May15th

Can a smartphone be a filmmaking device? IndieVice says absolutely YES!

Posted By planetMitch
When Barry Andersson (author of "The DSLR Filmmaker's Handbook" now in its second edition) and I were on tour almost 2 years ago (gosh was it that long?), He was constantly telling me about how the smart phones are going to be awesome tools for filmmaking.…
May15th

Awesome new “theC47 Book Light Kit” from Westcott shown at NAB 2015

Posted By planetMitch
Yes, we've talked a lot about NAB and the problem is that it is very very difficult to cover all just a week or even two weeks. Westcott and several great lighting options and they have sent me one of their new flex lights which…
May14th

Exclusive inside look at world’s first throw-and-shoot camera drone “Lily”

Posted By planetMitch
planetMitch note: This is a guest post by Brad Kremer who's had an insider's look at this awesome new self-flying drone and provides this exclusive look behind the scenes... There are so many drones hitting the market these days that it’s hard to keep up…
May13th

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM: Will the new Nifty 50 trump the old one?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II is legendary for its price/performance ratio. Really, pretty much unbeatable -- until very recently.  Sure hope the new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is that much better, because it now needs to be. I'm betting Canon has gotten it right.…
May13th

What Has 52 Megapixels, 8 or 9 Lenses, and a Deal with Foxconn? Light?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Maybe an iPhone 7 that kills DSLRs and ILCs. Maybe not. But at the very least, we can point to a theoretical rendering of what a smartphone enabled by technology from Silicon Valley startup Light might look like, along with a very clear link to…
May12th

They’re Not Fooling Around: DJI Ronin-M Available for Pre-Order at $1,399!

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
I recently wrote in my NAB recap  about gimbals specifically: “...With both price and quality heading toward parity, I suspect we are coming to the point when the determining factor for plunking down your hard-earned cash will be customer service. Can you talk to someone at…
May12th

5 Tips to Stand Out When Looking for a Video Job

Posted By planetMitch
Trying to land your dream video job? Follow these five tips to stand out from the crowd! This article was provided by PremiumBeat, agreat source of quality stock music for all your video projects. All images come from Shutterstock. Getting hired for a staff position…
May11th

Going Batty Over Zeiss Batis Full Frame Lenses for Sony e-Mount

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
I loved the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM  [B&H | Amazon] wide open on my Sony a6000 [B&H | Amazon] courtesy of the Commlite EF>NEX adapter, and I got a jones for the Sigma Art 24mm f/1.4 [B&H | Amazon] as soon as I…
May11th

Price Reductions for Canon EF Lenses – now’s the time!

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
With price reductions ranging from a high of $800 on their mongo EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x [B&H | Amazon] all the way down to $20 for the Extender EF 1.4x III [B&H | Amazon] and its cousin the Extender EF 2 III [B&H…
May8th

I Wanna New Sit-Stand Desk 2: Ergoprise Uprise Desk

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In Part 2 of our series "I Wanna New Sit-Stand Desk," I plunk down my hard-earned cash (OK, debit card) on an Ergoprise Uprise desk - and assemble it. So far, so good!  planetMitch note: I too have purchased a stand up desk, but I've gone with the VariDesk -…
May8th

yes! Even more NAB 2015 coverage – just in case you missed something

Posted By planetMitch
We had some awesome coverage of NAB and we had over 100,000 visitors to the NAB life blog as well! If you happen to miss the live blog, then you also missed some special coverage we had from two volunteers, Chris Hollo and Mark Mosrie,…
May7th

The Luddite Diaries, Day 1: Rise of the Machines

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this first installment in our our newly-coined series “The Luddite Diaries” we contemplate – just for a moment – the implications of the accelerating mash-up of software and hardware in the filmmaking industry as epitomized by the fascinating Redrock Micro Halo. I just did…
May7th

Is MZED’s Sound Advice Tour a Sound Investment?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
MZED’s tag line is “Education for Creatives” – and they deliver. I’ve personally attended four of their events now, and each time I’ve been blown away by their instructors -- working pros who also happen to be extraordinary educators. Yes, the sponsors (always high calibre)…
May6th

Win a $3,300 DitoGear™ VibraFreek Stabilizer on planet5D!

Posted By planetMitch
DitoGear has yet again provided us with an incredible prize and announced a new product at the same time! DitoGear has just announced the VibraFreek and if you have access to an automobile, you've now got an option for simple stabilization! PLUS! You can win…
May5th

Canon Explains the Glass Behind Its 4K Cinema Lenses, Leaves Us Wanting More

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
With one of the biggest stories of the moment, since NAB 2015 at least, being Blackmagic Design’s amazing new URSA Mini, the 4.6K update to the URSA and, for that matter, the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K and the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, my thoughts…
May5th

Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Essential to Look & Feel of Terrence Malick Feature, Knight of Cups

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
Love or hate his poetic, philosophical, often anti-dialog, feature films, however the great American movie director Terrence Malick chooses to make them is a great free lesson to all moviemakers in every genre. And the lessons Malick and his crew and collaborators have to teach…

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