of Pocket, Mini, Midi and Maxima on-camera LED... Read more

At A Glance: I Can See Clearly Now

SmallHD DP7-PRO LCD

A good field monitor is often the best friend a film crew can have. Although an operator is typically looking through the camera’s viewfinder, anyone from a first AC to a director to a script supervisor will check the on-camera field monitor for reference. But if you’re shooting a commercial, a very important person who might occasionally... Read more

Amira Up-Close

Can ARRI’s new doc-style camera capture a new style of nonfiction cinematography?

In the cinematography community, there’s cause for celebration anytime ARRI releases a new camera. Founded in Munich, Germany, by August Arnold and Robert Richter in 1917, ARRI has been on the cutting edge of camera and lighting technology for almost 100 years. Cameras like the ARRIFLEX 16BL, SR, 535 and ARRICAM have been workhorses for cinematographers... Read more

June 2014

The AVC-ULTRA recording module is equipped with two expressP2 card slots and two microP2 card slots.

THIRD-GENERATION VARICAM Panasonic‘s latest VariCam HS updates the historic camera series with 12-bit, 4:4:4 AVC-ULTRA video acquisition, as well as efficient ProRes capture and "rampable" high-speed frame rates that promise slow motion at up to 240 fps in full 1080p resolution. The modular design of the VariCam HS includes a MOS 2⁄3"... Read more

Micro Filmmaking

The new low-budget filmmaking category puts motion capture into the hands of the masses

When the Vine video-sharing app was released in 2013, most people dismissed it as a filmmaking application. After all, Vine’s video quality was lousy because of the heavy compression, and you could only capture six seconds of motion. But in the year since its release, it has become the new "snapshot," with filmmakers and companies using... Read more

In Their Own Words

Cinematographers discuss their lighting techniques and go-to instruments

Here at HDVideoPro, we talk a lot about the latest digital cameras. But ask any cinematographer—good lighting will always trump a good camera system. With artful lighting that serves the story, a great cinematographer can make a DSLR movie look exponentially superior to a novice filmmaker working with an ALEXA or EPIC. Ask cinematographers about... Read more

At A Glance: Zacuto DSLR Recoil Rig

Convert your DSLR or pro camcorder into an ENG solution

An entire industry has erupted around making video-capable DSLRs more capable for video. The diminutive cameras are ideal for shooting from small areas, but are absolutely uncomfortable for handholding during long takes, as well as difficult to use for fluid camera movements. Zacuto’s DSLR Recoil kit is designed as a shoulder-mount support system... Read more
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