Camera Trends In 2019

An overview of important camera trends and new ways of shooting
Camera Trends In 2019
It seems green-screen shooting has only grown in popularity in 2019. I spend probably an unhealthy amount of time reading production forums, discussion boards and social media group forums that focus on production and camera work. For me, it’s a useful way to get a sense of some of the current as well as coming trends. Below, I describe some of the... Read more

Review: Luxli Cello RGBAW LED Panel

Here's Daniel Brockett's quick take on a versatile RGBAW LED panel
Contributing editor for HDVideoPro Daniel Brockett gives us a quick take on the Luxli Cello, a RGBAW 10-inch LED panel.  As he notes in the video, the “AW” in the name stand for “amber white.” It also means that the “white LEDs in the panel are made up of two types of diodes…. combining the output of the two... Read more

How To Successfully Push The Limits Of A One-Man Band

If you’re going to go with a one-man band approach, follow these tips and suggestions
How To Successfully Push The Limits Of A One-Man Band
This shoot pushed the limits of how much gear I could set up and manage solo. An interesting and significant by-product of the digital revolution is that most of the gear used today to create television and film is now significantly lighter, smaller, less expensive and higher-quality than anyone could have imagined 15 or 20 years ago. Many of us are... Read more

Adventure-Ready Storage And Backup

Award-winning surf filmmaker Aaron Lieber offers insights for on-location workflow to ensure your images return safely home with you
Adventure-Ready Storage And Backup
As imaging technologies advance, you’re probably taking more images and video than ever before. The fast, continuous shooting capabilities of today’s digital cameras along with their ability to record incredible high-resolution video open up so many creative possibilities for visual storytelling. Whether you’re a working professional or an adventurous... Read more

Can A Downsized Panel Be A Good Thing?

Litepanels brings forth a 1x1 Gemini bi-color LED softpanel
Litepanels brings forth a 1x1 Gemini bi-color LED softpanel
I evaluated the Gemini 2×1 last year, and I’m a big fan of the light. But relative size, weight (50 pounds, when you factor in the weight of its heavy-duty shipping case) and price ($3,200 each) held me back from buying it. But those factors aside, I’d be very happy owning the Gemini 2×1 as my primary key source. To recap, the Gemini 2×1... Read more

Our Mirrorless Quest

Is Fujifilm’s new X-T3 best in class?
Our Mirrorless Quest
The Fujifilm X-T3 paired with the FUJINON XF16mmF1.4 WR lens. There have been specific mirrorless cameras that have become popular with DPs and cinematographers shooting on various projects, particularly films that have limited budgets. Sony’s a7R III and Panasonic’s Lumix GH5 and GH5S are among the most notable. But some, like me, have found that... Read more

The Prime Directive: Sigma’s Latest Cinema Lenses

Sigma’s new cine primes — a newcomer makes an impression
I recently picked up a small subset of Sigma’s new Cine Prime lens lineup to try out for a few weeks. I say “subset” because the full line up of Sigma’s new Cine Primes has recently expanded to include quite a few focal lengths. The entire lineup now includes 10—yes, count them—high-speed Cine Prime lenses, including 14mm T2.0 FF, 20mm T1.5... Read more

Hands On With Red Giant Trapcode 15

This After Effects plug-in offers some powerful and provocative particle simulations and 3D effects
Trapcode’s Particular interface is logically laid out. Every now and then, a technology company does a decent job describing their product. Here’s how Red Giant describes Trapcode 15. “Trapcode Suite brings the power of 3D particle systems right into After Effects. Use particle emitters to create fire, water, smoke, snow and other organic visual... Read more

Rhino EVO Pro Motion Control Slider

Moving your camera with precision
The EVO Pro can be ordered in several configurations, but the version with both the 24″ Carbon rails and the 42″ Aluminum rails is very popular. It’s 2019, and people are still using sliders? Why, yes, they are! I jest with this opening sentence, of course: People are still using sliders to create cool moves with the cameras. But it does... Read more

Kamerar Brightcast V15-345 LED Panels

Portable, Versatile, Flexible Light
A close-up of a drink being mixed lit by two Kamerar Brightcasts. The Kamerar Brightcast LED panels caught my eye a while ago. I already own other LED panels, like the Aputure Lightstorm LS-1S, and have owned and used quite a few other LED panels from Litepanels, Cool Lights, Arri and others. What I found intriguing about the Kamerar Brightcasts were... Read more