New energy-efficient lighting gear gives cinematographers and gaffers the ability to light any location
By Michael Larsen
Today’s productions are happening at all types of locations—modern stages, remote mountains, sandy deserts, historic buildings and even your neighbor’s backyard. Being able to go with the flow means having the right lighting tools for the job. And that often means portable, expandable, multitasking and, of course, as “green”... Read more
With the XF300 camcorder, will Canon lure back its own EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D users?
By Neil Matsumoto
Way back in 1997 (light years in the digital video world), Canon released a landmark camera, the XL-1. The three-CCD, standard-def camcorder was wildly popular with indie filmmakers who were drawn to professional features like interchangeable lenses, a high-quality viewfinder and XLR inputs—all in an affordable priced-to-own package. In the... Read more
In part two of our new lens report, we look at the latest prime lenses designed for both film and digital cameras
By Andrew Takeuchi
The past year has seen an avalanche of new lenses. Some of this development can be attributed to the exponential growth in the field of digital motion-picture cameras, with new products from RED and ARRI, as well as the explosion of HD DSLRs, which are being used in professional applications, including music videos, television, commercials and even... Read more
Sony’s HXR-NX5U is an affordable, tapeless HD camcorder based on AVCHD technology
By Neil Matsumoto
As you probably know, HD DSLRs have been receiving a lot of attention from both low-budget and professional filmmakers, who are buying the compact, inexpensive cameras to shoot their projects. But with 35mm-like, shallow depth of field and low-light shooting ability come a different set of problems, including inadequate onboard audio, a lack of long,... Read more
HDVideoPro examines companies and technology that enable productions to share media, ideas and workflows across the globe
By Dan Brockett
Executive producer Mike Young hangs up the phone in the production office and walks 20 feet to the soundstage door. As I follow Young through the doorway, a large greenscreen stage unfolds before us. The crew readies the next setup. Actors dressed in superhero costumes have their makeup touched up between takes. Two RED ONE cameras flank the stage,... Read more
Let’s face it, you pretty much have to be a Zen master in focus-pulling to shoot high-def video with an HD DSLR camera. While shooting wide-open on a moving subject, it’s near impossible to maintain sharp focus, especially for daylight exterior shots. The biggest factor is the camera’s monster-sized sensor that gives a shooter razor-thin shallow... Read more
Vision Research updates its high-speed HD camera system with the Phantom HD GOLD
By Simon Wakelin
In part two of our high-speed cinematography series, we take a more in-depth look at the Phantom HD high-speed camera from Vision Research. Recently, the Phantom HD camera has evolved into the second-generation Phantom HD GOLD, which improves overall handling and image quality.
But first a recap: The Phantom HD camera offers high-definition, high-speed... Read more
Canon EOS 7Ds capture the opening credits of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
By Neil Matsumoto
When director Pete Conlon of WUT IT IS (www.wutitis.com) met with Mirror Films (mirrorfilms.tv) cinematographer Vasco Nunes (Planet B-Boy, DiG!) to discuss shooting the opening credit sequence for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the producers were interested in using one of the latest HD DSLRs, but still needed some convincing. Since Nunes had experience... Read more
With the arrival of file-based capture and 35mm film-sized imagers, Sony updates its SR line
By Kevin H. Martin
Even before the advent of the third millennium, Sony’s entrée into the high-end imaging format, HDCAM, had debuted, along with the HDW-F900 camera. The following decade has brought refinements and innovation. The year 2003 saw the introduction of HDCAM-SR, a Sony tape capable of recording 4:4:4 (RGB) and 4:2:2 (10-bit). The following year, the... Read more
Circumventing the large-scale two-camera and mirrored setups and dual recorders of traditional 3D systems, the soon-to-be-released twin-lens Full HD 3D camcorder from Panasonic uses a single camera head with two lenses and a dual memory card recorder to capture high-definition, three-dimensional video.
By The Editors
Circumventing the large-scale two-camera and mirrored setups and dual recorders of traditional 3D systems, the soon-to-be-released twin-lens Full HD 3D camcorder from Panasonic uses a single camera head with two lenses and a dual memory card recorder to capture high-definition, three-dimensional video. The convergence point... Read more
It’s a simple question, but a fascinating one: What’s out there beyond 1080p?
What should content producers, F/X artists and postproduction individuals know about the future, now that the 1080 high-definition revolution is all but settled? The question of whether technology simply must move into better/faster/smarter forms is a given; it... Read more