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Sony has introduced three new camcorders as upgraded replacements for predecessor models. Heading the list is the professional news gathering/TV production XDCAM PDW-850, replacing the PDW-700 and PDW-F800 and offering a long list of new features. The other two, NXCAM NEX-EA50M and NXCAM HXR-NX3/1, both designed for small- to mid-range productions, offer a choice between shoulder-mount and... READ MORE
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The CCTV surveillance system industry is an area of the consumer electronics world that doesn’t seem popular, but the reality is that CCTV surveillance systems are ubiquitous in every Twenty-First Century metropolis. I live in New York City and pass hundreds of these cameras every day. They’re in apartment buildings, office buildings, elevators, private homes, public transportation, stores,... READ MORE
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By Brian Klem |
2 months ago
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Though many of us are familiar with cameras having two ports―a timecode in/out port and a genlock port―we may not consider why both might be needed. Perhaps we dismiss genlock as just a legacy holdover from the times before switchers had built-in frame synchronizers. The terms “sync” and “timecode” are often used interchangeably, and the fact that timecode can be used to sync devices only... READ MORE
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With a 170-degree ultra-wide angle lens, the new HDR-AS20 HD POV Action Cam from Sony is designed to capture a first-person perspective on adventures of all kinds. It... READ MORE
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In this video, Mia McCormack takes a look at three wide-angle cine prime lenses from Rokinon designed for APS-C sized sensors. It covers the manual focus design, lens mount compatibility, and the cinema features of each lens, including the stepless aperture ring, 0.8 pitch lens gears, and T-stop measurements. The first two lenses Mia showcases are the Sony E-Mount versions of the... READ MORE

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Have you ever wondered what happens when your UAV stalls in mid-air? It’s probably not something you want to think about, especially if your aircraft is carrying expensive camera gear. Enter the DJI DropSafe. While details are scant, based on the video that's circulating on the Internet (and embedded below), the DropSafe appears to be a parachute—a "drop speed reduction system," according to DJI... READ MORE
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Featuring a compact camcorder size and shape, a first for Sony’s XDCAM line of cameras, the new PXW-X70 features a 1” type sensor which is eight times larger than the 1/3” size... READ MORE
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3 months ago
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One of the more often overlooked production steps, especially in the digital age, is proper slating technique. It is easy to understand why: banging a slate seems to belong to a bygone era, something relevant only to productions shooting on film, and in today’s rapid-fire production environment with directors rolling endlessly on multiple takes or wanting to shoot without alerting the actors... READ MORE
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3 months ago
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Getting your DSLR or mirrorless camera ready for serious video production work often means building a rig around it. A good place to start is to add a camera cage and 15mm rod-based support system. With plenty of options available on the market, deciding on a solution that works best for you and your camera can be daunting. To make your life easier, German manufacturer walimex Pro offers the... READ MORE
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One of the unsung heroes of the film industry is the focus puller. It doesn't matter how great the camera movement, lighting, or acting is if the image on the screen is out of focus. Traditionally, the focus puller, or 1st Assistant Camera (AC), operates on the side of the camera, using a follow focus to mark... READ MORE
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In the following video, Mia McCormick gives an overview of the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K to help you determine if the camera is right for you. The video explores the camera’s Super35-sized sensor with 12 stops of dynamic range, active Canon EF mount, and recording options, including Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 recording at 24 or 30fps using Apple’s ProRes HQ format. McCormick disusses the... READ MORE

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Although HDMI video was created as a consumer specification, it is finding its way increasingly into professional environments. This is in spite of the limitations of the length of cable runs. While six feet may be enough for the consumer TV, professional and commercial installations... READ MORE
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3 months ago
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Once upon a time, the choices for portable video tripod legs were limited to one design: two-stage, dual-aluminum tube construction, with a ground or mid-level spreader, and that was it. Single-tube legs for still photo shoots have a few nice features, but just aren't designed to handle the situations that confront video shooters. This makes them unsuitable for most video work, and relegates... READ MORE
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In the following video, Mia McCormick introduces us to JVC's new ENG-style, shoulder-mount professional video cameras, the GY-HM850U and studio-configurable GY-HM890U. The video opens... READ MORE

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The smartphone is quickly becoming the go-to video camera for the average consumer―it’s small, fits in your pocket, and you always have it on you. As video quality increases, smartphones have even found a place on narrative film and commercial sets. With this rise in popularity, many accessories... READ MORE
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