The Mini-Blockbuster

4K, Protunes and CineForm Studio propel GoPro’s HERO3 Black Edition to cinematic heights

Back in 1999, GoPro founder-CEO Nick Woodman wanted to create a camera that would enable surfers to take high-quality stills, and in 2004, GoPro released its first camera, a 28mm wrist camera that shot 35mm film. As digital technology and video-sharing websites exploded, the small upstart company became synonymous with the social-media generation,... Read more

Full-Frame Fever

With their monster-sized CMOS sensors, the Sony NEX-VG900 and SLT-A99 deliver big-screen results for filmmakers

Keeping pace with Sony cameras is getting difficult, as in recent years the company has released a "Murderer’s Row" of cameras for filmmakers. Just two years ago, the NEX-VG10 was released and was branded a revolutionary product since it was the first consumer camcorder to contain an APS-C sensor. Now, Sony has clearly swung for the... Read more

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Its origins, features and impact

If you haven’t noticed, "disruptive technology" is a term that has been overused in the tech media lately. But if any product deserves this title in the production industry, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera takes the crown. At NAB 2012, the Australian company pulled off one of the biggest surprises in years by announcing its first digital... Read more

Compact Slo-Mo

Cinematographer Jim Geduldick uses Vision Research’s Phantom Miro to capture action sports

Earlier this year when cinematographer Jim Geduldick first heard that Vision Research was developing their new Phantom Miro M120 and M320S high-speed cameras, he went straight to the U.S. distributor, AbelCine, about the possibility of being the first DP to use it on a project. With his background in shooting action sports, Geduldick had the idea of... Read more

Breaking The Imaging Barrier

Sensor technology moves from film parody to film parity and beyond

Modern digital cinema cameras continue to evolve at breathtaking speed. Light sensitivity, resolution and dynamic range have increased exponentially in just the past few years. While modern cameras are highly dependent on lens technology, processing, storage and the advanced electrical engineering that allows for innovative new features, at the center... Read more

Slowtime

Despite the ergonomics, Sony serves up another ace with the release of the NEX-FS700U, offering Super Slow Motion and soon-to-be 4K images

For the past couple of years, Sony has been cranking out excellent digital motion-picture systems one after another. In the April 2012 issue of HDVideoPro, we profiled the NEX-FS100U, which I felt was a big step up for DSLR owners who wanted a true digital motion-picture camera without the workarounds of a DSLR. The camera contained a Super 35mm-sized... Read more

From Still To Motion

The latest DSLR accessories enhance the next wave of DSLRs

In the past decade, the video-enabled DSLR revolutionized the production industry, especially indie filmmaking. As you already know, the DSLR allowed low- or no-budget shooters the ability to create cinematic shallow depth of field with camera systems costing a fraction of the amount of film or high-end digital camera systems. But with the recent introduction... Read more

Heard The News?

JVC releases two forward-thinking camcorders for low-budget filmmakers

Adding Internet protocol and connectivity to a video camera isn’t a new idea. JVC created the first "streaming video" camera, the Streamcorder, in 2002. While the camera was a success, its importance was reduced by the limited bandwidth available a decade ago. Today, with robust Wi-Fi networks blanketing most urban centers, JVC returns... Read more

The 5D Mark III

Canon’s long-awaited update to its landmark 5D Mark II has arrived

In developing the EOS 5D Mark II, Canon wanted to give AP still photographers the ability to capture video while on their photo assignments. Little did they know that professional cinematographers would flock to the camera because of its VistaVision-sized sensor. Released back in September of 2008, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was a landmark camera that... Read more

The AG-HPX600

Panasonic updates its popular HPX500 with a lightweight ENG camera capable of capturing new AVC-ULTRA formats

Is it really, finally here? Panasonic’s existing entry-level, shoulder-mount 2⁄3-inch-CCD broadcast camera, the AG-HPX500, has long been a staple in news, event and sports markets. But for those interested in cutting-edge video tools, the AG-HPX500 is based upon relatively ancient technology. Essentially a shoulder-mount, 2⁄3-inch-CCD-sensor... Read more

First Look: Back In The Game

Nikon releases the D4 and D800, two DSLRs with much improved features for filmmakers

When it was announced, back in September 2008, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was the game-changing DSLR that helped start a filmmaking revolution. But how many of you recall that Nikon was the first camera manufacturer to release an HD-enabled DSLR? The D90 was announced in August 2008 (it’s still in production), but unlike the 5D Mark II, the D90... Read more

Scarlet Fever

RED’s modular Scarlet-X delivers 5K stills and 4K motion picture capture—definitely not for amateurs

I have a confession to make. Although I’ve seen plenty of RED ONEs and EPICs on sets and have placed my hands on models at trade shows (when they’re not encased behind glass), I’ve actually never shot with one. As you may know, RED’s long-awaited Scarlet-X has had many starts and stops over the years. It originally was announced... Read more
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