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"

Speed Up Post-Production with the New Blackmagic GPU Expander

Blackmagic Design has released a Thunderbolt 3 Expansion box that should save you time. Blackmagic has just announced the creation of an external GPU box, working in collaboration with Apple. Designed as a complement to the MacBook Pro, the new eGPU has an AMD Radeon Pro 580 built into the box, bringing 8GB of GDDR5 graphics memory, which should help with larger renders on 4K and 8K projects. Combined with four USB3 ports, two T3 ports, and an HDMI port, this should be hugely popular as an on-set tool for faster Continue reading "Speed Up Post-Production with the New Blackmagic GPU Expander"

Automate Your Quality Control with the QScan from EditShare

Automation continues with software-based quality control for video delivery, speeding up the process for filmmakers. Quality Control (abbreviated (QC) is one of those areas of the film industry that isn't glamorous but is nonetheless important to appreciate. QC is required before delivering to any broadcast or streaming network to ensure that your program meets all of the technical requirements to be broadcast or streamed. If your post process has gone smoothly and you've met your deadlines, you have plenty of time to deliver the material to an outside QC house for evaluation and time to Continue reading "Automate Your Quality Control with the QScan from EditShare"

Frame.io Ups Its Security Game to Make Sure Your Footage is Protected

Frame.io is determined to make you feel safer (and more secure) with your media. Digital security isn't a matter of simply setting things up and walking away. As hackers develop advanced tools to break into systems, security requires constant vigilance and improvements to a system that ensures that the wrong people do not gain access to the data. This is especially relevant to filmmakers, as there is a tremendous amount of interest in the work created at the top end, such as getting new episodes of Game of Thrones or Continue reading "Frame.io Ups Its Security Game to Make Sure Your Footage is Protected"

Field Test: DJI Ronin S is Meant to be a ‘Category Destroyer’

DJI finally joins the single-handed prosumer club with a heavyweight over-achiever. Gimbal innovation is downright exhausting. The company's new design innovation—such as the angled design that allows for clearly viewing the screen on your camera—swept the market within 12-18 months. This summer, pretty much all of the features a user can want have been piled together into a surprisingly affordable unit from DJI, the company's first "one-handed" stabilizer. The unit is called the Ronin S. The Ronin S has the angled roll motor, allowing you to easily see your camera screen Continue reading "Field Test: DJI Ronin S is Meant to be a ‘Category Destroyer’"

Watch: 7 Ways to Light Faces Differently with the Same Exact Tools

One set of flexible tools can go a long way. We love gear. And there are legitimate times when your brand or style of gear does matter. A feature shot on a RED Monstro will look substantially different than a feature shot on a DVX100, all other things being equal. But sometimes it's great to be reminded that even with an identical set of tools, wildly different results can be accomplished. Especially if those particular tools are pretty flexible themselves. For example, LED lights offer a lot of control and options that some traditional lights Continue reading "Watch: 7 Ways to Light Faces Differently with the Same Exact Tools"

Media Composer Users: Kyno is Coming For You

Popular footage review application Kyno upgrades to 1.5 with more features for Avid and Enterprise users. Organizing your footage is a task unto itself. While on much larger productions, it's often a dedicated job, on smaller productions it can be left to the editor (or even the director or producer) to sort through and identify how they want to start the post-process. Kyno is designed as a time-saving tool dedicated to organizing your footage and making the process faster. With the new update to 1.5, there are a few Continue reading "Media Composer Users: Kyno is Coming For You"

Nerd Out on All Things ‘Lens Testing’ with This Quality Study

LensRentals is aiming to find a way to quickly measure the quality of a lens. Have you ever wanted to dig all the way to the bottom of something? In the end, you never get there, of course, but sometimes you want to push your knowledge further than it previously had gone? Well, LensRentals decided it wanted to really, really, really evaluate what made a lens "good" or not. The company had commercial reasons to do this (if you rent a lens from them, you want it to be sharp and Continue reading "Nerd Out on All Things ‘Lens Testing’ with This Quality Study"

Field Test: DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is Becoming an Essential Tool for Scouts

DJI's smallest stabilizer gets a revision that makes it close to essential for any scout bag. The original DJI Osmo could almost be said to have invented the category of the truly handheld stabilizer. By taking the three-axis stabilizer and camera from a drone and giving it a handle, DJI created a tool that could do amazing moves while staying smooth in a compact body. Image quality in day exterior situations was even pretty usable, but it was too weak in low light to be a viable all-around tool. Thus, the Continue reading "Field Test: DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is Becoming an Essential Tool for Scouts"

10 Gig Copper Networking is Finally Cost-Effective

Many indie post houses run on copper networks, and affordable 10Gb copper adapters are finally here from Sonnet. Sharing media between computers requires some sort of network. While many post-pro folks occasionally freelance at facilities with fiber optic networks, we imagine that most of you still work day-to-day on copper internet networks. If you are a film student, independent filmmaker, or working at a small production company, 1Gb/s copper ethernet has been the primary method for sharing media for more than a decade. It's stable, robust, easy to set up (built into most Macs), and Continue reading "10 Gig Copper Networking is Finally Cost-Effective"

Watch: The Trailer for the First Short Shot on ProRes RAW

The trailer for an EVA1/ProRes RAW production provides the first look at narrative storytelling in the new format. Whenever a new format is released, it's always a race to see what company can show off its capabilities first. Not only is this a great way for filmmakers to learn about the new format, but it's also a great way to get attention toward your project. The first shorts and music videos that shot with the RED camera or Prisma (or most famously the 5D Mark II) were highly popular due Continue reading "Watch: The Trailer for the First Short Shot on ProRes RAW"

Keep Up-to-Date with Sensor Sizes and Resolutions Thanks to this Handy Chart

The 2018 chart from Thomas Fletcher and Gary Adcock is now better than ever. There are way too many cameras out there. Long gone are the days where it was either ARRI or Panavision (or maybe Aaton if you wanted to get weird). Between Arri, RED, Panasonic, Sony, AND Panavision all shooting their own sensor size, resolution, and file format, it's too much for the average filmmaker to keep easily in the back of their mind. Perhaps that can change. As they have done for the last few years, Tomas Fletcher Continue reading "Keep Up-to-Date with Sensor Sizes and Resolutions Thanks to this Handy Chart"

Filmstro Goes Free(mium)

Popular customizable stock music platform Filmstro expands to a freemium model, giving away hours of music in the process. Stock music can be frustrating: close to what you are looking for, but not precisely right. In our dream scenario we would always have the budget to pay for a full fledged composer, but sometimes that just isn't possible. Filmstro is one popular solution to this dilemma that we've looked at a few times over the years. Read More