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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... READ MORE
There is a plethora of apps out there, geared toward cinematographers. While many are useful, I’ve decided to share the three apps to which I find myself returning regularly. They have earned a place in my digital toolkit and, in my eyes, are must-haves for any DP or camera assistant.
Please note: As an iPhone user, I can only comment on the functionality of these apps on iOS devices.
Sun Seeker... READ MORE
Mia McCormick, from Kelby Media, visits the HPRC booth at WPPI 2014, in the video below. HPRC is a manufacturer of hard-shell cases, all of which are made in Italy. They provide exceptional protection for the equipment you carry in them. Their hard-shell products feature “military drop-test certification,” and are watertight, crushproof, and come with a lifetime replacement warranty. The cases... READ MORE
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... READ MORE
Mia McCormick gets a sneak peak at the new Panasonic GH4, which supports 4K 4096x2160 and UHD 3840x2160 recording, and Full HD at 200Mbps. Other exciting features include focus peaking, a new high-speed autofocus system, professional power, XLR, time code, and SDI connections... READ MORE
Mia McCormick speaks with Victor Ha, who demonstrates the new COMODO Orbit Handheld Stabilization Rig. The dual-handed rig, which supports 2 to 11 pounds, is easy to use and allows you to capture smooth and creative shots with your DSLR or small to medium-sized camcorder. Once balanced, the camera lets you move freely around your subject, and you can even control tilt with your thumbs, letting... READ MORE
In the following video, Mia McCormick goes over basic settings for shooting video with DSLR cameras. She discusses resolution, frames rates, and compression, including IPB and ALL-I formats. She also takes a look at how shutter speed affects motion, and makes mention of auto-focusing systems, highlighting the new dual pixel phase detection system on the Canon EOS-70D. We hope you enjoy the video... READ MORE
In this video, Mia McCormick, from Kelby Media, sheds some light on the new Spectra 1 x 1 LED light units from Manfrotto. The video explores the features and specs that make these lights an attractive option in the 1 x 1 LED panel market, and highlights some of the unit’s design features. We learn about its high CRI, flicker-free operation, and color-temperature options. We also find out about... READ MORE
Depending on your age, you may recall the first person on your block to get a VCR, the first to connect to the Internet, or the first person to take a “selfie” with a smartphone. Now you can be the first person with a 4K TV—however, content still remains on the scarce side, but there is a handful of ways to get 4K into your home.
In order to do this, you’ll need a 4K monitor, TV or projector,... READ MORE
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... READ MORE
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. I... READ MORE
Many people in the video-editing community are asking what the radically redesigned new Mac Pro means for them. They hear it has two AMD FirePro Graphics cards and can drive up to three 4K monitors, or that it has six Thunderbolt 2 ports and PCIe SSD internal storage. But with all that, they’re still left wondering, is it the right choice?
What it Means for Video Editors
Well, it's certainly not... READ MORE
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. The cards are UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) enabled for sustained video capture of 30MB/s, making them suitable for 4K, 3D, and high-bitrate Full HD video... READ MORE
The Canon Vixia HF G30 is garnering a great deal of attention; watch Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, as she enlightens us about what makes this consumer camcorder a standout. Pointing out important features such as the fast aperture, optical zoom, and image stabilization, McCormick makes... READ MORE
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. Designed to support HDSLR/mirrorless... READ MORE