Small Sensors Still Thriving

Panasonic’s latest 1/3-inch AVC-INTRA and AVCCAM camcorders make their debut

Walking the floor at NAB 2011 was an eye-opening experience. In the camera arena, it seemed that the majority of excitement was generated in the lower end by large-sensor cameras like the Panasonic AG-AF100 and the Sony PMW-F3 and in the higher end by cameras like the ARRI ALEXA. Since the recent DSLR revolution, does anyone even care about small-sensor... Read more

The Sleeping Giant Awakens

At NAB 2011, Sony releases revolutionary new products, from consumer 3D to true 4K capture

In the evolving motion-picture production industry, we’re living in radical times. Who would have predicted the Canon EOS 5D Mark II—a godsend to the production industry during the worst economic crisis in decades—would be used on feature films and broadcast television shows? After being branded the "Tucker" of the camera world,... Read more

Action Shooters Part 1

Capturing the thrills and adventures from the latest nonfiction reality television shows

"Right over there!" The van veers hard as it rounds the corner. I brace my legs to stay balanced while struggling to hold my camera steady. Rolling to a stop behind the one-story apartment, the van doors fly open and the officers are out, moving rapidly but with stealth to avoid detection. I pop my door and dash quickly to catch up, one eye... Read more

What Do You Have in Stock?

Top stock-footage firms and their shooters sound off on why the content business is booming

As we’re living in the age of recycling and reducing our carbon footprint, people are trying to find new ways to use and reuse everything from old cell phones to yard clippings. As content producers, we’re only too aware of the amount of footage left over from any given project, and many times, it’s aesthetically acceptable. Nonetheless,... Read more

At A Glance: Nikon D7000

Incredible low-light sensitivity and full 1080p with the new entry in Nikon’s line of video-capable DSLRs

Nikon was the very first company to offer video capabilities in a still camera with the historic D90 DSLR, which was followed shortly thereafter by Canon, who upped the ante from 720p to 1080p with the EOS 5D Mark II. Both companies set off a revolution in filmmaking, turning “convergence” into the buzz word of the last few years in the... Read more

First Look: Sony PMW-F3

Sony introduces a compact camcorder with a Super 35mm sensor and professional features

Since its announcement, the majority of camcorder bloggers have been referring to the new Sony PMW-F3 as the newest “RED Killer.” The latest in the line of Sony’s popular XDCAM EX series, the PMW-F3 is a compact camcorder that contains a Super 35mm-sized sensor and offers professional features that cinematographers have been looking... Read more

Bridging The Gap

Panasonic’s new AG-AF100 defines a common ground between camcorders and HD DSLRs

In 2010, HD DSLRs graduated from weapon of choice for no-budget indie filmmakers to an option that almost everyone seemed to be experimenting with. Then came the commercials, music videos, even an episode of FOX’s House, all shot with HD DSLRs by accomplished professionals. The big draw of the HD DSLR is the almost magic combination of extreme... Read more

Lipstick Traces

HDVideoPro examines the latest compact HD POV cameras that can give your production a new perspective

Extreme sports, undercover investigations or anytime you want to see your subject in a new way—placing your camera into small, remote and high- or low-angle locations brings a whole new dimension to your production. It really comes down to following the rules of Filmmaking 101: Placing the audience into a position that they normally would never see... Read more

Alexa In The Field

Three cinematographers working in three different production styles push the new ARRI ALEXA to the limit

Several years in the making, ARRI finally released its much anticipated ALEXA camera at NAB 2010, and it has become a huge hit in only a few months. Even those who thought that the ALEXA was “just another version of a D-21” quickly changed their minds. For the makers of features, television projects, commercials, music videos—and even... Read more

At A Glance: Camera Angles

The Canon EOS 60D gives you a new vantage point

As you already know, even with the cool firmware upgrades, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is getting a little long in the tooth. Since the 5D Mark II was released over two years ago, Canon has launched several new HD video-enabled DSLRs that have been used to shoot every type of production—from feature films to family outings. The EOS 60D is Canon’s... Read more


Ideal for Final Cut Studio users, the modular JVC GY-HM790U excels in both field and studio environments

Two JVC camcorders are hanging from my hands. In my right is my trusty D-9 SD DY-90W, bought in 2001. Costing $30,000 with lens, weighing 17 pounds (all weights given are without batteries) and shooting NTSC SD with 2/3-inch 16:9 CCDs to ½-inch video cassettes, it served me well but is now totally obsolete. In my left is the new GY-HM790U that... Read more

The NEX Step

The Sony NEX-VG10 with its APS HD sensor delivers full 1920×1080 HD with “35mm-like” shallow depth of field

It was only a matter of time before the camcorder industry would take notice and react. In less than two years, the HD DSLR movement has revolutionized indie filmmaking by further leveling the playing field between low-budget and studio productions. In addition, a large percentage of still photographers have caught the filmmaking bug, creating an even... Read more