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July 29th, 2014

Sony’s New Compact PXW-X70 XDCAM pro camcorder captures XAVC Long GOP and contains a 1″ sensor. UHD on the way.

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Sony’s new PXW-X70 professional camcorder is the first XDCAM model to combine the format’s file-based capabilities with a compact form factor.
Sony keeps cranking out excellent camcorders one after another. Their recently released HDR-CX900 was an innovative camcorder with a 1″ sensor that captured 14MP resolution video and 20MP still image capture. Now they’ve just announced the new PXW-X70 professional camcorder – the first compact XDCAM model that records full HD footage in XAVC Long GOP … 

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July 29th, 2014

Kickstarter Spotlight – ProAm USA’s compact CarryOn Jib lets you take a full size jib on to a plane

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
ProAM USA's Kickstarter campaign features the CarryOn Jib, which is the smallest and lightest crane of its kind.
ProAm USA debuted its first camera crane in 2004 and it was the first tool-less camera crane designed for consumer and prosumer cameras. Their goal has been to empower low budget filmmakers by providing them with high-quality crane and jib systems that won’t break their bank accounts. They now have an awesome Kickstarter campaign on … 
July 28th, 2014

SYMPLA 2.0 – Manfrotto updates its modular video rig system with better performance, set-up time, comfort and ergonomics

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Manfrotto's new SYMPLA 2.0 adds new design modifications that enhane performance, comfort and set-up times.
When shooting handheld with a DSLR, many like to shoot without a rig because it makes you inconspicuous in a crowd. But if you really want to capture professional quality “handheld” work, a shoulder-mount rig is your best best. A good rig cuts down on handheld shake and is also easier on your arms since … 
July 28th, 2014

‘The Bachelorette’ Co-DP Andre Martinez uses the Zylight F8 LED Fresnel on location

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
The F8 is available in both 3200K or 5600K and uses a high quality glass 8″ Fresnel lens and has an equivalent output of a traditional 650 watt light.
For the past few years, Zylight has produced some of the most interesting lighting gear in the industry. Their award-winning F8 LED Fresnel contains a mix of Quantum nanoparticles with traditional phosphor, producing a CRI of 97+, which matches traditional sunlight and incandescent bulbs. The main advantage is that it uses much less energy and … 
July 25th, 2014

Behind the scenes on Homeland – DP David Klein, ASC captures the popular Showtime series with Canon Cinema glass

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Cinematographer David Klein, ASC shooting a scene for Homeland with an ARRI ALEXA and a Canon Cinema EOS zoom lens.
Below is a cool behind the scenes video from the camera department of Homeland. Featured in the video are cinematographer David Klein, ASC, who is nominated for a 2014 Best Cinematography Emmy® Award for his work on the show, first AC Dominik Mainl, and B camera operator Bob Newcomb. The crew give us a great … 
July 25th, 2014

Nonlinear Film Technology – A Kickstarter project that lets the audience choose the outcome of a movie

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Filmmakers Ryan Forte and Milton Horowitz launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their new goal – to change the moviegoing experience by giving the audience control over a movie’s plot.
The filmmakers behind Moonshine Kingdom (read about their production here), the world’s first feature length film available to stream in 4K resolution, are back at it again. This past Monday (July 21st), Ryan Forte and Milton Horowitz launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their new goal – to change the moviegoing experience by giving the … 
July 24th, 2014

Blackmagic Design announces new “heads up display” for Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Blackmagic Design's new software update for the Production Camera 4K includes on screen histogram, audio metering and time remaining indicator as well as improvements to sensor calibration processing.
The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a pretty amazing camera. For $2,995, it contains a Super 35mm-sized sensor, can capture UHD (3840 x 2160) files with 12-stops of latitude. It has the most bang for your buck than any camera on the market but for many professionals, the camera doesn’t meet certain professional standards. Today … 
July 23rd, 2014

Air Apparent – Hands on review of the new Miller Air Carbon Fibre Tripod system

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
The Miller Air Carbon Fibre Tripod System contains the Air Fluid Head, which has Miller’s fluid head pan and tilt technology.
By Neil Matsumoto Due to their small size and inconspicuous nature, the biggest advantage in shooting with a DSLR or compact camcorder is that you’re able to shoot in locations where most full size digital motion picture cameras cannot. But if you want stabilized shots, you’re going to need a solid tripod system – a … 
July 16th, 2014

Blackmagic Design announces an unbelievable (although temporary) price ($495) on its Pocket Cinema Camera

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Blackmagic Design today announced an exciting Summer Special discount for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for the low price of US$495.
I’m sure you’ve heard the news that Blackmagic Design announced a Summer Special discount price for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Usually $995, the BMPC is now $495 for a limited time, which will end on August 31, 2014. This is an unbelievable price point and places the camera in a slightly higher price category … 
July 14th, 2014

Lightning Strikes – RØDE Microphones’ updated iXY mic for iPhone 5, 5s and 5c

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Equipped with the same broadcast audio performance as the original 30-pin microphone, the iXY with Lightning connector features a matched pair of ½ inch condenser capsules arranged in a stacked X-Y configuration, with on-board high-fidelity analogue to digital conversion.
Today, RØDE announced the iXY with Lightning connector, which is an update to their stereo microphone for Apple iPhones (for iPhone 5, 5s and 5c). It allows recording at sample rates up to 24-bit/96kHz. (The original iXY was the world’s first microphone for iOS devices.) The iXY contains the same audio performance as the original … 

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