Z CAM E2-M4 vs Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K — Which Should You Buy?


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Let’s look at the pros and cons of the new Z CAM E2-M4 next to the beloved BMPCC4K. Which is worth your money? With Z CAM’s announcement …

8Sinn SIGMA fp Cage – Hands On


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8Sinn, an accessories manufacturer based out of Poland, creates a wide variety of products aimed at supporting a majority of the small sized camera market. The SIGMA fp camera, launched in 2019, is billed as the world’s smallest full frame mirrorless camera weighing in at under a pound and I’ve been finding ways to beef up the camera to a true Cine-style rig. Will the 8Sinn SIGMA fp cage both hold up to the constant stress of production? Let’s find out!

What Exactly Does a Key Grip do on Set? – An Interview with Jake Reeder


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To extend the headlines question a little bit: What is the actual impact of a production grip department on the final look and feel captured through the camera? It might surprise you but without the help of grips, we’d be watching pretty boring, uninspired stuff all day long. Watch the whole interview with Jake Reeder, a key grip himself, hosted by our very own Graham Sheldon.

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Deploying a giant camera crane in the desert? Right away! (image credit: Jake Reeder)

So what exactly does a key grip do? It’s not (only) about lifting heavy stuff and push a camera dolly

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The Best Creative Advice for Career Videographers


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Here’s the simple phrase that has helped me through my entire creative and video production career and saved me hours of frustration. Take a look!

6 Reasons for You to Upgrade to Resolve Studio Today


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DaVinci Resolve is unique among post-production applications in that it’s free. But, here are six reasons why you’d upgrade to its paid version.

Everything You Should Know About Picking Your Film’s Color Schemes


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Let’s explore one of the core issues of a film’s cinematography — color scheme. A film’s color scheme sets the tone, emotion, and complexity of the film.

Irix expands its Cine lens lineup with the new Irix Cine 15mm T2.6


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Irix has today announced the addition of the new Irix Cine 15mm T2.6 to their cinema lens lineup. Teased a few days ago, it joins the 11mm T4.3, 45mm T1.5 and 150mm T3.0 Macro lenses in the Irix range of cinema lenses. Irix says that it’s designed for super-high-resolution 8K video, with minimal distortion, and compact […]

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SoundDevices Relesases New NoiseAssist Plugin for 8-Series Mixer/Recorder


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Capturing clean production sound tends to be a tricky business: A generator humming in the back, a nearby air condition, traffic… it can get nasty. If you happen to use one of SoundDevices latest gen 8-Series mixer/recorder you now can get a (paid) plugin called NoiseAssist which claims to solve all of these issues once and for all.

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The Future of Production: How Filming Can Start Again Safely


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Television, Film and On Demand content has kept us going through our relative lockdowns. With many in our industry eager to get back to work, broadcasters and industry guidance are starting to set out how and when this can happen safely.

Crews working closely will be a distant memory.

How to Get Back to Work on Set Safely?

When can we get back to work and how can we stay safe? Guidance is beginning to emerge from industry bodies that sets out precautions to allow the cogs to start turning once again. However, it appears to be slow and steady.

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A Guide to Organizing Your Own Online Film Premiere


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Have a short or feature film that you’re looking to show off online? Here’s a step-by-step guide to organizing your film’s premiere.

Untethered Territory: How to Shoot Films Like Quentin Tarantino


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Today, we’re going to take a look at what makes Tarantino so distinctive, and the elements he combines to form his director’s style.

Short Film, Big Ideas: Combining 2D and 3D to Visualize a Complex Issue


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For his latest film, “Disorder,” Director Robert Grieves utilized a multi-media approach to tell a multi-dimensional story. Here’s how he did it.

Interesting remarks from the Cooke lens engineers and chairman in Jon Fauer’s factory tour


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Comment on the forum FDTimes has published a really nice insight into the famous British cinema lens manufacturer Cooke. “The business has changed ever since Jim Jannard announced the RED One camera in April 2006” You can read all the interviews in FDTimes here [PDF] “Everybody knew everybody. When the first RED One cameras came a year later, in April 2007, the market expanded exponentially, almost overnight.” Les Zellan is chairman of the renowned British cinema lens firm Cooke. His interview is one of the most interesting in Jon Fauer’s latest

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Audio Design Desk – Free Version and Update V1.2 Released


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Audio Design Desk, new audio software with quick workflow for adding sound effects to video, announced the free version of the app, Audio Design Desk Create. An update to version 1.2 with new features has also been announced along with the official launch of the app. Audio Design Desk’s CEO Gabe Cowan walked us through the app in our Virtual Show video interview.

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Audio Design Desk (add.app) is a new Digital Audio Workstation that changes the way how filmmakers work with sound design. Its workflow is aimed at

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Shutterstock Giveaway: Free Cooking Sounds


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Quality videos require quality sound design, no news here. But where to get decent sounds for your productions, you ask? Well, Shutterstock is giving away some sizzling ones for free. So let’s start cookin’, shall we?

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Assuming you’re home a lot these days. You may have a little time on your hands but you don’t know what to do. Well, you’re not visiting these pages for no reason so I’m thinking you’re into video. And since you’re stuck at home anyway, an obvious idea might be some nice cooking videos. Even if you don’t want to establish

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Use these three techniques to shoot manual focus lenses on a gimbal


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I don’t shoot on a gimbal all that often. When I do, it’s usually for b-roll. But I’m usually doing it with manual focus lenses. It presents some challenges, but they’re pretty easy to overcome. Sure, plenty of cameras have autofocus these days when shooting video, and it’s getting better and better all the time, […]

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Pond5 Expands Distribution Rights and Legal Coverage Across All Media


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Pond5, one of the biggest marketplaces for footage and music, just announced that it expanded its distribution rights and legal coverage for all royalty-free media they sell. In short, it means that now, when you purchase any media file on Pond5, you can use it across all media, forever, and with a worldwide distribution. While this is good news for buyers, what does it mean for content creators? Let’s take a closer look.

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Pond5 has just announced an update to its “Standard” license that extends the distribution rights and legal coverage for all

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Camera Movement in “1917” – A Free CVP and ACO Webinar


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Our partner CVP and the Association of Camera Operators (ACO) have just announced a new webinar on Tuesday 19th of May about the “camera movement of 1917”. This free two-hour online event will feature Steadicam operator Peter Cavaciuti and ARRI Trinity operator Charlie Rizek that were part of Roger Deakins’ camera team on “1917.” Mark Carey, head of cinematography at the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University, will also be part of the conversation talking about how the entire team made this incredible one-shot feature film. Let’s take a closer look at it!

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Roger Deakins Podcast, Listen and Learn With A Cinematography Master


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Join the acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins and his team in a new podcast series that discusses filmmaking, collaboration, lighting, and more.

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There are seven podcast episodes available to listen to so far.

If you’ve ever wanted to know what goes through a cinematographer’s mind, now is your chance to dive in. Team Deakins, which is composed of Roger Deakins CBE, ASC, BSC, James Deakins (Roger Deakins’ wife), and Matt Wyman, have started an insightful new podcast. Deakins, known for his work on 1917, Blade Runner 2049, Skyfall, and The Shawshank Redemption (and many more films)

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Best FREE Animation Software — Ready to Download Right Now


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Let’s take a look at the best FREE animation software that you can download and start using today, with over ten software options listed here.