Will the Sony A7III Be A Lower Cost Version of the Sony A9?

SonyAlphaRumors has shared what they think are the specs for the next version of the Sony A7 which basically makes it appear to be a lower cost clone of the Sony A9 (with a few features missing or lower spec of course). This just shows how aggressive Sony is being (ok, we knew that already but man, if this is true, it would be a very attractive offering for many shooters! Yesterday I posted a rumor about Canon possibly creating a new DSLR line for more video functionality – but Sony's A7iii isn't really going to be a competitor to that
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Review: Teradek Serv Pro and VUER

Teradek’s Serv Pro is a $1799 camera-top wireless transmitter, sending H.264 video and audio to as many as ten iPhones, iPads, or iPod touches. VUER is the free app that receives the Serv Pro’s transmissions. The two combined form a wireless monitoring system for any production that needs to show a feed to multiple people and doesn’t want the bother of running cables.
Serv Pro on a GH4
Serv Pro on a GH4
VUER displaying Serv Pro's feed
VUER displaying Serv Pro’s feed
Serv Pro fills a unique niche. There are uncompressed camera-top transmitters like the Paralinx systems and Teradek’s own Bolt series; these are real-time links with zero
Serv Pro with iPhone 6 running VUER
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Serv Pro with supplied parts
Serv Pro booting
Serv Pro after startup
Serv Pro detecting video
Serv Pro showing video
Serv Pro with client connected
Serv Pro's web interface
VUER's screen with no inputs configured
VUER sees one Serv Pro on the network
You can use the same input for all four channels
VUER gives a snapshot tutorial on important controls
VUER's CDL editor, on iPad
VUER's Distort settings, set for 2.0x desqueeze
Comprehensive marker and mask settings
The result: 2.0x anamorphic with 2.39:1 framing
Quad-split display to show false color, WFM, focus assist
Three clients, no problems
Six iDevices receiving from Serv Pro
Serv Pro 4-way display delay
WFM: six steps from 0% to 100%
The menu bar overlays the data panel...
...and the picture too, as it turns out.
VUER screen, showing a cat.
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Lighting Black Faces: Mic Interviews ‘Insecure’ Director of Photography Ava Berkofsky

Lighting Black Faces: Mic Interviews 'Insecure' Director of Photography Ava Berkofsky Any photographer who has photographed or recorded multiple skin tones on film will know that lighting suitable for one skin type won't always work for another. Exposing for a dark skin tone may blow out a lighter skinned companion, and lighting for a pale skin tone may leave a darker skinned person in the shadows. So how do you properly light dark skin? Xavier Harding recently interviewed Ava Berkofsky, HBO's director of photography for the show "Insecure," for Mic to find out what her techniques are for lighting the show's black actors. [ Read More ]

What It’s Like to Go Full-Time on YouTube

What It's Like to Go Full-Time on YouTube For many photographers, videographers, and creatives, the dream career is something along the lines of being paid to fly around the world and create content while maintaining an active and successful Internet presence. This landscape photographer seems to have achieved that, and in this video, he talks about the process, his daily life, and his sources of income. [ Read More ]

CanonRumors Suspects Canon Might Be Releasing New DSLR Series in 2018?

Note this rumor from CanonRumors is indeed just that, but it could make a lot of sense… after all Canon's been pretty serious about keeping the Cinema EOS line very much apart from the DSLR line. And of course we all know we've all yelled at them about wanting better video in the DSLR line… so again, this might make sense. But I also suspect it might not be low end (CR suspects it might be APS-C which would be middle ground) if indeed Canon goes this direction. Big note that CR rated this rumor CR1 – which means it is very much
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Three New 4K Camcorders With Fast Auto Focus Announced By Sony

Small, light-weight and with killer Auto Focus the three newest members of  Sony’s camcorders club were announced today. Sony has beefed the trio up with phase detection Auto Focus, 4K, and HDR capable tools for shooting in every application whether it be home videos to corporate and events to broadcast and TV production.
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Three New Camcorders

The three new camcorders are the XDCAM PXW-Z90, the NXCAM HXR-NX80, and the Handycam FDR-AX700. The Fast Hybrid AF system can nail your focus needs and track your subject while keeping it in focus. This is especially helpful during 4K shooting when a small dip
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No Headphone Jack? No Problem Says Caleb – 5 Ways to Monitor Audio Without a Headphone Jack

Monitor Audio Without a Headphone JackSo, how do you monitor audio without a Headphone Jack? We often fault camera manufacturers for creating cameras without headphone jacks, but you still have some options! This is a brilliant little tutorial from Caleb Pike over at DSLR Video Shooter explaining several different ways (many I've never thought of) to attach headphones to cameras that don't have a headphone jack but yet you still want/need to monitor your audio. What kinds of tools do you use? Are there methods Caleb didn't put in his video? Sound off in the comments. RELATED: If your audio isn't clean, RocketJump can help
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Take Your Filmmaking to the Next Level

Take Your Filmmaking to the Next Level There are many ways to go about your video. You can just go at it, shoot away, and edit quick shots together, or you can think about what you want to shoot and use psychological composition to bring your story across in the best way possible. You can have progression of your hero moving from left to right throughout the film, or you can keep your villain to the left and your hero to the right to have them compete in your viewer’s mind. This video shares some smart ways to approach your next film or photography project, even if Continue reading "Take Your Filmmaking to the Next Level"

Art Of The Shot: “Menashe” Cinematographer Yoni Brook

In this version of Art of the Shot, I had the opportunity to talk to “Menashe” cinematographer Yoni Brook. Brook is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an Independent Spirit Award-nominated cinematographer for “Vally of Saints” the feature film shot under military curfew in Kashmir. Premiering at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, “Vally of Saints” won the Audience Award and Alfred P. Sloan Award. As a documentary director, Brook’s films have premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, True/False Film Festival, and International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Brook started as a photojournalist at the
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These Five Tips Will Help You Stay Organized While Editing Video

These Five Tips Will Help You Stay Organized While Editing Video Working as a video editor can be a hectic and tedious experience. Spending some time to think about organizational tools and methods can help you out significantly when working with a lot of files, or in a large group of colleagues. Renaming files, creating proper folder structure, logging metadata, backing up files, and developing a workflow can make your life much, much easier. While some of the advice listed below is geared for Premiere Pro users, any video editor can take advantage of these tips. [ Read More ]

‘IT’ is Here and is Totally Crushing the Box Offices

'IT' is Here and is Totally Crushing the Box Offices This past weekend, Stephen King's "IT" opened in theaters and totally crushed things at the box office. The movie adaptation of Stephen King's classic horror novel looks to be both visually impressive and completely terrifying. Take two minutes and watch the official trailer if you haven't already. Take notice of the genius use of vibrant color pops woven into the otherwise muted color tones. [ Read More ]

Some Advice on How to Take Better Architectural Photos

Some Advice on How to Take Better Architectural Photos We have all come across a beautiful or interesting building in our life, it’s another subject of art. There are many architects that spend a lot of their time designing these amazing structures, and there’s even a whole genre of photography to capture and share the beauty in these buildings. [ Read More ]

This is How the Leica M10 is Made

Want to see how Leica’s cameras are made these days? Photographer Richard Seymour made this 4-minute video that provides a beautiful look at how the new Leica M10 is built in Wetzlar, Germany. Leica writes that the M10 is exclusively put together by Leica specialists at the company’s factory in Wetzlar using 1,100 individual components. These parts include 30 brass-milled components, 126 screws, and 17 optical elements. After the top and base plates are milled from solid blocks of metal, workers spend 40 minutes grinding and polishing them by hand. Here are some still frames from the video that show
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Adam Epstein Breaks Down the Six Rules for Cinematic Editing

Adam Epstein Breaks Down the Six Rules for Cinematic Editing For video editors and filmmakers alike, understanding the power of the cut is important for telling the most compelling, informative, and/or emotional story. In this video excerpt from MZed, professional editor Adam Epstein (known for SNL and Killing Gunther among other things) provides some thoughtful insight on six rules for cinematic editing, as referenced from award-winning film editor Walter Murch. [ Read More ]

Dolby Cinema Sound – Must Make a Road Trip To A Dolby Cinema Sound Theater!

Dolby Cinema Sound by RocketJump film schoolDolby Cinema Sound feels like a must have to me after watching the video below which is a cool look into what goes into Dolby Cinema Sound by RocketJump Film School! I've been in several sound demos at NAB tho I don't think I've seen anything from Dolby like this. We all know or have heard the phrase that sound is 50% of the movie experience (which must be painful to read for folks who have hearing issues) and I firmly believe it is true – and I'm no sound expert. But I do know when I hear good sound. So after
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Mountain Biking Meets Drawing for a Unique Video

Mountain Biking Meets Drawing for a Unique Video In many artistic disciplines and sports, people are told they should concentrate on one thing and one thing only. Being specialized seems to be the trend and what most industry leaders appear to believe in. However, there are exceptions to this. First, those industry leaders themselves that are more often than not great educators as well. But then, there are those people that truly shine in different domains such as Micayla Gatto. Watching her recent video where she rides her bike on mountains and her drawings is just an amazing experience, one you should see with your own eyes to Continue reading "Mountain Biking Meets Drawing for a Unique Video"

The Sony a9 is So Fast You Can Turn Its 20fps Photos into Video

Take a look at the video above. It’s actually a string of still photos that shows how blazing fast the new Sony a9 is. The sequences were shot using the camera’s 20fps burst mode for photos. Harnessing the insane shooting speed of 20 frames per second, it’s possible to create a relatively smooth video at almost “normal” speed. 24fps is a traditional standard frame rate for motion pictures, while many early silent films were shot at a choppy 16fps. The Sony a9’s still photo burst rate is now in between those two frame rates. The a9 is able to do
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Can an External Monitor Be Inexpensive, Bright, and Highly Functional? The New Cinemartin Eclipse 1000 nit monitor Says Yes

Cinemartin Eclipse 1000 nit monitorOur friends at Cinemartin have just announced the Cinemartin Eclipse 1000 nit monitor which delivers 4k, high brightness (1000 nits) with Dual HDMI, Dual SDI, dual battery slots, and DTAP for gimbals. And, the price is right! 695 € / 795 $, with a limited introductory price of just only 495 € / 590 $ during the initial promo phase (see more on their site). We'll be getting our hands on one in a few days and we'll let you know what we think. You can also find some other reviews at the bottom of this post! 4K
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