Updates to the existing lineup and a preview of the iMac Pro renew Apple’s commitment to pros
The history of Apple is tied to that of the creative professional, after all, Apple is the company that ushered in the age of “desktop publishing” with the original Mac computers, and enabled digital photography and digital videography to blossom thanks to affordable, powerful high-end Macs.
Apple’s history with professionals, though, has not... Read more
We evaluate the images from the Sony a9 and its autofocus performance
The new Sony a9 camera arrived in a flurry of promises of image quality, autofocus speed and performance. When we tested the Sony a9 at the company’s media event, we found that the camera largely lived up to those promises. In my first testing of the camera, at two different sporting locations, we found that the AF was generally spot on, with the... Read more
A specialized version of the company’s BeFree tripod line, the BeFree Live includes a special dedicated video tripod head
The Manfrotto BeFree Live is a specialized version of the company’s BeFree tripod line, and it includes a special dedicated video tripod head. We like to take the BeFree Live with us on photo and video shoots because of the unique locking collar, which is only found on the BeFree Live model. With a simple twist of a dial, the head goes from completely... Read more
We made our own 11,200 lumen LED lighting solution that’s lightweight and durable. Check out the how-to video.
We’re always looking for ways to save time and money in the studio, so we set out to see if we could create a low-budget but powerful lighting solution for photography and videography.
After wandering the aisles of the local hardware store, we found materials that allowed us to create our very own studio lighting hack—an 11,200 lumen light that... Read more
FUJINON presents the MK Series to Hollywood at the ASC Clubhouse, discussing the design and challenges of the new line
By David Alexander Willis
The Fujifilm Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 and MK50-135mm T2.9 Super 35 zooms for E-mount cameras
Attended by cinematographers Nancy Schreiber, ASC (see our interview with Nancy Schreiber, ASC, on her historic legacy in film and television production here), Bill Bennett, ASC, Eric Longden, Joe Slavin and Izzy Pollak, Fujinon Optical had a Hollywood premiere... Read more
With infinite remixing at only $199, the Sonicfire Pro 6 software and massive royalty-free library of music tracks and sound effects may be the most capable soundtracking service yet available to indie productions
By David Alexander Willis
Available as a free trial for 21 days, SmartSound’s Sonicfire Pro 6 soundtracking and audio effects program includes a starter pack of 15 music tracks. While that may not seem like enough for most film and video productions, at only $199, the software also offers incredibly complex remixing capabilities as well as numerous song arrangements per each... Read more
From aerial photography to remote control operation, powerful and versatile features in a tiny and extremely capable dedicated video system
By David Alexander Willis
With RAW video capture, the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is a dream solution for special-purpose video needs, like hiding in a scene or aerial photography.
Incredibly compact at external dimensions of only 3.25 x 2.74 x 2.57 inches, the 11-ounce $995 Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera saw some POV usage on a fast-moving commercial for Mountain Dew recently... Read more
A variety of tools for multi-camera productions allows projection to a live audience for later playback from YouTube and Vimeo and for live streaming
By Noah Kadner
The NewTek TriCaster Mini offers the convenience of a built-in monitor; it’s a complete production switcher at the easily portable size of a cereal box.
I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with my good friend and colleague Dave Cerf on researching options for live-streaming productions. A technical adviser for a popular series of live stage... Read more
The new Cineluxe Collection of video camera bags were designed in collaboration with working filmmakers to incorporate features they require
Tenba has introduced the new Cineluxe Collection of video camera bags, designed in collaboration with working filmmakers with the qualities they demand on set and on location. The bags are available in a range of sizes, with capacities that can hold professional camcorders, cinema cameras and ENG rigs from Sony, Canon, RED, Blackmagic and others (with... Read more
Transvideo’s StarliteRF-a monitor-recorder and Aaton Digital’s CantarMini digital mixer-sound recorder will debut at the Dubai show, March 21-23
The front view of Aaton Digital’s new CantarMini 16-track digital mixer-sound recorder, with swivelling display open
Sister companies Transvideo and Aaton Digital will debut new products at CABSAT 2017, March 21-23, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Transvideo will introduce the new StarliteRF-a monitor-recorder with wireless camera control of the... Read more
Featuring a Super 35mm CMOS 4K sensor with a global shutter, the flagship camera is designed for a variety of shooting scenarios, from features to docs to episodic TV
Canon has announced a July 2017 release date for its flagship EOS C700 GS PL Cinema Camera, joining the EOS C700 EF and EOS C700 PL Digital Cinema cameras, which are available with a rolling shutter.
Originally announced in September 2016, the EOS C700 GS PL features a Super 35mm CMOS 4K sensor with a global shutter for cinematographers who need quality... Read more
These breakthrough solutions let us step right into the shoes of a burnt-out detective in the year 2029 or become Harley Quinn in the Warner Bros. Suicide Squad VR experience
By Robert Powell
Over the past few years, filmmakers have been diving headfirst into creating and shaping the language of cinematic VR. No longer are large studios regarding VR as a gimmick or novelty that eventually will pass, instead validating it as a new medium by dedicating their effort, ingenuity and money into designing experiences that are unlike anything seen... Read more
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