Going Mobile with Your Grip Package

Perhaps when you hear “mobile” and “grip” together, you tend to think of a one, three or five-ton grip truck. That is usually how grip arrives, right?  Well, what about when you need to get grip to a location that doesn’t have the option of renting that one or three or five-ton truck? You’re not going to be carrying your one-ton truck on a plane or into the desert or onto a mountain range. For this reason, having quality grip has often been out of reach for many documentary filmmakers.  You may not find clamps, stands, and frames
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Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography

Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography There are no rules for perfect composition, said photographer Arnold Newman. There are infinite ways to frame a shot, adds Raymond Thi. His website, Geometric Shots, will help you to break free from rules. I sat down yesterday to watch, again, “The Great Budapest Hotel” of Wes Anderson, and the experience dictated that I followed the 104 minutes “funtastic” vision with this article, which I had promised myself to write, a long time ago. In fact, the notes for this article have been lingering in a folder inside my computer since 2015, when I wrote one article, “From Kubrick
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
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Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?

Anthem One: is this the LED light to rule them all? Presented as a groundbreaking LED technology, Anthem One has a new Strobe battery that will allow its Light Cards to last 500% longer than a xenon flash bulb. There is also a mobile battery for video. Announced as “twice as bright, half the weight, one-third the size and 2,000 times the lifespan… for one-fourth the cost of any HMI 400W system”, Anthem One, an “LED Lighting For Film, Photography & Much More!” , made it to Kickstarter early in 2018, only to be cancelled by the project creator in February 2018, despite the fact that during the first two
Anthem One: is this the LED light to rule them all?
Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?
Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?
Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?
Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?
Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?
Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?
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Cine Gear Expo returns to Atlanta in 2019

Cine Gear Expo returns to Atlanta in 2019 A strong attendance from 32 states across the U.S. and seven countries at the premiere of Cine Gear Expo Atlanta justifies that the event becomes annual. New dates will be announced soon. The Southeast’s Film and TV community showed its support of filmmaking art and technology with strong attendance at the premiere of Cine Gear Expo Atlanta. The event culminated several years of requests from vendors and crews who wanted to see the Hollywood-style event happen closer to home. For the organizers of the event, “the recent rise of production in Atlanta, and the rest of the south” justified
Cine Gear Expo returns to Atlanta in 2019
Cine Gear Expo returns to Atlanta in 2019
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Adobe Moving Stills: the tool to generate video from a single photograph

Adobe Moving Stills: generate video from a single image Moving Stills enables any photograph to become an animated 3D image with a realistic effect of flying through the photo. It’s not wizardry, but a process with roots in experiments from 20 years ago. We’ve Cinemagraphs, Cliplets, Plotagraphs and other formats that introduce animation to photos, like the good old Animated GIF, but soon we may have Moving Stills, Adobe’s own solution to animate images. Revealed at Adobe MAX, along with many other technologies the company is exploring and developing – some of which might never see the light of day – Moving Stills managed to get the crowd
Adobe Moving Stills: generate video from a single image
Adobe Moving Stills: generate video from a single image
Adobe Moving Stills: generate video from a single image
Adobe Moving Stills: generate video from a single image
Adobe Moving Stills: generate video from a single image
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JVC reveals affordable 31-inch UHD/4K DT-U series professional monitors

With a series of features, including a new zero latency image processing mode, ideal for lip sync monitoring, the first of the new monitors from JVC Professional Video will be available in November. Ideal for critical video applications in the studio and on location, the affordable JVC monitors feature 10-bit panels and 14-bit color processing to ensure high quality image processing and display. The DT-U31, previewed earlier this year at the 2018 NAB Show, offers UHD (3840×2160) resolution, while the DT-U31PRO offers full DCI 4K (4096×2160) native resolution. JVC reveals affordable 31-inch UHD/4K monitors for broadcast and live production Both monitors from JVC support HDR functions, including Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
JVC reveals affordable 31-inch UHD/4K monitors for broadcast and live production
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Kodak Cinema Tools, a film calculator for Android and iOS smartphones

Kodak Cinema Tools, a film calculator for smartphones Whether you need to calculate depth of field, how much film you’ve left for a sequence or check the meaning of a term, the free app from Kodak takes the guesswork out of the equation! Film is not dead. Mission: Impossible – Fallout  was shot in Kodak 35mm film by DP Rob Hardy, and so was Steve McQueen’s Widows. DP Kit Fraser also used Kodak 35mm film for Possum, and for The White Crow, DP Mike Eley BSC used chiefly Super 16mm, to evoke the spirit-of-the-age. These and many other motion pictures justify that Kodak keeps their app Kodak Cinema
Kodak Cinema Tools, a film calculator for smartphones
Kodak Cinema Tools, a film calculator for smartphones
Kodak Cinema Tools, a film calculator for smartphones
Kodak Cinema Tools, a film calculator for smartphones
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Teradek and Singular show dynamic graphic overlays at NAB New York

Teradek and Singular show dynamic graphic overlays at NAB New York Creating interactive live graphics quickly and easily is the promise coming from Teradek and Singular. Teradek is demonstrating the result of their association at NAB New York. Teradek brings dynamic graphic overlays to the cloud with Singular, creating the conditions for live streamers around the world to have access to the same capabilities of professional broadcast solutions without the expense or complexity. Developed by industry experts, Singular aims to allow anyone to create interactive live graphics quickly and easily, and the new partnership and the integration into Core Teradek’s cloud-based management and production platform, means live streamers will be
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Radeon Pro WX 8200: best workstation graphics performance for under $1000

Radeon Pro WX 8200: best graphics performance for under $1000 Created for real-time visualization, VR and photorealistic rendering, the Radeon Pro WX 8200 offers users the best workstation graphics performance for under $1000. $999, to be exact! The price is set to attract attention. It’s just one dollar short of $1000, but that’s part of the marketing strategy. More accessible than the competition and even other Radeon solutions for workstations, the Radeon Pro WX 8200 aims to seduce those dreaming about having access to a high end professional solution… at a more human price. Obviously, price is not everything, so the Radeon Pro WX 8200 graphics card finally made available
Radeon Pro WX 8200: best graphics performance for under $1000
Radeon Pro WX 8200: best graphics performance for under $1000
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Tolar Armitt: 1st AC cuts the cord with Hawk-Woods Mini-V batteries

Tolar Armitt’s: 1st AC cuts the cord with Hawk-Woods Mini-V batteries Admit it, no one thinks about batteries until they don’t work. Vancouver-based 1st AC, Tolar Armitt, though, never leaves home without a charger and multiple Hawk-Woods Mini-V batteries. Tolar Armitt has learned the hard way the importance of batteries. The Vancouver-based professional  has worked on commercials for some of the world’s most recognizable brands, including Audi, Porsche, Verizon, and even Apple, many times in locations that can be extreme, and where there is no wall socket to get energy from. Tolar Armitt’s: 1st AC cuts the cord with Hawk-Woods Mini-V batteries “As a 1st AC, I’m in charge of building and maintaining the camera. Commercials are a boutique field. These days,
Tolar Armitt’s: 1st AC cuts the cord with Hawk-Woods Mini-V batteries
Tolar Armitt’s: 1st AC cuts the cord with Hawk-Woods Mini-V batteries
Tolar Armitt’s: 1st AC cuts the cord with Hawk-Woods Mini-V batteries
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Samsung Galaxy A9: the world’s first quad camera smartphone

Samsung Galaxy A9: the world's first quad camera smartphone Smartphones with dual cameras are common and some even have three. Now Samsung introduces the first model with four rear cameras, the Galaxy A9, expanding the creative options for photo and video. The new Galaxy A9 smartphone does not feature the Samsung Dual Aperture the company showed in the Galaxy S9+ model (probably because it does not make much difference having F1.5 or F2.4 as aperture), but the new model may well be a videographer’s dream, as it comes with all or most of the lenses you may need. In fact, the new smartphone is the first in
Samsung Galaxy A9: the world's first quad camera smartphone
Samsung Galaxy A9: the world's first quad camera smartphone
Samsung Galaxy A9: the world's first quad camera smartphone
Samsung Galaxy A9: the world's first quad camera smartphone
Samsung Galaxy A9: the world's first quad camera smartphone
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Reallusion delivers standalone Character Creator 3 for animation, AR and VR

Reallusion delivers standalone Character Creator 3 Released with ZBrush, Daz3D, Iray and InstaLOD workflow, the new Character Creator 3 from Reallusion is a universal 3D character creation platform for animation, game, AR and VR. Character Creator 3 is a dynamic character creation system with a process to choose a highly-morphable base, morph and shape face and body, mix morphs, choose clothing, accessories and rapidly design stylized or realistic 3D characters, already set up for face and body animation. The latest features added to Character Creator 3 include a quad-based mesh, ZBrush compatibility with GoZ, subdivision and gamification with InstaLOD, along with Iray rendering. CC3 also connects
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Blackmagic Design eGPU Shooter’s Review

I do not care how the Blackmagic Design eGPU looks. I do not care how it works. I only care if it speeds up my exports. As a shooter I sometimes find myself in a hotel room offloading footage for a client and prepping my gear for the next morning’s call time. Shoot and charge batteries and sleep that can be the cameraman’s life at times. The last thing I want to do is to stay up late because I decided to take the extra step to sweeten my URSA Mini Pro footage via DaVinci Resolve for the client. I
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4K OLED UHD Monitor from Panasonic is More Than a True Plasma Replacement

The difference that HD grading monitors can make for projects of any size, from Hollywood productions all the way to films shot on a smartphone, are considerable. People like Alexis Van Hurkman have written articles and entire books about the nuances of color and tone that these kinds of grading monitors enable, so I’ll spare you a screed about what it means to have a client reference monitor that features outstanding color fidelity. The importance of having one is indisputable. What’s also indisputable is that these monitors are not cheap. It’s part of the reason people are always on the
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Insta360 ONE X: the 360-degree action camera you can throw around

Insta360 ONE X: the future of the action camera Available October 17, the Insta360 ONE X is presented as the future of the action camera. It offers cinematic slow-mo, groundbreaking stabilization, can be thrown around and be a “silent drone”. The ONE X that soon will be available for Android and iOS users is more than a 360-degree shooter. The company behind it says that “it’s a new kind of action camera that uses 360 to give users more freedom and more creative possibilities – both during and after capture.” Since it was founded, in 2014, Insta360 has invested in the development of 360-degree cameras. Based in Shenzhen
Insta360 ONE X: the future of the action camera
Insta360 ONE X: the future of the action camera
Insta360 ONE X: the future of the action camera
Insta360 ONE X: the future of the action camera
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XIMEA xiB-64: a 16Mpix camera to capture action at more than 300 fps

XIMEA: a 16Mpix camera to capture action at 300 fps Able to reach more than 2500 fps in FullHD and over 300 fps at 4K, the new XIMEA line of industrial cameras may be all a cinematographer wants when there is a need for speed. The new 16 Mpix high resolution camera from XIMEA now available offers exciting speed possibilities, that extend to cinematographers despite the fact that the company’s line of cameras is primarily designed for scientific field and industrial cameras. Usage of XIMEA cameras covers diverse areas that go from flat panel inspection or printed circuit board (PCB) examination to persistent stadium and border security, wide area surveillance
XIMEA xiB-64 : a 16Mpix camera to capture action at 300 fps
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Cingear 2018 ATL: New City, New Lenses, New Lights

Ahhhh trade shows…endless amounts floor space and people vying for your attention. More importantly, they gotta scan your badge to get you on their mailing list! Having been to NAB in Vegas many times, I was curious to check out Cine Gear Atlanta. This is Cinegears FIRST year in the big ATL, so I made the haul to Pinewood Studios from Nashville with my buddy Jiayoa. I think trade shows are more about the people you meet than the gear you see. Making a commitment to attending is a way to expand your network on a literal global scale. So
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Manfrotto Befree Camo tripods: a limited series for travelers

Manfrotto Befree Camo: a limited series for outdoor use Manfrotto had to go back to its roots, with a tripod conceived for outdoor use. The Befree Camo green, called, Wild Green, is available in a limited series of 500. For the urban jungle you have the Rock Grey. The classic Manfrotto 190 NAT 3 tripod or the 055 version, painted in green, are long gone. Those tripods painted in a camouflage green color were/are much appreciated by outdoor photographers. I am not sure if the green helped to keep the photographer hidden from view, what is apparently the idea with camo, but the truth is that I could not
Manfrotto Befree Camo: a limited series for outdoor use
Manfrotto Befree Camo: a limited series for outdoor use
Manfrotto Befree Camo: a limited series for outdoor use
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A real Pocket Softbox hidden inside your Android or iOS smartphone

A Pocket Softbox hidden inside your Android or iOS smartphone There are multiple smartphone apps that show colors, flashes or strobo rainbows, as if you’re in a party, but few can be used as a serious lighting tool by photographers and videographers. Pocket Softbox can! Apps for photographers and videographers are essentially tools to calculate exposure, DOF, Sun & Moon position in the sky, and other things. We’ve covered a few of those in recent weeks, now it is time for something different and not very common: one app that transforms your smartphone in a tool able to provide extra light for your photography or video. Can a smartphone
A Pocket Softbox hidden inside your Android or iOS smartphone
A Pocket Softbox hidden inside your Android or iOS smartphone
A Pocket Softbox hidden inside your Android or iOS smartphone
A Pocket Softbox hidden inside your Android or iOS smartphone
A Pocket Softbox hidden inside your Android or iOS smartphone
A Pocket Softbox hidden inside your Android or iOS smartphone
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