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

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

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

October 2012

With support of control surfaces across all pro Avid video-editing products, Avid Artist Color and Artist Transport Integration have been included for extensive control over color correction, grading, editing and navigation.

SONY PMW-200 XDCAM Announced as the successor to the popular Sony PMW-EX1/R cameras, the Sony PMW-200 camcorder brings high-resolution 4:2:2 chroma subsampling, a fast video bit rate of 50 Mb/s and three large 1⁄2-inch Exmor CMOS sensors that produce high-resolution capture of 1000 TVL (television lines), high sensitivity (F11 at 2000 lux) and low... Read more

At A glance: Protecting Your Files

G-Technology offers two new innovative storage solutions

Announced back at NAB 2011 by Apple and Intel, Thunderbolt has been slow to hit the marketplace. If you’re unaware of the technology, Thunderbolt is an interface for connecting peripheral devices to your computer by merging PCI Express and DisplayPort into one serial data interface that can run audio, video and data over a single cable. The main... Read more

At A Glance: The Merlin 2

Steadicam refines its popular handheld stabilization system for low-weight camcorders and video-capable DSLRs

Introduced more than six years ago, the Merlin was designed originally as a solution for smaller camcorders, with hover-like floating stabilization of the image for extended takes and smooth pans even when dealing with tricky camera movement obstacles like staircases, corners and motion. Soon after the video-capable DSLR explosion, the Steadicam Merlin... Read more

Focus From Afar

For camera assistants, new tools to pull focus wirelessly

Talk to different shooters, and you’re likely to get a variety of different views on the necessity of a follow-focus system. If you’re a run-and-gun shooter, you may feel these devices are unnecessary. This goes double for ENG shooters who tend to keep it simple and pull focus with their hand on the barrel of the lens. Although you can operate... Read more
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