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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July 10th, 2014

The ALLEX S Kit – Libec’s innovative new tripod system lets you pan, tilt and slide

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
The ALLEX S Slider measures 30” and contains legs (with leg lock knobs), a slider platform, brake knob, leveler and a friction knob for different camera weights. It has a 33-pound payload.
By Neil Matsumoto For event shooters or indie filmmakers, when performed well, camera movement can bring a ton of production value to a shoestring project. Filmmakers like Hitchcock, Scorsese and Spielberg have demonstrated how just a subtle tracking shot can heighten the mood of a scene. Camera movement for indie filmmakers has always been restrictive … 
July 8th, 2014

Don’t forget to register for the Aerial Cinematography Production Conference, which takes place on July 26 at Abel Cine in Burbank

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
This quarter's Aerial Cinematography Production Conference will be held on July 26 at AbelCine in Burbank.
On July 26, from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm, AbelCine will be hosting this quarter’s Aerial Cinematography Production Conference. This event is for everyone – from beginners to experienced cinematographers. A number of accomplished cinematographers will be in attendance to share their experience and work as well as behind the scenes information on how they … 
June 30th, 2014

Atomos Ninja Star, the World’s smallest ProRes recorders, ready to fly

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Atomos just announced that the Ninja Star are now available. The Ninja Star is a pocket-sized ProRes recorder (3.5″ wide, 2.3″ tall and .8″ deep) that weighs only 3.5-oz, yet still durable so you can mount in hard to reach places. The recorders are targeted mainly towards shooters who need to record ProRes on board … 
June 30th, 2014

ALEXA XR/XT supports new ProRes 4444 XQ codec

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
ARRI is announcing support for the new Apple ProRes 4444 XQ, the highest-quality version of ProRes to date, which is designed to preserve the incredible detail in high-dynamic range imagery through high-end video postproduction.
ARRI just announced support for Apple’s new ProRes 4444 XQ coec, which has a data rate of 500-Mbps for 4:4:4 sources at 1920 x 1080 and 29.97 fps. This high bit rate can better preserve dynamic range that some of the latest cameras can capture. Read the press release below… (June 30th 2014, Munich) – … 

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