May21st

Syrp Genie: Beautiful Industrial Design, but MAN I Want an App for That

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
We really like Ben Ryan and the team at Syrp, and their Genie motion controller [B&H | Amazon] is the company’s signature product statement of their design philosophy – which is very Apple-like. I just wish the Genie itself were controlled by an equally Apple-like…
May21st

Benchmark Noise Reduction Plug-in Neat Video Updated to Version 4 – New Features, New Pricing

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
ABSoft, makers of Neat Video, “best noise reduction for digital video”, has updated their video noise plug-in to version 4. Many moviemakers consider Neat Video to be one of the most indispensable plug-ins in their toolbox, the noise reduction benchmark. Those numbers may increase now…
May20th

Panasonic Gives The GH4 a Little Sister with the New Panasonic G7 4K Hybrid for the Rest of Us

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
Panasonic has announced the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 4K hybrid video plus stills camera. Soon 4K video and 4K stills modes will be affordable for enthusiasts and professionals alike. While the G7 could be considered the GH4’s younger sister in features and price, it offers some…
May20th

AirLinc: iPhone App Takes on Wireless Giant Sennheiser?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Maybe: for $12.99 AirLinc allows a pair of iOS devices to act like their own wireless mic system, especially when a lav is involved. Better than a Sennheiser? Hmmm...[adrotate group="6"] Sennheiser makes one of the best wireless kits out there (the EW100). I have the…
May20th

New Kid in Town Samsung NX1 Puts Pressure on Sony a7, Panasonic GH4. Again.

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
With a Gold Award win from dpreview, the Samsung NX1 [B&H | Amazon] is the best reason yet for accelerated release dates from Sony for an a7s Mark II and from Panasonic for a GH5 You’ve read about the NX1 at planet5D before – or if not,…
May19th

Exciting New RØDE VideoMic Pro Gains Rycote Lyre Suspension, New Mic Capsule

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
Sydney-based, globally-exporting microphone manufacturer RØDE has announced that their most popular professional video on-camera microphone, the RØDE VideoMic Pro, has received a major update. The biggest improvement to the mic relied upon by thousands of video enthusiasts and pros the world over? Rycote’s Lyre anti-shock,…
May19th

Slow Shutter Time-Lapse: How It’s Done, Son

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
OK, Lance Rundstrom over at RigWheels is one of the lowest-key guys I’ve seen, and he’s probably one of the last people who would ever use the word “son” in a teaching moment. He just does a very nice job explaining and showing the value…
May19th

This is Sick (in A Good Way): iMovie on iPhone

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In the latest installment in our series “This is Sick (in a Good Way),” we reacquaint you with iMovie on the iPhone. If you haven’t kept up, this is now a crazy-powerful app.[adrotate group="6"] iMovie on iPhone just officially blew my mind. No, it’s not Final…
May18th

512G of SSD Free When You Buy Odyssey7Q+

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Convergent Design’s Odyssey7Q+ [B&H | Amazon] is one of the big hitters in combo 4K recorder/monitors. Through the end of May, they’re throwing in a pair of 256G solid state drives (retail value $790) to sweeten the deal.[adrotate group="6"] What else is there to write?…
May18th

Cinemartin 4K NEXT Undercuts Odyssey & Shogun. Do You Get What You Pay For?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Spanish company Cinemartin is taking orders for its NEXT 4K, a combo recorder/monitor capable of recording up to 4K 60p in a variety of formats, color spaces and bit depths, including uncompressed Cinema, DPX, ProRes and H.265; up to 4:4:4; and 8- or 10-bit.[adrotate group="6"]…
May17th

Trails End: Incredible New Time-lapse from Randy Halverson

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this installment of “Placing Humanity in Context” we bring you TRAILS END, a compilation of time lapses by Randy Halverson shot in Wyoming, Utah and South Dakota. [adrotate group="6"] Why waste your time on my words when you can simply watch Randy’s stunning work?…
May16th

Arkansas Governor Vetoes SB-79, the Personal Rights Protection Act

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this week’s installment of our just-created series entitled “How Many Abodiginals Do You See Modeling?” we share with you the successful efforts of the American Society of Media Photographers, the Movie Picture Association of America and the Digital Media Licensing Association to enlist Gov. Hutchinson’s…
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.…