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"

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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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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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
Not a War Story: world premiere in June
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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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REVIEW: Sony MCX500 Portable Video Switcher and RM-30BP Remote Commander

It has been interesting to watch the recent upswing in multi-camera remote micro-production.  For quite a while, video cameras kept getting more capable and less expensive, but the price and complexity of gear to do multi-cam switching and recording stayed stubbornly high.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Newtek Tricaster here, which was the true pioneer in this space, but Newtek was soon followed by other manufacturers. The name that comes to mind next for me is Sony, since from 2008 to early this year I used their Anycast Station and Anycast Touch switchers to
Sony MCX500 Switcher
Sony MCX500 Back Panel
Sony MCX500 Right Rear
Sony MCX500 Left Rear
SDXC card slot
RM-30BP Remote Commander
Sony MCX500 Switcher
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How big data and analytics affect the industry

How big data and analytics affect the industry The Hollywood Section of SMPTE will present a discussion, led by Bernie Laramie, on how big data and analytics are affecting the industry. Everything in a digital environment is trackable. Everything in a digital environment affects decisions on how projects evolve. Are media professionals using that information? SMPTE’s next meeting, scheduled for Monday, May 31, will examine how data — lots of it — is exerting a major impact on decision-making in television and film production. The title? “Big Data Drives Big Decisions”. Nothing is as simple has it was in 1928, when the Hollywood Section of SMPTE was organized, Continue reading "How big data and analytics affect the industry"

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"

Panasonic will preview mystery camera at Cine Gear Expo

Panasonic will preview mystery camera at Cine Gear Expo The mysterious camera from Panasonic will be revealed to the world June 2, at the Paramount Theater, during an exclusive preview of the new model. The new model, covered by a translucent veil, was on show at NAB 2017, with other models that were also making the news during the show: the VariCam LT, VariCam 35, VariCam HS, and VariCam Pure. But the mystery camera was never completely revealed, leaving people to imagine what was under the cloth. From the type of mount used to the sensor – MFT?, asked some – people imagined their “dream camera” based on Continue reading "Panasonic will preview mystery camera at Cine Gear Expo"

Blackmagic Design Announces NAB 2017 Roadshow

Blackmagic is coming to a town near you this summer with their newly announced roadshow. Think of this as Blackmagic Design’s NAB 2017 show booth hitting the road for all of those who could not make the trip to Las Vegas for the April broadcasting convention. The extension of NAB tour will hit up eight major North American cities in nine weeks. Roadshow

NAB 2017 Roadshow

At these events, you will be able to stop by and get your grubby hands all over Blackmagic’s new gear they showed off at NAB 2017. But, hands-on is only part of the tour. Blackmagic Design
Roadshow
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Small Cine-Rovers for creative POV video: Part 1

What first started out as a fascination with ground based POV cam rovers, cars and trucks, I’ve seen a lot of expensive development going into this lately, so I decided to venture into what it takes to build a functional DIY rover that can be used in various locations and production purposes. What first started out as a fascination with ground based POV cam rovers, cars and trucks, I’ve seen a lot of expensive development going into this lately, so I decided to venture into what it takes to build a functional DIY rover that can be used in various locations and
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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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