4K In The Real World

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 offers a plethora of pro video features

KEY SPECS • 4K video recording in Cinema 4K (4096×2160/24 fps) and QFHD 4K (3840×2160/up to 24/25/30 fps in MOV/MP4) • 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Micro 4/3 sensor • VFR (variable frame rate up to 96 fps in 1080p) time-lapse shot/stop-motion animation capability built in • Professional... Read more

At A Glance: Air Apparent

Miller’s Air Tripod Systems

Due to their small size and inconspicuous nature, the biggest advantage of shooting with a DSLR or compact camcorder is that you’re able to shoot in locations where most full-sized, digital motion-picture cameras can’t. But if you want stabilized shots, you need a solid tripod system—a tool that usually negates a DSLR’s small size.... Read more

Smart Allex

Libec’s new tripod system lets you pan, tilt and slide

For event shooters or indie filmmakers, camera movement can bring a ton of production value to a shoestring project, when performed well. Filmmakers like Hitchcock, Scorsese and Spielberg have demonstrated how just a subtle tracking shot can heighten the mood of a scene. Camera movement for indie filmmakers has always been restrictive, mainly due to... Read more

October 2014

With WiFi and NFC for tablet and smartphone access to video capture, the Panasonic HX-A500 will record up to 4K at 30p and allow you to upload files directly to the web.

FAST FRAME RATES Vision Research has released their fastest, ultra-high-speed camera, to date, with frame rates of up to a whopping 25,600 fps at full 1-megapixel resolution. As high-speed photography requires a lot of light, the Phantom v2511 is also their most light-sensitive model, with a max sensitivity of ISO 6400 for color images and ISO... Read more

The Chicago Way

Zacuto’s Steve Weiss and Jens Bogehegn lead the socialist filmmaking revolution

"Oh, I hate that word!" shouts Zacuto director and product designer Steve Weiss in his office when I bring up the word "democratization" in regard to filmmaking. "I have to stop you right now. This is not a democracy. The fact that they say that video is accessible to everybody is socialism." Whether or not the current... Read more

Hands-On With The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

The hard-to-categorize 4K camera is a “pro” camera, but lacks many pro features

Main Features • Contains a Super 35mm-sized 4K sensor (21.12×11.88mm) • EF mount only • Captures UHD (3840×2160) and full HD (1920×1080), but not DCI 4K (4096×2160) • At this time can only capture ProRes 422 (HQ), not CinemaDNG RAW • 12 stops of latitude •... Read more

Go Cine-Style

Tokina Cinema ATX zoom lenses grant indie filmmakers entry into the cinema zoom lens world

With a growing number of "priced-to-own" digital motion-picture cameras being released, such as Blackmagic Design’s URSA and AJA’s CION, shooters who like to own their gear are living it up. But the reality is that these shooters usually expend all of their resources on a camera body when they should be spending it on lenses. After... Read more

When Worlds Collide

Nipros enables live broadcast shooting with 4K digital cinema cameras

At first glance, it seems an incongruous pairing. Imagine shooting a live worldwide broadcast with a dozen RED EPICs, perhaps two handheld Canon EOS C500s and an ARRI ALEXA on a jib arm. Why would you attempt such a thing? The production parameters of live television are generally about as far away from digital cinema production as you can get. Shooting... Read more

At A Glance: Rotolight Anova EcoFlood V2 LED Lights

A technologically advanced lighting system

LED lights are very interesting as a choice for a primary continuous lighting source. While historically associated with poor lighting and shoddy manufacturing, today the technology has continued to increase in capability to the point where we see numerous LED solutions available for professional image capture. They consume only a fraction of the same... Read more

At A Glance: Comodo Orbit

Twin-grip camera rig enables smooth single-shot cinema

As you’ve probably noticed, cameras are becoming much smaller, not to mention better. Recently, Freefly Systems’ Mo VI rig transformed the camera movement industry by allowing camera operators to easily capture smooth shots without the need of a Steadicam (or Steadicam operator). Although the compact Mo VI rig has been a revolutionary... Read more

August 2014

Featuring a massive 10-inch viewfinder, four-hour internal battery, wired talkback communication, tally indicators and connections, including balanced XLR, SDI and optical fiber, the Blackmagic Studio Camera is built as an all-in-one, economic camera choice for live productions whether in the studio or in the field.

BLACKMAGIC STUDIO Featuring a massive 10-inch viewfinder, four-hour internal battery, wired talkback communication, tally indicators and connections, including balanced XLR, SDI and optical fiber, the Blackmagic Studio Camera is built as an all-in-one, economic camera choice for live productions whether in the studio or in the field. Available in two... Read more

At A Glance: Manfrotto Spectra LED Lights

Battery-operated LED lights for on-camera use on location or as accent lights in a scene

Manfrotto’s new Spectra family of LED lights is doubly useful as an on-camera light for event and live footage while also serving as very effective battery-operated compact lighting panels that can be hidden easily in a scene for accent lighting or even eye lights. Building on their previous line of Pocket, Mini, Midi and Maxima on-camera LED... Read more
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