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
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

Sony Announces Future Full Frame CineAlta At CineGear Press Event

New camera system will arrive in 2018, offer more versatility
Sony has taken the interesting step of pre-announcing a new CineAlta camera setup to assembled journalists, and later to the public, at the CineGear trade show. Announcing a new full-frame system that is currently in development and scheduled to be released “in early 2018” the company said that the “next gen” system will be a... Read more

Airline Laptop Ban Guide For Photographers And Videographers

Concerned about traveling with your laptop and expensive camera gear? Learn about the best ways to handle the ban on laptops in airline carry-ons
airline laptop ban
Checking your laptop and camera gear on international flights appears likely to become the norm, not the exception. You probably know that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has banned devices larger than a smartphone from airline carry-ons on flights to the U.S. from several airports in the Middle East and Africa. Recent news reports suggest... Read more

Sony Announces 16-35mm F2.8 GM And 12-24mm F4 G

The 16-35mm F2.8 GM is the final lens in the E-mount F2.8 G Master series, while the 12-24mm F4 G covers the widest angle among all full-frame E-mount glass
Sony lenses
Sony launched the new wide-angle 16-35mm F2.8 GM and 12-24mm F4 G lenses against the backdrop of the company’s first-ever gathering of Sony Artisans and artist community. In an advanced look, we were able to spend a day shooting with the two new lenses. Sony 12-24mm F4 G lens Chrome against a backlit sky is often a great place to catch flaring and... Read more

NAB First Look: Rotolight AEOS Ultra-Portable LED

Handheld LED provides constant light, flash and many features of the bigger systems, in a compact package
Rotolight Aeon
The flexibility of LED lighting sources and the creativity of the companies producing lights for video and photographic purposes has ushered in a era of sophisticated lighting solutions that can do things that older continuous lightings sources were incapable of doing. At NAB, we took a look at the new Rotolight AEOS ultra-portable LED, a compact version... Read more