Gear — AJA Announces The Mini-Connect Interface And $2495 RovoCam Block Camera For Remote Capture And Security Systems

When used with RovoRx-HDMI, the companion receiver, RovoCam offers a simplified interface with HDMI output, stereo audio out, control and power at up to 100 meters

At the ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) 2016 expo for professional AV and electronic systems in Amsterdam, AJA debuted two new products earlier this week. The $2495 RovoCam is a block camera mostly offered as a solution for industrial, corporate and security needs. However, for ProAV and broadcast programs like live events, reality TV and other remote... Read more

Gear — Panasonic VariCam LT — Cinema Camera Capture With EF Mount For $18,000

With Canon mount, HDR capture and 120fps in HD, the VariCam LT brings feature level capture to independent productions

Last night at the DGA Theater Complex, I attended Panasonic’s unveiling of the newest model in their historic VariCam line of cinema cameras; the VariCam LT. Based largely on the same build as the previous model in the line, the digital VariCam 35, which has been used since its introduction this last year to capture several series. (Check out an interview... Read more

Gear — ZOOM Q4n — Video And Audio Capture For Live Events And Performance Work At $299

An affordable new camera that is ideal second-cam choice for self-recording, location work, live events and audio productions

ZOOM, who is known for top notch personal audio capture devices like the extremely popular H4n portable recorder, has announced the Q4n camcorder. At 119mm (length) × 51mm (width) × 62mm (height) and less than half a pound in weight, the Q4n updates the Q4 camera series to 2304×1296 resolution (from 1080p in the Q4), a higher bit-rate of up to... Read more

Gear — Pelican-Hardigg V-Series Rack Cases For Audio And Video Productions

A new line of watertight and pressurized cases for transporting rackspace equipment safely and securely

Pelican Products has announced a new industrial-strength hardcase sized specifically to bring server and rack equipment safely to production work in the field. The company, who makes custom cases for everything from memory cards to computers and tablets to camera systems and toolboxes, is offering the Pelican-Hardigg V-Series Rack series in two lines.... Read more

Behind The Scene — Just Add Magic — Q&A With Director Of Photography Mark Doering-Powell

The Panasonic VariCam 35 captures a new supernatural comedy series aimed at families and preteens

As a two-time Emmy nominee for Outstanding Cinematography for the show Everybody Hates Chris and veteran of a number of other television episodic comedies like Zombieland and Workaholics, director of photography Mark Doering-Powell ASC recently tackled a 13-part streaming series for Amazon Studios called, Just Add Magic. In the vein of R.L. Stine’s... Read more

Gear — Xeen By Rokinon 14mm T3.1 And 35mm T1.5 Professional Cine Lenses Officially Announced To Ship In March At $2495

XEEN by Rokinon adds two models to the new cinestyle line of lenses; a 35mm T1.5 and 14mm T3.1

Rokinon, aka Korean lens manufacturers Samyang, have announced two additional lenses to their XEEN line of affordable cine-style lenses. The XEEN by Rokinon 14mm T3.1 and XEEN by Rokinon 35mm T1.5 join three other focal lengths, a 24mm, 50mm and 85mm, with full frame coverage and lens mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds and PL. The... Read more

Sundance 2016 — O.J.: Made In America — Q&A With Director Ezra Edelman

Shot primarily with the Canon C300, director Ezra Edelman answers questions on his 7.5 hour documentary for ESPN on the story of O.J. Simpson and how it related to race relations in Los Angeles

O.J.: Made In America is a seven and a half hour documentary that had its official premiere at Sundance this last January. Sports guru and documentarist Ezra Edelman, who also helmed the Peabody Award-winner Magic and Bird: A Courtship of Rivals, as well as the Emmy Award-winner, Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush, was on hand at the festival... Read more

Sundance 2016 — That’s A Wrap!

Rounding up the events, screenings and fun at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah

With the Sundance Film Festival’s Feature Film Awards Ceremony set to end the festival tomorrow, Saturday the 30th, featuring director Taika Waititi of What We Do In the Shadows as host, the festivities come to a close. This year had a bit of exciting news as one film, Birth of a Nation, set a Sundance record for acquisition at $17.5 million, while... Read more

Sundance 2016 — A Steady Stream Of Purchases

HDVideoPro editor Simon Wakelin breaks down the movers and shakers at this year’s Sundance Film Festival

HDVP Editor Simon Wakelin – Original content seems to be the media darling at Sundance 2016, with streaming services outbidding traditional studios to garner the rights to cutting edge material… Tallulah starring Ellen Page – Photo by David Newsom Case in point is Netflix and Amazon. Netflix have so far scored features such as Tallulah... Read more

Sundance 2016 — Dinner With Family With Brett Gelman And Brett Gelman’s Family — Q&A With Brett Gelman And Director Jason Woliner

Dark comedy at its best with the Adult Swim short Dinner With Family with Brett Gelman and Brett Gelman’s Family, which ran at this year’s Sundance Film Festival

Created by Eagleheart series director Jason Woliner and titular comedic actor Brett Gelman, Dinner with Family with Brett Gelman and Brett Gelman’s Family is a darkly absurdist comedy that follows in the footsteps of their previous short together, Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends. First aired on [adult swim], Dinner with Family with... Read more

Sundance 2016 — White Girl — Review

Debuting at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, White Girl is a story of decadence and drugs based on director Elizabeth Wood’s own life

HDVP Editor Simon Wakelin – The Sundance screenings continue with White Girl, an unflinchingly real portrait of drug use based on the experiences of Elizabeth Wood, the film’s director. In the U.S. Dramatic Competition, White Girl is the story of Leah, a student fresh out of college for the summer who goes to extremes to get her drug dealer... Read more

Sundance 2016 — WILD — Review

Testing the limits of taboo in cinema, WILD from director Nicolette Krebitz debuts this year at the Sundance Film Festival

HDVP Editor Simon Wakelin – After the hypnotic mermaid-horror-musical The Lure comes WILD, a powerful and emotional journey that rides a razor sharp edge between offensive and evocative. WILD is the third film directed by German actress Nicolette Krebitz, the story of a rebellious woman who turns away from her mundane existence to embrace the... Read more
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