Mar30th

An Inspirational Short Movie about Australia’s World Class Moviemaking Talent

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
I recently came across an inspirational promotional short by Screen Australia titled 'Australia’s World Class Talent'. It reminded me of all that Australia has to offer moviemakers everywhere, and that my country has helped shape moviemakers’ vision of the future since the very first full-length…
Mar30th

75 Canon EOS 600D Bullet Time Array Used to Film BMX Wiz Viki Gomez

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this installment of our occasional series “This is Sick (But in a Good Way),” we bring you A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF RIDING, a 75 Canon EOS 600D time bullet array showcasing the skill of BMX wizard Viki Gomez – and everyone else behind the…
Mar27th

Dual Pixel like video autofocus unleashed with Redrock Focus Tracking!

Posted By planetMitch
You're seeing it first here on planet5D! How awesome would it be if you could have the Canon Dual Pixel AutoFocus (AF) for video autofocusing on ANY camera with ANY lens? Redrock Micro is about to unleash that very technology in what they're tentatively calling…
Mar26th

SHOCK! Canon surprises everyone with Canon 4k Video Concept Camera

Posted By planetMitch
Is this the Canon 4k video camera to kill all the others? Canon has been rumored to be working on a small 4k video cam and they’ve just shown off this ‘concept’ camera in China - leading into NAB coming up in 3 weeks. These…
Mar26th

What Comes After 3-Axis Gimbals? Maybe The 4-Axis Eyeconic Origin

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Which is the most useful for cinematic shots: a 3-axis gimbal; 5-axis in body image stabilization; or full-blown Steadicam with arm and vest? The Eyeconic Origin (currently on Kickstarter) splits the difference by addressing the up-down motion – the fourth axis -- that 3-axis gimbals…
Mar25th

Beastgrip Pro and DOF Adapter: Turn Your Smartphone into a Video Beast

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
How a Ukranian-trained pharmacist came to the U.S. and -- after stints as a Comcast technician, graphic artist and photographer -- ended up a full-time inventor and creator of the Beastgrip Pro, now on Kickstarter. [adrotate group="6"] In the days before the Canon 5D Mark…
Mar25th

Filmic Pro Video Contest Winner VADRANGI is iPhoneography Tour de Force

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
A pen doesn’t write the poem -- the poet does. And so it is with the grand prize winner of the Filmic Pro Video Contest: the iPhone didn’t make VADRANGI -- Harikanth Gunamagari did, along with his team. [adrotate group="6"] The iPhone camera is no…
Mar25th

Sound Advice Tour with Academy Award Winner Frank Serafine

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
MZED has it pretty well sorted: put accessible star practitioners who also happen to be great educators in a room for a full day with enthusiasts and pros eager for “the knowledge” – and then let it rip. Next up is Frank Serafine's Sound Advice…
Mar24th

Zeiss Touit Lenses on Sale

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In a kink in the market, new Zeiss Touit lenses are in some cases selling for less than used ones, due to instant rebates in the neighborhood of 30%.[adrotate group="6"] Seems like every one I know in the business of filmmaking at one point or…
Mar24th

Everyday Superheroes Dangling Off A Skyskcraper

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
Photographer and trained stuntman Benjamin von Wong has celebrated everyday heroes by dressing them up in superhero costumes and photographing them posed on the top of a San Francisco skyscraper overlooking Market Street. He shares the results and tells the tale via his SmugMug-hosted website…
Mar24th

The Air Shepherd Program: Drones as Tools of Positive Social Change in Saving African Wildlife

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this second installment of our occasional series entitled “Skynet is Coming, Skynet is Coming!” we look at a “Good Terminator” scenario: using drones to protect endangered species in Africa through the Air Shepherd program.[adrotate group="6"] What happens when you mix supercomputers, drones, social conscience…
Mar23rd

Film as a Weapon for Social Change: We Need to Give a S^!t

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Is social change important to filmmakers? Gearheads that we are here at planet5D, we were motivated to watch an uber-cool short involving a BACK TO THE FUTURE-style Tesla Model S tooling around Boulder and Denver with projectors popping out of the front and back of…
Mar23rd

The iPhone 6, Cartier-Bresson, and the Sunny 16 Rule

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
The title may have the words “best smartphone camera ever,” but the case is slowly, methodically and cleverly being made that the iPhone is the “best camera ever” – no qualifier – for a growing number of people and situations. There are many reasons why…
Mar20th

Shocking Flat Lens Technology Threatens to Upend The Lens Market

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this installment of yet another we-just-made-it-up series called “Nail in the Coffin,” we recognize our limitations – and then go on to ignore them. When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.[adrotate group="6"] When you have Apple on the brain like I…
Mar20th

Anyone still using DSLRs for video? Hell yes!

Posted By planetMitch
People continue to ask me if DLSR video is dead... the clear answer is hell no! Here's another example of someone who's using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III to just get the job done. [adrotate group="6"] Tim Daly (actor - imdb profile) clearly could…
Mar19th

No Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Until 2016?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
It’s still early days for rumors about a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, and it’s not really feasible to separate future specs from wish lists at this point. Still, the idea of a late 2015 announcement and 2016 availability for the next generation of the…