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

Sundance 2015 – Shot with an iPhone 5S, Tangerine is the film of the fest

Just because you borrowed from your trust fund to obtain a shiny new 4K camera with 12-stops of latitude doesn’t qualify you as a filmmaker.

Just because you borrowed from your trust fund to obtain a shiny new 4K camera with 12-stops of latitude doesn’t qualify you as a filmmaker. We can argue all day about resolution, dynamic range, 10-bit vs. 8-bit, etc., but if you don’t have an original story to tell, it’s probably best to save your dough. While watching filmmaker... Read more

Sundance 2015 – Canon Creative Studio on Main Street

For Sundance 2015, Canon Creative Studio operated the same space on Main Street from 1/24 – 1/26 and again provided Cinema EOS and DSLR gear for attendees to try out.

Last year at Sundance, Canon ran a successful space (Canon Craft Services) on Main Street that invited Sundance attendees and filmmakers to get their hands on their latest gear and attend informative filmmaker panels. For Sundance 2015, Canon Creative Studio operated the same space on Main Street from 1/24 – 1/26 and again provided Cinema EOS... Read more

Sundance 2015 – Be Very Afraid – (T)Error explores our country’s current counter-terrorism tactics

The main subject of the movie is “Shariff”, a 62 year former Black Panther who works as a terrorist informant for the FBI.

Over the past several years, documentaries have transitioned into a new medium. They’re no longer the standard “talking head” with lots of B-roll designed to educate us. Partially due to inexpensive and compact cameras, documentary filmmakers are able to follow their subjects around for years while keeping a low profile. True video... Read more

Digital Bolex Comes To Slamdance For Special Filmmaker Event

For a camera not made by Sony, Canon or Panasonics, these are some impressive specs and it’s no wonder the production industry is buzzing about the D16.

Like many, I learned filmmaking by shooting with a spring-wound 16mm Bolex camera in college. I absolutely loved the workhorse camera as well as the grainy 16mm reversal stock I shot with. Sigh… Well in 2015, the Bolex name is back but this time as a shiny new digital version – the Digital Bolex. Co-developed by Joe Rubinstein and Elle... Read more

Sundance 2015 – JVC Professional showcases their 4K GY-LS300 camcorder to the indie filmmaking industry

For Sundance 2015, JVC showcased the LS300 at the New York Lounge on Main Street in Park City from 1/23- 1/26.

Late last year, JVC Pro announced 3 new 4K camcorders. The one that generated the most buzz for indie filmmakers was the GY-LS300, which contains a Super35 CMOS sensor, an MFT lens mount that can capture UHD or full HD 4:2:2 to SDHC and SDXC cards. For Sundance 2015, JVC showcased the LS300 at the New York Lounge on Main Street in Park City from 1/23-... Read more

Sundance 2015 – Death Defying – Q&A with director Daniel Junge on shooting “Being Evel”

If you’re of a certain age, you may remember stuntman Evel Knievel.

If you’re of a certain age, you may remember stuntman Evel Knievel. He was one of the most iconic figures of the ’70s and I still have vivid memories of his daredevil stunts on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. (Remember, this was before YouTube!) What I didn’t realize was how much of a controversial life he lead outside his public... Read more

Sundance 2015 – Adobe at Sundance – Blurring the lines between indie film and Hollywood

On Friday, January 23, Adobe held an informative panel that discussed how indie film and Hollywood are merging as one.

At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Adobe was on a roll. They had their first major studio movie, Gone Girl, using Creative Cloud. At this year’s festival, Adobe has 21 movies that were cut in Premiere Pro, which doubles the number of films from last year’s festival. Also, they’ve just confirmed that the Coen brothers will be cutting... Read more

Sundance 2015 – Shooting Knock Knock with a Canon 1D C

Like most cinematographers, Quercia got his start in still photography, moving into cinematography with a Bolex shooting in black-and-white.

A film with early buzz at this year’s fest has been Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, which stars Keanu Reeves. The film tells the story of a married man who lets two young, attractive women (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) into his home while his family is away. And if you’re familiar with any of Roth’s films (Hemlock Grove, Hostel), mayhem... Read more
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