OWC Announces World’s Fastest Portable USB-C Drive


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OWC hits a sweet spot between speed, form, price and ruggedness with the new USB-C Envoy Pro EX.


Other World Computing has just announced a ruggedized USB-C version of the already well-regarded Envoy Pro EX line of external hard drives. These portable drives offer screaming fast data transfer speeds up to 980 MB/s in a tiny, weatherproof form factor. This brings great on-the-go performance to Windows users and a more affordable and durable option to Mac users who don’t need the 2,800 MB/s throughput of their Thunderbolt 3-only drives (while retaining Thunderbolt 3 compatibility).

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Insane Deal on Litepanels Astra 6X Bi-Color With Battery Brackets


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You can save over $750 on the Astra 6X Bi-Color LED, including either a free V-mount or Gold-mount, now for a limited time.


If you’ve been thinking about adding LitePanels to your lighting kit, now is the time to buy. Adorama is running a fire sale on the Astra 6X Bi-Color LED for a limited time. Both kits, which include either V-mount or Gold-mount brackets at no additional charge, now cost $899 with free shipping. These durable lights are still the standard for highly mobile lighting kits and you’ll see them on location worldwide.

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SmallHD Announces First 13″ and 17″ Wireless Production Monitors


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These newly announced monitors from SmallHD offer a tight integration system, giving focus pullers and DITs a seamless wireless workflow.


SmallHD just announced two new production monitors that incorporate Teradek receivers, allowing for wireless video transmission. The two monitors, the 13” 1303 HDR Bolt Sidekick (also referred to as the 13RX) and the 17” 1703 P3X Bolt Sidekick (also referred to as the 17RX), are closely based on the 1300 and 1700 series of IPS LCD production monitors and have focused target markets.



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Wooden Camera Announces Incredibly Light Director’s Monitor Cage v3


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The DMCv3 is a huge upgrade in design, materials and total weight from v2, at the same price point.


Once again, Wooden Camera really put some thought into a redesign of their best-selling Director’s Monitor Cage. Most notably, the overall weight has dropped from 2lbs. 9.6oz (1179.34g) in v2 to 1lb. (476g) in v3, while retaining the exact same footprint.



The DMCv3 is designed to be universally compatible with any monitor up to 9 inches. Here is a partial list of compatible monitors:

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Can You Make It as a Commercial Director Without Film School? [Interview]


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Short answer: yes. Jordan Brady has created a decades-long career without ever attending film school.


A long, successful creative career often incorporates multiple storytelling forms and income streams. Without attending film school, director Jordan Brady has built a decades-long career encompassing comedy, acting, and directing features and commercials. He has directed over 1,000 commercials for clients ranging from Kellogg to Ford to Toyota. He also teaches the business and art of directing both through his well-regarded Commercial Directing Bootcamp and Respect the Process podcast, which currently has 300 episodes.



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Indie Filmmaking Is About to Get More Expensive in the U.S.


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Tariffs and enhanced tax enforcement are going to raise the price of the gear you use every day to make your films.


The possibility of increased costs for indie filmmaking has been percolating in the back of our minds recently. This morning, that possibility exploded loudly with this announcement arriving from display company Flanders Scientific:



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CalMAN 2019 Color Calibration Solutions Released


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Portrait Displays updates and expands its extensive line of CalMAN color calibration solutions.


CalMAN color calibration solutions are industry standard tools used by color professionals worldwide to guarantee color accuracy on displays. Their calibration solutions are “custom-tailored to provide all of the necessary tools to deliver extremely-accurate color calibrations on all types of display technologies in a multitude of color-critical environments.”



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Venus Optics Announces the Laowa 100mm F2.8 2:1 Macro Lens


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The new Laowa lens features low bokeh fringing and chromatic aberration as well as electronic coupling for Canon EF mounts.


Venus Optics has announced that its new Laowa 100mm F2.8 macro lens will ship at the end of May and be priced at a competitive $449 (U.S.). This full frame lens joins its previously released 60mm F2.8 as the second lens in Laowa’s 2:1 magnification line. The lens will be released with Canon EF, Sony FE and Nikon F mounts.



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DaVinci Resolve 16 Is Now Ready for Your Entire Post Workflow


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Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 16 Beta 2 has been released. Here’s a complete guide to all of its important new tools.


A decade ago, Blackmagic Design revolutionized color grading for the masses by turning the high-end, hardware-based DaVinci Resolve into a hardware agnostic software accessible to the masses. In the intervening years, they have continued to add features to it, creating a competitive all-in-one post solution. The iterations have been at times painful (as anyone who tried to edit anything substantial in versions 12 or 13 well knows).



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Ring the Bell for Another Format as Adobe Bids Farewell to Flash


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All support and updates for Flash will end in 2020.


Today, Adobe announced that it will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020. The company encouraged content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to open formats such as HTML5, but it committed to continuing compatibility and security updates until this date.



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Ring the Bell for Another Format as Adobe Bids Farewell to Flash


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All support and updates for Flash will end in 2020.


Today, Adobe announced that it will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020. The company encouraged content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to open formats such as HTML5, but it committed to continuing compatibility and security updates until this date.



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Gen Energy V-Mount Batteries: Highest Capacity, Compact Design, and Shock-Proof


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These new batteries meet U.S. military drop test standard.


Gen Energy’s new V-mount battery line will be making its way to the U.S. marketplace soon. The specifications appear to meet the industry standard in several areas, including a moderate price point. The company claims that the batteries meet the U.S. military drop test standard, and when we ran across them at Cine Gear 2017, we were given a live demo as to their ruggedness:





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Digital Sputnik’s New Voyager Series Aims at Low-Budget Filmmakers


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Digital Sputnik ups the lighting game again with the new, affordable Voyager series lights to be released at NAB.


Building on its success with its RGB LED lights (famously used in Star Wars: Rogue One), Digital Sputnik will reveal the Voyager series at NAB this year. The new lights aim to provide an even more flexible, portable and affordable lighting toolset for the masses than the revolutionary DS series. The Voyagers complement the DS series by being tubular soft lights, with removable diffusers.



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Here’s What to Expect from NAB 2017: Gear Rumors, Announcements, and More


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NAB 2017 is not looking to be a blockbuster year for gear announcements, but here’s what you can get excited about so far.


Just prior to NAB 2017, we’ve already seen some big announcements from companies like Black Magic (Ursa Mini Pro 4.6K, Resolve Control Panels, several studio products) and Pansonic (GH5). In addition, RED announced that it would be taking a pass on NAB this year and focusing entirely on CineGear in June.



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FilmConvert Lumix GH5 Profile Hits the Market as First Cameras Delivered


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A GH5 profile for the popular film emulation plugin FilmConvert is already available.


Just as the first highly anticipated Panasonic Lumix GH5 cameras are being delivered, FilmConvert is already making a profile for the camera available. The release contains profile settings for all the picture profiles currently on the camera, including the optional V-Log L.



FilmConvert has also committed to updating the profile when the announced firmware upgrades (Hybrid-Log Gamma for 4K HDR, 6K anamorphic video, 400Mbps 4K, 10-bit ALL-Intra and more) by Panasonic happen this summer. The folks Continue reading “FilmConvert Lumix GH5 Profile Hits the Market as First Cameras Delivered”

Completely Re-Designed Director’s Monitor Cage v2 Available for Pre-Order


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Wooden Camera’s DMCv2 is a huge upgrade in materials and design—and at the same price point.


Wooden Camera has just released its upgrade to the Director’s Monitor Cage v1 for pre-order, in advance of showing it on the floor at NAB 2017. The DMCv2 is designed to be universally compatible with any monitor up to 9 inches. Here is a partial list of compatible monitors:


  • Blackmagic Video Assist
  • SmallHD DP4, DP6, AC7, DP7
  • TVLogic VFM-056W/WP, VFM-058W
  • Ikan D5, VK7i, VH8, VL5, VX9e
  • Odyssey 7, 7Q
  • Atomos Samurai, Ninja, Shogun


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The Holy Grail: 4K RAW Video is Possible on EOS 5D Mark III


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Magic Lantern delivers rough proof of concept that enables shooting 4K RAW video on the EOS 5D Mark III.


In what initially seemed to be an April Fool’s Day joke, Magic Lantern released an experimental 4K RAW recording build for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. As 4K RAW has long been the Holy Grail for 5D owners, shock immediately shifted to a frenzy of activity as users downloaded the build and began to experiment with it.



The build adds the following resolutions to the 5D MKIII:

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RED Completely Overhauls Image Processing Pipeline with IPP2


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What will RED’s new image-processing workflow mean for users?


RED quietly announced last week that their new image-processing pipeline (IPP2) is available for download. The new pipeline overhauls the entire RED image processing workflow, from RAW sensor data capture to image output.





In his personal announcement, RED President Jarred Land calls IPP2 a complete, ground up overhaul to the entire RED image-processing pipeline. In their official press reelase, RED highlighted the following enhancements:


Nikon Announces Commemorative Gear for 100th Anniversary


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In celebration of its 100th birthday, Nikon has released stylish new gear.


Nikon is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and has just announced special commemorative products, including specially branded camera and lens kits.



Most notably for filmmakers, Nikon will be offering individual D5, D500, NIKKOR 70-200E, and NIKKOR triple F2.8 zoom lens 100th Anniversary Edition kits. Both the D5 and D500 editions feature exclusive centennial design elements on the cameras and come with commemorative accessories.



D5 Special EditionCredit: Nikon



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