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

Is “Best Smartphone Camera Ever” Simply Best Camera, Period?

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…
Mar19th

Pixel Film Studios Boosts Storyboarding in Final Cut Pro X with a Great New Corporate Storyboard Plug-in

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
FCPX plug-ins maker Pixel Film Studios recently released FCPX Storyboard: Corporate, adding to FCPX’s native storyboarding feature. The plug-in adds storyboarding characters suitable for corporate assignments, more appropriate shot types such as over-the-shoulder as well as indoor and outdoor scene elements.[adrotate group="6"] Storyboards created by…
Mar18th

New Glidecam & Superstar Devin Graham!

Posted By planetMitch
We’ve featured Devin Graham on planet5D a bunch of times because he’s doing some great stuff (and he busts his ass to get work - if you haven’t seen his ‘behind the scenes video about how he works, then you don’t know what insane work…
Mar18th

‘Treasures of Zakynthos’: A Sunlit, Azure-Skied 4K Time-lapse Treasure

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
It took four trips, 840 hours, 28days, 2000km of local travel, 150 time-lapse sequences, 3TB of footage, 380 hours of post-production, 100 kg of equipment, five Canon DLSRs, a collection of Samyang and Canon L lenses, and a DitoGear Evolution slider, for Polish director of photography…
Mar17th

Can EF lens be an awesome MFT Cinema Lens? Aputure DEC prototype hits planet5D

Posted By planetMitch
There are many people who are investigating moving from a Canon DSLR over to a micro 4/3 (MFT) camera but, they don't want to give up their awesome Canon lens inventory. Plus, they would also love to have a follow focus unit that was all…
Mar17th

Mitakon 42.5mm f1.2, Canon 4k rumors, Film grants, Macbook air, and more: DSLR FILM NOOB podcast with planetMitch

Posted By planetMitch
Via Deejay Scharton @DSLR Film Noob: Episode 16 of the DFN podcast, Mitch from planet5D joins me to discuss Mitakon 42.5mm f1.2, Canon 4k rumors, Film grants, New Macbook, and more.[adrotate group="6"] You can find the show notes here. You can find the show on…
Mar17th

Frame.io: a Collaborative Platform for Photographers and Filmmakers

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
“Three years ago my co-founder John and I decided the status quo just wasn't going to cut it anymore so we set out to engineer the future. Along our path we've turned down job opportunities, relationships, [adrotate group="6"]and several acquisition offers by major tech companies…