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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At A glance: TASCAM DP-24

Desktop multitrack recording for live events

The TASCAM DP-24 is the latest flagship Portastudio from the company that pioneered portable multitrack recording over 25 years ago. The TEAC Portastudio 144 was the world’s first four-track recorder based on a standard compact audiocassette tape. When it made its debut in 1979, the TASCAM Portastudio was a revolutionary creative tool. For the... Read more

The 5D Mark III

Canon’s long-awaited update to its landmark 5D Mark II has arrived

In developing the EOS 5D Mark II, Canon wanted to give AP still photographers the ability to capture video while on their photo assignments. Little did they know that professional cinematographers would flock to the camera because of its VistaVision-sized sensor. Released back in September of 2008, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was a landmark camera that... Read more

The AG-HPX600

Panasonic updates its popular HPX500 with a lightweight ENG camera capable of capturing new AVC-ULTRA formats

Is it really, finally here? Panasonic’s existing entry-level, shoulder-mount 2⁄3-inch-CCD broadcast camera, the AG-HPX500, has long been a staple in news, event and sports markets. But for those interested in cutting-edge video tools, the AG-HPX500 is based upon relatively ancient technology. Essentially a shoulder-mount, 2⁄3-inch-CCD-sensor... Read more

New Lighting Gear

At NAB 2012, LED lights once again dominated the show floor

In the new energy- and eco-conscious world, lighting users are always looking to save everything from power and heat to weight and size while still boosting efficiency. This explains why, although new HMI, tungsten and fluorescent fixtures are also pursuing the same goals, LED lighting is currently king of the castle. The latest generation of lights... Read more

August 2012

After processing, data is transferred to the light meter where up to three camera profiles can be stored.

EXTENDED COVERAGE The Angénieux Optimo 19.5-94 and 28-340 zooms offer image coverage of up to 31.4mm in diagonal, which makes them ideal as a choice for working with large-format-sensor cameras, S35 film, full-frame 5K with the RED Epic and more. The Optimo 19.5-94 4.8x zoom has a fast T2.6 aperture with a 329º focus rotation and more than... Read more

At A glance: Pregrading

Irudis Tonalizer|VFX gets your footage into shape

Once the shooting stops, it’s time to create your look. For many, the color-grading process is a plug-in to an editing application with an assortment of preset looks. The process also can be a full-blown color-grading application. Whatever your color-grading process, it just became more difficult if there are any problems with your original footage. ... Read more

True Cinematic Results

Hands-on with the Canon EOS C300, the ultimate camera for indie filmmakers

In the April issue of HDVideoPro, I wrote up a First Look on the new Canon EOS C300, Canon’s first professional large-sensor digital camera system. For the story, I profiled the specs and features of the camera, as well as getting a shooter’s perspective from filmmaker Jonathan Yi, one of the C300’s initial beta testers. As you probably... Read more

At A Glance: Swift JIB50

Fast to set up and easy to carry, the SWIFT JIB50 telescoping jib provides an affordable solution for overhead tracking, panning, tilting and crane-style movements

Available on its own or in total kit solutions that also package a remote head and tethered remote control of the system, the SWIFT JIB50 provides independent filmmakers with more possibilities for camera movements, the same kind of overhead shots that professional productions often create using expensive cranes and jibs. With motorized remote control... Read more

June 2012

Canon is welcoming new family members to the Cinema EOS line with two cameras capable of 4096×2160 resolution and four lenses.

CANON GOES 4K Canon is welcoming new family members to the Cinema EOS line with two cameras capable of 4096×2160 resolution and four lenses. Building on Canon’s first camera in the Cinema EOS system, the C300, the Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL is planned as a professional camcorder and still shooter hybrid solution with 4K RAW capture and uncompressed... Read more
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