Adobe Premiere Rush Makes Editing Anywhere You Want to Be Easier

Download on set, edit on the train ride home, and seamlessly deliver with the new Premiere Rush. Filmmakers have been dreaming of a "free" workflow for decades. From the first time we could get editing software working on a laptop (and our first question was what kind of hard drive would hold the media), the dream of being able to edit wherever we are—be it on set, on location, in transit, or back at the office—has been a powerful one. Read More

Adobe Premiere Rush Makes Editing Anywhere You Want to Be Easier

Download on set, edit on the train ride home, and seamlessly deliver with the new Premiere Rush. Filmmakers have been dreaming of a "free" workflow for decades. From the first time we could get editing software working on a laptop (and our first question was what kind of hard drive would hold the media), the dream of being able to edit wherever we are—be it on set, on location, in transit, or back at the office—has been a powerful one. Read More

Field Test: Try Out Two New Sigma Cine Primes – the 14mm and 135mm

Sigma keeps expanding its popular Cine Primes with a new 135mm and the ultra wide 14mm. Sigma has made a name for itself in cinema glass faster than anyone would've thought. We walked away impressed with the Sigma Cine Zooms when we got to try them a few years back and they have been extremely popular with users. We kept hearing repeated praise from working cinematographers for the company's series of prime lenses, and we had a roundtable discussion with the DP and operators on Sneaky Pete for the SoC earlier this year that was Continue reading "Field Test: Try Out Two New Sigma Cine Primes – the 14mm and 135mm"

Jellyfish Brings Easy Networking to Your Set and in Post

Shared storage has long been one of the latter complicated parts of filmmaking, and with Jellyfish, LumaForge makes it almost plug-and-play. "Can I plug two computers into that hard drive?" It's a question that comes up surprisingly often with intermediate and even advanced filmmakers. The ability to have two or more computers and team members working on a shared set of media is useful on almost any sized production. Unfortunately, it requires networked shared storage (generally referred to as a server) which costs tens of thousands of dollars. Even worse Continue reading "Jellyfish Brings Easy Networking to Your Set and in Post"

Get Hands On with Fujifilm’s X-H1

Fujifilm comes out with its "video-centric" mirrorless camera, the X-H1, and we use it with still and cine glass. Mirrorless camera manufacturers know that filmmakers love shooting with mirrorless cameras and therefore cameras are made that cater to those needs. Pansonic has the GH5/S and Sony has the A7S2. Read More

Top of the Line DIT Software Pomfort Offers a Slimmed Down Download Manager For Your Footage

Pomfort's Silverstack is the gold standard for on set DIT work, with the new Silverstack Offload Manager providing a more limited toolset for smaller productions and students. For most filmmakers, downloading your footage is a nerve-wracking process. Wanting to double and triple check that you have successfully made multiple copies of the original camera card (and thus it's safe to reformat for more shooting) is an important part of the process. There are many solutions at many price points for making this process easier to manage and to give filmmakers a Continue reading "Top of the Line DIT Software Pomfort Offers a Slimmed Down Download Manager For Your Footage"

Aputure Ships the 120d Mark II with Improved Yoke Mount to Keep Your Work Steady

First seen back in April at NAB, Aputure is now shipping the second edition of its popular light. When we caught up with Aputure back at NAB, there were two things we were most excited for: the company's very sophisticated RGB color picking light and a whole host of revisions and accessories for its mainstay 120d units. While "revisions" aren't often exciting, these particular revisions are actually very useful. With the 120d, the two standout features are an improved yoke and simplified cable maintenance on the power pack. Read More

Monstrochrome, the Monochrome Monstro We’ve Been Waiting For, Has Been Announced

RED continues to be the only major manufacturer that releases monochrome versions of its products. It's been more than a year since RED released its massive Monstro sensor, keeping the company firmly in the competition amongst full frame camera platforms next to Arri Alexa, Sony Venice, and more. However, RED has been the only major manufacturer to release Monochrome versions of its sensors (although you can find aftermarket and converted versions from companies like MaxMax). While aftermarket conversions are wonderful, there is nothing quite like an official factory created (and supported) Continue reading "Monstrochrome, the Monochrome Monstro We’ve Been Waiting For, Has Been Announced"

Blackmagic Makes Raw Competitive with Its Own Format Designed for Your Ease of Use

In a clear response to the release of ProRes Raw earlier this year, Blackmagic has released its own open, free raw format. Raw has long been a very proprietary area of the industry. You had RED kicking off the revolution for filmmakers with .r3d Red Raw, you had ArriRaw, and then it seemed like every manufacturer had their own flavor of raw. The exception was CinemaDNG, which was as close as we came to an open raw format, but of course, those files were massive (and the processing required to deal with them was exhausting). Continue reading "Blackmagic Makes Raw Competitive with Its Own Format Designed for Your Ease of Use"

NVIDIA Announces New 2080 Cards with Links and 8K Playback Support

The graphics giant has rolled out its 2080 line, promising huge power at affordable prices. The last decade has seen a tremendous growth in the amount of video processing moving to the graphics card. As resolutions and file sizes have increased, video post has largely handled the size by increasing the power of the GPU, often taking advantage of the NVIDIA CUDA programming model. Read More

Insta360’s Flagship Camera Gets a Major Revision With a Focus on Live Monitoring

Insta360 is set to continue making waves in the immersive capture space with the new Insta360 Pro 2. It might be too far to say that the Insta360 Pro killed the Nokia Ozo, but the timing of Nokia putting Ozo out to pasture was certainly close to the release of Insta 360's original 360° capture camera. For its incredible $3500 price point, it's been really hard for anyone to compete with the manufacturer, and now the company is back with a major revision with the Insta360 Pro 2. Read More

Use Sony NPs to Power Everything with the New Power Junkie

Light manufacturer Blind Spot Gear has released the new Power Junkie accessory to make everything from DSLR shooting to camping easier. The Sony NP battery is ubiquitous. We don't even own a Sony camera at the moment, yet we have no less than eight Sony NP batteries, used with a multi-plate Watson charger. Why? Becuase they are kind of everywhere in filmmaking. LED lights, Atomos recorders, pretty much anything that needs power uses them. Now, Blind Spot has come out with a handy little adapter that lets you use a Sony NP battery to power Continue reading "Use Sony NPs to Power Everything with the New Power Junkie"

Field Test: Laowa’s 24mm Macro Lens Offers a New Sense of Scale and Perspective

This odd-looking lens offers a unique perspective on the tiny universe. When Laowa Optics first teased its new 24mm macro in 2016, we were fascinated by its snorkel design. While periscope and snorkel style systems exist, they are by no means common, and the idea of an affordable snorkel macro that would allow us to focus practically on the front of the lens element (while keeping the background in play) was intriguing. We were able to play with one for a few days and found it to be a lens that Continue reading "Field Test: Laowa’s 24mm Macro Lens Offers a New Sense of Scale and Perspective"

You Can Now Acquire the New Deity S-Mic 2 from Aputure

Aputure continues its expansion into audio with revisions to the Deity line of microphones. Trying to do multiple things well is tough. Making anything well requires a ton of focus, and that's why a number of companies tend to have one thing it excels at (especially smaller companies in niches like the film industry) rather than several. That's why when popular lighting brand Aputure expanded into microphones, we were surprised, especially since reports had been so positive. Yes, both lights and microphones are used on set, but sound is its own Continue reading "You Can Now Acquire the New Deity S-Mic 2 from Aputure"

Fuji Courts Sports and Nature Market with Expanded X Mount Lens Offerings

Fujifilm has announced an expansion for its X series cameras with lenses filmmakers will appreciate. Fujifilm mirrorless cameras are best known for two main factors, their pleasing color reproduction and their excellent lenses. While they don't have the amazing low light abilities of the Sony A7 line, and they aren't the documentary powerhouses with the 10-bit internal of the GH5, they have found a solid position for themselves in the market for photographers—and increasingly filmmakers—who are focused on accurate skintones and sharp but pleasing lenses. Read More

Stabilize Your Car Work with the Affordable Killshock From Kessler

With Killshock, Kessler adds another layer to stabilizing a moving camera. In an ideal world, roads would be perfectly paved, suspension perfectly tuned, and all the hiccups of a road shot would be easily stabilized by a motorized stabilizer like the MoVi or the Ronin. However, in reality, that's often not the case, and rough roads can make their way up through a vehicle, creating enough vibrations to make long lens shots impossible (even on a stabilizer). That's where vibration dampeners come in. Mounted between the platform—be it a jib, a Continue reading "Stabilize Your Car Work with the Affordable Killshock From Kessler"

Media Composer Gets a Live Timeline and 16K Support

While 16K is the more impressive spec, it's the live timeline that has longtime Media Composer users excited about the latest update. The venerable editing platform Media Composer has been aggressively improving this year, especially with pricing. The new price point of fully fledged Media Composer is $20/month, and Media Composer Ultimate (which comes with the Symphony color correction tools, Phrase Find and Script Sync all in one package is $50/month. Thus, Avid has positioned Media Composer not just to remain competitive with the high-end clients who love it, but also with independent filmmakers and Continue reading "Media Composer Gets a Live Timeline and 16K Support"

The MacBook Pro Gets a Serious Upgrade

Apple has rolled out a top-of-the-line upgrade to its MacBook Pro line. It's no secret we weren't huge fans of the 2016 MacBook Pro. Barely faster at some tasks than our 2013 model, slower at others, with a loud keyboard, only USB-C ports, and no more volume keys, it failed to offer a compelling reason to upgrade. A mild 2017 refresh didn't help, but now with the 2018 refresh, we get a few key things that we have been waiting for from Apple for a while. If nothing else, seeing a real spec bump that Continue reading "The MacBook Pro Gets a Serious Upgrade"