Les Zellan Of Cooke Optics On The /i Metadata System And Their Latest Lenses

An interview with Les Zellan on the history of the /i Metadata system and what the /i3 aka /i-Cubed update coming this year will bring to post production and effects work

This last December Cooke Optics announced a roadmap of lens releases including a 65mm Macro and 135mm Anamorphic lens that began shipping in November, two more models planned for release this month; a 180mm and a 300mm, and finally a 35-140mm zoom that should be nearing delivery by the NAB conference in April. (A longer, unknown zoom is also planned... Read more

CES 2016 — Video Products Roundup

New top-of-the-line low cost cameras from Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Sony and even Kodak

This year’s CES, predictably, has been all about “the Internet of things”, which basically hints at benefits like more efficient data mining of your daily habits. As the show is more oriented towards consumers (hence the name Consumer Electronics Show), the majority of announcements on the video side have centered on 4K, including a number of... Read more

Behind The Scene — David O. Russell’s JOY — Cutting For Dramatic Comedy With Editors Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy And Tom Cross

Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy and Tom Cross, editors on David O. Russell’s newest film, JOY, on working with Avid Media Composer to bring the story to the screen

Academy Awards heavyweight David O. Russell has returned this holiday season with his eighth feature film, JOY, his third collaboration with Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence, as well as actors Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, who have also worked with the director on three films each. Russell prefers to work with the same stable of talent... Read more

Behind The Scene — The Hunger Games — Mockingjay — Big Budget Sound With Jeremy Peirson

Putting together the audio for Mockingjay Part 2, director Francis Lawrence’s final installment in the Hunger Games series of films

As final chapter in a massively successful tetralogy, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 opened this last November 20th to huge box office, claiming the title as 24th biggest worldwide opening of all time. Alongside franchise anchor and Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence, who also makes an appearance this holiday season in the new David O. Russell... Read more

Behind The Scene — The Visitor At Slamdance’s DIG Fest

Director James Kaelan and cinematographer Eve M Cohen show the virtual reality film “The Visitor” at Slamdance’s DIG Fest

An acronym for “Digital, Interactive and Gaming”, I attended the media preview for Slamdance’s “DIG” expo this last weekend, an event designed to showcase the blurring edges between video, filmmaking and multimedia. In total, there are ten exhibits at the fest, like the giant “TL;DR [the shape of the internet (Orgy)]”, a 40-foot motion-detection... Read more

Nikon introduces new DX-Format D7200 DSLR for photo enthusiasts

Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the Nikon D7200, a powerful DX-format DSLR built for enthusiasts ready to conquer the next challenge in their photographic journey.

Updating their popular D7100 DSLR, Nikon just announced the D7200, which is a DX-format DSLR that contains a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, 1 new 51-point AF system, no OLPF (optical low pass filter), and an EXPEED 4 image processor. For video shooters, Nikon is also releasing an affordable new wireless microphone system – ME-W1 mic (sold separately).... Read more

Go Live! Teradek announces VidiU Mini and Live: Air iPad Production Suite

VidiU Mini is a miniature HDMI encoder that can stream in full HD to any online video platform or to Teradek’s new Live:Air Production Suite.

Teradek just announced two new products – an H.264 encoder, the VidiU Mini, and an iPad Production Suite, Live:Air. Both products are part of Teradek’s new Create:Share platform for indie content creators. Here’s the release… IRVINE – Teradek, a manufacturer of professional video transmission equipment, has an-nounced... Read more

Good Things Come In Small Packages – ARRI announces new ALEXA Mini – a compact, lightweight ALEXA system

ARRI announces the new ALEXA Mini, a versatile additional tool in the ARRI ALEXA camera range that combines a compact and lightweight form factor with the same unparalleled image quality that has made the ALEXA system a gold standard for the industry.

NAB 2015 is just around the corner and ARRI just announced an exciting new compact camera system. The ALEXA Mini is a small and lightweight system that is designed for specialty shots but fits perfectly in the ALEXA workflow, eliminating the need for another small 3rd party camera such as a DSLR. It will be the ideal system for gyro-stabilized aerial... Read more

Canon to release new Broadcast ENG Lens (HJ24ex7.5B) that improves performance, operability and usability

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the launch of the Canon HDTV Zoom Lens HJ24ex7.5Bi, an affordable, high-quality portable telephoto HD lens for high-end Electronic News Gathering (ENG) applications.

Great news for ENG and doc-style shooters. Canon announced an affordable new HDTV Zoom Lens, designed for ENG shooting. The HJ24ex7.5Bi is a portable telephoto HD lens that has a 24x zoom ratio and is smaller and ligher than its predecessor. It also contains the widest angle and highest zoom ratio in its class. Here’s the release… MELVILLE,... Read more

ARRI updates AMIRA with 4K UHD and MPEG-2 MXF recording

ARRI announces the upcoming release of Software Update Packet (SUP) 2.0 for AMIRA cameras, and the subsequent release of SUP 3.0. The former unlocks 4K UHD recording for high-resolution pipelines, while the latter enables MPEG-2 MXF recording for streamlined, broadcast-friendly workflows.

ARRI just announced they are releasing two software updates for its AMIRA, which will include 4K UHD recording and the ability to capture MPEG-2 MXF files, ideal for broadcast workflows. For UHD capture, you’ll be able to capture 3840 x 2160 (up to ProRes 4444) files in camera to CFast 2.0 cards. AMIRA is definitely on the right path! Here’s... Read more

Samsung NX1 Review – With its pioneering sensor and efficient H.265 codec, Samsung delivers a 4K powerhouse

Samsung is a name you probably wouldn’t associate with indie filmmaking. Sure they make terrific mobile devices and television sets, but as a camera manufacturer they’re a new player to the game, especially for filmmaking.

Although we’re still a long way off from viewing 4K television broadcasts, 4K capture has been a reality for several years with cameras like the RED EPIC and Sony F55 for high-end features and the Panasonic GH4 and Canon 1D C for indie productions. But with this new explosion of 4K cameras, the 4K-indie workflow is still a work-in-progress. Whether... Read more

Sundance 2015 – Sundance Institute announces film awards for its 2015 festival

Take a seat, put on your reading glasses, and peruse this long list of winners…

Sundance Institute just announced its winners for its 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Along with the usual Dramatic Feature and Documentary awards for both the U.S. and World categories, the jury also included new awards for films that they felt deserved merit, such as World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Unparalleled Access and World Cinema... Read more