Should You Shoot RAW Video In 2021?

How do you know if shooting RAW video is right for you and your project?
New camera and recorder combinations like the Sony A7 SIII paired with the Atomos Ninja V allow for low-cost RAW video recording. How do you know if shooting RAW video is right for you and your project? I see many posts, questions and articles about shooting RAW video. I’ve even viewed a few YouTube videos that were recently posted about shooting... Read more

A Location Sound Primer for Camera Ops, Videographers And DPs

Navigating clients' expectations for high-quality sound
Location Sound Primer
With the increasing contraction of budgets and increased expectations of clients for high-quality sound, are you being asked to include location sound recording? If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you are a camera-oriented person who either wants to or are required, by the laws of diminishing budgets, to dip your toe into the waters of... Read more

2021’s Top Three Hybrid/Digital Cinema Cameras Under $6,000

Our product roundup features the good, better and best in Hybrid/Digital Cinema Cameras Under $6,000 in 2021
2021 has been a beehive of activity by camera makers in a race to offer the most innovation and features for far less money than just a few years ago. Cameras in this category offer an almost unbelievable amount of sophisticated features that just a few years ago cost a lot more if the features were even available then. Let’s be frank with each other.... Read more
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Mini Review—Blackmagic Design’s URSA Mini Pro 12K

The URSA Mini Pro 12K is a truly groundbreaking camera that counts several unique features that set it apart from the rest of the camera market
The URSA Mini Pro 12K is a truly groundbreaking camera that counts several unique features that set it apart from the rest of the camera market, low to high end. I reviewed the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 about a year and half ago, and upon unboxing the URSA Mini Pro 12K, I was struck that both cameras are almost physically identical, and operationally, only... Read more

BirdDog Eyes P200 + PTZ Keyboard Camera Package

Our first impressions of this state-of-the-art NDI-enabled PTZ camera
BirdDog Eyes P200
The BirdDog Eyes P200 is a state-of-the-art NDI-enabled PTZ camera that’s perfect for live stream and other PTZ work. I recently rented a three-camera Birddog Eyes P200 PTZ camera system, so I thought it would be worthwhile to notate my impressions and observations of the system in actual use. If you aren’t in the live streaming world, you may or... Read more

Planning Versus Reacting—A Video Producer Primer

Set yourself up for a successful production
A view of the main interface of one of our VMix Live systems switching a graduation ceremony. While I’ve been in the production game for a long time, most of my experience is in documentary filmmaking, broadcast and corporate production. These different styles represent an interesting dichotomy and study in contrasts. Documentary production, by definition,... Read more

Speed Through Your Cinematic Workflow

SanDisk Professional’s storage, transfer and backup technologies provide a complete end-to-end solution that’s scalable for every production
Image of a film editor reviewing footage.
Storage is the backbone of the cinematography workflow. When every frame is an investment in time, talent and resources, reliable and scalable data storage, transfer and backup are critically important. SanDisk Professional™—a new global brand from Western Digital®, one of the most trusted names in data management—represents the next generation... Read more

Quick Take: OWC Envoy Pro FX SSD

High-perfomance storage in a rugged housing
While working with an Apple MacBook Pro with the M1 chip, I wanted to test out workflow with external portable storage. OWC has recently introduced the Envoy Pro FX portable SSD. It seems a perfect match for fast storage via Thunderbolt 3. I’ve used a lot of different SSDs over the years, and they keep getting faster and larger. The Envoy Pro FX is... Read more

Fringer EF-FX Pro II Lens Mount Adapter—A Mini Review

The Fringer EF-FX Pro II Lens Adapter allows you to easily and quickly mount Canon EF and EF-S mount lenses Read more…

The Fringer EF-FX Pro II Lens Adapter allows you to easily and quickly mount Canon EF and EF-S mount lenses to a Fujifilm X Mount camera body. It also works with some, but not all, third-party EF and EF-S mount lenses. I’ll be the first to admit that this review will likely only prove compelling to a relatively small subset of camera owners. Just... Read more

Production Design Makes It

Have you delved into real production design for your project?
A BTS still from a recent live Internet Broadcast I produced that utilized some sophisticated production design. Have you delved into real production design for your project? I recently produced a live stream fundraiser for a local private school. Our company produces a lot of these, especially since the pandemic began. One takeaway has been that with... Read more