At A Glance: Go Wide

The Canon EF 8-15mm ƒ/4L fisheye zoom lens

Most of us are familiar with the distorted 180° angle of view that a fisheye presents. Similar to the peephole of a door, a foreground subject close to the lens will appear much closer and larger than the background, while the background will curve in an exaggerated distortion. The possibilities of the complete 180º field of view provided by a... Read more

Splish Splash

Air Sea Land Productions’ T-Bag helps keep Boardwalk Empire and The Big C dry

The 2010 fall season saw two new preeminent Emmy®-nominated cable series open with titles that featured under-water cinematography. Both programs, Showtime’s The Big C and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, utilized shots that were captured with RED ONE cameras, protected in splashbags conceived in New York City by Air Sea Land (ASL) Productions,... Read more

Through The DSLR Looking Glass

Choosing the right lens package for your DSLR

Many months after the introduction of innovative detachable-lens video cameras like Sony’s NEX-FS100U and Panasonic’s AG-AF100, digital single-lens-reflex cameras like the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D and Nikon’s new D7000 continue to enjoy robust sales among video shooters. Why? Undoubtedly, some of it’s simply economics.... Read more

At A Glance: Sony NEX-7

At A Glance: Sony NEX-7

The Sony NEX-7 with an LA-EA2 mount adapter, which enables much faster phase-detection autofocus. As the worlds of stills and HD video continue to merge, we’ve seen a number of interesting mirrorless cameras, aka DSLMs (digital single-lens mirrorless), released in the past year. The cameras are so new that a consensus acronym... Read more

Posting DSLRs

HDVP examines numerous tips and tools for creating a professional DSLR workflow

It’s edging close to the two-year mark since DSLRs were first used on professional motion-picture and TV productions. Back then, it was an open question whether DSLRs could find a home in mainstream production or whether using them constituted a one-off production trial. Equally important was whether the postproduction zeitgeist could easily adapt... Read more

Sound To Vision

Audio giants THX and Dolby get into the professional monitor business

It’s often surprising, with the best will and intention, how trusting we can become. Through experience, we take it for granted that the color balance, brightness and contrast levels we see on LCD screens fitted to our digital cameras only vaguely match the scenes being imaged. But it can be critically important to determine during a live shoot and... Read more

The O-Series

Known for its fluid heads, OConnor releases innovative DSLR and compact digital camcorder accessories for the professional shooter

The OConnor name connotes quality gear, albeit high-end and high-cost, normally supporting large, heavy camera systems where innovation is paramount and cost is relative, thus justified. Drawing on this pedigree, OConnor is a welcome player in the exploding competitive DSLR and midsized digital cinema camera accessory playing field—but do the form... Read more

An X-citing New Camera

P+S Technik’s PS-Cam X35 offers high-speed digital shooting

The year 2011 represents an interesting time for narrative filmmakers. Traditional, long-established, film-based workflow has largely given way to the present-day multiple-format/workflow chaos of electronic cinematography where it seems that almost everyone is shooting with a different kind of camera, recording widely varying codecs to different forms... Read more

Building A Hot Rod

Hot Rod Cameras’ Illya Friedman discusses the latest large-sensor camcorders

In the past year, we’ve seen a new wave of large-sensor camcorders hit the market, which many see as the video industry’s response to the HD-enabled DSLR. The camcorders are compact and address many of the workarounds associated with DSLRs, such as dual-system sound, monitoring, compression, etc. The Panasonic AG-AF100 was the first out... Read more

At A Glance: Litepanels Sola ENG Fresnel

A dimmable, focusable LED light source

You’re probably already aware of the many advantages of LED technology, since almost every light released in the past year has been an LED. The energy-efficient lights disperse almost no heat, the higher-quality fixtures are flicker-free and, most importantly, they allow you to dim your light from 100% to 0 with no noticeable color shift. Perhaps... Read more

October 2011

Designed to support payloads of up to 35 pounds, the Fusion FHR-35 connects to HDVRC studio robotics controllers or legislative system controllers through Ethernet.

This Article Features Photo Zoom PANASONIC INTRODUCES INTRA Offering the benefits of faster, file-based P2 HD workflows, the AG-HPX250 P2 camcorder is the first handheld camera from Panasonic to feature native 10-bit, 4:2:2, independent-frame, 1920×1080-resolution, AVC-Intra recording for high-quality compression and ease... Read more

Camp RED

Kids go to summer camp to make movies with the RED EPIC

Many moons ago, when I attended summer camp, the most impressive skills I brought home were tying the bowline and the clove hitch, spinning the nunchaku and flipping open a butterfly knife. Sure, I’ve been able to employ a few of those tricks later in life, but I wish I’d been able to attend something like this year’s inaugural Camp... Read more