Cine Gear 2016 — 8K Panavision Millennium DXL

Combining technologies from RED, Light Iron and Panavision, there’s a new camera in the top end filmmaking segment
The Panavision Millennium DXL camera at Cine Gear 2016 — Photo by David Alexander Willis
It’s interesting to see over time how things can often come full circle. Following more than sixty years of filmmaking production and camera production, Panavision was one of the first filmmaking companies to embrace digital back in 2006 with the Panavision Genesis, and despite an incredibly strong start with usage on films like Apocalyptico, Superman... Read more

Gear — The Eclipse Net Family From Redrock Micro

“Solo camera operators can now do it all” thanks to a new brand of products with advanced automated follow focus tracking and remote control lens operation
Redrock Micro Eclipse Net
Redrock Micro is known primarily for professional rigs and accessories designed to make smaller camera systems like DSLRs a much more viable solution for video capture. At this year’s NAB conference, the company announced the new Eclipse Net series of camera support accessories that makes it a lot easier to control camera functions and follow focus... Read more

Gear — A Lightweight 8mm 180 Degree Fisheye Lens From Duclos For Drone And VR

The motion picture lenses company has released a specialty lens with durable exterior and electronic control for remote and aerial work

Duclos Lenses, located in Chatsworth, California, Duclos Lenses has released a new $4,995 8mm fisheye lens for EF mount cameras. With robust exterior and hyperlocal distance ranging from 1.5’ to infinity, the lens is an ideal choice for documentary and location work. Unusual for third party models of this caliber, aperture can be controlled electronically... Read more

Video — High Speed Stage From Hive Lighting and Drone Dudes

A new video showcases the high frame rate possibilities of a dedicated space in Los Angeles from the top shelf lighting and aerial cinematography companies

I’ve covered high-end plasma company Hive Lighting’s Bee Plasma Flood light for HDVideoPro previously. It’s an incredibly bright light with a homogenous open-face spread that works out to an 1000 watt HMI equivalent panel. You you can find that review from several years ago here. Since then, Hive Lighting has continued to output, so to speak,... Read more

Gear — The Beachtek DXA-MICRO-PRO Audio Adapter For DSLR Video

Announced post-NAB, the audio solutions company’s compact two-channel system for using professional microphones with 3.5mm equipped cameras

Our look at the TASCAM DR-10SG super cardioid shotgun mic, released at this years’s NAB, is proving to be a very popular article for DSLR users, no doubt thanks to the low price point and redundant capture straight to the audio track of the DSLR. It’s a no-brainer that if you’re using a DSLR for video, the internal microphone is just not going... Read more

Gear — AJA And Their Free System Test Lite App For Apple iPhones And Tablets

A Mac and Windows software solution for measuring system and hard drive performance levels is now available for the Apple iOS operating system

Available for free download on the Apple Store here , AJA has announced a Lite version of their popular AJA System Test software for Windows and Mac solutions. The app establishes a real world speed test that allows it to simulate the reading and writing of files. Designed specifically for digital video and post production houses, the app will work... Read more

Gear — New Mount Converter for Using Sigma SA And Canon EF Lenses On Sony E-Mount Cameras

Sigma announces $249 MC-11 Mount Converter that allows usage of fifteen Sigma Canon EF mount and Sigma SA mount lenses on Sony E mount cameras

Sony mirrorless camera users just gained several new glass options through Sigma and the MC-11 Mount Converter. At only $249 in either Sony E-mount for Canon lenses or Sony E-mount for Sigma lenses, the MC-11 gives Sony E mount cameras compatibility with fifteen Sigma Canon Mount (EF) or Sigma Mount (SA) lenses. Available in several zooms and primes,... Read more

NAB Wrap-Up 2016 — Rounding Up Ten Of The Top New Gear Announcements

From cameras to lighting to lenses, this year’s convention unleashed the latest toys for VR, HDR, 8K and IP

The NAB registered attendance topped 103,000 this year, with nearly 2,000 exhibitors covering more than a million square feet of ground. Try as we might, with more than sixty meet-and-greets, the HDVP team saw a number of fun and exiting new technologies that we just didn’t have the time to give love to during the show. So, in no particular order,... Read more

NAB 2016 — The Kinefinity Terra Camera Brings Affordable 6K To The Masses

With capture at up to 6K and 5K resolutions, versatile options and a body weight of only 920g, the new Terra is an earth shaker

There was a big surprise in the back halls of NAB with Chinese company Kinefinity and their very affordable 6K and 5K Terra camera models at $6000 and $5000 respectively. With Super 35 sensor and Steel/Titanium Alloy Kine MOUNT PL mount, the system can also be mounted to Canon EF through the option of a Cine Lock-style EF mount or through $499 EF Mount... Read more

NAB 2016 — Sennheiser’s Virtual Reality Microphone And New MKE 440, MK4 And HandMic Digitals

The company showcased a number of new audio solutions at this year’s convention including surround sound VR technology

I had heard from several people during NAB about the VR audio display from Sennheiser, and even though I stopped by early in the morning on Wednesday to visit, it was already thronged with people, especially unusual considering the booth was found in the remote North Hall. The AMBEO 3D Audio 9.1 installation was using Neumann monitors to showcase an... Read more

NAB 2016 — Creamsource LED Film And Television Lighting Range from Outsight

A discussion with Tama Berkeljon on the Creamsource lighting used on productions like Captain America: Civil War, The Hobbit and Zero Dark Thirty

HDVP Editor Simon Wakelin — Memorable meetings over the past few days included a chat with Tama Berkeljon, Managing Director at Outsight Pty Ltd, who produces the Creamsource range of high end lights. A specialist in film and TV lighting, the company possesses some of the most advanced LED technology available on the market today. Chatting at NAB... Read more

NAB 2016 — Wrapping Up The New Camera Announcements From RED, Canon, Panasonic And Sony

HDVP Editor Simon Wakelin discusses cam production at this year’s convention

HDVP Editor Simon Wakelin — New firmware upgrades were also afoot including Sony’s 2.0 update providing RAW output from the PXW-FS5. This allows F5S owners to now take full advantage of recording RAW 4K 12-bit quality footage to any compatible external recorder. This includes Atomos who, along with Convergent Design, support Sony’s new recording... Read more