The Sony 6K VENICE Menu Simulator Online Now

Camera Assistants, Owner – Operators, and DPs the Sony VENICE Menu Simulator is online and waiting for you and your curiosity. Well, maybe I’m overhyping this a touch. It is a menu simulator for the VENICE and it is online, but I doubt it is waiting for you. Now future users can be learn the new camera’s menu system so they are ready to take the VENICE out for a shoot once it arrives at your doorstep sometime in February. I have taken the VENICE simulator for a spin and one big take away is the new Menu is cleaner
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4K Coming to Canon’s Mirrorless Line: Report

Canon is set to unveil its first mirrorless camera capable of 4K video recording, according to a new report. The capability will be appearing in the soon-to-be-announced EOS M50. Canon Rumors reports that the EOS M50 will be Canon’s first APS-C crop sensor camera to shoot 4K video. Canon has been lagging behind when it comes to offering 4K video across its digital camera lines, so it looks like Canon is finally making a push in that direction starting with the M50. Canon Rumors also reports that the M50 will feature an EF-M mount and will be announced sometime this
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Sundance Film Festival: 26 percent of all films were shot with Canon

Sundance Film Festival: 26 percent of all films were shot with Canon Live panel discussions, interactive displays of Canon equipment and a workshop “Backpack Filmmaking with the EOS C200,” were all part of Canon’s presence at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Although nothing is official, Dual Pixel AF is having a new version coming to both cinema and still cameras, confirming that the technology has potential to expand further, as yet another tool accessible to both professionals and enthusiasts. But at 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Canon, who is a sponsor of the event, showed the goods they could show right now. Guests were invited to take a hands-on tour of Canon’s newest
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Sundance Film Festival: 26 percent of all films were shot with Canon
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Everything you need to know about REDCODE RAW

Everything you want to know about REDCODE RAW RED Tech is back, with a new video sharing the possibilities of REDCODE RAW and how, ays RED, the codec becomes more efficient as the resolution increases. The technology REDCODE is what makes it possible to have efficient, manageable file sizes while maintaining image quality and flexibility. REDCODE RAW is a the key advance that made digital 4K video capture a reality. The proprietary file format efficiently encodes image data in a way that maximizes post production capabilities. Its efficiency helps content creators achieve increased image quality and smaller file sizes when capturing data-rich, high-resolution images. Now that RED cameras Continue reading "Everything you need to know about REDCODE RAW"

Sony Adds Dual Base ISO To Their Soon To Ship VENICE

The new version 1.0 features added to the VENICE will include support for Full-Frame 24x36mm recording in time for the camera to ship. Continuing on listening to customer feedback into the camera’s development, Sony is announcing several new capabilities including a “Dual Base ISO” mode. With 15+ stops of exposure latitude, VENICE will support an additional High Base ISO of 2500 utilizing the sensor’s unique physical attributes. Take that Panasonic! Maybe other camera manufacturers will follow suit. The Dual Base ISO takes advantage of Sony’s unique sensor for superb low light performance with great dynamic range – from 6
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The Blackmagic Design URSA Broadcast Camera

In their new camera announcement, Blackmagic Design dropped the “Mini” in the URSA Broadcast camera name. Read into it if you want. The URSA Broadcast, and the URSA Mini camera body design, are hardly Mini cameras. The features found in these cameras offer up big help to creatives and broadcasters who use them. Now, Blackmagic has squarely turned its attention to the specific needs of Broadcasters.

The new URSA Broadcast is a professional broadcast camera designed for both studio programming and live production. URSA Broadcast will work with existing B4 broadcast HD lenses, can be used for both HD and

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Blackmagic Feb 1st Broadcast New Products Announcements

Today, Blackmagic Design took the opportunity to live stream their new 2018 broadcast product updates. On-screen Blackmagic CEO, Grant Petty, showed off a number of new broadcast products. Most notably the URSA Mini Broadcast camera as well an SMPTE Fiber solution for broadcasters. Blackmagic also updated their ATEM Broadcast Switcher and a free update for ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K users to the new ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K
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Updating to help broadcasters embrace 4K a little bit easier and the new model looks very much like the DaVinci Resolve Mini and Micro panels. The new modern
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VariCam LT 4K ‘Ready for Live’ assignments

Panasonic VariCam LT 4K ‘Ready for Live’ assignments Panasonic’s VariCam LT 4K camera has a new firmware update that sets the cinema camera up for live and “near live” multi-cam use. The firmware will be released next February. Panasonic’s new firmware upgrade to the VariCam LT 4K camera expands the  number of situations where the camera can be used, transforming what is already a popular camera into a more versatile, all-around tool. Set to be released on February 19th, 2018, the Version 6 firmware upgrade enables a new shading mode, as well as tally and return video management. Full control of the cameras will be possible by using
Panasonic VariCam LT 4K ‘Ready for Live’ assignments
Panasonic VariCam LT 4K ‘Ready for Live’ assignments
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Canon G7X Mark III Photos Leaked: 4K Video is Coming [Updated]

Update: It turns out these photos may not be real. See update at the bottom of this post.
The first photos of the upcoming Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III camera have been leaked, and the images reveal that 4K video recording is finally coming to the PowerShot line. Photo Rumors received and published the first leaked photos of this camera, which will replace the Canon G7X Mark II. From the images, it appears that Canon is taking a new direction with the physical design of the camera — one that’s smoother, sleeker, and simpler. Canon Rumors notes that a
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‘Structure’: 4K Shots of Organic Things Magnified up to 1000x

Structure is a new short film by photographer Drew Geraci, who used a microscope and 4K camera to capture the beauty of ordinary organic objects when magnified up to 1000x. Here’s a list of the things that appear in the film: Kiwi, Strawberry, blueberry, Lemon, Lime, Green/Orange Bell Pepper, Bell Pepper Seeds, Soap Bubbles, Star Fruit, Dragon Fruit, Beet, Beet Leaf, Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Prickly pear, Horned Melon, Carbonated Water, Mushrooms and Pachira Aquatica, Broccoli, Carrots. “It all started with a single shot – a small frozen snowflake I captured using a 100mm macro lens,” Geraci writes. “I’ve shot
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Panasonic HC-WXF1K: a 4K professional level camcorder

Panasonic HC-WXF1K: a 4K professional level camcorder Three new camcorders, two 4K and one Full-HD, expand Panasonic’s portfolio of solutions  and introduce new improvements for the creation of cinema-style videos. With CES 2018 as the background at this time of the year, Panasonic introduced two 4K camcorders (HC-WXF1K / HC-VX1K) and a Full-HD camcorder (HC-V800K) which feature a new sensor and new lens for significantly improved image quality. Each of the new camcorders offer, according to Panasonic, exceptional optical performance such as a wide-angle 25mm and 24x optical zoom lens, and achieve quick and accurate focusing for both 4K and Full-HD to enhance the AF function critical
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Panasonic HC-WXF1K: a 4K professional level camcorder

Panasonic HC-WXF1K: a 4K professional level camcorder Three new camcorders, two 4K and one Full-HD, expand Panasonic’s portfolio of solutions  and introduce new improvements for the creation of cinema-style videos. With CES 2018 as the background at this time of the year, Panasonic introduced two 4K camcorders (HC-WXF1K / HC-VX1K) and a Full-HD camcorder (HC-V800K) which feature a new sensor and new lens for significantly improved image quality. Each of the new camcorders offer, according to Panasonic, exceptional optical performance such as a wide-angle 25mm and 24x optical zoom lens, and achieve quick and accurate focusing for both 4K and Full-HD to enhance the AF function critical
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Panasonic HC-WXF1K: a 4K professional level camcorder
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Review: Panasonic AU-EVA1 4K Cine Camera, part 3

This is part 3 of a three-part review; there’s more in part 1 and part  2 Performance

Dual Native ISOs, Dynamic Range, and Noise

Like VariCams, the EVA1 offers dual native ISOs, either 800 or 2500 (in 4/3 CROP&MIX 2.2K mode, these values are halved). These are “base” sensitivities with no highlight clipping and no added electronic gain. You can set the camera to allow working with just the two native ISOs, or to start with either one and the variable ISOs based on it. In 800BASE you can dial in values from ISO 200 to 2000, while in
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ISO 800 at 800Base
ISO 2500 at 2500Base
ISO 2000 at 800Base.
ISO 2000 at 2500Base.
Sample frame with extreme boost.
ISO 800 at 800Base, boosted.
ISO 2500 at 2500Base, boosted.
ISO 2000 at 800Base, boosted.
ISO 200 at 2500Base, boosted.
EVA1 on the Xyla.
2.8K HD, 1:1 sample, internal recording.
2.8K HD with EIS, 1:1 sample, internal recording.
2.2K HD, 1:1 sample, internal recording.
GH5 in Rec.709 mode.
GH5 in HLG mode.
EVA1 with SDXC cards.
EVA1 and PIX-E5
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4K / UHD recording, 1:1, external recording.
EVA ROP displayed on an iPad.
EVA ROP in menu-twiddling mode.
EVA1 Z-Finder, Z-Rail Axis Mount, and EVA1 Top Plate.
EVA1 Z-Finder, Z-Rail Axis Mount, and EVA1 Top Plate.
Zacuto Z-Finder rig on EVA1.
Zacuto Z-Finder rig on EVA1.
Zacuto Z-Finder rig on EVA1.
Zacuto Z-Finder rig on EVA1.
Zacuto Z-Finder rig on EVA1.
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Review: Panasonic AU-EVA1 4K Cine Camera


EVA1 side detailPanasonic’s $7,345 AU-EVA1 is a Super35mm single-sensor camcorder with a 5.7K Bayer-mask sensor, an EF lens mount, variable frame rates, and 14+ stops of dynamic range, recording on SDXC cards using log, HLG, and standard gamma renderings. Its compact, boxy body with removable rotating side grip is like that of the Sony FS5, but its images, menus, and touchscreen monitor make it feel more like a junior VariCam LT, with maybe a pinch of DVX200 added into the mix.

Two Things

Before we dive into the details, I should mention a couple of controversial aspects of the
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EVA1 grip rotated fully back
EVA1 grip in upright position
EVA1 grip rotated fully forwards
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EVA1 grip, front view. User Button 9 is just visible on the inside, in front of the cable.
Front view of EVA1
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LCD monitor mounted on Zacuto EVF
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Ultra-D: 4K glasses-free 3D at CES 2018

Ultra-D: 4K glasses-free 3D at CES 2018 Some say 3D is dead, others believe it is just starting. This edition of CES will, again, reveal new solutions for 3D, and Stream TV Networks will also be present, expanding its 3D technology to new areas. Since early 2017 that many suggest the death of 3D is a reality. With Sony and LG, last companies to support the tech, dropping 3D support for films in their TV sets in 2017, tridimensionality seems to have, no doubt,  no future place in our living rooms. The need to use special glasses is, according to many sources, one of the culprits for
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DaVinci Resolve 14 Used On Latest Corona Commercial

For the first time filmmaker and Director, Leonardo Dalessandri jumped into the deep end and moved his entire post-production workflow into DaVinci Resolve 14 Studio for the new Corona Extra commercial “Este Espíritu.” We are talking Editing, and Color Grading.

With more than two weeks’ worth of rushes to sort through, the editorial workflow was split two. “The first step was to review everything we’d shot. After making our initial shot selection, we were then able to start building a skeleton cut around the lyrics. The edit was crucial because it helps to create the feeling of kinetic energy that I

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ART OF THE SHOT: Buddy Squires, ASC Talks About Shooting Ken Burn and Lynn Novick’s “The Vietnam War”

He has shot more than 200 films and is a frequent collaborator with Ken Burns. Buddy Squires, ASC is an Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning Director of Photography. If you have seen a great documentary lately than more than likely it was shot by Buddy. He is known for his work on The National Parks, The Civil War, The Vietnam War, Salinger, and The Central Park Five.

If you are in the New York City area you can hear Buddy talk at the Manhattan Edit Workshop “Sight, Sound, and Story.” This December 6th, the Manhattan Edit Workshop’s acclaimed speaker series continues with an

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