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…
Mar13th

Megapixels or Dynamic Range? If You Could Have More of Only One…

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
JP Danko posted a piece over at DIY Photography which prompted me to reformulate his question into something more understandable for the marketing guys at the big camera companies: which would be a more exciting upgrade for you, dear planet5D reader -- from 24mp to…
Mar12th

Canon to Announce GH4 Competitor Next Month at NAB? FUD?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
FUD is an acronym for fear, uncertainty and doubt. It’s a time-honored and pretty crappy marketing game played by too many companies designed to stave off the appeal of new competitors – and deprive those competitors of oxygen. The question is: will Canon actually offer…
Mar12th

“Just F^&*ing Do It!” Den Lennie Writes a New Book, Business for Filmmakers

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
I don’t think I’ve come across anyone in the filmmaking-as-small-business community quite as entertaining – nor as entertained by himself (and I mean this in a good way) -- as successful filmmaker and planet5D friend Den Lennie. He’s just written Business for Filmmakers,[adrotate group="6"] the…
Mar12th

Vitec Acquires Paralinx, Making it Corporate Sibling of Former Competitor Teradek

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Late last year we wrote about Vitec when it acquired one of our favorite smaller manufacturers (hah!), smallHD. With the announcement that Vitec acquires Paralinx– arguably Teradek’s primary competitor – we return to our earlier estimation of Vitec: it’s a very interesting company. Then again,…
Mar11th

iPhones Win: this from the Guy Who Made the Canon 5D Mk II Famous for Video

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
OK, hang on: he’s talking about stills cameras, and he actually uses the more general term "smartphones." But before Vincent LaForet was one of the very first professionals to pick up the Canon 5D Mk II back in 2008 for video (he created the seminal short…
Mar11th

Canon Light Awards: Stills Competition Yields Cool Promo Video

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
 Promo videos for The Canon Light Awards meld still images taken by photographers with 360° tracking shots of each one talking about their work -- lending a literal, visual punch to the behind the scenes insight of the interviews.   [adrotate group="6"] Here’s a very…
Mar10th

Azden 330LT, Camera phones, Saramonic, 5d mark IV talk, and more: DSLR FILM NOOB Podcast

Posted By planetMitch
Via Deejay Scharton @DSLR FILM NOOB: Episode 12 of the DFN podcast, Mitch from planet5D joins me to discuss Azden’s 330LT wireless audio system, Saramonic audio adapters, Transcend memory cards, Canon 5d mark IV rumors and more. [adrotate group="6"] Find out more! On itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dslr-film-noob-podcast/id955926668?mt=2…
Mar10th

Kowa Lenses, Sony FE lenses, Wifi Video Broadcasters, and more: DSLR FILM NOOB podcast with planetMitch

Posted By planetMitch
Via Deejay Scharton @DSLR Film Noob: Episode 14 of the DFN podcast, Mitch from planet5D joins me to discuss Kowa Lenses, Sony FE lenses, Wifi Video Broadcasters, and more.[adrotate group="6"] You can find the show notes here. You can find the show on itunes here,…
Mar10th

Security Vulnerability Discovered in GoPro Update Mechanism, But Don’t Panic!

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
Now that Wi-Fi network functionality is finding its way into more stills and video cameras, it is easy to overlook potential network vulnerabilities. An Israeli information security expert discovered a weakness in GoPro’s firmware update mechanism that allowed him to harvest over a thousand user…
Mar10th

New Jag35 Shoulder Pro Takes On Established Rigs for Half the Price?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
I suffer from Zacuto Fee-N-G lust, and I am not alone.  But with this written, Zacuto is out of reach for many one-man band and indie filmmakers. What's an aspiring filmmaker to do? From the photos we've seen, it appears the new Jag35 Shoulder Pro offers a…
Mar9th

Stupid S&!t Filmmakers Say

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
This 7 minute, 32-step short entitled HOW TO BE A FILMMAKER is sponsored by Kessler Crane and Fusion Cine, which makes it even better. It is often said that humor is borne of pain.[adrotate group="6"] I believe it. What makes the new short HOW TO…
Mar9th

Nail in the Coffin? Apple Patent for Zoom Lens Inside iPhone and iPad

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Holy crap. The Apple patent is mostly about the mirror, prism and image stabilizer that allow one to rotate the lens elements 90°, but it’s that 90° -- and the accompanying drawings which show an internal zoom lens – that mean point and shoot cameras…
Mar7th

Is the Perceptiv SHIFT a Smart Dolly or Unmanned Stalker?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this installment of our occasional and just-created series entitled “Skynet is Coming, Skynet is Coming!” we take a look at the Perceptiv SHIFT. The Perceptiv SHIFT is really cool; really disturbing; and inevitable.[adrotate group="6"] So what is it? The SHIFT is a $600 upgrade…
Mar6th

Trial Balloon or Baloney: Canon 5D Mk IV, Canon 5D C, Neither or Both?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
These rumors are a little more vague, a little more “trial-balloon-y” than what we usually like to cover. Still, there are important points to be made, so let's make them. [adrotate group="6"] DIY Photography did a nice job of picking up a rumor from Canon…
Mar6th

CoreMelt’s Lock & Load Plug-in Update Adds Incredible Stabilization to Shaky Footage

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
Australian-born plug-in developer CoreMelt recently updated what many moviemakers consider to be the best stabilization plug-in, Lock & Load. This latest version is 30 percent faster, up to 3 times speedier than FCPX’s native stabilization and now has rolling shutter presets for 29 cameras.[adrotate group="6"]…