Recommended Media For The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Since Blackmagic Design’s brand new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is ending up into some people’s hands it’s time to talk about what media works with this 4K camera. This, of course, is an important item. Do not mess around with media. Do not go cheap. Do not go with something not listed here and then go running around saying the new Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is skipping frames. It is on you if you do not follow the approved media list. Plus, who wants to spend the time and effort put into a project just for your footage
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Blackmagic Design Resolve 15.1.2 Update Released

As many URSA Mini Pro shooters continue to shoot with the recently released BlackmagicRAW Blackmagic Design decided to release an update with DaVinci Resolve 15.1.2 improving performance with CUDA enabled graphics cards, case sensitive drive volumes, remote grading, clip stabilization, Resolve FX, Blackmagic RAW, Fairlight audio, IMF and more. In addition, DaVinci Resolve 15.1.2 includes general performance and stability updates. DaVinci Resolve 15.1.2 is available now as a free download from http://bmd.link/ukzjU9. Resolve

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Blackmagic Design eGPU Shooter’s Review

I do not care how the Blackmagic Design eGPU looks. I do not care how it works. I only care if it speeds up my exports. As a shooter I sometimes find myself in a hotel room offloading footage for a client and prepping my gear for the next morning’s call time. Shoot and charge batteries and sleep that can be the cameraman’s life at times. The last thing I want to do is to stay up late because I decided to take the extra step to sweeten my URSA Mini Pro footage via DaVinci Resolve for the client. I
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Blackmagic Design Joined The New Netflix Post Technology Alliance

Blackmagic Design has joined the new Netflix Post Technology Alliance and that DaVinci Resolve, its professional editing, visual effects, motion graphics, color correction and audio post production software, was chosen for three of the alliance’s four technology categories: “Color Grading,” “Editorial” and “IMF & Media Encoding.” Blackmagic Design’s URSA Mini 4.6K and URSA Mini Pro were also chosen in the alliance’s “Camera” category. NETFLIX The Post Technology Alliance is a program for manufacturers of products that generate or manage any kind of sound data, image data, or metadata from production through post. The alliance is aimed at bringing together industry leaders committed to
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THE ARRI ALEXA LF and Leica M0.8 Prime lenses In Nashville

I like to see new cameras, but more importantly, I like getting my grubby hands on them to see if I like them or not. Thanks to Nashville-based Contrast Visuals and Consulting fellow camera nerds in the area were also able to give the new ARRI ALEXA LF a spin.  Arri came to the southern city as part of its usual product tour they make about once a year, or so I am told. Attendees not only gave the ALEXA LF a spin but were also treated to Arri’s presentation about the ins and outs of the ALEXA LF.
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Panasonic Announces New B4 Shoulder Mounted Camera: AJ-PX5100

Panasonic has used IBC 2018 in Amsterdam, to introduce a new ENG camera offering greater connectivity, operability, and clarity.
The AJ-PX5100 is a B4 shoulder mounted P2HD camera-recorder which upgrades the company’s successful PX5000 series. With it, a breadth of recording options and exceptional image quality the PX5100 is targeted at network news, documentary, high-end corporate and sports production, as well as the rental market.AJ-PX5100GJ Maintaining the same Full HD 2/3 type 3 MOS sensor in a lightweight 3.4kg body, the new camera also offers HDR(HLG) content and 1080/50p recording for the first time in a Panasonic ENG camera. Continue reading "Panasonic Announces New B4 Shoulder Mounted Camera: AJ-PX5100"

SONY VENICE 3.0 FIRMWARE & EXTENSION HEAD ANNOUNCED

Sony continues to follow their announced roadmap of upgrades and added features to their Full Frame flagship camera VENICE. At IBC 2018 Sony announced the VENICE Extension System and Version 3.0 firmware. Sony Sony’s VENICE motion picture camera, which has been embraced by the production community, will enhance its usability and flexibility with the VENICE Extension System and Version 3.0 firmware updates in February 2019.  The lightweight (4 pounds with PL mount and 3 pounds with E-mount), easy to use tethered extension system allows the camera body to detach from the image sensor block with no degradation in
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Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K + National Parks = Pattiz Brother’s Films

The Pattiz Brother’s “More Than Just Parks” is more than a short film series showing off United States’ national parks with their stunningly beautiful Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K and Sony A7Rii footage of landscapes, coastlines, and forests, this beautiful effort is designed to encourage the exploration and conservation of the United States’ national parks with each short film centering on a different park.

Founded by brothers Will and Jim Pattiz, “More Than Just Parks” the online short film series centers on a different park with a combination of familiar visual landmarks, as well as never before seen compositions and landscapes, such as
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Blackmagic Shows Off Footage From The New Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

We first saw the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K at NAB 2018. I, like 100,000 others who attended NAB, got the chance to get their crummy hands on the camera for a few brief moments. It was not nearly enough time to tell if this new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K was going to be as big of a hit as their original Pocket Camera. Thankfully, Blackmagic Design has decided to whet our appetites a little by slowly giving us the marketing video drip before the camera starts shipping. This means keeping us interested and informed by releasing videos shot on the Blackmagic Pocket
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A Panasonic EVA1 Camera Review – A Shooter’s Camera

There I was in my office packing and planning for a network shoot. Before me, sat a handful of cameras and accessories. Do I bring this or that? What will be used most and what will get me out of a jam if we shoot well into the night? It was a dark story theme and I had the feeling the producers wanted the footage to reflect the nature of the story. So I made a choice to bring the Panasonic EVA1 with me even though it added unnecessary bulk to a very tightly packed truck. Later, I discovered I
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Sony FS5 Helps A Mt. Everest Shoot Become A Reality

The Sony FS5 is lightweight, easy to use 4K camera so it makes absolute sense to me it would be the preferred choice for co-producer / director of photography Sierra Johansen to take to Mt. Everest for a documentary on climber Nick Talbot. Talbot was attempting to summit Everest even though he has Cystic Fibrosis. “Breathing on Everest” is directed by Meredith Gaito you can read all about Johansen’s experience with the Sony FS5 and about her shooting at Everest’s basecamp below which Sony asked her to share. The words below are all Johansen’s and I feel it best for
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Blackmagic’s New eGPU Is A Hurdle Leaped For Creatives (commentary)

Yes, the news about Blackmagic Design’s new eGPU, a high-performance graphics processor, has already been posted on PVC by Jose Antunes. I want to talk about how the new eGPU is the missing link in the DaVinci Resolve 15 to mainstream editor chain. For many freelancers, the cost of a new faster GPU computer can be a hurdle. Frankly, I care more about how the eGPU can better a creative’s workflow than Gaming Graphics.
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I think we might see more of a desktop parked eGPU than a traveling one.
What is the Blackmagic eGPU? It is a high-performance graphics
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Manfrotto Pro Light Cinematic Camera Bags Review: Balance and Expand

Do you ever feel like you spend more time carrying your gear from point A to point B, or in my case to the car and from the car? It is a constant part of being a cameraman or creative. We need our gear close at hand. Manfrotto has made a couple of bags to help us keep our most wanted, and difficult to carry for long distances, gear with us when we need it most. I mean who wants to drag a DJI Ronin M/MX pelican case into the woods? I know I don’t. Manfrotto The Manfrotto Pro Light Cinema
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Sony FS5 Mark 2 Camera Review: Looking At The New Color

Yes, the Sony FS5 Mark 2 looks exactly like the original with one exception, the filter wheel on the Sony FS5 Mark 2 is a different color (black) from the original Sony FS5 (brushed aluminum). Otherwise, from the outside, the Sony FS5 Mark 2 and Mark 1 look very similar. Of course, outside appearances do not matter one iota. What matters to us shooters is what is inside and whether or not the new color science from the FS5 Mark 2 is more like Sony’s flagship full-frame 6K cinema camera the VENICE. My initial thoughts after the first few days
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NAB 2018: Panasonic Shows Off Cine Live For VariCam LT

Netflix, Amazon, and everyone else who wants to record a 4K live multi-camera event or show while retaining Panasonic’s Super35mm look and color from the VariCam LT should take a look at Panasonic’s Cine Live. Panasonic, well-known for exciting and lasting broadcasting equipment, have taken their knowledge and applied it to a cinematic camera system, the VariCam LT. The LT is easily one of my favorite cameras to shot on today. It is well thought out and helps professionals producing sensational images and that dual ISO of 800/5000 is killer. Now, Panasonic has made multi-cam easier for the VariCam LT. Mitch

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NAB 2018: ARRI Shows Off Largest and Brightest SkyPanel with the S360

This is one big light source was my first thought. At NAB 2018 the ARRI SkyPanel quite literally lite the show floor. The ARRI SkyPanel has always been known for its tremendous output and large light aperture.  Now with ARRI’s new S360-C the SkyPanel has expanded ARRI’s LED soft light range with the largest and brightest SkyPanel to date. Not only is the S360-C powerful, but it is packed full of exciting features, making it one of the most versatile LED fixtures on the market. Like the rest of the SkyPanel line, the S360-C features include full-color control, lighting
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NAB 2018: ARRI Signature Prime Lenses for ARRI ALEXA LF

ARRI Signature Primes were designed in conjunction with the ARRI ALEXA LF large format digital cinema camera and are meant to compliment with large format camera system. The brilliant Signature Primes exemplify top of the line optical precision while also retaining an organic, emotionally engaging image. These lenses also gently softening and texturizing the large format high-resolution images with a natural skin tone and creamy bokeh. The entire line of lenses sports an incredibly fast maximum aperture for full-frame lenses of T1.8 allowing a razor-thin shallow depth of field.

These lenses are fitted with ARRI’s brand new lens mount the

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NAB 2018: Sigma Shows Off 105mm f1.4 and 70mm Macro.

At NAB 2018 Sigma showed me their new 70mm macro lens and their new 105mm f1.4 which they are nicknaming “The Bokeh Monster.” Since last year was the year Sigma released their Cine Lens line-up NAB attendees were able to see and/or try Sigma’s entire Cine Lens selection. Additionally, Sigma had on hand their new clamp-on ring for the incredibly wide 14mm Cine Prime Lens so Full-Frame shooters could use a matte box without vignetting.

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No matter the size. No matter the weight. Give us great Bokeh. This was the approach to building the
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NAB 2018: MEVO 4K Camera – Livestream Like A Pro

At NAB 2018: Vimeo came to the convention to show off a new little camera called the MEVO which is capable of some very astonishing features when paired with their app. This is all about live video streaming in Full HD 1080p to supported platforms or record in stunning 4K to a Micro SD card. Think of a three-camera production out of one single small 4K camera called the MEVO. One can use their smartphone or tablet to choose shots to cut to during their live stream or they can let the app figure out the edits on its own. This is one
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NAB 2018: The Sony VENICE Full-Frame Camera

At NAB 2018 I got an opportunity to talk to Sony about the Sony VENICE. The day before I, like many NAB attendees took a deep look at the camera to see what the image is like and what to expect out of Sony’s new Flagship camera.

The Full-Frame Sensor and Wide-Range of Lens Options

VENICEVENICE comes with a newly developed 36x24mm Full Frame sensor to meet the ever-growing sensor size camera market. What’s great about this sensor though is its flexibility. The 36x24mm Full Frame is just one way, or size the sensor can shoot. The new Full Frame

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