Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

Nov
19
2014

Hands on With the Sony FS7, Part 1

Moving from a DSLR to a dedicated camcorder which is "all that and a bag of potato chips" can be (in addition to thrilling) intimidating and surprising -- as we found out over a rain-drenched weekend exploring the new Sony FS7.[adrotate group="6"] The weather wasn’t…
Nov
14
2014

Hands-on Review: Aputure Amaran HR672C

The speed with which innovation and high function are trickling down to lower price points is astonishing. Case in point: the Amaran HR672.[adrotate group="6"] It was only a month ago that I was blown away by a set of LED 1x1’s, yet here I am…
Nov
12
2014

Blackmagic URSA: “It’s a Monster” – and Better than a RED Scarlet?

How many times does Corey over at Faymus Media call the Blackmagic URSA “a monster?” We dare you to watch the video and post your answers below -- and then answer this question: does it matter?[adrotate group="6"] You already know that we think Blackmagic is…
Nov
12
2014

Vincent LaForet’s Directing Motion DVD Set According to D4Darious

“F**k*** Awesome Sauce” as D4Darious says, pretty much covers it. The review of Vincent LaForet's Directing Motion class is entertaining; the DVD set worthwhile. Get thee to it if you’re past the gear thing and want to focus on the craft of storytelling -- and…
Nov
5
2014

First Look: CAME-TV 7800 3-Axis Gimbal Passes “Sophie Test”

Who doesn’t have MoVI envy? The market is filling up with worthy competitors, but CAME-TV’s 7800 is especially intriguing at an introductory price of $1,298.[adrotate group="6"] We’ve just gotten our hands on their 3-axis gimbal, and while it’s missing a couple of bells and whistles compared…
Nov
3
2014

Another Comprehensive Camera Test. Is This One Helpful?

There are a lot of camera tests available online and it is hard to always find the cameras you want compared to the cameras you are interested in seeing.  If you are like me you are a little skeptical as to how much you can…
Oct
21
2014

Review of the smallHD AC7 OLED Monitor: Big Where It Counts

A large, bright, tools-galore monitor is the first piece of gear you should look at when you decide to accessorize your Canon C100 – or any digital filmmaking camera, for that matter.  The smallHD AC7 OLED should be on your short list.[adrotate group="6"] Back in…
Oct
21
2014

Atomos Ninja Star: $295 Can Do Great Things with the Right Camera

Here’s the key to Atomos’ smallest and least expensive 1080p ProRes external recorder, the Atomos Ninja Star: you’ll love it if you love color grading or you love shooting golden hour skies – and you have a camera that can output clean HDMI in 10-bit 4:2:2.…
Oct
7
2014

Shane Hurlbut’s Illumination Experience Review: Get Thee to It, Now!

I didn't have a Canon C500, 5D Mk III, or Blackmagic Cinema Camera on me, but Shane Hurlbut & Co. had all that and much, much more at the Philly stop of Shane Hurlbut's Illumination Experience Tour. On the other hand, I did have an…
Sep
18
2014

CAME-TV High CRI LED 1x1s: Great Lighting Values

Easy to use, adjustable and lightweight, these CAME-TV High CRI LED 1x1s make high performance, color accurate LED lighting available to a much broader audience than ever before.[adrotate group="6"] Remember the first time you lit a set with hot lights and blew the circuit because…