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

Sundance 2015 – Change Is In The Air

Well, it’s 2015 and as you already know filmmaking tech has grown exponentially with digital the dominant format.

I just realized it’s my 15th straight year coming to Sundance. It’s quite an understatement to say a lot has changed. I remember seeing Rebecca Miller’s Grand Jury Prize Winner Personal Velocity at the 2002 festival DP Ellen Kuras, ASC – who also won the cinematography award – shot the film using a PAL Sony PD150 – a 3CCD camera... Read more

RØDE launches multiple products, including a digital wireless system, two shotgun mics and a unique ribbon studio mic

The RØDELink system contains several receiver and transmitter options, and will be available in different kits for different types of productions, including film, ENG, presentation and stage. The first one is the Filmmaker Kit, which has a beltpack transmitter, on-camera or beltpack receiver, and RØDE’s broadcast quality Lavalier microphone.

RØDE Microphones just launched a number of amazing products at their exclusive event in San Diego. First up is the RØDELink Digital Wireless System, which is a fully-digital wireless audio system that uses next-generation 2.4GHz, 128-bit encrypted digital transmission sent on two channels simultaneously, providing 24-bit/44.1k digital audio signal... Read more

Sundance 2015 – Catching indie film fever In Park City, Utah

This year’s lineup showcases 118 feature-length films, representing 29 countries and 45 first-time filmmakers, including 19 in competition.

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival kicks off in a few days (January 22 to February 1, 2015) and HDVideoPro will be there reporting live from Park City, Utah. HDVP editor, Neil Matsumoto, will be on the scene covering narrative films, documentaries, and shorts. He’ll also be conducting filmmaker interviews and covering a multitude of panels led by... Read more

AJA introduces the Cion to the Hollywood community and conducts an informative hands on demo

To celebrate the launch of Cion, AJA held a casual dinner/presentation at the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood earlier this week, attended by journalists, filmmakers, and members of the ASC.

AJA was founded in 1993 by engineer John Abt and is based in Grass Valley. Up until now, they’ve primarily been associated with post support, including rack mounts, I/O devices, converters, and recorders like the Ki Pro. With the line between production and post continuing to disappear, it was inevitable the company would release a camera system... Read more

Shutterstock acquires royalty free music provider PremiumBeat and photo press agency Rex Features

Shutterstock has also acquired Rex Features, which is the largest independent photo press agency in Europe.

Now a public company, Shutterstock, Inc. is continuing its rise as the dominant stock photo, illustration, video, and music provider to businesses, marketing agencies and media properties all over the world. The New York-based company recently surpassed the mark of over one million licensed video clips and has a community of over 70,000 contributors.... Read more

CES 2015 – Sony adds a powerhouse 4K Action Cam, the FDR-X1000V, to its POV series of cameras

One amazing new feature is that the X100V performs a full pixel readout to create more detail in 4K, as well as creating full HD videos in either MP4 or their higher quality codec, XAVC S .

At CES 2015, Sony introduced a new 4K Action Cam. The FDR-X1000V employs Sony’s 4K technology into a compact, splash-proof POV camera design. You can capture UHD (3840 x 2160 at 30p, 100-Mbps) that can be played back on a compatible 4K TV directly from the camera through HDMI. Some of the hardware specs include a ZEISS Tessar lens with an ultra-wide... Read more

ASC announces feature film nominees for their Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony

The awards ceremony will be held on February 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

The ASC just announced their nominees for the 29th Annual ASC Awards. The five cinematographers nominated include… – Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for Unbroken – Óscar Faura for The Imitation Game – Emmanuel Lubezki ASC, AMC for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Dick Pope, BSC for Mr. Turner – Robert... Read more

CES 2015 – G-Technology announces new “rugged” storage solutions for their Evolutions Series of external hard drives

G-Technology, a leader in delivering premium storage solutions, today announced new rugged storage solutions that help keep content safe in virtually all environments.

At CES 2015, G-Technology just announced storage solutions that will keep your files secure in rough environments. The new G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt, the G-DRIVE ev ATC with USB 3.0, and the G-DRIVE ev RaW are compatible with their Evolution Series, which feature a two-bay docking station with interchangeable and expandable storage modules that... Read more

CES 2015 – GoPro launches new channel on LG Smart TVs

The new app allows LG Smart TV users to immerse themselves in the world of GoPro with just the click of the LG Magic remote.

CES 2015 is underway in Las Vegas and the growing GoPro empire is looking to get into your television sets by teaming with LG Smart TVs. You can now stream over 400 hours of GoPro videos using a new app on LG TVs that use webOS Smart TV technology. There will be over 20 playlists featuring immersive action videos shot on GoPro cameras with 4K content... Read more

The Top Ten Products of 2014 – The Pound For Pound List

This year’s list includes gear that is price-wise out of reach so it’s only for rental, as well as software and apps you can download for free. What they all share is a common goal of both innovating and disrupting the filmmaking marketplace.

In what is becoming a tradition, HDVideoPro announces its Top Ten products of the year and like last year, this list is inspired by my favorite sport of boxing’s “Pound-For-Pound” list, featuring tech gear that offers the most bang for your buck. Just as you would unlikely witness a professional Flyweight knocking out a Heavyweight... Read more

ARRI announces new pro camera accessories for the Sony FS7

ARRI’s PCA accessories will be available individually, or as a full set, and are compatible with industry standard tools.

ARRI just announced a full set of pro accessories from its PCA (Pro Camera Accessories) line that are built specifically for Sony’s new PXW-FS7 camera. The FS7 is Sony’s new doc-style camera that is ideal for handheld shooting. The camera contains an E-mount and can record 4K and 1080p slow-motion footage internally to XQD memory cards.... Read more