8ball, a “holographic” audio experience for cinematic VR

HEAR360’s 8ball is a patented omni-binaural microphone and software suite, designed to offer true spatial audio that immediately immerses listeners, creating the illusion they’re actually there. According to HEAR360, up until now, VR creators had to record immersive audio with microphones that were separate from software workflows, creating overcomplicated post-production processes, and often discouraging creators from fully leveraging immersive audio in their productions. ProVideo Coalition mentioned, back in November 2016, that HEAR360 had opened its Beta Program, inviting cinematic VR filmmakers to try the power of spatial audio offered by the 8ball omni-binaural microphone. The promise, then, was simple,
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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
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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
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Is glasses-free 3D really coming to every TV set?

Is glasses-free 3D really coming to every TV set? The new 16 million pixel panel using Ultra-D technology for glasses-free 3D was announced at 2018 CES, but the company behind the project is already working on 32 million pixel panels in its R&D lab. Whatever the size of the TV set, Ultra-D technology can be applied to it, says Stream TV Networks. In fact, as a core technology, Ultra-D can be applied to panels of nearly any type and size and is compatible with touch screen features as well. This means that consumers can have a seamless experience with virtually any device — televisions, tablets, smartphones, portable game players,
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Is glasses-free 3D really coming to every TV set?
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Is glasses-free 3D really coming to every TV set?

Is glasses-free 3D really coming to every TV set? The new 16 million pixel panel using Ultra-D technology for glasses-free 3D was announced at 2018 CES, but the company behind the project is already working on 32 million pixel panels in its R&D lab. Whatever the size of the TV set, Ultra-D technology can be applied to it, says Stream TV Networks. In fact, as a core technology, Ultra-D can be applied to panels of nearly any type and size and is compatible with touch screen features as well. This means that consumers can have a seamless experience with virtually any device — televisions, tablets, smartphones, portable game players,
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Is glasses-free 3D really coming to every TV set?
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True-Streak Rainbow filter mimics anamorphic-style effects

True-Streak Rainbow filter mimics anamorphic-style effects The True-Streak Rainbow filter announced by Schneider-Kreuznach expands its series of anamorphic-style filter effects, creating an effect reminiscent of the multi-color flares on uncoated lenses. Schneider-Kreuznach represents a long history of extraordinary lenses and filters for many industries including still photography, high definition, television broadcasting, cinematography, and digital projection. From technical filters to emotional, sensational or color filters, the vast catalog explains why the name Schneider-Kreuznach appears multiple times associated to motion pictures and digital cinematography. Now the company expands its family of filters with the True-Streak Rainbow. The streaking lens flare often seen with anamorphic lenses are so popular
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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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Nine videos to discover the Panasonic EVA1

Nine videos to discover the Panasonic EVA1 Available on YouTube, the educational videos about the Panasonic EVA1 cover everything from recording onto inexpensive SDXC cards to the modular design that makes the camera a versatile tool for a wide range of uses. The Panasonic AU-EVA1 5.7K handheld cinema camera is distinguished by a pixel count of 5720 H x 3016 V (17.25 million), Dual Native ISO ratings of 800 and 2,500, and 14-stops of dynamic range. The EVA1 delivers more than 17.25 million photosites, nearly double the 8.8 million for 4K DCI (4096 x 2160). Very well received when announced, the camera is Continue reading "Nine videos to discover the Panasonic EVA1"

MediaMotion Ball celebrates 21 years

MediaMotion Ball celebrates 21 years An all-volunteer produced event, the MediaMotion Ball serves as the unofficial industry kickoff and reunion event for the production, post production and motion graphics communities. Celebrating its 21st year in this return, the MediaMotion Ball is hosted by the International Media User’s Group (IMUG), an all-volunteer community of video and design professionals.  First held in 1998 the MediaMotion Ball is now the premier event for post production, motion graphics, 3D and anyone in the production field attending NAB. The MMB draws attendees from across the country and around the world. It is one of the longest-running events of its Continue reading "MediaMotion Ball celebrates 21 years"

PNW Lens Summit, May 5th, Portland OR USA

Last year’s Pacific Northwest Lens Summit was hugely successful*, so they’re doing it again: a day-long open house at Koerner Camera in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, May 5th from 10am to 5pm. PNW Lens Summit logo
Most—possibly all—of the big names in cinema glass will be there, showing off primes and zooms; spherical, aspherical, and anamorphic lenses; adapters, converters, controllers, and focus-assist accessories;  lenses for 2/3″ video on up to full-frame and possibly beyond. It’s not just the glass, either, it’s the folks behind the glass, like Les Zellan from Cooke, Jeff Cree from BandPro, and Matthew Duclos from Duclos Lenses (of course!),
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2018 DCS Lighting Expo, February 24, Burbank CA

The Digital Cinema Society‘s annual Lighting Expo is coming soon in Burbank, CA, USA. It’s a day-long event, open to all (though you must RSVP to attend): think of it as a mini-NAB or mini-Cine-Gear-Expo dedicated to lighting. A stage full of vendors will be present to show you their latest wares. On a stage set up in the stage—a metastage?—DCS hosts a series of lighting demos, talks by DPs, and panel discussions. I attended a couple of years ago: it’s a fun event, low-key (pressure-wise, not necessarily lighting-wise), and usefully informative. If you’re in Burbank or reasonably
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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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Nashville Filmmaker’s Guild Finds A Way To Give Back With StoryGive

As creatives, we have chosen a career path to inform and entertain through the arts. We talk cameras, lighting, and editing often times forgetting these are tools of our trade. Our passions are strong; our ambition is boundless. We worry about landing the next client or finishing our latest edit on time and we forget our skills and tools can help others, but how?   The Nashville Filmmaker’s Guild has found a simple way to give their members a reason to give back to their community by giving a story to a non-profit in need. Storytelling is an artform with
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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
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Sundance Film Festival: 26 percent of all films were shot with Canon
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iClone and PopcornFX now offer a realtime VFX 3D platform

iClone and PopcornFX now offer a realtime VFX platform Users of iClone will now have access to VFX creation without the need to build everything from scratch, thanks to the collaboration between the teams from Reallusion and Persistant Studios. PopcornFX is a realtime particle effects solution for games, films, AR/VR/MR and live shows. It is used in a wide variety of game productions, targeted platforms, game engines (Unity, Unreal, in-house), realtime applications, and on-set previsualization with full body tracking and realtime effects.  Reallusion Inc. is a 2D and 3D animation software and content developer. Reallusion specializes in the development of realtime 2D and 3D cinematic animation tools for
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Sekonic L-858D Light Meter Review

Last summer I replaced my trusty Sekonic L-758Cine light meter with the new L-858D model. The 858D features a mix of physical buttons and a touchscreen UI, and some really smart upgrades over previous models. After using it for around 8 months, I wanted to share my thoughts on this new meter. Firstly, I found the 858D a lot simpler to pick up and learn. The 758Cine was an excellent meter, but I personally never really found it to be very intuitive. Anyone who has used the 758 will recall the multi-button dance it takes to modify settings…there was a
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