Hands On With The Blackmagic Cinema Camera

A low-cost digital motion-picture camera designed for cinematographers

Today, almost everyone is aware of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, so I don’t have to remind you about the bomb they dropped at NAB 2012, nor do I have to rehash the impressive specs of the camera, which retails for only $2,995. But even with this high level of public awareness, not everyone has had the opportunity to shoot with the camera because,... Read more

At A Glance: Rokinon VDSLR Lenses

The “V” is for video

Large-sensor cameras, especially video-enabled DSLRs with APS-C or full-frame sensors, have changed low-budget filmmaking forever. Like HD or 24p capture, the ability to use fast prime lenses to capture cinematic shallow depth of field was a huge breakthrough for filmmakers used to shooting with camcorders that contained 1⁄3-inch CCDs and fixed zoom... Read more

Indie Camera Moves

The latest stabilizers, sliders, jibs and dollies designed for the low-budget shooter

Movies always have been the perfect medium for capturing the sheer kinetic energy of motion, and thanks to the many advances in technology in the past decade or so, the new generation of stabilizers, jibs and sliders have helped filmmakers push the limits even further in their quest for never-before-seen shots. Of course, many indie productions, as... Read more
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June 2013

Other features include wireless metadata input, Wi-Fi capability, and USB and Gigabit Ethernet connections, as well as operation integration with live video uplink transmitter devices from a selection of partners. T

PANASONIC AJ-PX5000G P2 CAMCORDER The first P2 HD camcorder to offer Panasonic’s native AVC-ULTRA recording codec, as well as built-in microP2 card slots, the 2⁄3-inch 2.2-megapixel 3-MOS Panasonic AJ-PX5000G shoulder-mount camcorder captures up to 10-bit, 1080/60p AVC-Intra Class100 files, as well as standard AVC-LongG in a selection of compression... Read more

4k Here And Now

Sony expands the 4K market with two new cameras, the F5 and F55

A few months back, I attended a small press gathering at the new Sony DMPC (Digital Motion Picture Center), where Sony executives introduced their latest CineAlta camera system. But hold on, hadn’t they just released the F65? And wasn’t the PMW-F3 the hottest digital camera system on the market? (The F3 sold over 2,000 cameras in the U.S.... Read more

Lighting For Digital

Cinematographers discuss their go-to tools

To paraphrase Duke Ellington, there is only good or bad lighting. Much more than a camera, lighting has the greatest influence on the image since light is what truly shapes it. Since the digital revolution, lighting has become a more difficult task for both cinematographers and gaffers. Digital’s unforgiving nature, especially within the highlights,... Read more

Shot Support

New fluid heads and tripods for your digital motion-picture camera system

It’s important to remember that for tripod and fluid heads, the ones you don’t notice while shooting are the best kind. Although tripod systems aren’t the sexiest gear to read (or write) about, you’re probably well aware that a stable tripod system is the best investment a shooter can make since a subpar tripod system can ruin... Read more

April 2013

With the release of the new ALEXA XT, perhaps the biggest winner is data recorder company Codex Digital. All XT models contain the new XR Module, a side panel that was developed with Codex to replace the SxS Module.

First Look: ARRI ALEXA XT ARRIRAW, true anamorphic capture and internal ND (but no 4K) By Neil Matsumoto The ARRI ALEXA was introduced in 2010, and in just a few short years, the camera has taken over the professional production space with cinematographers widely considering it to be the first "film-style" digital motion-picture camera.... Read more

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

At A Glance: Slyde Away

The Digital Juice Slyder Dolly

The biggest difference between still photography and motion-picture production is camera movement. When camera moves are performed well, they not only boost your film’s production value, but they also can elevate a scene artistically. For narrative films, dolly moves are the most common and professional-looking. The only problem for indie filmmakers... Read more

At A Glance: Video Stock Options

Gaining extra sales from footage through Shutterstock’s royalty-free stock offerings

Video content is exploding online, and as the need for high-impact visuals and graphics proliferates, so does the need for original content that’s available at affordable rates. Top sellers can bring in thousands of dollars a month, and while it takes a lot of focus to reach this level of sales, even casual users can make a few hundred extra... Read more
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