Sony Kumamoto Earthquake Footage Released

The company shares footage of the devastating 2016 quake
Kumamoto earthquake
In April 2016, a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Kumamoto, Japan, home to the company’s image sensor production facility. The massive shock, which followed a pre-shock of 6.2, devastated the facility. Because Sony’s imaging sensors are used not only in their own products but in the products of other camera manufacturers, the shock set back... Read more

FLUOTEC Announces AuraLux 100 LED Fresnel Studio Light

The latest addition to the company’s StudioLED Fresnel series is designed to deliver pure white light in a compact form factor
FLUOTEC AuraLux 100
On the heels of new lighting solutions the company introduced at NAB 2017, FLUOTEC has announce the AuraLux 100, an update of the 100W, 5.5-inch AuraLux studio Fresnel. This latest addition to the company’s StudioLED Fresnel series, the new 5.5” LED is designed to deliver pure white light in a compact form factor, with high color-rendering CRI and... Read more

Panasonic Releases More Details For AU-EVA1 Cinema Camera

The new 5.7K compact handheld cinema camera also gets pricing and availability
Panasonic AU-EVA1 cinema camera
We got a first look at the Panasonic AU-EVA1 at Cine Gear Expo this year, and now the company has announced more tech specs for the 5.7K Super 35 compact cinema camera. The EVA1 is priced at $7,495 and is scheduled to ship this fall. At the top of the spec list are a 5720 x 3016 (17.25 million) pixel count, which is nearly double 4K DCI, 800/2,500 Dual... Read more

RED RAVEN Camera Kit Available Exclusively Through Apple

In addition to the RED RAVEN 4.5K camera BRAIN, the professional kit from RED Digital Cinema includes a Sigma Art lens, G-Tech media, batteries, software and more for creatives
RED RAVEN camera kit
RED Digital Cinema has released the RED RAVEN Camera Kit, sold exclusively through Apple—at the Apple website and at select Apple stores. In addition to the RED RAVEN 4.5K camera BRAIN, the professional kit includes a Sigma Art lens, G-Tech media, batteries, software and more for creatives. The contents of this new professional package includes: RED... Read more

Red Giant Launches Trapcode Suite 14

The toolset for 3D motion graphics and VFX gets a huge upgrade, with a slew of new features
Red Giant Trapcode Suite 13
Red Giant has announced Trapcode Suite 14, with the 3D motion graphics and VFX editor for Adobe After Effects getting a huge upgrade to make the creative process faster and more intuitive. The suite includes 11 tools in all, with complete redesigns of Trapcode Particular 3.0 and Trapcode Form 3.0. Trapcode Particular 3.0 gets faster GPU acceleration,... Read more

Blackmagic Design Releases Fusion 9

The huge update to the VFX, compositing, 3D and motion graphics software is free on the company’s website, plus Fusion 9 Studio gets a price reduction
Blackmagic Design Fusion 9
Blackmagic Design has released Fusion 9, a huge update to its VFX, compositing, 3D and motion graphics software. In addition to a host of new features, Fusion 9 has been optimized to support the latest workflows. Along with the Fusion 9 update, Blackmagic Design announced a price reduction for Fusion Studio, now priced at $299, down from $995. The lower... Read more

RØDE VideoMic Pro+ Is Almost Here

Pricing and delivery have been set for the new on-camera mic, the update to the popular VideoMic Pro
RØDE VideoMic Pro+ on-camera microphone
RØDE has announced pricing and delivery for the VideoMic Pro+, the upgrade to the popular VideoMic Pro. The new on-camera mic is priced at $299 (US) and is scheduled for mid-August 2017 delivery, though it is available for pre-order. New features include an automatic power function, a built-in battery door, multiple power options (the RØDE LB-1 Lithium-Ion... Read more

Photokina Moves To Yearly Schedule

The world’s largest trade show for photography, video and all things imaging runs September 26-29, 2018, and May 8-11, 2019, in Cologne
Photokina
Photo: Koelnmesse GmbH/Harald Fleissner No longer a rumor, beginning next year, Photokina will become a yearly event, and that’s good news for the industry. The world’s largest trade show for photography, video and all things imaging runs from September 26-29, 2018, and May 8-11, 2019, in Cologne. In addition to the schedule change, Photokina is... Read more

“Logline”: Collaborative Film Shot Live At NAB 2017

Story & Heart and Atomos produced the short film on the trade show floor
Watch the collaborative short film “Logline,” produced by Story & Heart, Atomos and the Academy of Storytelling on the NAB 2017 trade show floor
Story & Heart and Atomos produced the collaborative short film “Logline” at NAB 2017, shooting directly on the tradeshow floor. Working in partnership with more than 30 industry-leading sponsors, the Logline team was comprised of a talented group of directors, DPs, producers and artists. The directors included Joe Simon, the Diamond Brothers,... Read more

Video Production Gear Budgeting

How to budget smartly for professional video and cinema gear
video gear budget
“Should I buy this piece of gear?” I see this posted often, and since I’m in possession of at least a few gray hairs, I’m asked the same question on a pretty consistent basis. People often spend inordinate amounts of time curating and writing out a long and often well-researched gear list that they’re thinking about buying. It could be a camera... Read more

Sigma Pricing And Ship Date For 14mm And 135mm T2 FF Cine Prime Lenses

Shipping in late July, the lenses are available individually or as a two-lens set or as part of a seven-lens set
Sigma 14mm and 135mm T2 FF cine prime lenses
Sigma has announced pricing and a ship date for its 14mm and 135mm T2 FF Cine Prime lenses. Shipping in late July, the lenses will be available individually or as a two-lens set or as part of a seven-lens set. Priced at $4,999 each, the full-frame-compatible cine primes are available in Canon EF, Sony E and PL mounts, and can shoot up to 8K, with 180-degree... Read more

8K Video Ushers In New Still Photo Era

High-res sensors and lenses are changing more than the video market, and among them is RED’s Weapon 8K system
A portrait captured as a frame grab from the RED Weapon 8K camera. Photo by Vincent Laforet At the RED booth at CineGear, I had the chance to catch up with photographer/videographer Vincent Laforet, who had some of his recent photographic work on display on the walls of the booth. Laforet is a former Canon Explorer of Light, and his early work with... Read more
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