Sony introduces a compact camcorder with a Super 35mm sensor and professional features
By Neil Matsumoto
Since its announcement, the majority of camcorder bloggers have been referring to the new Sony PMW-F3 as the newest “RED Killer.” The latest in the line of Sony’s popular XDCAM EX series, the PMW-F3 is a compact camcorder that contains a Super 35mm-sized sensor and offers professional features that cinematographers have been looking... Read more
Panasonic’s new AG-AF100 defines a common ground between camcorders and HD DSLRs
Text And Photography By Dan Brockett
In 2010, HD DSLRs graduated from weapon of choice for no-budget indie filmmakers to an option that almost everyone seemed to be experimenting with. Then came the commercials, music videos, even an episode of FOX’s House, all shot with HD DSLRs by accomplished professionals. The big draw of the HD DSLR is the almost magic combination of extreme... Read more
Stargate Studios’ Orbis is a DSLR-based tool that shoots amazing 360º immersive environments
By Dan Brockett
Stargate Studios has built an impressive reputation for providing sophisticated visual effects for many high-profile television projects, including Heroes, The Event, CSI: NY, The Gates, 24, Knight Rider and The Walking Dead. Recently, I shot an interview with Stargate founder Sam Nicholson, ASC, about the work his company had recently completed for... Read more
As more and more productions go tapeless, have storage drives become the new medium?
By Iain Blair
Storage drives may not be the most exciting, sexy elements in the creative process, but they’re quickly becoming more and more crucial as the end of videotape draws ever so closer with productions essentially now capturing data.
“Storage is the medium now,” says Rob Kobrin, Chief Technology Officer at Integrated Media Technologies,... Read more
HDVideoPro examines the latest compact HD POV cameras that can give your production a new perspective
By Dan Brockett
Extreme sports, undercover investigations or anytime you want to see your subject in a new way—placing your camera into small, remote and high- or low-angle locations brings a whole new dimension to your production. It really comes down to following the rules of Filmmaking 101: Placing the audience into a position that they normally would never see... Read more
Three cinematographers working in three different production styles push the new ARRI ALEXA to the limit
By Pat Reid
Several years in the making, ARRI finally released its much anticipated ALEXA camera at NAB 2010, and it has become a huge hit in only a few months. Even those who thought that the ALEXA was “just another version of a D-21” quickly changed their minds. For the makers of features, television projects, commercials, music videos—and even... Read more
As you already know, even with the cool firmware upgrades, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is getting a little long in the tooth. Since the 5D Mark II was released over two years ago, Canon has launched several new HD video-enabled DSLRs that have been used to shoot every type of production—from feature films to family outings.
The EOS 60D is Canon’s... Read more
With a 16.2-megapixel, 2,016-pixel RGB DX-format CMOS sensor that can capture in full 1080p HD, the Nikon D7000 DSLR offers a cost-effective video solution for videographers and photographers.
By The Editors
With a 16.2-megapixel, 2,016-pixel RGB DX-format CMOS sensor that can capture in full 1080p HD, the Nikon D7000 DSLR offers a cost-effective video solution for videographers and photographers. The 23.6×15.6mm sensor is larger than the chips found in most camcorders, and with the vast array of available Nikon lenses, the camera... Read more
Designed as a versatile and high-performance solution for broadcasters, live-event productions, documentaries, rental companies and other video professionals, the shoulder-mount PMW-500 expands on the XDCAM line of tapeless acquisition technologies from Sony.
By The Editors
Designed as a versatile and high-performance solution for broadcasters, live-event productions, documentaries, rental companies and other video professionals, the shoulder-mount PMW-500 expands on the XDCAM line of tapeless acquisition technologies from Sony. The PMW-500 is equipped with three 2/3-inch Power HAD FX CCD image sensors that... Read more
Hollywood Center Studios and NewTek create a virtual back lot
By Ian blair
Virtual sets have been around for more than a decade, but in an era of runaway productions and cutthroat tax incentives, they’ve never looked so good—both economically and aesthetically—thanks to lower costs and vastly improved technology. For a while, Hollywood once ruled supreme when it came to stages and back lots, and while the town may... Read more
HD-DSLR accessories that will elevate your production without breaking your budget
By Clint Milby
Using a traditional still camera for video capture is revolutionary not only because it’s unconventional, but also because the relative low cost of shooting with HD DSLRs allows anyone with a little money to shoot stunning footage. Of course, you can spend a small fortune on expensive gadgets that may or may not elevate your production value;... Read more
Ideal for Final Cut Studio users, the modular JVC GY-HM790U excels in both field and studio environments
By George Avgerakis
Two JVC camcorders are hanging from my hands. In my right is my trusty D-9 SD DY-90W, bought in 2001. Costing $30,000 with lens, weighing 17 pounds (all weights given are without batteries) and shooting NTSC SD with 2/3-inch 16:9 CCDs to ½-inch video cassettes, it served me well but is now totally obsolete. In my left is the new GY-HM790U that... Read more