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

February 2013

The Ready Rig is comprised of two adjustable rods that are attached to a spring-loaded back support and a camera mount with nearly 180º of tilt.

SONY 4K CINEALTAS Sony is celebrating two new additions to the historic CineAlta family. The PMW-F55 and PMW-F5 camcorders offer a healthy set of specifications that includes 16-bit RAW video recording and an electronic global shutter in the F55 to eliminate rolling shutter skew and flash band effects. The cameras feature newly constructed 4K Super... Read more

At A glance: iStockvideo

Cut your budget and recycle footage for profit by exploring the world of stock video sales

If you have a library of footage that’s sitting around collecting digital dust, it may be the right time for some spring cleaning. The demand for video content is exploding online, and the unedited clips and unused footage that you’ve collected over the years just may be worth something. Several sites like BBC Worldwide (T3Media), Getty... 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

December 2012

At approximately 85% the size of the EOS C300 model, the C100 offers a push auto iris function, one-shot autofocus, manual focus and exposure control, a multi-angle 3.5-inch LCD panel, a high-resolution EVF, built-in ND filters and a locking, clean-out HDMI output. T

M IS FOR MONOCHROME Announced as a dedicated black-and-white version of the EPIC cinema camera, the RED EPIC-M features a newly developed 14-megapixel, 5120×2700 Mysterium-X Monochrome sensor with a native ASA of 2000. The camera "Brain" captures only in black-and-white, which circumvents deBayering processes and leads to heightened... 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

At A glance: juicedLink RM333

Single-system sound strikes back

For DSLR filmmakers, the biggest obstacle to climb is sound. For young filmmakers who have never touched a frame of film, dual-system sound (where a separate audio recorder is employed) is often a foreign concept. For most, employing audio recorders like the Samson Zoom H4n has been a great and affordable solution in capturing good sound. The major... Read more

At A glance: Sound Devices PIX 240i

A versatile video recorder/monitor that also can record high-quality sound

With the ability to output data via HD-SDI or HDMI, video recorders such as Convergent Design’s nanoFlash, AJA’s Ki Pro Mini and Atomos’ Ninja and Samurai have become extremely popular with indie shooters looking to capture higher-quality 4:2:2 files rather than H.264. Sound Devices, which is primarily known as a high-end audio... Read more