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…
May4th

Glitch in new Canon T6 Sensor?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Kudos to the guys at lensrentals.com for their continuing contribution to the industry beyond being a cool vendor. They’ve just discovered a sensor manufacturing defect in a run of Canon’s Rebel T6s [B&H | Amazon] and T6i [B&H | Amazon], two of the company’s brand-new…
May4th

Tokina Lens Rebate Good Through June 30th

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
The days of OEM lens supremacy – at least at the wide end running up through moderate telephoto -- are pretty much over. Tokina has been instrumental in proving this very point along with Sigma [B&H | Amazon], Zeiss [B&H | Amazon], and Voitgländer [B&H |…
May1st

Syrp’s Genie Mini: Panning at the Speed of Touch

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this installment of our series “Rise of the Planet of the Apps,” we introduce New Zealand company Syrp’s latest motion control device, the Genie Mini. Priced well at $249, it is the first of their devices controlled by an app available on iOS and…
May1st

Redrock Halo = Game Tech + Autonomous Car Tech + Classic Focus Pulling

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Five years in the making with a target release date by end of this year, the Redrock Halo is a fascinating – and ambitious -- example of the integration of smartphone/tablet tech into classic filmmaking. One of the items I missed during my 48 hours…
May1st

Rise of the Planet of the Apps: SWITRONIX VoltBridge Tracks Battery Levels

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this installment of “Rise of the Planet of the Apps” we highlight Switronix’s very cool VoltBridge, which displays battery levels via Bluetooth on both iOS and Android devices. [adrotate group="6"] It’s not a large announcement, but VoltBridge will make a big difference to users…
Apr30th

Tony Northrup Compares Sony A7s, Panasonic GH4, Samsung NX1 4K Cameras in Excellent 4K Video

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
Tony Northrup of popular YouTube channel 'Learn the Art & Science of Photography with Chelsea & Tony' has put the Samsung NX1, Panasonic GH4 and Sony A7s to a side-by-side test shooting the same subject – Tony Northrup – at the same time. Walking or…
Apr30th

Photographic Lighting Worksop with Jason Lanier for Rotolight at Pinewood Studios, UK, May 13

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
With the release imminent of Rotolight’s groundbreaking new camera-mounted or stand-mounted LED light the Neo, what better way to try one out than at a photographic lighting workshop at the famous Pinewood Studios in the UK, where Rotolight itself is located? While there you’ll also…
Apr30th

Innovative RØDELink Digital Wireless ‘Filmmaker Kit’ Now Shipping Worldwide

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
RØDE, the Sydney-based, globally-popular maker of affordable, innovative microphones for moviemakers, singers and musicians, has just announced that its groundbreaking RØDELink Digital Wireless Filmmaker Kit is now shipping everywhere. First in a series of digital wireless connection solutions, the Filmmaker Kit will particularly appeal to…
Apr29th

Is the Atomos Shogun Recorder/Monitor the Perfect 4K Complement to Canon’s 4K XC-10?

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
Describing Canon’s fixed-lens, consumer-oriented compact 4K UHD all-in-one video camera – which also shoots JPEG-only stills  – as a “pocket rocket” in a press release earlier this month, Atomos’ Jeromy Young wrote of how all that turbocharged rocket power can be unleashed via the Atomos Shogun.…
Apr29th

Eduardo Angel Shows How to Shoot Anamorphic with Panasonic GH4 & Firmware Update 2.2 (& V-Log L)

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
Although it is old news now that Panasonic’s firmware update version 2.2 excluded the exciting V-Log logarithmic profile, improved support for shooting anamorphic widescreen has got some GH4 moviemakers excited too and that excitement might spread over the coming months. Veydra announced it is working…
Apr28th

Under the Covers, Signs of Enormous Change at NAB 2015 – HUGE NAB wrap-up

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In an oasis of incredible gear set in the middle of the Nevada desert, the irony is that NAB 2015 was really about people. Proof point? I shot all our interviews on a freaking iPhone 6 with nothing but the on-board mic, proving once again…