ThinkTankPhoto’s New Bags Allow You to Transport Fully Assembled Camera Rigs

No more breaking down your camera every time you move. These deeper, wider bags from ThinkTank are designed with filmmakers in mind. The Rig Roller 24 is ABS walled, offering a soft sided interior with hard case protection. The Video Transport 18 is sized for airport travel and is their video equivalent to their popular Airport International. A cool feature is a padded section that they call the "camera nest" to rest your camera body during transport. No Film School's complete coverage of NAB 2017 is Continue reading "ThinkTankPhoto’s New Bags Allow You to Transport Fully Assembled Camera Rigs"

Westcott Adds Color & Pro Dimmer for Flex Lights, Plus the New Affordable Solix

Westcott makes their Flex lights even better. A light that made a big splash at NAB a couple years ago keeps getting better and better. With the addition of color changing LED versions, their new Pro Dimmer is a big step up from the original Flex light dimmer. Their newest fixture, the Solix, is a daylight balanced, dimmable and lightweight LED light with built-in speed ring and magnetic accessories. The Solix is 95 CRI, will be under $400 and will (hopefully) shipping in July. No Film Continue reading "Westcott Adds Color & Pro Dimmer for Flex Lights, Plus the New Affordable Solix"

Blockbuster Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut Give us His Exclusive Take on NAB

Was this a banner year for "art" at NAB? We ran into renowned cinematographer Shane Hurlbut (Terminator Salvation, Drumline) in the halls of NAB, and asked him how he felt about this year's edition of the broadcaster's convention. While he agreed that there were no major announcements this year, he saw it as a banner year for art over science. The vendor's apparent focus on full frame lenses and lighting tools will open up whole new worlds for DP's everywhere and gave Hurlbut reason Continue reading "Blockbuster Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut Give us His Exclusive Take on NAB"

EZ FX’s Skinny Jib is a New Portable Jib for Lightweight Cameras

Check out this flexible and affordable jib from EZ FX, which comes in 4 different sizes and options for remote heads. Designed for DSLRs, GoPros, small camcorders and used in conjunction with a standard combo stand (or tripod), the Skinny Jib is natively usable at two different lengths: 2' and 4'. With an extension kit, the jib can be used at 8' and 12' lengths. The Skinny Jib costs $749, but for those who need a little more length, the extension kit is available for $599. If Continue reading "EZ FX’s Skinny Jib is a New Portable Jib for Lightweight Cameras"

The Sound Devices MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 Make Best-in-Slot Sound Recording Available to Everyone

Widely considered the best for sound professionals, Sound Devices' new 3-in-1 units are going to shatter the sub-$1,000 market. Quality preamps, silent noise floor and top notch build quality are things that set Sound Devices apart from their competitors, but they've always been a bit pricey for the entry level market. With the MixPre-3 and MixPre-6, this is all about to change. We didn't realize the full effect of this until we saw the units up close and person at the show floor at NAB 2017. Useful as a field recorder, Continue reading "The Sound Devices MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 Make Best-in-Slot Sound Recording Available to Everyone"

Grip Gear’s Smartphone Dolly Costs $99 and Fits in a Shoebox

Perfect for the photographer on the go. Grip Gear has put together quite the package for anyone looking to get more serious about timelapse and smooth smartphone shots. The Movie Maker is both an 8-speed electronic slider and a motorized 360° panoramic time lapse head. It can be used with smartphones and action cams up to 550g in weight. You can use the tracks both vertically and horizontally, and you can charge it for up to three days of usage using a USB. Continue reading "Grip Gear’s Smartphone Dolly Costs $99 and Fits in a Shoebox"

New Screw-Together Rail Lengths, Hi-Hat and Brake System for the Dana Dolly

Dana Dolly's popular rail-based dolly system gets an update. With a new schedule 80 screw-together pipe that comes in a 10ft kit for $550, you can get even longer runs of smooth "track" from the Dana Dolly. Their new hi-hat that came out last year is a slider/hi-hat combined, the kit coming in at $1,950. Also new this year is a $99 brake system for the Dana Dolly, allowing the plate to stay in place when you don't want it moving. No Continue reading "New Screw-Together Rail Lengths, Hi-Hat and Brake System for the Dana Dolly"

How to Create Heart-Pumping Audio Swell Transitions in Premiere Pro

Putting one of these audio transitions in your timeline will definitely ramp up the suspense. So—you've got a scene—a suspenseful scene. The tension is high, so high you can cut the tension with a spork. What do you do? Well, one thing you could do is throw an audio swell transition down into your timeline and turn that suspense all the way up to eleven before cutting to the next scene, releasing all of that built-up tension in one, euphoric edit. If you want to know how to create one of Continue reading "How to Create Heart-Pumping Audio Swell Transitions in Premiere Pro"

Watch: Explore the Wonderful World of Stunts with a Pro Stunt Coordinator

If you don't know much about stunts, here's your chance to get nice and educated. Shooting a film that contains stunts can be complicated, potentially dangerous, and nerve-racking. If your dream project includes a ton of stunts but you're feeling like you'd rather avoid all of the trouble that comes with them, then you might want to take a look at this video from Film Riot. In it, host Ryan Connolly sits down with professional stunt coordinator and performer Josh Tessier (Argo, 300: Rise of an Empire, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Continue reading "Watch: Explore the Wonderful World of Stunts with a Pro Stunt Coordinator"

Cooke’s New S7/i Line of Primes Designed for Full Frame & Beyond

Premium lenses at a premium price, but my are they beautiful. The new Cooke S7/i T2.0 lenses were designed for a larger than 24x36mm sensor with a larger image circle to help Cooke be future proof as sensors get larger and larger. The s7i's cost over $20,000 a piece. Also now available are the vintage Cooke Panchros, now with Cooke-i metadata protocol. No Film School's complete coverage of NAB 2017 is brought to you by My RØDE Reel, Vimeo 360, and Blackmagic Design. Read More

SmallHD’s Partnership with Teradek Yields these Exciting New Prototype Monitors

Get a sneak peak at these new all-in-one wireless transmitters / HD monitors. Teradek and SmallHD merged under Vitec group back in 2015, but these are some of the first products we've seen the two companies put their heads together on. We're a bit scant on details but the first prototype looks like a beautiful solution to a problem that a lot of filmmakers face as they increase their product sizes: how to get a wireless client monitor or director's monitor that works seamlessly. Based off of Continue reading "SmallHD’s Partnership with Teradek Yields these Exciting New Prototype Monitors"

Shape Unveils a Bunch of Accessories for Canon, RED, and More

Shape has a slew of new camera accessories at this year's NAB. Shape makes a wide variety of camera support and kit accessories for various camera setups and systems. This year they're introducing a universal dovetail baseplate with VCT compatibility, a top plate and top handle for the C700, a push button handle for the Canon 18-80mm servo zoom, a stop/start handle for RED with a splitter for timecode use, and finally, a lens support accessory. No Film School's complete coverage of NAB 2017 is brought Continue reading "Shape Unveils a Bunch of Accessories for Canon, RED, and More"

The LitePanels Astra 6X is Six Times Brighter than Their Original 1×1 LED Panel

LitePanels just got even brighter and more efficient. The original 1x1 LED panel from LitePanels was one of the first to really make a big splash for film and television, and they've been improving on it (alongside the rest of the industry) ever since. This year at NAB they're showing off their new LEDs from their Astra and Sola family of lights, offering up more brightness for less power draw. Very roughly estimated, the light equivalent is now closer to a 1K tungsten equivalent. The best part Continue reading "The LitePanels Astra 6X is Six Times Brighter than Their Original 1×1 LED Panel"

Fotodiox Creates Compact Fresnel for Filmmakers

The Fotodiox Pro PopSpot J-500 is a focusable daylight LED available in a 3-light kit. Ideal for location lighting, the J-500 from Fotodiox is a 5600K focusable spotlight with photometrics similar to the high power Dense Matrix LED. The fully dimmable fresnel touts a 95 CRI color accuracy and can be powered by NP-F750 batteries or 100-240V AC power. An LCD on the rear light shows fixed color temperature, light intensity, and battery life. The fixture is available in a basic kit 3-light kit with tungsten filters, Continue reading "Fotodiox Creates Compact Fresnel for Filmmakers"

IDX Adds Two Smaller, More Powerful Batteries to Duo-C Line

IDX has upped the capacity and shrunk the size of its popular batteries. Two batteries have been added to IDX's line of Duo-C LED lights. The Duo-C98 (98Wh) handles up to 10 amp draws (great for cameras) and Duo-C198 (198 Wh) handles up to 14 amp draws (great for lights). In addition, they've added support for reading battery percentage on RED cameras. The Duo-C98 and Duo-C198 now also feature a small LED light on the bottom to help if you're ever fumbling in the dark trying to Continue reading "IDX Adds Two Smaller, More Powerful Batteries to Duo-C Line"

Pomfort Makes Dailies Workflow Easy with Silverstack Lab

Silverstack Lab is an all-in-one data management and dailies tool ideal for filmmakers. Pomfort, popular for its look creation tool LiveGrade Pro, has new software called Silverstack Lab that enables simultaneous data management handling and dailies creation in one simple solution. You can back up loaded footage while creating dailies at the same time. The powerful tool also allows you to transcode clips simultaneously in an array of resolutions and to output formats via AVID DNxHD, ProRes or H.264. A free trial is available on its Continue reading "Pomfort Makes Dailies Workflow Easy with Silverstack Lab"

Take a Look at Leica’s 5 New Full Frame M-Lenses

Leica's new full frame M-lenses made an appearance at NAB. Originating from the full frame Leica M Rangefinder cameras, this line of lenses was designed from the point of assembly. In partnership with camera manufacturers, including RED and ARRI, CW Sonderopic also announced M-mounts for Alexa and RED. First announced at IBC 2016, you can take a look at the lenses in the video above. Tech Specs

EditShare Now Offers Storage Workflows for Smaller Production Teams

Protect your media from ingest to delivery with EditShare's XStream EFS workflow, even with assets as small as 20TB. EditShare typically works with large companies that have complex storage environments, but with its XStream EFS, the company is now offering storage, asset management, LTO based archive and backup solutions for smaller teams. From file ingest to delivery, EditShare's system could hypothetically work for an end-to-end system for an independent film or production company. Outside of their own Lightworks NLE, EditShare supports Avid, Premiere and any other NLE you can find. Learn Continue reading "EditShare Now Offers Storage Workflows for Smaller Production Teams"