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

Speed, Power & Portability

Fastec’s TS3Cine looks to make high-speed imaging accessible

Digital HD imaging has spoiled us, frankly. When shooting HD using solid-state media, it seems as if a lot of shooting modes that used to take highly specialized, hyper-expensive gear now have become commonplace. Interval recording for time-lapse photography? Check. Variable-frame-rate shooting up to 60 fps? Piece of cake. However, there’s still... Read more

August 2011

Bridging the gap between highly specific fast frame-rate cameras and all-in-one systems useful for more typical shooting

BUILT FOR SPEED Bridging the gap between highly specific fast frame-rate cameras and all-in-one systems useful for more typical shooting, the PS-CAM X35 from P+S Technik offers a standard working speed range of 24 fps to 60 fps through the direct HD-SDI output, while the slow- and fast-motion abilities of the camera also include continuously... Read more

At A Glance: Sennheiser MKH 8070 And MKH 8060

When it comes to providing rugged, great-sounding audio tools for pro users, Sennheiser is no newcomer, with a history spanning more than six decades.

When it comes to providing rugged, great-sounding audio tools for pro users, Sennheiser is no newcomer, with a history spanning more than six decades. In 1956, the company unveiled the MD 82, the first commercial microphone using the interference tube principle—the basis of the modern shotgun mic. Dubbed the "tele-microphone," it was surprisingly... Read more