May28th

The Gimbal Wars: The Latest Gimbal from CAME-TV is $898

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this installment of our just-named series “The Gimbal Wars” we bring you news of the latest CAME-TV gimbals. Our heads our spinning. I visited China in 2011, where I was both stunned and impressed by what I saw. [adrotate group="6"] Call it the wild,…
May28th

Film School is Changing. Or is It?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
USC, UCLA and NYU remain at the top of the film school food chain, but even they are changing as other schools like the New York Film Academy or Full Sail have arrived and gained traction. What’s happening? [adrotate group="6"] We wrote a while back…
May27th

Sony Owns a Whopping 40.2% of the Global Image Sensor Market

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
And shows a 40% year-over-year increase in image sensor sales, likely driven by Sony’s deal with Apple to supply the sensor in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.[adrotate group="6"] If you don’t already know it, Sony not only powers its own cameras and Apple’s…
May26th

Ever want to go Snowboarding in the Clouds? This is AWESOME!

Posted By planetMitch
A guest post! We just got this submission from Kyle Coats about this incredible "Snowboarding in the clouds" video he and his team shot for Happy Socks: Hey Mitch, Love your site. We decided to shoot with the RED epic and the RED dragon so…
May26th

Under the Covers of Apple’s iOS 8 Time-Lapse

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this installment of our new series “Rise of the Planet of the Apps” we go under the covers of Apple’s iOS 8 time-lapse feature to learn why it’s so darned good.[adrotate group="6"] As the balance between hardware and software in photography and filmmaking continues to…
May26th

That Didn’t Take Long: Sony A7R II, Maybe A8 Coming with 59MP Sensor?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this week’s installment of our newly minted series “The King is Dead, Long Live the King,” we bring you accelerating rumors of the imminent arrival of the next Sony A7R which may take the form of an update (Sony A7r II) or addition (Sony A8).…
May25th

Tales of the Illuminati (not the guys you think): F&V

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
F&V Lighting is a well-regarded, value lighting and accessories company with a presence in the U.S. and Europe. Unfortunately, they were one of the guys we missed at NAB 2015. Fortunately, there were over 100,000 other attendees there, so we can now update you on…
May25th

Freefly WEDGE Adds No-Compromise Lens Control via MōVI Controller

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
With WEDGE, Freefly continues to move the bar it first set with the MōVI 3-axis gimbal [B&H | Amazon]:  it extends the capability of single operators. Novices need not apply. In filmmaking and photography, the value of a system – especially an ecosystem (which goes beyond…
May23rd

Shit People Say to Women Directors

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this first post of our new, just made up series entitled “Light is the Strongest Disinfectant,” we bring you a blog that has been on line less than a month, yet is already changing behavior. We’re writing, of course, of Shit People Say to…
May22nd

Dealing With Rogue Drones

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this installment of “Skynet is Coming, Skynet is Coming!” we see the future hurtling toward us: armed drones (“rogue drones”) and the counter-measures being developed by government and private enterprise to defeat them. Joy.[adrotate group="6"] A drone lands on the roof of the Japanese…
May22nd

When Kickstarter Projects Go Awry

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Do a search for “Kickstarter” on planet5D and you’ll get 14 pages of results -- we like entrepreneurs. But we recently received a letter from a planet5D reader who was upset about a Kickstarter campaign that went south, and he asked us to investigate.[adrotate group="6"]…
May21st

Frustrated with No V-Log L for Your GH4? Try Matthew Mosher’s M-Log Cinematic Look Instead

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
If like me you have been more than a little frustrated by seeing all these alluring movies shot using beta versions of V-Log L, the Panasonic GH4 version of Panasonic’s true logarithmic photo style, then you may wish to try out DP Matt Mosher’s M-Log…
May21st

Syrp Genie: Beautiful Industrial Design, but MAN I Want an App for That

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
We really like Ben Ryan and the team at Syrp, and their Genie motion controller [B&H | Amazon] is the company’s signature product statement of their design philosophy – which is very Apple-like. I just wish the Genie itself were controlled by an equally Apple-like…
May21st

Benchmark Noise Reduction Plug-in Neat Video Updated to Version 4 – New Features, New Pricing

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
ABSoft, makers of Neat Video, “best noise reduction for digital video”, has updated their video noise plug-in to version 4. Many moviemakers consider Neat Video to be one of the most indispensable plug-ins in their toolbox, the noise reduction benchmark. Those numbers may increase now…
May20th

Panasonic Gives The GH4 a Little Sister with the New Panasonic G7 4K Hybrid for the Rest of Us

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
Panasonic has announced the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 4K hybrid video plus stills camera. Soon 4K video and 4K stills modes will be affordable for enthusiasts and professionals alike. While the G7 could be considered the GH4’s younger sister in features and price, it offers some…
May20th

AirLinc: iPhone App Takes on Wireless Giant Sennheiser?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Maybe: for $12.99 AirLinc allows a pair of iOS devices to act like their own wireless mic system, especially when a lav is involved. Better than a Sennheiser? Hmmm...[adrotate group="6"] Sennheiser makes one of the best wireless kits out there (the EW100). I have the…