New York City hosted two trade shows at the Jacob K. Javits Center that had a variety of products of interest to filmmakers, DPs and cinematographers
By Terry Sullivan
Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
This week, New York City hosted two trade shows at the Jacob K. Javits Center that had a variety of products of interest to filmmakers, DPs and cinematographers. The first was NAB Show New York, hosted by the National Association of Broadcasters and featured some products of note, but most were services focused... Read more
Adobe unveiled a slew of updates to many Creative Cloud apps and launched several new digital-imaging, video and multimedia apps
By Terry Sullivan
Earlier today, Adobe unveiled a slew of updates to many Creative Cloud apps and launched several new digital-imaging, video and multimedia apps, as well. The new updates and releases coincide with Adobe MAX, the company’s annual event taking place in Los Angeles this week. Here are two that will be of particular interest to photographers, filmmakers... Read more
FiLMiC Pro is an incredibly powerful video shooting app for your mobile device taking your camera way beyond its native capabilities
FiLMiC Pro is an incredibly powerful video shooting app for your mobile device taking your camera way beyond its native capabilities. Frame rates from 24p to 240p, resolutions from 720p to 4K, timelapse, audio control, Log capture and so much more make this a must-have app for any filmmaker. You can manually adjust white balance and save presets. Adjust... Read more
From a storage perspective, editors (or at least this editor) are always asking for more space and more speed. G-Technology has delivered a product that answers both of those requests: The G-Speed Shuttle SSD.
I saw a unit at NAB and have been waiting to give one a test run. Recently, G-Technology sent me an 8 TB unit to try out. I was able to put it... Read more
There's a combination of settings you can put a LUMIX GH5 or GH5S into that will actually NOT record when you hit the red button. It’s obscure, but it’s possible. Learn how to get there so you know how NOT to go there.
The LUMIX GH5 and GH5S are phenomenal cameras. You can record up to 4K30p 422 10-bit or 4K60p 420 8-bit internally. And if you want to record the best of both—4K60p 422 10-bit, this requires an external recorder. This is amazing! However, if you enable that, then connect an HDMI monitor (not a recorder), there’s one more setting you can enable... Read more
Last time I talked about how your audience will start viewing your edit. I brought up concerns about whether they’ll pay attention: How a movie theater experience is geared toward settling down an audience and getting them ready to watch, but how other large venues might require your help getting the audience’s attention.
Many of you might have... Read more
While it is popular to inject the term “storytelling” into every aspect of filmmaking, I’ll skip it and instead focus on my job as an editor—communicating a message to an audience.
Sometimes that message involves storytelling, and sometimes it doesn’t. Terminology aside, what’s critical is creating a piece of content that works. And... Read more
Last time, I talked about correcting somebody’s misconception about 2k versus HD. I listened to their idea of shooting 2K with their new 4K camera instead of HD so they could “push in.” They didn’t want to shoot 4K and use a lot more storage.
I’ll admit, I was pretty pleased with myself as I explained the difference between HD and 2K. Instead... Read more
I’ve been in production on two documentaries for almost a year and a half. One of the documentaries has had a pretty diverse media menu that breaks down as follows:
A Camera – RED Epic Dragon, Canon C200, Canon C300 MKII
B Camera – Canon XF405 x 3
Gimbal Cameras – Canon 80D, iPhone 8 Plus
Go Pros – Between six and 10 GoPros for each shoot
Still... Read more
If you finish in HD, you can just shoot one framing. Not.
Okay, I’ll admit it. The title is a little hyperbolic, but stay with me here.
A few years ago, when 4K cameras became a little more accessible for purchase, I talked with a producer during an edit session. They told me how their company was going to purchase a new camera and said it would be 4K.
I listened to all of the details about which camera... Read more
Using non-pro gear under the constraints of professional production?
First, let’s define who you are. Are you a working professional in production? A hobbyist? A newbie who has just stuck their foot into the water? A line that has become blurred over the past decade or so is the one between professional and hobbyist as far as gear and what each person needs a given piece of gear to deliver to them as a result. There’s... Read more
Master Pedestal, Highlight and Shadow and Luminance Levels are critical settings in your camera that, depending on what you're doing, either absolutely need to be adjusted or should definitely be left alone
How familiar are you with Master Pedestal, Highlight and Shadow and the Luminance Levels settings in your camera? Have you adjusted the Pedestal because someone told you it would give your camera more dynamic range? Are you trying to match cameras from different manufacturers? Do you care about getting technically accurate black, white and gray levels... Read more