Anamorphic Lenses: The Key to Widescreen Cinematic Imagery

What began as a tool and technique for capturing and projecting wider aspect ratios on 35mm film, anamorphic lenses are a runaway favorite among cinematographers for the unique characteristics they bring to moving images. Ultra-wide rectangular aspect ratios, long horizontal lens flares, and oval bokeh (the out-of-focus areas of the image) now feel as much a part of the cinematic experience as a bucket of popcorn and a liter of soda.

New from Panasonic: The Super 35mm 4K Varicam 35

Panasonic has entered the realm of 4K digital cinema production with the announcement of their new 4K VariCam camera/recorder—the VariCam 35. First seen in mockups at NAB 2012, the VariCam 35 boasts an all-new super 35mm MOS image sensor and utilizes Panasonic’s AVC-ULTRA codecs for internal 4K, UHD, 2K, and HD recording. The camera is also capable of external 4K raw recording, provides 14 stops of dynamic range, and features a standard PL lens mount.


B&H Gear News Update for March 7, 2014

This Week in the News:

  • Panasonic announced the new Super 35mm 4K VariCam 35 Cinema Camera
  • Roku is releasing the compact and affordable Roku Streaming Stick
  • Apple unveiled their CarPlay technology, which integrates the iPhone with automobiles
  • K-Tek has a new audio bag that's ideal for the Sound Devices 633 

The new Panasonic 4K VariCam 35

China Balls: The Classic Affordable Lighting Hack

Chinese paper lanterns, or China balls, are great low-budget tools for getting beautiful, soft light. What makes China balls unique is their ability to throw a soft, diffused light in almost all directions. This omnidirectional light makes them suitable for a wide range of lighting applications. For example, you can hang a China ball or series of China balls from a ceiling to increase a room’s overall brightness, place one above a table during a restaurant conversation scene, or even use one as a soft, wrapping key light. But the best part is that they’re cheap!


Hands-On Review: the Canon VIXIA Mini X Full HD Camcorder

Canon Vixia Mini X Full HD Camcorder

Join Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, as she discusses the Canon Vixia Mini X Full HD Camcorder, and why it may be the video blogging tool for you. This video explores the specifications of the camcorder, including the 12.8MP sensor, which captures Full HD, and the f/2.8 lens with ultra wide-angle and close-up recording options.

SanDisk Announces Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II Memory Cards

Billed as the world's fastest SD cards, these new memory cards use the latest high-performance SD specification, UHS-II, to offer up to 250MB/s write speeds for continuous burst-mode shooting and transfer speeds up to 280MB/s for optimized workflows.

Adobe Creative Cloud and Videography

Since the introduction of Creative Cloud, the question has been: does Adobe's move mean a radically altered workflow for content creation professionals, particularly video editors? For the moment, the answer is probably not. For all intents and purposes, Creative Cloud applications remain ordinary desktop applications.

Pivothead Video Recording Eyewear and Accessories

I grew up skiing almost every day, and was on my first pair of skis at age two. The high school I attended in Colorado even let us out at 11:00 a.m. during the winter months, so that we could ski or snowboard every day of the week if we wanted. The point of this little anecdote is to stress how much watching the Winter games still excites me and makes me nostalgic for my years in the mountains.

The "Workhorse" Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Handheld Video Camera

The Sony HXR-NX3 is a handheld camcorder with a host of professional features; in this video, Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, gives a tour of what she calls a "workhorse" of a camera. In the video she points out important features, such as the 20x optical zoom, 40x Clear Image Zoom, and AVCHD 2.0 recording.

Comodo Orbit Handheld Camera Stabilization System

The Comodo Orbit is a camera stabilization system that will make you rethink the way you shoot a scene. Invented by Dutch filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich, the device allows cinematographers to capture entire scenes in a single take using just one camera.


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