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2 weeks ago
We live in a technological age in which advancements in entertainment and technology are not as impactful as they once were. This is evidenced by how blasé we are when we see something new and exciting. 3D TV? Meh. We stopped buying those a while ago. Smaller, lighter, more powerful smartphones? Yawn. A new one comes out every week, we’ll wait and see. Unfortunately for the naysayers, there is...

3 months ago
An ideal documentary rig is lightweight and fast to work with, without sacrificing professional quality and features. If one piece of gear is built with this mantra in mind, then it’s Zacuto’s latest EVF—the Gratical Eye. Join Doug Guerra, from B&H, as he follows a photographer around New...
3 months ago
Small, rugged, and unassuming, GoPro cameras have revolutionized the way we capture POV shots and action sequences. Marrying usability with high-quality video, the cameras have become go-to tools for a wide range of users, from Hollywood bigwigs to solo adventurers. Event producers have also seen the benefit of the minuscule cameras, mounting them on helmets, vehicles, musical instruments, or...
4 months ago
As tempting as it is to create fanfare about getting my hands on a pre-release version of Sony's 4K professional camcorder, the reality was very much like the camera itself: quiet, and to all appearances, unassuming. There is quite a bit that I liked about the PXW-Z150, things that most people...
5 months ago
Coinciding with the so-called “DSLR Revolution,” SmallHD has since been supporting camera assistants (ACs) assigned the daunting task of pulling perfect focus, Directors of Photography (DPs) light and compose their shots, and Directors (no fancy acronyms for this one) realize their vision, with affordable, high-quality, and durable monitoring solutions. I became familiar with SmallHD’s products...
5 months ago
As a Sony a7R II shooter, I was thrilled when Veydra announced that select lenses from its line of Mini Primes would be made available with Sony E mounts. Originally designed for MFT cameras, the Mini Primes are purpose-built from the ground up for cinema applications, rather than being re-...
by Justin Dise and Shawn C. Steiner
6 months ago
Just a few years ago, when DSLRs were the king in low-budget indie productions, it was easy to see the difference between the video quality of these hybrid stills/video cameras and a professional filmmaking tool. Currently, when talking about pure image quality, the differences aren’t always so obvious, and sometimes they’re practically nonexistent. With Sony’s latest and greatest mirrorless...

6 months ago
In this quick look at the X-Rite Colorchecker Passport Video, Allan Weitz, of B&H Photo, details its uses and features, explaining the advantages of adding a color chart to your video workflow. In exploring this versatile-multipurpose tool, Weitz highlights the ease of use and...

6 months ago
In the following video, Mia McCormick, from KelbyOne Media, shows you how to outfit your C300 Mark II for shoulder-mounted shooting using Zacuto’s Gratical HD EVF Recoil Kit. Part of Zacuto's...
7 months ago
When the Canon XC10 camera was presented at NAB 2015, I immediately became curious about it—joining many others who record their opinions on the great and all-powerful Internet, I couldn’t place my finger on the targeted end-users of this camera. The spec sheet lists 4K UHD recording at a whopping 305 Mbps from a 1" sensor to CFast 2.0 cards, C-LOG and other picture profiles from the EOS C series...
7 months ago
Since its introduction at the tail end of 2012, the SmallHD AC7 OLED monitor has become a perennial favorite among many directors, cinematographers, and camera assistants, due to its sleek design, durability, and well-regarded focus-assist features. Perhaps the most notable feature is its 7.7", 1280 x 800 8-bit OLED panel...

7 months ago
In this video, Mia McCormick reviews the latest in the Typhoon series from YUNEEC, the Q500 4K. As the name implies, this drone includes a 12MP/4K, 3D-gimbal stabilized camera. The camera also detaches, and can be mounted on the included SteadyGrip for handheld work. This flexibility makes the Q500 4K great not only for...

7 months ago
In the following video, Chase Kubasiak, from Zacuto, explores the combination of the Sony FS7 and Sony’s FE PZ 28-135mm variable speed zoom lens, detailing their features and functionality. Delving into the menu system and user-adjustable capabilities of the camera, the video provides a...
7 months ago
Seeing laptops and other portable computers everywhere occasionally raises the question, “Is there a future for desktop computing?” While I’m sure many people possessing greater intellect than I have probed that topic to depths that I can’t even imagine, desktop computing is, for the moment, still thriving in the world of professional content creation. For precise and powerful computing, nothing...
by Mike Wilkinson
7 months ago
It would be an understatement if I said that I travel often for the work that I do. Whether it’s for a major client and I spend two weeks running around San Francisco, or I’m shooting for fun with friends while out on a hike, I have little patience for gear that is either heavy or useless. GoPros and smartphones often find their way into my kits and, in this review, I’ll be sharing some insight...

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