Enter to win one of these 2 Kupo Click Stand Sets (3 Stands each) – ends Sept 30

Enter to win one of these 2 Kupo Click Stand Sets (3 Stands each) – ends Sept 30.
There's a new planet5D giveaway that launched a couple of days ago! We're giving away 2 sets of 3 8′ Kupo Click Stands (so that's a set of 3). Features:

Enter to win one of these 2 Kupo Click Stand Sets (3 Stands each) – ends Sept 30

Enter to win one of these 2 Kupo Click Stand Sets (3 Stands each) – ends Sept 30.
There's a new planet5D giveaway that launched a couple of days ago! We're giving away 2 sets of 3 8′ Kupo Click Stands (so that's a set of 3). Features:

Will the Sony A7III Be A Lower Cost Version of the Sony A9?

SonyAlphaRumors has shared what they think are the specs for the next version of the Sony A7 which basically makes it appear to be a lower cost clone of the Sony A9 (with a few features missing or lower spec of course). This just shows how aggressive Sony is being (ok, we knew that already but man, if this is true, it would be a very attractive offering for many shooters! Yesterday I posted a rumor about Canon possibly creating a new DSLR line for more video functionality – but Sony's A7iii isn't really going to be a competitor to that
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CanonRumors Suspects Canon Might Be Releasing New DSLR Series in 2018?

Note this rumor from CanonRumors is indeed just that, but it could make a lot of sense… after all Canon's been pretty serious about keeping the Cinema EOS line very much apart from the DSLR line. And of course we all know we've all yelled at them about wanting better video in the DSLR line… so again, this might make sense. But I also suspect it might not be low end (CR suspects it might be APS-C which would be middle ground) if indeed Canon goes this direction. Big note that CR rated this rumor CR1 – which means it is very much
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No Headphone Jack? No Problem Says Caleb – 5 Ways to Monitor Audio Without a Headphone Jack

Monitor Audio Without a Headphone JackSo, how do you monitor audio without a Headphone Jack? We often fault camera manufacturers for creating cameras without headphone jacks, but you still have some options! This is a brilliant little tutorial from Caleb Pike over at DSLR Video Shooter explaining several different ways (many I've never thought of) to attach headphones to cameras that don't have a headphone jack but yet you still want/need to monitor your audio. What kinds of tools do you use? Are there methods Caleb didn't put in his video? Sound off in the comments. RELATED: If your audio isn't clean, RocketJump can help
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Dolby Cinema Sound – Must Make a Road Trip To A Dolby Cinema Sound Theater!

Dolby Cinema Sound by RocketJump film schoolDolby Cinema Sound feels like a must have to me after watching the video below which is a cool look into what goes into Dolby Cinema Sound by RocketJump Film School! I've been in several sound demos at NAB tho I don't think I've seen anything from Dolby like this. We all know or have heard the phrase that sound is 50% of the movie experience (which must be painful to read for folks who have hearing issues) and I firmly believe it is true – and I'm no sound expert. But I do know when I hear good sound. So after
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Would You Risk Taking Your Camera Underwater (Much Less a RED)? Devin Graham Shows Us How

Taking your camera underwater seems like a very big risk to me – and maybe I'm just a very conservative guy (but then again, I've taken my DSLR on water rides at Six Flags and ruined a lens so maybe I should learn!), but our friend Devin Graham shows us the extreme risk by taking his expensive RED underwater. Especially if you watch the video and hear how Devin ruined TWO DSLRs within 2 days with bad underwater housings. But as with many things in life, he's learned by experience and found gear that he trusts – and that's the
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Would You Risk Taking Your Camera Underwater (Much Less a RED)? Devin Graham Shows Us How

Taking your camera underwater seems like a very big risk to me – and maybe I'm just a very conservative guy (but then again, I've taken my DSLR on water rides at Six Flags and ruined a lens so maybe I should learn!), but our friend Devin Graham shows us the extreme risk by taking his expensive RED underwater. Especially if you watch the video and hear how Devin ruined TWO DSLRs within 2 days with bad underwater housings. But as with many things in life, he's learned by experience and found gear that he trusts – and that's the
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Can an External Monitor Be Inexpensive, Bright, and Highly Functional? The New Cinemartin Eclipse 1000 nit monitor Says Yes

Cinemartin Eclipse 1000 nit monitorOur friends at Cinemartin have just announced the Cinemartin Eclipse 1000 nit monitor which delivers 4k, high brightness (1000 nits) with Dual HDMI, Dual SDI, dual battery slots, and DTAP for gimbals. And, the price is right! 695 € / 795 $, with a limited introductory price of just only 495 € / 590 $ during the initial promo phase (see more on their site). We'll be getting our hands on one in a few days and we'll let you know what we think. You can also find some other reviews at the bottom of this post! 4K
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How to Make A Film All By Yourself – Solo Filmmaking by Darious Britt

Solo FilmmakingHow to make a film all by yourself? Is it possible? Sure you can! And D4Darious (Darious Britt) shows you how to do Solo Filmmaking in this engaging video. Filmmaking is an adventure. I imagine many of us have attempted to make a movie on our own and discovered it is tough. D4Darious has created many helpful videos (and we've shared some before) – but I especially liked this one because it speaks to many here in our audience. Not to mention, there are plenty of tips in here that could apply to small film crews. Like “don't be afraid to
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Fascinating Explanation Why Shepard Tones Give Such Haunting Feelings To Music Scores

shepard tones voxJoel Lovell sent us this fascinating explanation why Shepard tones create such haunting feelings to music scores. Frankly, I had never heard of a Shepard tone but I sure had been affected by them. I've been a huge fan of the movie “Interstellar” since it came out (sorry Barry) and one of the big factors is Hans Zimmer's music score. I don't know why it gripped me but the use of shepard tone could be one big factor (now that I know what they are LOL!). And my first real exposure was during those amazing stairs in Super Mario
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Hands On With The New Nikon D850! Will I Switch?

The Nikon D850 was announced last week while I was in Phoenix for a business trip and I apologize for not providing coverage. But, that also gives me time to catch up and tho there are a ton of blog posts with the exciting specs, I decided to go after some of the folks who had hands on and can provide some concrete usage info. I'd love to be able to get my hands on the Nikon D850 for a while as it seems to be a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV killer in many ways – except for the Dual Pixel
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Solar Eclipse Photo of the Decade – How’d They Make It?

Solar Eclipse Photo of the DecadeIs this the solar eclipse photo of the decade? It certainly has gotten a lot of attention and love. There are also similar attempts for astounding solar eclipse photos – make sure to see the videos below! Sadly, I was in Phoenix last week for the eclipse – even tho my house was right under the path of totality and I'd been eagerly anticipating the eclipse for over a decade. The good news is that it was worth it, but that's a whole other story (which involves future cash and the ability to travel to any eclipse location I want).
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Everyone Says the Canon EOS 6D Mark II Dynamic Range is Crap… But Is It?

Canon EOS 6D Mark II dynamic rangeDoes the Canon EOS 6D Mark II dynamic range suck? There's a lot of chatter about the dynamic range on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II but I thought I'd go do a bit of research and see what some of the folks I respect who do camera reviews have had to say about the Canon EOS 6D Mark II dynamic range. And surprisingly (or maybe not), in real world usage, there's not a lot to complain about. What you're free to complain about is that we're even talking about it and that the Canon EOS 6D Mark II doesn't have
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15% Off! Expand your axis with DitoGear’s OmniHead Extension

DitoGear is offering 15% off on their OmniHead Multi-axis extension kit that includes OmniHead and either a DragonBridge or Evolution controller. This offer is good thru the end of August on their site.


About the DitoGear offer:

Do you need more axis for your DitoGear equipment? Now you can buy OmniHead in a kit with a chosen controller – Evolution or DragonBridge 15% off. The discount is valid only for orders placed and paid until August 31.
 
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My RØDE Reel 2017 Wraps! Submissions Up 24%

The My RØDE Reel competition has completed and the winners have been selected for the 2017 edition – and there were 24% more submissions than in 2016. And as a guy who's been a judge before, that sounds like a lot of opportunity but also a of work LOL You can spend a good bit of time combing thru the My RØDE Reel 2017 winners as they had a wide variety of categories and many of them are indeed marvelous. I'll warn you tho… “Fireflies” (best drama) might rip your heart out if you're a parent! (I think I would have
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A Definitive Guide to Not Messing Up Your Solar Eclipse Time-Lapse – From Syrp

We've had a long relationship with the good folks at Syrp and they just sent me this article on shooting the total solar eclipse that is happening in the USA this coming monday. Hopefully you're ready! But just in case you still need some assistance, they put together this guide to making sure you know how to make the best of the eclipse. Of course, there are plenty of folks who would advocate that you simply not take photos and just enjoy the incredibly rare and exciting event. Are you going to be able to see it? Do you have
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Giveaway Winners: Who Won the Benro Aero Tripods?

We had an awesome giveaway from Benro and I thank them for their prizes – and hopefully you thank them too. I apologize for forgetting to post this right away. I recorded the winning video but then forgot to post. I certainly appreciate the support from Benro and the Mac Group! You can see all the winners from the giveaways and quotes from them about winning. So here's the giveaway winner page

Benro Aero Tripods:

I found this tutorial featuring the Benro Aero 7 (one of which we gave away) from our friends over at Cinecom.net…  
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Avid Just Released a FREE Version! But It Won’t Do Everything…

In an interesting move, Avid has just released a free version of called Media Composer First. It is indeed a limited subset of the very popular Avid video editor, but heck for those of you who are on a limited budget and can't afford the monthly fees of Adobe or the price of FCPX, then this is very good news for you!
If you're serious about video editing and are weighing up your software options, two choices usually pop up: Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Final Cut Pro X (FCPX). But Avid, Hollywood's go-to editing company, just
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What is The Ultimate 4K Mirrorless For Narrative Filmmakers? Here’s Noam Kroll’s Choice

Many are searching for the Ultimate 4k Mirrorless camera and at least in 2017, there really are several choices, but the newest models are the Panasonic GH5 and the Fuji X-T2. Noam Kroll has been on planet5D before (and also this one where he tested the Veydra lenses) and he's put together a great post I thought you should see if you're in the market for a 4k mirrorless for filmmaking. Now I know there are plenty of folks who continue to tell me that nobody is buying DSLRs or Mirrorless for making movies, but at the same time, everywhere
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