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

iPhone 6 True Spiritual Heir to Original Leica?

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…
Mar17th

Rotolight NEO Delivers Knock-Out Light by Golden Gate Bridge

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this short installment of our Derek Zoolander-inspired, occasional series entitled “Ridiculously Good-Looking,” we bring you the ultra-high CRI, bi-color, adjustable, on-camera LED ring light called the Rotolight NEO. The new light looks interesting, as does the company: based at Pinewood Studios in the UK, Rotolight…
Mar16th

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Walks All Over Panasonic GH4 in Image Stabilization Test

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
planet5D readers, we need your help. In a Peter Hurley “sha-BANG” kind of moment, footage taken with the in-lens image stabilization of the Panasonic Lumix GH4 appears to be trounced by the 5-axis, in-body image stabilization of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. It makes…
Mar16th

Avoiding the Nasty: 12 Tips for Better Sound

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Recording the best audio signal you can at the source -- rather than handing off the problem to post-production – is critically important. But that’s just the beginning of what makes a soundtrack sound…great. Enjoy 12 tips for better sound by PremiumBeat. [adrotate group="6"] I…
Mar14th

Drool-worthy & Economical, Too? New Sigma Art 24mm f/1.4 Coming Soon

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
I haven’t been this excited by a piece of glass in a long time, but after attaching the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II to my little Sony a6000 and using it wide open, the idea of the Sigma Art 24mm -- something that may be…
Mar13th

Red Giant Introduces Attractive Annual Volume Licensing for Movie Production & Post Software Suites

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
Movie production and post-production software suite maker Red Giant has introduced an attractive and potentially major cost-saving floating volume licensing program for teams of ten or more. The program has the potential to unlock creativity, productivity and flexibility amongst staff at qualifying organizations and that…