RED Simplifies Their Product Line

REDRED simplifies their product line and simultaneously pisses off part of their customers while also making things better for the others. I ran into this story reading flame wars that quickly erupted this evening after word spread that RED has slashed their product lines as well as their prices. Some typical comments on threads:
“This is what happens when you buy cameras from a guy who used to sell sunglasses. lol” “They are a phone company now. Like Apple.
Move on….” “I think it's the feeling you get when you drive your Porsche 918 Spyder off the lot and
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After Effects Tips: Standing on a Moving Car

After EffectsIf you haven’t been following Jordy and his Cinecom.net team, then you’re missing out! We have shared several of Jordy’s posts in the past, and it is amazing how far he’s come! I’m sure Jordy would tell you that all of his fame and fortune are because we gave him his start (LOL). planet5D posts featuring Jordin:

Happening Now! Aurora HDR 2018 72 Hours Flash Sale

Aurora HDRFrom TODAY Friday, May 18th until Sunday, May 20th, Aurora HDR will be offering Aurora HDR 2018 for the lowest price ever! $69 The sale price shows $79 – but if you enter “planetmitch” in the coupon area, you'll get another $10 off!  What You'll Get:
  • Aurora HDR 2018 – The most advanced photo editor for Mac&Windows.
  • 10 sets of proffesional brackets.
Get $10 when you use our Coupon Code for the Aurora HDR 2018 Flash Sale!

TSA Battery Restrictions – Flying with Lithium Ion

The last time I hopped on  a plane, I wondered about my batteries. Sadly, I'm not even sure why I thought about it… I mean with all the worries we already have in the US with how much liquids you have, taking off your shoes and belt and practically everything else (let's not have strip downs ok?), why do we also have to think about our batteries? Well, here's a good report on what you need to think about!

TSA Battery Restrictions – Flying with Lithium Ion

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FREE VideoMicro as RØDE Microphones Celebrates Release of Short Film BUGGED

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My RØDE Reel May Offer: Get a FREE* VideoMicro

Via RØDE Microphones:
Friday 11th May, 2018 My RØDE Reel's special May Offer is here. To celebrate My RØDE Reel's 5th year and the launch of BUGGED, RØDE is offering a FREE* VideoMicro (RØDE | Adorama) to entrants in the VR, Vlog, Cameraphone or Pitch categories in the month of May. *Conditions apply (see www.rode.com/myrodereel/terms#videomicromaygiveaway). Limit one per person.
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Sigma Announces Pricing & Availability for Its 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO Art Lens

Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG ART Macro LensAs I cruise around talking to people about cameras and gear, the Sigma Art series comes up a lot. So this announcement from Sigma will spark more conversation I'm sure. Granted it is a macro so maybe y'all filmmakers aren't so excited, but there are a couple of samples on Sigma's site. Also, have a look at Lok's video below where you can see him showing off the lens when it was first shown 2 months ago.

Sigma Announces Pricing & Availability for Its 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO Art Lens

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Ronkonkoma, NY – May 11, 2018 – Sigma
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Cinemartin Fran – 8K camera with global shutter

We've seen a lot of interesting news and products from CineMartin over the years (they've been in business now for 8 years so they're not just some crazy brand new company – tho I'm told they've recently re-organized the company). They've produced monitors and recorders and have been a leader in H.265 tech, and now, they're going to produce an 8k video camera with Global Shutter! This could be a very interesting tool! Pricing hasn't been determined but they intend to release this fall. We'll keep you up to date!

CINEMARTIN FRAN​ 8K Camera

50 MP (4:3), Global Shutter,
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Rumor alert: New Style of Camera Coming from Canon?

An intriguing rumor!

Oh this could stir up some controversy. I remember how many people just blasted Canon when the XC10 came out… yet it sold well (for its niche) and they came out with a follow on. Of course, we'd be curious to see where this goes!

New Type of Camera Coming from Canon Ahead of Photokina [CR1]

Via Canon Rumors:
We continue to hear murmurs about a new style of camera coming from Canon ahead of Photokina. We have touched on this in the past and continue to see mentions of it in our inbox. The problem is
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Japan for the first time ever has shipped more Mirrorless than DSLRs! That’s HUGE… right?

So… everyone keeps telling me that mirrorless is the way forward… so what does the market really say? This market analysis from Canon News is fascinating! “Japan for the first time ever has shipped more Mirrorless than DSLR’s” says Canon News. Which sounds like mirrorless is taking over right? BUT… There's a big but… When you look in detail in the charts, you realize that it is NOT that ILCs are taking over, but simply that DSLRs are being bought less. There's NO movement in the number of mirrorless cameras being shipped. It isn't that there are floods of people
CIPA March 2018
CIPA March 2018
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Did you win? X-Rite i1Filmmaker Kit, ColorChecker Video and Tenba Cinelux Shoulder Bag Giveaway

planet5d giveawayGosh how I love giving things away! I've had the pleasure of entering (and actually winning a couple) of giveaways recently and it is very fun being on the other side where y'all are! After administering so many giveaways, I finally feel the excitement of trying to win and in some cases actually winning. So thanks to the good folks at X-Rite and Tenba for this fun giveaway. Below, you'll see the video I recorded of the winner selection and the official names and quotes below that. I hope you enjoy!

planet5D Giveaway Winner Selection

Winners and their quotes:

X-Rite i1 Filmmaker Kit Winner
X-Rite i1 Filmmaker Kit
ColorChecker Video
Tenba Cineluxe
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A Fascinating Look into Lens Manufacturing in the SIGMA Factory Tour

SigmaI ran into Johnnie Behiri at NAB and expressed to him how wonderful I thought this exclusive look into the manufacturing of Sigma lenses is and how everyone should see it. Now, there's nothing earth shattering here, but for many of us who have been involved in manufacturing (I worked at Boeing helping build the F-15 and F-18 fighters for over 30 years), it is always fun to get a behind-the-scenes look at other operations. Especially when it regards equipment you use on a regular basis. And since this was an exclusive, I would like to honor cinema5D's efforts and instead of imbedding
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Flickr Buyout! SmugMug Acquires Flickr – What Will Happen to Your Photos?

SmugMug Acquires FlickrFlickr buyout goes to Smugmug – which is kind of a surprise to me because I didn't think Smugmug was flush with cash… but what do I know? LOL! I've always been a huge Smugmug fan so this makes me feel good… but will it be good for them in the long term? I think Yahoo! bought Flickr last for something like $20mill — I can't imagine it has gone up in value so who knows what the purchase price was here. But I'll be very curious to see where this goes. I like flickr too so it could be a very good Continue reading "Flickr Buyout! SmugMug Acquires Flickr – What Will Happen to Your Photos?"

Flickr Buyout! SmugMug Acquires Flickr – What Will Happen to Your Photos?

SmugMug Acquires FlickrFlickr buyout goes to Smugmug – which is kind of a surprise to me because I didn't think Smugmug was flush with cash… but what do I know? LOL! I've always been a huge Smugmug fan so this makes me feel good… but will it be good for them in the long term? I think Yahoo! bought Flickr last for something like $20mill — I can't imagine it has gone up in value so who knows what the purchase price was here. But I'll be very curious to see where this goes. I like flickr too so it could be a very good Continue reading "Flickr Buyout! SmugMug Acquires Flickr – What Will Happen to Your Photos?"

Photojournalists Ditch DSLRS, Breaking the Rules of Traditional Photojournalism

I'm always interested in what is going on with photojournalism because sometimes, they craft what is coming in the world of cameras. Just think back to the whole reason why Canon put video in the Canon EOS 5D Mark II – photojournalists wanted to be able to shoot not only photos of an event but also video. That of course is something the bosses liked too because they could reduce staff right? Lower cost to achieve the same result (or close to it depending on how much training the photographer had in shooting video because you and I know it isn't the Continue reading "Photojournalists Ditch DSLRS, Breaking the Rules of Traditional Photojournalism"

Canon Shows Off the Power of Their New 120MXS 120MP CMOS Sensor

CMOS Sensor

120 Megapixel CMOS Sensor

The 120MXS is an ultra-high resolution CMOS sensor with 13280 x 9184 effective pixels(approx. 60x the resolution of Full HD). It has a size equivalent to APS-H (29.22mm x 20.20mm), and a square pixel arrangement of 2.2µm x 2.2µm with 122 million effective pixels. Ultra-high-resolution is made possible by parallel signal processing, which reads signals at high speed from multiple pixels. All pixel progressive reading of 9.4fps is made possible by 28 digital signal output channels. It is available in RGB or with twice the sensitivity, in monochrome

Canon 120MXS 120MP
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RigWheels Introduces Its New Collection of Versatile Camera Dolly, Camera Slider and Camera Mounting Tools

RigWheelsRigWheels has lined up its new collection of versatile camera dolly, camera slider and camera mounting tools to help HDSLR users.

The Cloud Mount – Slingshot

The Cloud Mount Slingshot builds on the incredible versatility of the Cloud Mount system by adding a configuration tailored for underslinging your camera/gimbal combination. The new elastic suspension components provide excellent vibration isolation performance for more demanding applications while maintaining the simplicity and practicality that RigWheels in known for.
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Redrock Micro’s New MōVI Commander is the Mobile Multi-Function Controller We’ve Been Waiting For

Redrock Micro MōVI Commander

Redrock Micro's New MōVI Commander is the Mobile Multi-Function Controller We've Been Waiting For

Wireless controller offers professional focus/iris/zoom and gimbal controls, is attractively priced, and functions outside Freefly gimbals Dallas, TX and Hollywood, CA – Redrock Micro today announced the MōVI Commander – a new multi-function mobile controller for Freefly MōVI Pro/XL that delivers remote focus/iris/zoom and gimbal control, operates when not connected to the MōVI gimbal, and is attractively priced. The MōVI Commander is on display beginning today in the Redrock Micro booth at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas. Redrock Micro MōVI Commander Professional and Precise wireless
Redrock Micro MōVI Commander
Redrock Micro MōVI Commander
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World Class Camera Stabilizers Company, Glidecam Industries, Inc. Announces the Glidecam HD-PRO

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Glidecam Industries, Inc. Announces the Glidecam HD-PRO

Via Glidecam Industries, Inc Press:
With twenty five years in the making, the Glidecam HD-PRO represents the most affordable, full featured, hand-held camera stabilizer Glidecam has ever offered. Machined out of experience, and forged with the operator in mind, the Glidecam HD-PRO once again delivers the state-of-the-art sophistication and design that Glidecam is famous for. The Glidecam HD-PRO's all-new, and meticulously designed, features combine the best components of our popular Glidecam HD-Series with some of the high-end professional features normally found exclusively on the camera sleds of our more elaborate body-mounted systems.
Glidecam HD-Pro
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Atomos Announces Support for ProRes RAW

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Atomos is excited to announce support for ProRes RAW, a new format from Apple that combines the incredible performance of ProRes with the flexibility of RAW video. Witness the stunning images that ProRes RAW and Atomos can unlock in this creative visual piece from director Yoav Lester and cinematographer Matt Wood, which shows a journey from raw beginnings through to beautifully crafted finished works. It was shot entirely in Apple ProRes RAW using the Atomos Shogun Inferno HDR monitor/recorder direct from a combination of popular cinema cameras, all blended seamlessly together – the Panasonic EVA1, Canon C300mkII and Sony
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Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K: The ONE Thing (Aside from All The Other Things)

Blackmagic DesignYou know we love Hugh Brownstone and he's put a very good perspective on the just announced Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k. I'm at NAB but I haven't yet made it over to the BMC booth (darn them for being in the South Hall – long walk!) but this is about the only thing people are talking about that is really ‘new.' But the perspectives are interesting… some think it is really cool and some don't. Of course, some are wary of delivery schedules and things BlackMagic has been burned by (bad pun if you know what Continue reading "Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K: The ONE Thing (Aside from All The Other Things)"