The Right 8 Bits
What’s two bits between friends?
For DSLR shooters, the cool current "must-have" feature is Clean HDMI.
Disruptive Tech v2.0
With lower margins, the 99% wins
Many years ago, when I first started attending trade shows like NAB and Cine Gear, you always could count on seeing impressive booths from industry-standard companies like Panavision, Kodak and Apple, as well as pro rental houses displaying massive dollies and cranes. But, for me, like many indie filmmakers, the equipment was out of reach, as well as out of my budget.
The Super 35 image sensor
It seems like there have been a lot of cameras introduced in the last year or so, and while it seems like they're different than previous years, I really wonder.
DP Shane Hurlbut, ASC’s new rental company provides DSLR gear to the professional filmmaking community
Two years ago, if you were to have asked cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC, if he planned to open a camera rental house in Los Angeles, he probably would have laughed out loud.
The Laws Of Motion
For indie filmmakers, camera movement is now a viable option
A still image is the capture of a single moment in time, frozen and devoid of any movement except for what may be implied by its content.
Keep It In Neutral
Are variable ND filters the best solution for movies?
“With great power comes great responsibility,” said Ben Parker to his nephew Peter Parker, aka SpiderMan.
Small Camera, Big Picture
With the season finale of FOX TV’s House shot entirely with Canon EOS 5D Mark IIs, will more professional productions follow suit?
What more is there to say about the season finale of FOX TV’s House M.D., which is the episode shot entirely on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II HD DSLR? A lot, actually.
Shane Hurlbut, ASC, and his Elite Team lead the HD-DSLR revolution into battle
The call time was 6:30 a.m. Come again? Although quite the norm for film crews, this was strictly foreign territory for a journalist, especially for a camera workshop.
What are native ISOs, and do they really exist?
“Let’s just fix it in post” is a statement often heard on sets these days.
The Right Tool For The Job
Canon EOS 7Ds capture the opening credits of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Since Nunes had experience working with the Canon EOS 7D on a few MTV promos, he was confident that the small, compact HD DSLR would be the right tool for the job.
At A Glance: The Zacuto Z-Finder
Finding your focus
Let’s face it, you pretty much have to be a Zen master in focus-pulling to shoot high-def video with an HD DSLR camera.
Going To Battle
Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC, transforms the Canon EOS 5D Mark II into a moviemaking machine
Explosions, beautiful bikini-clad girls, yachts and Navy SEALs. What else could a man want?
At A Glance: juicedLink CX231
Single-system sound for your video DSLR
In this new era of capturing movies with DSLRs, the Achilles’ heel is definitely sound, with the current crop of video DSLRs all lacking professional sound-recording features.
Closed Captioning, Part II
Captioning in high-def takes more planning than you think
The last Video Assist column was the first of a two-part answer where I addressed a question about captioning. I covered some of the issues related to captioning in standard definition because captions in high definition have their foundation rooted in standard definition.