Think Tank Photo: new StreetWalker and TurnStyle backpacks

Think Tank Photo: new StreetWalker and TurnStyle backpacks With the period of Summer arriving, a time when  people travel and need to carry gear with them, Think Tank Photo is upgrading some of their products from the StreetWalker and TurnStyle series. The new bags will be on display at Cine Gear Expo 2017, along with other products from Think Tank Photo. Legendary durability and award winning comfort have made Think Tank Photo’s StreetWalker series one of the most sought-after products in the photographic world. I use one of the bigger versions for carrying a lot of stuff around, for workshops, or when traveling. Although I’ve dubbed it “the
Think Tank Photo: new StreetWalker and TurnStyle backpacks
Think Tank Photo: new StreetWalker and TurnStyle backpacks
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Fujifilm takes MK Cinema lenses to Cine Gear Expo

Fujifilm takes MK Cinema lenses to Cine Gear Expo The MK50-135mm was shown during the NAB show last month and now will be on display at Cine Gear Expo. The new lens is available for $3,999, with delivery beginning in mid-July. Presented as a companion lens to the MK18-55mm T2.9 zoom, introduced in February, the MK50-135mm will be on display to a motion picture and television production community at Cine Gear Expo 2017 in Hollywood, June 2nd and 3rd, and to documentary and reality producers at Realscreen West in Santa Monica on June 6-8. The MK50-135mm is the same size and weight as the MK18-55mm, but with a Continue reading "Fujifilm takes MK Cinema lenses to Cine Gear Expo"

AOTC with editor of the documentary “KEDI”

Mo Stoebe currently works as freelance editor of both documentaries and narrative films in Los Angeles. He got his start in the industry as motion designer and animator for commercials and music videos, but his love for film eventually brought him to editing long-form content. He’s completed five documentaries and a feature and loves learning something new about the art of editing every day. Art of the Cut discusses one of his latest project, the documentary Kedi which has received praise form many fronts. It is currently available on Netflix. HULLFISH: While there are English subtitles, the language spoken in
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Hail Veydra

Background
When Sony launched their consumer e-mount line of mirrorless DSLRs a few years back, it opened up a wide variety of lens options. The short mount flange distance allows enough space so that it can be adapted to a wide variety of other lens mounts. They have continued to expand this system for affordable video cameras, first with the FS100 and FS700 cameras, and now in the Sony FS7 and FS5 camera lines. Shooters invested with Canon EF lenses seem to love this system, as affordable adapters from companies like Metabones and MTF make it very easy to use
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Squeeze Your Quasars With This One Cool Trick

Lighting dimmers. Everyone needs a few in their kit. You can buy ’em pre-made and robust, or you can DIY them if you are handy. There are even mini in-line dimmers for use in practical fixtures (no cord!). But my favorite solution by far is the lowly Harbor Freight Router Speed Control. At just $20 from your local cheap tool supply, this thing is a no-brainer. For starters, it’s got an on/off switch. This is very handy for lights that have no power switch, like the incredible Source Four leko, or those fancy new Quasar Science LED
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Term of the week: Choking

What happens when the matte in your alpha channel is too big? You choke it. Confused? moviola.com‘s glossary term of the week is here to help. About moviola.com moviola.com is a resource dedicated to the art of filmmaking, and only filmmaking. It covers every aspect from pre-production to final delivery. Its Coffee Break Film School focuses on core competencies, while other features like the Glossary of Terms and Compendium provide a visual reference library for understanding specific techniques and industry jargon.
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Conventional Wisdom vs. Delivery Reality

We were fortunate to get in on the desktop editing and motion graphics revolutions at the very beginning. One of the ways we kept our ahead above water in those turbulent earlier years was by making sure we studied technical delivery issues, as both video and film’s requirements were so different than the way computers normally handled and displayed images. You would think that by now, life would be easier: non-square-pixel D1 and DV video have all but gone away; delivery for theatrical release is almost an entirely digital rather than chemical process these days; heck, the computer itself is
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Intrepid 8×10: an affordable large format camera

Intrepid 8x10: an accessible large format camera Digital may be king, but there is a nostalgia about film and a nostalgia about large format cameras. One British company, producer of 4×5 models, is now ready to deliver a 8×10 model. If you’ve a passion for large format photography, if the names of photographers as Ansel Adams, John Paul Edwards, Sonya Noskowiak or Edward Weston make you dream of taking your own large format camera – anything from 4×5 up – to the field, but you don’t want to break the bank, then the Intrepid 8×10 camera is for you.  For £480 (somewhere around $620) you can
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Avid’s slide about the future of Media Composer

One of the most intriguing things I saw come out of NAB 2017 wasn’t on the show floor of NAB but rather an image that popped up on Twitter out of the Avid Connect event held in the days before NAB began. It was the result of an Avid Customer Association survey as to what editors wanted to see in upcoming versions of Media Composer. Since this image was publicly tweeted out by Avid it’s worth dissecting. I can’t
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Filmmaker Friday featuring Filmmaker Kenny McMillan

With hundreds of careers and opportunities, the filmmaking industry can be a unique experience for a filmmaker. Options include pitching an idea, or a commission through screenwriting, casting, shooting, editing, and screening your project. Filmtools decided to take a deeper look into the world of a Filmmaker. This week, we had the opportunity to speak to Filmmaker Kenny McMillan about his work. This is what he said:

What inspires you?

Kenny McMillan:  Excellence. By that I mean I get fired up by seeing other artists (of any form) hit that flow state, pushing their art and effectively utilizing what

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Let’s Edit with Media Composer – Creating The LEGO BATMAN Movie look with BCC Title Studio

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe takes a look at how to create the Lego Batman logo look using BCC’s Title Studio.  Whether you’re using Title Studio’s standalone or plug-in version, you have a ton of flexibility with this effect, and can create powerful animations that you normally can only do in a compositing application! I have to say that I love BCC’s Title Studio.  If you’re not familiar with it, it’s basically a stripped down version of Boris Blue, the real-time compositing application for Media Composer, stripped down to contain all the best titling features both in 2D and Continue reading "Let’s Edit with Media Composer – Creating The LEGO BATMAN Movie look with BCC Title Studio"

Win an Epiphan AV.io 4K Video Grabber from Videoguys.com

Videoguys is giving away one Epiphan AV.io 4K Video Grabber to a lucky winner on June 1st 2017

Enter now and take advantage of our chances for bonus entries…All entries must be received by 5/31/17. Or, buy an Epiphan AV.io 4K today and save $50 off with our instant rebate when you enter coupon code 4KSAVE. 

The easiest way to capture 4K video

The plug and play Epiphan AV.io 4K™ capture card is auto-detected by Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. To capture HDMI video sources, simply connect the included cables from your video source to
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DJI Spark: mini drone with Full HD video

DJI Spark: the drone for the whole family DJI is absolutely covering all segments with their drones, from the industrial grade machines to the Spark, a 300 grams drone able to lift from the palm of your hand. Spark is a family drone meaning it is a small machine, an easy-to-use, fun-to-fly mini camera drone that lifts off from the palm of your hand to capture and share the special moments in your life on the go. So many have promised it before but, apparently, DJI offers it now: Spark is the first drone that users can control by hand gestures alone, successfully removing the barriers between you
DJI Spark: the drone for the whole family
DJI Spark: the drone for the whole family
DJI Spark: the drone for the whole family
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Character Creator now connects to Sketchfab

Character Creator now connects to Sketchfab Reallusion & Sketchfab partner for 3D character creation and publishing. Now there is a new “Upload to Sketchfab” function inside Character Creator. The new “Upload to Sketchfab” function lets Character Creator 2.0 and Character Creator 2.0 Lite users directly publish 3D characters straight to Sketchfab to share their content with the world. Users can export the character along with its motion clips, facial morph expressions, and PBR textures. Characters with different motion clips can animate in real-time in the Sketchfab viewer to see the animated results. Sharing Character Creator 2.0 characters with Sketchfab also provides a complete
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Photokina: appear more often or fade away

Photokina: appear more often or fade away Photokina will be shorter in 2018, will move to May in 2019 and happen each year. Those are the news shared by the organizers, faced with a shrinking number of exhibitors and smaller stands. According to Koelnmesse GmbH, organizers of the Cologne event,  Photokina is repositioning itself for the future, with a new cycle, new series of days, new date, new themes. In addition to innovations from the core areas of the imaging workflow, the entire range of products, applications and services of relevance for imaging shall in future be presented in Cologne. As of 2019, photokina will take place Continue reading "Photokina: appear more often or fade away"

Auphonic iOS Recorder 1.2 is a quantum leap improvement

In July 2016, I wrote a detailed article, where I made a complete list of wonderful features of the Android version of Auphonic Recorder, the then many missing features in the iOS version, and the very few missing ones in the Android one. Now, version 1.2 for iOS has addressed all of the issues and has become even stronger than the Android version (except for editing). In fact, in some situations, Auphonic iOS Recorder 1.2 (which works with iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) is now often better for the RØDE i-XLR device (which I recently reviewed) than the current native version
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Luminar and Aurora HDR coming to a PC near you!

Luminar and Aurora HDR come to a PC near you! The number of “exclusively for Mac” programs that end being PC software is growing, and two news names are making the jump: Luminar and Aurora HDR. A public beta for each will arrive in July. Macphun’s best-selling photo editors, Luminar and Aurora HDR, come to the PC in the fall of 2017, bridging the gap between professional and consumer image-editing tools, says the company. It’s great news, although it is not exactly news. Aurora HDR was planned to be released this Spring for Windows, but the team behind the product decided to delay the launch, as the app needed some
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Not a War Story: world premiere in June

Not a War Story: world premiere in June Military and entertainment will gather for the world premiere of Not A War Story at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on June 30, 2017. Proceeds from the event will benefit veterans across the United States. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Tim O’Donnell and produced by veteran Nick Palmisciano, Not a War Story is a feature length documentary about the military veteran community, their aspirations and the craft involved in the making of Range 15, an independent narrative film produced by military veterans released in Summer 2016. Range 15, which inadvertently became the single most decorated movie in history
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iPhone app: FieldMonitor

Aside from the photo gallery of the PNW Lens Summit, I haven’t been very active here recently. This is why: I’ve been busy building a “new” iPhone app, FieldMonitor. FieldMonitor FieldMonitor lets you wirelessly monitor Panasonic GH5s, GH4s, and similar cameras (as long as they talk the same Wi-Fi protocol). It provides exposure, color, and focus controls, along with video start/stop and still photo triggers. FieldMonitor also has a full range of engineering ’scopes—WFMs, vectorscopes, and histograms—a false-color display, and anamorphic desqueeze. I say it’s a “new” app because it’s version 3 of an older app, Wi-Fi WFM, that provided monitoring and ’scopes Continue reading "iPhone app: FieldMonitor"

ARRI introduces Matte Box LMB 4×5

ARRI introduces Matte Box LMB 4x5 Suited for a wide range of applications in just one product, the  Matte Box LMB 4×5 will be one of the products displayed at ARRI’s booth at Cine Gear Expo 2017. ARRI, a company celebrating its centenary this year, continues to invest in its range of high-quality, camera-independent accessories, with the introduction of the new Lightweight Matte Box LMB 4×5. This modular matte box expands on the feature set and creative possibilities of the popular LMB-25 while retaining an entry-level price tag. Suited for a wide range of applications in just one product, this robust but lightweight matte box allows
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