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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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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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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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"

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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Affinity Photo and Designer 1.6 betas available

Affinity Photo and Designer 1.6 betas available Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer are both on version 1.5, but Serif is working hard on new versions, and the beta for the 1.6 version is available now. Although new beta versions are used to iron bugs, these new ones, while following the same path, introduces something that make them unique: both the Photo and Designer programs get the option to use a light user interface instead of the classic that became the norm in recent years. Now, at least on the beta version, users can opt for light or dark, a feature that will make its way
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Register your DJI drone before it turns into a toy

Register your DJI drone, or it will turn into a toy The news may sound harsh, but they are intended for safety reasons: DJI drones not registered will turn into toys, with flight limited to a 50-meter (164-foot) radius and up to 30 meters (98 feet) high. The same week it announces the release of the DJI Smart TV App, which will allow users to watch a variety of aerial content and 4k videos captured from around the world, all in the comfort of their living room, DJI announces restrictions, for safety reasons, to the use of the drones it sells. In a somehow surprising move, but that was expected by Continue reading "Register your DJI drone before it turns into a toy"

DPP: a free RAW photo editor for Canon users

DPP: the free RAW photo editor for Canon users Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP), which reached version 4 in 2014, continues to be a popular workflow tool for those photographers dedicated to maintaining an all-Canon workflow from capture to print. Recently expanded to 11 video guides, available with pdf notes that extend the information available to photographers, Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) is a free, and surprisingly powerful, image organising and editing application that ships in the box with every EOS camera. While some photographers have never touched it – some are not even aware it exists – the program is included on the EOS Digital Solution Disk, which
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DPP: the free RAW photo editor for Canon users
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Cartoni, Vocas and more at Cine Gear Expo

Cartoni, Vocas and more at Cine Gear Expo Manios Digital & Film will showcase new camera accessories from Cartoni, Vocas, Kinotehnik and Hawk-Woods at Cine Gear Expo 2017, in Hollywood. Attendees of the event at Paramount Studios will have a chance to inspect, up close, newly-developed fluid heads, tripods, specialty rigs, matte boxes, lights and power systems, and have their questions answered by Manios Digital & Film camera professionals. The company will be showing several new products from Italian camera support manufacturer Cartoni developed for film production. They include Total Dutch, a revolutionary head design for Dutch angle compositions, which ProVideo Coalition featured recently. Based on Cartoni’s famed
Cartoni, Vocas and more at Cine Gear Expo
Cartoni, Vocas and more at Cine Gear Expo
Cartoni, Vocas and more at Cine Gear Expo
Cartoni, Vocas and more at Cine Gear Expo
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Sony E-mount gains new wide-angle lenses

Sony E-mount gains new wide-angle lenses The line up of full-frame E-mount lenses from Sony is growing with the new 16-35mm F2.8 GM and 12-24mm F4 G which will be available this Summer. The new lenses include the FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM large aperture wide-angle zoom lens (model SEL1635GM) and the FE 12-24mm F4 G ultra wide-angle zoom lens (model SEL1224G).  The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens brings, according to Sony, “the incredible high-resolution and beautiful bokeh of Sony’s flagship G Master series to a wide 16-35mm focal length for exceptional landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and more”, while the 12-24mm F4 G, Sony’s
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Sony E-mount gains new wide-angle lenses
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First CFast card reader with Thunderbolt 3

First CFast card reader with Thunbderbolt 3 The new SF3 Series – CFast 2.0 Pro Card Reader from Sonnet is an industry’s first: it has a Thunderbolt 3 interface, for fast transfer of data. With the increasing popularity of profession digital cinema cameras from Canon, ARRI and Blackmagic Design, the use of CFast 2.0 memory cards has soared, and the need for a truly high-speed card reader is undeniable. With current CFast 2.0 cards’ rated read speeds near 550 MB/s, it’s clear that USB readers don’t fill that need. Sonnet’s SF3 Series – CFast 2.0 Pro Card Reader does. The SF3 Series – Continue reading "First CFast card reader with Thunderbolt 3"

Vertical video: tips, tools and creative solutions

Vertical video: tips, tools and solutions From a free plugin for Final Cut Pro to a tutorial on Premiere Pro, this article aims to help users to explore vertical video, with tips, tools and even some projects and ideas that can take your vertical video syndrome to new heights. Previously, I published here at ProVideo Coalition two articles about vertical video, Vertical video: a video editing solution for smartphone users, and Vertical video: new opportunities for filmmakers. This article points to some information available to those who want to explore the format, and also shares – some – tools available, ending with some creative solutions
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Vertical video: tips, tools and solutions
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Hasselblad A6D: how to sync 8 100 Megapixel aerial cameras

Hasselblad A6D: how to sync 8 100 Megapixel cameras The Hasselblad A6D-100c represents the latest evolution of Hasselblad aerial cameras, and introduces new option in terms of using multiple cameras, up to a total of eight. NAB 2017 was chosen by DJI to show the new drone from the company using a 100 megapixel camera from Hasselblad, the H6D-100c. Now Hasselblad takes their line of cameras for aerial photography a step further, with the A6D, a 100 Megapixel aerial camera system. Hasselblad cameras are developed by building on the shoulders of the previous generation of models which enables all of the prior advancements and branch-demanding features to be automatically
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Hasselblad A6D: how to sync 8 100 Megapixel cameras
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Libec TH-X H video head available in June

Libec TH-X H video head available in June Libec announces that due to popular demand the company will offer the TH-X H flat base/65mm video head of their TH-X high spec entry level tripod system as an individual model. The TH-X H head from Libec is a fluid head for today’s 4K UHD/HD/DV camcorders and DSLR cameras, a lightweight and stable solution available from Libec in June. The Libec TH-X H is the new entry level high-spec fluid head from the company. It is designed with a Dual base structure with a 3/8” screw hole compatible with video tripods, photo tripods, monopods, sliders, skater dollies, and other equipment
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FilmLab: scan film with a smartphone

FilmLab: scan film with a smartphone Shooting film is great, scanning it a nightmare. Abe Fettig decided to try something different: he wrote a software that transforms your smartphone in a scanner. The Kickstarter campaign, which started a few hours ago today and ends July 8, has a goal of $20,000 and already pledged close to $4.000 from over 200 backers, which points to a good start. Abe Fettig expects to  release the first beta version of FilmLab to Kickstarter backers during July, and ship version 1.0 to the public in late summer or fall. This app for iOS and Android makes it possible Continue reading "FilmLab: scan film with a smartphone"

Aurora Aperture: new rear mount filters for extreme wide-angle lenses

Aurora Aperture: new rear mount filters for wide-angle lenses The new Kickstarter campaign for the PowerND family of high quality fixed neutral density (ND) filters from Aurora Aperture is almost finished, but the company continues to surprise backers. There is a growing interest in Neutral Density filters for both photography and video, and companies continue to introduce new products, some of them extending the light reduction capability usually available. One such example is the recently announced PowerND family of filters from Aurora Aperture, which consists of three ratings: the common ND64 (6 stops), the not so common ND4000 (12 stops), and the “over the top”, if we can call
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Aurora Aperture: new rear mount filters for wide-angle lenses
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Gigabyte AERO 15: first laptop with a X-Rite Pantone certified display

Gigabyte AERO 15 with a X-Rite Pantone certified display The new Gigabyte laptop, AERO 15, is a world first, with X-Rite Pantone display color certification by standardizing every unit’s display for the best replicated color possible. Battery life is essential for a laptop, so the AERO 15 comes with a high-performance 94Wh battery which offer up to 10 hours of work, according to Gigabyte… although real world specs may be more humble, as usual. Further flexibility is offered by the laptop’s slim and light AC adapter – featuring a USB charging port for mobile devices. The new Gigabyte laptop really needs all the energy it can have, as under Continue reading "Gigabyte AERO 15: first laptop with a X-Rite Pantone certified display"

NAB Show 2017: the final numbers

NAB Show 2017: the final numbers Content creators, producers and distributors exploring the evolving world of media, entertainment and technology filled the 2017 NAB Show, the world’s largest annual convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. Although the exact final number are still not available, the National Association of Broadcasters preliminary registered attendance of 103,443 for the 2017 NAB Show,  places the event on top of the industry events. The exhibition featured 1,806 companies spanning 1,091,792 net square feet of exhibit space. Registered media attendees reached 1,518. “Once again, NAB Show is the premier destination for content creators, producers and distributors exploring the evolving Continue reading "NAB Show 2017: the final numbers"

New 32-inch monitor from Philips is… Full HD

New 32 inch monitor from Philips is… Full HD The new curved monitor from Philips is conceived for everything from checking mail to touching up videos before posting them online. It’s a large size monitor, at 32-inch, but only 1920×1080 pixels when it comes to resolution. Although higher resolutions are the trend these days, when it comes to monitors, the truth is that sometimes a lower resolution – which was high resolution not so long ago – is what makes sense. Besides, lower resolution monitors are tendentiously cheaper, something that this 32-inch monitor in the 16:9 format confirms: while the US price is not available yet, it will cost
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Palette: integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Palette: integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC Palette was at NAB 2017 to show how their innovative modular hardware offers tactile control for videographers and editors working with Adobe Creative Cloud. In time for NAB and the Spring 2017 release of the Adobe video tools, Palette announced full integration for Adobe Premiere Pro CC, including expanded control options and more responsive performance. Offering magnetically-connected button, dial, and slider components which users can arrange in almost any configuration they choose, the system has won over thousands of creative professionals with a fast, precise, and intuitive editing experience. Launched in November 2015, after a Kickstarter campaign, Palette is a
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Palette: integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC
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