Fujifilm X-H1: a serious camera for video

Fujifilm X-H1: a serious camera for video Announced as the highest performance camera in the X family, the Fujifilm X-H1 may be seen as a step towards the segment of the market where the Panasonic GH5 sits. Is there a war about to start? The rumors from the last weeks are confirmed, and the web is now full with information and comments about the new camera from Fujifilm, which represents a step forward for Fujifilm users aspiring for more video options, and may even entice potential buyers to look at this DSLR-like body – yes, it’s a mirrorless but looks more and more like a DSLR – Continue reading "Fujifilm X-H1: a serious camera for video"

Wildlife and nature as seen through a RED

Wildlife and nature as seen through a RED Shannon Wild and Russell MacLaughlin, Paul Nicklen, Andy Casagrande and Asgeir Helgestad all have a passion for nature and wildlife. They also have another thing in common: all use RED cameras. RED’s Collective series is the ideal place to discover how different authors use the RED cameras they have chosen as their tool to share their visions with the world. The work of different filmmakers, covering different genres and areas, is displayed there, and each video is a lesson on technical aspects, but goes well beyond that, sharing with viewers how authors approach their preferred subjects. The newest addition to Continue reading "Wildlife and nature as seen through a RED"

Vimeo: new tools, Simulcast and Publish to Social put social media just one click away

Vimeo: new tools mean social media is just one click away Creators using Vimeo now have the ability to simultaneously live stream events directly from Vimeo to any RTMP-enabled destination (including Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Periscope and more). Vimeo continues to expands the tools available to creators using the service. The company announced this month two social distribution tools designed to help creators expand their audience while simplifying their workflow. First, the launch of Simulcast allows live events to be simultaneously streamed from the Vimeo platform to multiple destinations including Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and Periscope. Second, Vimeo’s Publish to Social feature allows creators to natively publish their videos to Facebook and YouTube
Vimeo: new tools mean social media is just one click away
Vimeo: new tools mean social media is just one click away
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ZEISS Loxia 2.4/25: one of 5 lenses for filmmakers

ZEISS Loxia 2.4/25: one of 5 lenses for filmmakers With the new Loxia 2.4/25 now introduced, ZEISS announced filmmakers can look forward to a special offer on a set comprising all five ZEISS Loxia focal lengths ranging from 21 to 85 millimeters. Introduced as offering “flexibility for photography on-the-go”, the new focal length of modest proportions, Loxia 2.4/25, is an attractive solution for both landscape and architectural photographers, besides being a lens filmmakers using Sony mirrorless cameras will want to have in their bag. “High resolution across the entire image as well as low distortion ensure the perfect result,” says Product Manager Christophe Casenave. “The compact lens
ZEISS Loxia 2.4/25: one of 5 lenses for filmmakers
ZEISS Loxia 2.4/25: one of 5 lenses for filmmakers
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Day 12 #28daysofQuickTips 2018 – Your library might have access to Lynda.com

28 Days Filmtools banner At some point last year I learned that my local library had access to Lynda.com. It wasn’t well publicized and not front and center on the Nashville Public Library website but it was there. It still is and I’ve been enjoying it ever since, including on the Lynda.com (LinkedIn Learning or whatever they call it now) iPad app. Apparently there’s been this program called LyndaLibrary where many different metro library systems have access to Lynda.com and yours might very well have access too. You first must have a library card but those are usually free and a
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Safely traveling with your camera

Safely traveling with your camera Choosing a camera bag for air travel is not an easy task, whether you want to carry your gear with you all the time or send some items as checked luggage. Here are some ideas to keep in mind if you’re after a new bag for 2018, and some suggestions from Mike Sturm on “stealth” bags. Everyone knows one ot two stories of photographers or videographers who had their gear stolen at an airport or missing after even a short flight. There is a simple solution for that: always try to pack your gear in a bag small enough to
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Sigma announces the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art and introduces Front Conversion Service

Sigma announces the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art and introduces Front Conversion Service The new Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art is announced at the same time Sigma introduces a new front conversion service for lenses used in Virtual Reality videography. Announced as the ideal ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for the most demanding photographers, the Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art continues to expand the Art collection from the company, while it represents a new addition to the Global Vision Lens concept created by Sigma. The lens, featuring a constant F2.8 aperture throughout the entire zoom range, is designed, according to Sigma,”for 50-megapixel plus cameras for outstanding high-resolution image quality.”
Sigma announces the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art and introduces Front Conversion Service
Sigma announces the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art and introduces Front Conversion Service
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FilmConvert announces camera profile for the Panasonic Lumix GH5s

FilmConvert announces camera profile for the Lumix GH5s FilmConvert starts 2018 with a new camera profile, and it’s for the Lumix GH5s, Panasonic’s camera for videographers. The most recent profiles launched by FilmConvert were for DJI X5R and RED Weapon, at the end of 2017. Now the company is offering the first camera profile for the Panasonic GH5s, ready for potential owners of the camera to download and prepare for when the camera launches. The Panasonic Lumix GH5s is not available yet, but FilmConvert manage to get a pre-release version of the camera, through Panasonic New Zealand, and got to work on a profile for the mirrorless Micro Continue reading "FilmConvert announces camera profile for the Panasonic Lumix GH5s"

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
Sundance Film Festival: 26 percent of all films were shot with Canon
Sundance Film Festival: 26 percent of all films were shot with Canon
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Steadicam Air, a gas lift monopod

There is a new Steadicam available now, and it’s a monopod. Yes, the Steadicam Air is a monopod gas lift and spring activated, for photographers and cinematographers. Available this February, the Steadicam Air-25, which costs $499, will be joined, later, by the Steadicam Air-15, with a price of $399. Independently of size, both monopods share the same features, result of a partnership between Tiffen and Master Cinematographers (MC4) is a group of four filmmakers dedicated to creating technological innovations that both speed and ease the art of cinematography and photography. Setting a new standard, say the creators of the new
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Natural Night filter for cityscapes and video

NiSi Natural Night filter for cityscapes and video The ability to reduce light pollution when photographing the night sky was covered in the first article about NiSi’s Natural Night filter. Now it is time to look at its uses in video and cityscape photography. Besides night sky photography, its first intended use, the NiSi Natural Night filter can also be used for cityscapes at night, and for video.  Although the astrophotography uses was what attracted my attention – and the promised reduction in light pollution – I saw different photographers using it for cityscapes, with a variety of results, some of which revealed too much of a color
NiSi Natural Night filter for cityscapes and video
NiSi Natural Night filter for cityscapes and video
NiSi Natural Night filter for cityscapes and video
NiSi Natural Night filter for cityscapes and video
NiSi Natural Night filter for cityscapes and video
NiSi Natural Night filter for cityscapes and video
NiSi Natural Night filter for cityscapes and video
NiSi Natural Night filter for cityscapes and video
NiSi Natural Night filter for cityscapes and video
NiSi Natural Night filter for cityscapes and video
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ADATA ED600: an external hard drive enclosure to protect your HDD or SSD

ADATA ED600: an external hard drive enclosure to protect your HDD or SSD With a rugged black outer casing the ADATA ED600  was designed to be able to protect your valuable data against dust and water, but is also shock resistant. ADATA is back with a new external hard drive enclosure, the ED600, which offers users the convenience of portable external storage coupled with the speed and performance of solid state drives (SSDs). The ED600 is compatible with HDDs as well as SSDs, and can reach, says the company, transfer speeds of up to 5Gb/s through its USB3.1 interface. Not only is the ED600 strong and stylish, it is also extremely user-friendly;
ADATA ED600: an external hard drive enclosure to protect your HDD or SSD
ADATA ED600: an external hard drive enclosure to protect your HDD or SSD
ADATA ED600: an external hard drive enclosure to protect your HDD or SSD
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Samsung: new SSD 860 PRO and 860 EVO powered by 64-layer V-NAND technology

Samsung new SSD 860 PRO and 860 EVO powered by V-NAND Aimed at consumers who require fast, reliable performance across various applications, from everyday computing to heavy workloads and graphic-intensive operations,  Samsung 860 PRO and 860 EVO SSDs are available now. With prices starting at $139.99 and $94.99 USD for the 256GB version of the 860 Pro and 860 EVO, respectively, the new drives demonstrate the continued reduction in price while capacity grows. These drives are available in 256GB, 512GB (500GB for the 860 EVO), 1TB, 2TB and 4TB, with the 4TB memory storage holding up to 114 hours and 30 minutes of 4K Ultra HD video. The 860
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FieldMonitor 4.5: more Sonys, focus assist

I’ve been busy enhancing FieldMonitor, my iOS app for wireless camera monitoring and control, and I haven’t come up for air much (aside from reviewing the EVA1). With version 4.5 fresh out the door I thought I’d give a brief overview of what’s been added recently.

Better Sony Compatibility

Basic Sony control was added in version 4.0, meaning Sonys running “Smart Remote Control”. Version 4.5 now talks to cameras running “Smart Remote Embedded”, too. More importantly, it communicates with integrated remote Sonys, those with a “Ctrl w/ Smartphone” menu instead of an Application List.
Four Sony mirrorless cameras
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FieldMonitor, peaking assist
FieldMonitor, Edge Mode assist
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SmallHD 502 Bright: a 5-inch daylight monitor

SmallHD 502 Bright: is 5-inch small enough for you? The new 502 Bright monitor from SmallHD is really small. It comes with a new edition of its big brother, the 7-inch, now dressed in black: the 702 Black. It’s bright, it’s nimble and perfect for your gimbal. It’s the 502 Bright, offering 1920 x 1080 resolution, 1000 nits bright and 441 pixels per inch. With 3x ¼-20 mounting points, a machined aluminum chassis and light, at 9.4 ounces,  it features 2x LP-E6 battery slots, HDMI + SDI Cross Conversion and a 9 watt power draw. SmallHD’s 502 Bright monitor is a daylight viewable monitor that is easy to
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SmallHD 502 Bright: is 5-inch small enough for you?
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Razer Phone: your mobile theater experience

Razer Phone: your mobile theater experience Available for $699.99, the Razer Phone offers an audiovisual experience like no other phone on the market.  RED’s Hydrogen will launch soon. Time to ask: is this the future of mobile theater experience? Although different products, the new Razer Phone and RED’s Hydrogen do share some characteristics, from the processor, the Snapdragon 835 chip (similar to the one used in both the Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel 2), to the high capacity battery, 4000 mAh on the Razer Phone and 4500 mAh on the Hydrogen, to the QHD resolution of the 5.7-inch screen used. Sound is also a
Razer Phone: your mobile theater experience
Razer Phone: your mobile theater experience
Razer Phone: your mobile theater experience
Razer Phone: your mobile theater experience
Razer Phone: your mobile theater experience
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Mavic Air: a smaller, safer and smarter 4K drone

DJI Mavic Air: a smaller, safer and smarter 4K drone The most portable 3-axis gimbal 4K camera drone has the DJI name on it. The new Mavic Air promises limitless exploration wherever adventure takes you. DJI is now present on every segment of consumer drones. If the small entry level drone we announced here at ProVideo Coalition recently is not a pure DJI drone, it still is “powered by DJI” with an “Intel inside”. The Tello, from Ryze Technologies, costs $99. Now DJI confirms the rumors and introduces their own take-anywhere drone, the Mavic Air, an ultra-portable, foldable camera drone that delivers, says the company, higher performance, more intelligent
Mavic Air: a smaller, safer and smarter 4K drone
Mavic Air: a smaller, safer and smarter 4K drone
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Manfrotto TwistGrip: a new rig for smartphones

Manfrotto TwistGrip: a new rig for smartphones Lightweight and compact, easily fitting in a pocket, the new TwistGrip from Manfrotto  can be configured to accept a wide range of accessories, to create the rig you need. Do we need another smartphone rig? Manfrotto believes we do, and the TwistGrip System is the company’s answer to those looking for a new solution. Made in Italy, featuring a high-quality aluminium body you can rely on, as Manfrotto puts it, the TwistGrip range is for both videographers and photographers looking for ways to use their smartphones attached to a platform that helps not only in terms of stability but also
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Manfrotto TwistGrip: a new rig for smartphones
Manfrotto TwistGrip: a new rig for smartphones
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Triple Scoop Music: membership plans for music licensing

Triple Scoop Music: membership plans for music licensing The new membership plans from Triple Scoop Music offer event filmmakers and pro photographers access to more than 35,000 songs, so they can find and license the perfect music for any project. Whether you need music for photo slideshows, indie films, small business videos, corporate videos, YouTube videos, Facebook videos, Kickstarter videos, charity & nonprofit films, TV commercials, feature films or something else, Triple Scoop Music may be a destination to explore. The new membership option, introduced this year, is designed to make the whole music licensing process easy so you can get the right sound for your video, film
Triple Scoop Music: membership plans for music licensing
Triple Scoop Music: membership plans for music licensing
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The 2018 guide to Google’s VR180 cameras

The 2018 guide to Google’s VR180 cameras Two new – official – cameras for the consumer, and one professional cinematic VR180 model were on show at CES 2018. Panasonic will also have, apparently, a professional camera for the standard. Is VR180 the new VR? In a world that has been dominated by the idea of 360VR, without really going anywhere with it, in terms of mass market, is cutting the view in half going to change the relation people have with VR? Google thinks so, and since last June that the company has been working with different partners, to create consumer models using the standard. Lenovo, YI
The 2018 guide to Google’s VR180 cameras
The 2018 guide to Google’s VR180 cameras
The 2018 guide to Google’s VR180 cameras
YI Horizon VR180 on show at CES2018
The 2018 guide to Google’s VR180 cameras
The 2018 guide to Google’s VR180 cameras
The 2018 guide to Google’s VR180 cameras
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