3 years is a short time to go from a no camera to a very…

3 years is a short time to go from a no camera to a very attractive and appealing camera. I have yet to hold it or shoot anything but from appearances and spec Blackmagic have appeared to come out with a very appealing camera. I hope to try it at some point.

Huge difference from the bonkers URSA to the impressive looking #UrsaMini (at Las Vegas Strip)

Frame.io Shows Off Their Powerful Collaboration Platform, Adds Integration with FCPX

Here are Frame.io's primary features, which are included throughout the different price tiers, even the free version.

  • Accelerated uploading in the browser for fast and efficient media file loading
  • Cloud transcoding of video assets for guaranteed playback on any device; with support for professional formats
  • Hover scrubbing for instant preview of clips
  • Seamless drag and drop interface for simple manipulation of files, content and communications
  • Private workspace for managing separate projects
  • Time-based, frame-specific comments and annotations for clearer communication
  • Side by side version comparison for clear, simple view of changes between versions
  • Integration with FCPX

Frame.io offers a free plan with 2GB of storage and 3 collaborators, but their paid plans range from $15/month to $150/month depending on how many collaborators you have and how much storage you need. You can learn more about and sign up for Frame. Continue reading "Frame.io Shows Off Their Powerful Collaboration Platform, Adds Integration with FCPX"

NAB News 2015…ARRI SkyPanel…Soft lighting – Redefined

ARRI proudly introduces SkyPanel, a brand new line of LED fixtures. SkyPanel is a compact, ultra-bright and high-quality LED soft light that sets a new standard for the industry. With a design focused on form, color, beam field and output, SkyPanel represents the culmination of more than a decade of research and development of LED […]

NAB News 2015…Ikegami SHK-810 shoulder mount 8K camera

The Ikegami SHK-810 camera employs a single 33 million-pixel Super 35 CMOS sensor, achieving 4,000 TVL horizontal and vertical resolution. The color filter on the sensor employs a dual-green SHV color arrangement and achieves a high level of modulation depth. The System Expander enables the use of large viewfinders and full studio lenses, converting the portable camera into a full-facility studio/field […]

Meet Catalyst, Sony’s Brand New Tools for Simplified Editing & Media Management

Two days ago, Sony announced a mysterious new NLE called Catalyst Edit. Ryan Koo stopped by Sony's booth at NAB to investigate:

And here's an early photo of these new Catalyst post production tools:

Sony Catalyst Edit, Prepare, and Browse

While we were speculating that the new NLE would be specifically designed to handle the native media from Sony's cameras, it seems that it's going to be a much more open and versatile system. Here are the codecs and formats that Catalyst Edit will support:

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Shoot HD Aerial Footage Wirelessly with Zero Latency with the Amimon Connex

Amimon's Connex is a wireless HDV transmitter for aerial shooting that can transmit HD images (1080p at 60fps) up to 3300 ft. with zero latency. It can be paired with up to 4 receivers without quality degradation or delay.

Here are its key features:

  • True full HD 1080p at 60fps
  • Up to 3300 ft/1000 range
  • Zero latency/real-time video
  • 5GHz digital link with AFS
  • Gimbal control over FUTABA S.Bus system

The Connex is available now for $1600 and comes with a receiver, transmitter, and accessories: antennae, cables, connectors, etc.

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How to Use a B&W Layer in Photoshop to Adjust the Brightness of Colors In Photos

Travel photographer Jimmy McIntyre created this short 3-minute video tutorial to share a trick for adjusting the brightness of specific colors in your shot without affecting their saturation.

The technique simply involves creating a new black-and-white adjustment layer…


…setting its blending mode to “Luminosity”…


…and then adjusting the sliders of the colors you’d like to tweak.


You can find more of McIntyre’s tutorials on his YouTube channel here.

(via Jimmy McIntyre via ISO 1200)

Cooke’s New Anamorphic Zoom Aims to Add the Personality & Funkiness Back to Your Images

The new anamorphic lens from Cooke was created to make your shots look as though they were shot with a -- well -- with an anamorphic lens.

When we stopped by to talk to Les Zellan from ZGC and Cooke, he explained how the company was aiming to bring back the "funkiness" of anamorphic by designing their new lens with the anamorphic squeeze in front of the iris -- something he says some manufacturers don't do with their new rear anamorphic lenses.

Cooke wasn't able to give us much information about their new anamorphic lens, but what they could tell us was that it will have a 2X squeeze and will be released by the end of the year.

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NAB 2015: Andra Motion Focus

By Newsshooter contributor Elliot Smith Using a transmitter attached to your subject and a receiver attached to your camera, Andra’s Motion Focus allows you to track moving objects in a large area and keep them sharp while recording.   Formerly this was technology only really suitable for a studio environment – Andra are now putting the […]

F&V’s New Z720 LED Cinema-Style Ringlight Might Be the Perfect Fit for Your Big Lenses

For cinematographers working with larger lenses, the Z720 ringlight from F&V might be a great addition to your lighting kit.

With a diameter of 290mm, the Z720 can be used with larger sized lenses. Not only that, but F&V accessories, including their portable softbox, allow the ringlight to be multifunctional.

Z720 LED Cinema-Style Ringlight
  • 720 ultra-color LEDs
  • 95 CRI
  • variance of no more than +/- 1
  • 290mm diameter
  • Magnets on front allow for diffusion/filter attachments
  • Wi-Fi module and app allows users to control/program light with a smartphone
  • 4-Quadrant system
  • Control color and intensity
LED Panels

F&V also shows us their LED panels, which come in 3 tiers:

  • Ultra Color: 95 CRI
  • Plus: 90 CRI
  • Lumic: 85 CRI

Specs are:

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NAB 2015: Aputure DEC lens adapter with remote focus and aperture

By Contributing Editor Chuck Fadely A company called Aputure (yes, that’s how it is spelled,) is showing their DEC  EF to E-mount lens adapter, which has remote focus and aperture control. They’re also going to offer a Micro 4/3 mount adapter.  The adapter electronically controls Canon EF lenses independently of the camera body. The adapter […]