Cine Gear Expo 2019: Speaking With SKB Cases

Terry Sullivan, Editor for HDVideoPro talks with Will Steven about SKB’s high quality cases and storage containers
No matter what size your film project or production is, you still need to protect your cameras, lenses and other equipment when shooting on location. At this year’s Cine Gear Expo, SKB Cases had a variety of cases and storage containers to suit just about any cinematographer. SKB Cases Project Manager Will Steven showed us three models in this video:   For... Read more

Cine Gear Expo 2019: Speaking About Angenieux Optimo Prime Cine Lenses

Terry Sullivan, Editor of HDVideoPro, talks with Randy Wedick of Band Pro about the Angenieux Optimo Prime cine lenses.
Cinematographers love to come to Cine Gear Expo to see the latest gear from the top manufacturers of cameras and lenses. This year, Band Pro was showing a prototype of its latest partner project, Angenieux Optimo Prime cine lenses, for which Band Pro is a partner and the exclusive distributor in the Americas. Randy Wedick, the company’s Senior Technical... Read more

Cine Gear Expo 2019: Speaking About Zeiss Cine Lenses

Terry Sullivan, Editor for HDVideoPro talks with Tony Wisniewski of Zeiss about cine lenses and the company’s new cinema demo center in Sherman Oaks, California
At this year’s Cine Gear Expo, there were many companies displaying a variety of lenses. A popular stop at the show is the Carl Zeiss booth. It’s where cinematographers could get a close look at the company’s lines of lenses, including the Zeiss Supreme Prime Lenses. Terry Sullivan, Editor of HDVideoPro, got a moment to speak with Tony Wisniewski... Read more

Cine Gear Expo 2019: Panasonic Introduces New LUMIX S1H Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

New full-frame LUMIX claims to be the first 6K-resolution video camera
The new Panasonic LUMIX S1H Full-Frame mirrorless camera Today at this year’s Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles, Panasonic announced the third full-frame mirrorless camera in its LUMIX brand, the new Panasonic LUMIX S1H full-frame mirrorless camera. Like the LUMIX S1 and S1R, its brand siblings, the new LUMIX S1H is equipped with a full-frame image sensor.... Read more

Cine Gear Expo 2019: What To Expect

Find out about the latest digital tech and production gear for filmmakers
This year, we’ll again be attending Cine Gear 2019 Expo. The show takes place on the Paramount lot in Hollywood, California from May 30 through June 2. We’ll be there to check out what’s new in the world of digital cinema and production gear. What’s particularly nice about this show is that it’s a focused expo that targets filmmakers, instead... Read more

Editing Software

Subscribing to a workflow
Editing Software
The question of where editing software is going popped into my mind as I sat through press conferences and demos at NAB. (No, I promised my editor this wasn’t going to be another NAB recap.) Both Blackmagic Design and Adobe introduced new components to their edit software. It got me thinking about all the editing platforms I have used—and continue... Read more

How To Persevere

What does that word mean to you in relation to this crazy industry that we are a part of?
How To Persevere
Shooting crazy hours, in rain and in heat, pushing yourself to keep going. Shooting documentaries can be just as tough as scripted production. Perseverance. A word that has been on my mind quite a bit lately. What does that word mean to you in relation to this crazy industry that we are a part of? To me, it is a watchword for what I do to be in this... Read more

Is Shooting Handheld Still A Thing?

If a lot of TV and features are still being shot handheld, why have we seen such massive popularity in moving your camera with mechanical assistance over the past few years?
Is Shooting Handheld Still A Thing?
A state-of-the-art handheld rig in 2019: The Arri Alexa Mini. Do you still shoot video handheld? It’s a valid question these days as so many shooters are utilizing gimbals, Steadicam-like devices, sliders and drones. It seems as if the new visual vocabulary demands increasingly growing amounts of camera movement to be considered visually relevant.... Read more

NAB Wrap Up, Part 5

And then there was editing
NAB Wrap Up, Part 5
Obviously, because I’m an editor, this final post on NAB has to be about editing. But, first, I want to mention something about a device from Tiffen that helps solve z-axis bouncing on stabilizers. I’ve cut a lot of material from apparent first-time users of single-handed gimbals like the DJI Ronin-S. If the camera operator isn’t walking properly,... Read more

NAB Wrap-Up, Part 4

Storage wars
NAB Wrap-Up, Part 4
This continues my recap of my tour through the aisles of NAB. An important topic is where to put all those pixels. 4K, 8K and raw all demand more room. And, critically, they demand better performance. One way to get more performance from storage is to move from spinning drives to solid state memory. At the Lexar booth, they showed a portable SSD with... Read more

B&H Payboo Credit Card Reimburses Your Sales Tax

A new credit card for those who live in a state that requires collection of sales tax on internet orders
If you live in a state that requires collection of sales tax on internet orders, B&H Photo has launched a new credit card that will credit your purchase for the amount of the tax. The official press release describes the process: “The Payboo Card delivers instant, immediate savings to B&H customers. For example, when a customer in Los Angeles... Read more

Avoiding A Comedy of Errors In Your Own “Game of Thrones” Production

Content-Aware fills in Adobe After Effects can remove unwanted objects from video…and, perhaps, unwelcome laughter from your audience
Making a film is almost always a group effort, which in many cases can work to your advantage, particularly in complex Sci-Fi or Fantasy productions that require many different teams with very different and specific skill sets. On some of these projects it seems there is truly strength in numbers when you have a cast of thousands—even tens of... Read more