Sony Crystal LED Accidentally Steals Show

Massive LED display offers jaw-dropping footage
Want to learn more about high quality cameras and videography? Sign up for our weekly newsletter, full of tips, advice, reviews and more!  When I traveled to Japan with Sony, one of the most impressive things I saw was the company’s massive Crystal LED display system, a wall-mounted series of LED panels that creates a display system as big as... Read more

Blackmagic Design Refreshes Camera, Software, More

After a “busy year,” Blackmagic launches NAB with a ton of updates
Want to learn more about high quality cameras and videography? Sign up for our weekly newsletter, full of video & camera resources for professional filmmakers!  It’s “been a pretty big year…been a pretty intense year” Blackmagic Founder and CEO, Grant Petty, announced at their annual press conference. The company started showing... Read more

Sony FS5 II, PXW-Z190, PXW-Z280 Cameras Arrive

Sony refreshes its video lineup at NAB 2018
Sony FS5 II Subscribe today to Digital Photo Pro magazine for all your favorite HD Video Pro resources for professional filmmakers!  At their NAB press conference, Sony announced a number of new video camera systems, the most notable being the FS5 II, the update to the popular FS5 Super 35mm camera. The FS5 II has improved color science, which... Read more

NAB 2018 Live: Apple’s New Raw Video Standard

Minor Final Cut Pro update adds major new format
Pro Res Raw
Want to learn more about high quality cameras and videography? Sign up for our weekly newsletter, full of tips, advice, reviews and more! Tucked into a relatively modest update to Apple’s Final Cut Pro X comes a new video standard, part of the ProRes codec and one that—if the flurry of press releases promising support is any indication—will quickly... Read more

New Trends And Technologies To Watch At NAB 2018

New products and new workflows on display at NAB make it one of the most exciting shows in years
When the 2018 NAB trade show opens on April 7, 2018, the broadcast industry will take a big step into the future as the world of digital video takes on both new and evolving technologies and trends. More than 100,000 people annually attend this show, making it the de-facto place to discover and sample the tools needed to keep broadcast and cinema video... Read more

Predicting The Future By Reading Drives

I can tell how an edit is going to go by looking at a hard drive
There are certain times in the edit process when housekeeping functions let your mind wander. That’s how I came up with the subject of this post. As I was managing a dearth of media, I wondered if the way I received media could affect the edit. First off, my projects often start with receiving a drive or drives. There may or may not be log notes (paper... Read more

Lumix GH5 Versus GH5s Stabilization Test

The LUMIX GH5 has excellent IBIS (in body image stabilization), so why did Panasonic remove it from the LUMIX GH5s? 
The Panasonic LUMIX GH5 was heralded for great in body image stabilization (also called IBIS), especially when combined with an OIS (optical image stabilization) lens. But when the GH5s was released—the low-light variant of the GH5—IBIS was removed. Why? In this week’s video, we see a direct comparison of the two cameras in the type of environment... Read more

Hollywood Professional Association Tech Retreat II

A 4k or HDR oasis?
Last time, I talked about the events on Monday and Tuesday before the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Tech Retreat began. This time, some notes about the actual retreat—the first day. I kept calling it the Hollywood Professional Alliance because for years it was called the Hollywood Post Alliance; this time I have it right. These are the... Read more

The Mirrorless Way With The Panasonic GH5S

Hands-On with the Panasonic GH5S
For quite a few years now, mirrorless cameras have advanced and set new benchmarks for what’s possible in a reasonably small and light hybrid stills/video camera. I owned a Panasonic GH4, one of the first 4K capable small consumer cameras. The appeal of a small, lightweight camera that could not only shoot UHD video but stills as well made it seem... Read more

Hollywood Professional Alliance Tech Retreat

Hollywood goes to the desert to work things out
I have just returned from the Hollywood Professional Alliance (HPA) Tech Retreat in Palm Springs. This annual event gathers film and television professionals not only from Hollywood but also across the country and the globe. HPA used to stand for Hollywood Post Alliance but as post workflows delve into the entire content creation process, it made sense... Read more

Electronic Log Notes, The Final Chapter

Finding the means that justifies the ends
Last time I described a problem I had linking up digital shoot notes with the clips in my edit bin, I promised I would explain what I was trying to do and how I solved the problem. Before I get into the details, remember that this project had a short deadline. Sometimes, the challenge of solving a problem distracts from actually getting an edit done.... Read more

Electronic Log Notes

Getting log notes into the edit -- dream or reality?
Shooting logs have become more and more critical for me. As project timelines get shorter and shorter, the time I get for producing the first cut gets shorter and shorter, too. This means I don’t often have the luxury of taking time to watch all the footage there is. And there’s more of it: with digital versus film shooting, there seem to be more... Read more
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