October 24th, 2014

K-Tek ProShot – The 4-In-1 Run-And-Gun Tool

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
The K-Tek ProShot is a 4-in-1 camera rig that can function as a monopod, a shoulder-mount rig, a low-angle Hi-Hat, and a camera stabilizer.
By Neil Matsumoto If you’re not careful, indie filmmaking can be an expensive habit. Even when shooting with a DSLR or compact camcorder, camera support (tripods, shoulder mount rigs, stabilizers, etc.) can add thousands to your budget. Known primarily for their audio products (boom poles, shock mounts, bags, etc.) K-Tek has been dipping their toe … 
October 22nd, 2014

Replace Your DSLR With A True Motion Picture Camera – Canon announces new EOS C100 Mark II – Standard Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Face Detection, Built-In Canon Log LUT, and more

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Canon's new EOS C100 Mark II camera features advanced image processing, AVCHD and MP4 1920x1080/60p recording, uncompressed YCbCr output from HDMI, and much more.
Canon just announced v.2.0 of its popular “indie-friendly” C100 camcorder, the C100 Mark II. The entry level offering from Canon’s professional Cinema EOS line, the C100 has been a popular camera among low-budget shooters, who don’t want the workarounds of a DSLR. Key Features of the C100 Mark II – Dual Pixel CMOS AF – … 
October 16th, 2014

New Canon CINE-SERVO lens is the longest 4K telephoto zoom for large sensor cameras

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Canon's new CINE-SERVO zoom lens offers cinematographers new possibilities for shooting scenes in HD, 2K and 4K on single-sensor cameras.
In terms of 4K broadcast, many ENG shooters are being asked to shoot with digital motion picture tools – a difficult task, especially in terms of lenses. Several companies – first led by Fujinon’s Cabrio series – have been releasing broadcast lenses that can also be used cine-style. Today, Canon announces a new zoom lens … 

October 16th, 2014

AbelCine celebrates its Silver Anniversary with a celebration in LA

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Join AbelCine in LA on Saturday, October 18 from 10am-5pm to celebrate their 25th Anniversary.
With facilities in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, AbelCine is one of the best sales, rental, service and training facilities in the industry. The company started in 1989 as a film camera service and repair company by brothers Pete and Rich Abel. This Saturday, 10/18, AbelCine is throwing a party to celebrate its 25th … 


October 15th, 2014

Not one but two – Panasonic is now shipping new VariCam 35 4K and VariCam HS cameras/recorders

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Panasonic today announced the immediate availability of its highly-anticipated VariCam models, the VariCam 35 and VariCam HS (pictured).
The Panasonic VariCam was one of the most popular professional HD cameras on the market, especially among indie filmmakers who were looking to emulate the look of film. But over the years, the cameras fell out of favor with feature cinematographers who were more attracted to large CMOS sensors found in cameras by ARRI, Sony … 
October 13th, 2014

GoPro HERO4 BLACK – First impressions of its 4K capabilities

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
The GoPro HERO4 Black lets you capture 4K video at 30fps.
Just got the HERO4 Black last week and did a little shooting over the weekend. Full review of the camera will be in the next issue (HDVP Jan/Feb). So far very impressed with the camera’s 4K capabilities, especially when shooting in Protune where you have additional options. Here’s a video consisting of three 4K shots. … 
October 10th, 2014

Going Mobile – At Adobe MAX 2014, Adobe rides the mobile train in expanding its Creative Cloud services

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen meet on stage at Adobe Max to announce a new collaboration.
Last week was a big week for Adobe. They held their annual Adobe Max event in LA where the San Jose-based creative software company announced the latest releases to their Creative Cloud and more. The three day conference also included keynote presentations, labs and workshops where creative pros received training (or general introductions) to Adobe … 
September 29th, 2014

Christmas shopping starts early – GoPro introduces HERO4 Black – 4K video at 30-fps, 1080p at 120-fps, 12-megapixel stills and more

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
GoPro's new HERO4 Black delivers 2x the performance of its best-selling predecessor and now captures cinema-quality 4K video at 30 frames per second (fps), 2.7K video at 50fps and 1080p video at a blistering 120fps.
Created 10 years ago by Founder and CEO Nick Woodman, the GoPro was a miniature wrist camera that allowed surfers to take 35mm stills good enough for print magazines. But with the explosion of digital technology and social media, the GoPro became a cultural phenomenon, allowing adventure and extreme sports enthusiasts to record their experiences … 
September 22nd, 2014

Raise The Stakes – ARRI Rental announces ALEXA 65, a 65mm digital cinema camera with an open gate resolution of 6560 x 3102 and a new lens system optimized for 65mm

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
ARRI Rental introduces the ALEXA 65 system, available exclusively through its global network of rental facilities.
If you’re of a certain age, you might remember Todd-AO — a 70mm format that used a single 70mm piece of film (as opposed to Cinerama’s three strip projection system). The format was used on several “event” films from the ’50s and ’60s, such as Oklahoma, Around the World in 80 Days, and The Sound … 
September 16th, 2014

Photokina 2014 – Panasonic announces new 4K LUMIX DMC-LX100 – contains micro 4/3s MOS Sensor and an F1.7 Leica DC Vario-Summilux fixed zoom lens

Posted By Neil Matsumoto
Panasonic's LX100 can capture UHD (3840x2160) and contains a new Leica DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens (24-75mm 35mm equivalent) f/1.7 - f/2.8.
In the consumer camera marketplace, Panasonic is going mano a mano with Sony in bringing innovative hybrid cameras to both photographers and filmmakers. Their GH4 has become one of the most talked about cameras in years, delivering both 4K DCI and UHD capture at high bitrates up to 200-Mb/s. With Canon releasing their underwhelming (at … 

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