Cine Gear Expo 2019: the winners of Technical Achievement Awards


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From a total of 130 entries from the 306 attending vendors, 16 judges and 12 different product categories come the winners of the 2019 Cine Gear Expo Technical Achievement Award.

It’s never an easy task, but Cine Gear Expo’s team of sixteen expert judges representing a multiplicity of industry disciplines deliberated and voted on the worthy new technology candidates in 12 different product categories. With the event being the place where industry’s tech manufacturers aim to show crowds their hottest new production and post production gear, it’s a difficult task, most of the time. Still, the judges finished their work,

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Cine Gear 2019: HEDEN Ymer-3 FIZ Wireless System


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As a long-time camera operator, I sometimes have trouble letting go and allowing camera assistants to do their work. There have been many a time I have grabbed a lens out of habit and pulled the focus and thus… blow up a lens calibration with a wireless follow focus unit. With a suggestion from a friend, we stopped by Heden Group to check out a wireless FIZ controller who can help me with my bad habits.

The Heden Ymer-3 is a high-end wireless control system for Focus / Iris / Zoom that has been designed to be dependable. As you

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Did Canon just say that DSLRs are dead?


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Canon may have just announced that the modern DSLR is dead. In a recent video explaining the technology behind the new RF lens, the company talks about a new age and mirrorless is the keyword used.

Which system is better: reflex or mirroless? The question has divided opinions and no one has, yet, found the right answer. The problem, though, may be that those discussing the advantages and disadvantages of both systems looked at the cameras, when they should look at lenses. Yes, cameras are important, and those who have opted for mirrorless say their system is better, while those

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Exploring Ultrawide Workspaces – A Review of the Samsung CJ79


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For editing, the size and layout of your workspace is nontrivial. Most would argue doing so on a 17” laptop is an enormous pain and having an external monitor is a necessity. I’ve built all of my computers so I’ve long had a choice in monitoring, upgrading when technology warranted it (the jump from 4:3 CRT to 16:9 LCD was memorable). I’ve had the good fortune of adding some real winners to my setup, like the BenQ 27” I reviewed at the beginning of the year, and recently Samsung sent me their 34” CJ79 Ultrawide Curved monitor to check

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6 tricks with the RØDE Wireless GO mic system (TLDR Filmmaker)


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While I await the review unit of the RØDE Wireless Go microphone system (which I first covered upon its release at NAB in April), I am now sharing with you TLDR Filmmaker’s must-see video about it. It’s entitled 6 tricks with the RODE Wireless GO you need to know about! Ahead is the video with my comments.

My first (short) article on RØDE Wireless Go

If you missed my initial article, here it is: RØDE launches smallest cordless microphone system: Wireless GO (illustrated above, B&H).

My comments

First, congratulations for an amazing job done to TLDR Filmmaker!

Second, his

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Transcend Portable SSD ESD350C: the quest for fast portable drives


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Announced recently, the Transcend ESD350C Portable SSD is one of a series of new options introduced by the company, which include a range of speedier products from USB flash drives to card readers.

To explore the ease of use and fast transfer speeds offered by USB Type-C ports, you need more than one drive with the interface, you need to have a whole range of products that allow to keep data flowing at the speed offered by the fastest connection available. That’s the reason why Transcend is expanding its family of USB Type-C portable storage devices. USB Type-C also has

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Fight for the Forgotten: a documentary to save the Batwa Pygmies


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Using the power of cinema to tell real stories and change the world is probably one of the best things we humans can do. The documentary about the Batwa Pygmies shines a light on this oppressed people.

Once known as the “keepers of the forest” the peaceful Batwa Pygmies, living deep in a rain forest in Equatorial Africa, in southwestern Uganda, have for generations been systematically oppressed and bullied, a process that culminated in the Uganda government seizing the Batwa Pygmies’ land with no monetary compensation and no place to call home. Now a documentary will tell their story and

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Hasselblad X1D II 50C, a camera to optimize the X System


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Hasselblad X1D II 50C

Hasselblad introduces the evolved X1D II 50C camera, along with a XCD 35-75 zoom lens, Phocus Mobile 2, and reveals details of the upcoming CFV II 50C digital back and 907X camera body.

The X1D II 50C camera from Hasselblad is, one can say, a Mark II of the model with which the company introduced the world’s first mirrorless medium format digital camera. The new model continues to challenge users to take medium format outside of the studio, and Hasselblad says that this model further optimizes the X System for a wider audience of creatives. Having listened to user feedback

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Filmmakers and Financing: you’ve read the book, the film comes soon


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Now in its eighth edition, the book “Filmmakers And Financing: Business Plans For Independents”, by Louise Levison, is the inspiration for a film, “Movie Money CONFIDENTIAL” that  premieres July 13!

“Filmmakers and Financing” is the industry standard. It explains in a step-by-step format how to write a business plan and shares with readers other proven tips for attracting financing. In the book, now in its eight edition, an updated and expanded filmmaker’s guide, Louise Levison tells how to pitch investors, explaining who they are, what they want and what to tell them, and offers words of advice from filmmakers who

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A Special Offer from Syncly – Affordable Music and Customizable Tracks for Editors and Production Professionals


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Creative professionals of all types and sizes continue to sort through challenges related to identifying and licensing the right piece of music for their project. From a licensing perspective, everyone from music supervisors to freelancers to students struggles with the costs for music on their projects. On a technical level, editors often have to slug through large quantities of tracks while also finding the time to listen to and assess all of their options.

Syncly Music provides a solution to both of these issues by offering high-quality music with industry-leading tech to customize tracks. Additionally, their pricing model is also

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Bullies don’t own you


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You sad little man…You are quite honestly not that important to me.”

Those words were directed at me by my former employer.

The words and the personal attack are supposed to hurt and humiliate me, but they simply sound like the taunts of a schoolyard bully. Words like those might have affected me when I was 10 or 11 years old on the playground, but as a 30 year veteran in the creative field, they strike me as sad.

It’s a fact that in your career you are likely to… no scratch that. You WILL interact with people who

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Cine Gear: VISTA-M Lenses by T M Camera Solutions


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A mix of modern optical performance and function with the character of a vintage lens. The all-new Masterbuilt VISTA-M lenses are Large Format lenses. The entire lens range has an aperture of T1.4 and a flair for flare.

These lenses are all about delivering vintage character. Like many older lenses, these MasterBuilt VISTA-M lenses all have very clear center sharpness and a look our Nathan Thompson thought reminded him of Canon C-35 vintage cinema lenses.

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Like a lot of the new lenses on the market, these lenses have a vintage look, but with the added benefit of modern optics,

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Cine Gear 2019: cMotion Cinefade VariND and Depth of Field


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Subtle image control when done very well is subtextual to the viewer. To execute the effect smoothly and repeatedly can be a challenge. With the Cmotion lens control system the iris motor slaves to the Cinefade VariND allowing cinematographers to change their depth of field while maintaining perfect exposure.  The in-camera effect is remotely controlled with a cmotion cPRO LCS via the hand unit.

 

The Cmotion Cinefade VariND consists of a Motorised Polariser and a Static Polariser. When inserted into a matte box together, they form a variable ND filter that works as a standalone VariND or as a

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Mistika Workflows: Media Management, Transcoding and Delivery in a single app


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SGO pre-releases Mistika Workflows, its first dedicated Media Management, Transcoding and Delivery software solution. The open beta phase is open to everyone who wants to test-drive it.

Aware that the demand for highly efficient content production is greater than ever before, with new delivery standards becoming a requirement, especially from the increasing number of on-demand providers, the European developer, SGO, which offers high-end software solutions within the post-production market since 1993, developed a new product, Mistka Workflows.

The new app aims to solve the problems created by the lack of automation and repetitive human interventions that can lead to mistakes,

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Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro from Venus Optics is now shipping


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Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro is now shipping

The Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro APO lens looks like any other 100mm Macro lens in terms of size, but its optical construction gives you much more in an affordable package, priced at $449.00.

The same size as my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO is different, because it only offers manual focus, which may be a negative point for some. On the other end, it doubles the magnification, which can be an advantage for macro shooters. The lens is available for Canon, Nikon and Sony.

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SMPTE Hollywood explores Immersive VR and shows holographic display


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SMPTE Hollywood Section explores Immersive VR and shows holodeck

Star Trek’s holodeck continues to be the goal in terms of Virtual Reality projects, and at SMPTE’s next meeting a group of specialists will discuss their plans for building holodeck-like technologies.

June’s meeting of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers makes justice to the organizations claim that it is defining the future of storytelling. At the meeting, held under the title, “Building Truly Immersive Experiences: Are You Ready for the Holodeck?”,  SMPTE Hollywood will host a panel discussion by representatives of companies that are founding members of  the Immersive Digital Reality Alliance, IDEA. The event will include

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Cine Gear: Cooke Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus Standard and SF Lenses


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Large Format. Full Frame. That super shallow depth of field. The evolution of filmmaking has been in a state of constant change which seems to speed up faster and faster. Cooke Optics showed off their Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus Standard and SF (Special Flair) prime lenses to give the ever-changing camera technology lenses fit to keep pace. Thes lenses give cinematographers the anamorphic characteristics, including flare and oval bokeh found in older lenses which may not cover the large format image circle.

The Cooke Optics Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus Standard lenses coverage circle covers a full 24 x 36 still

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Sony’s new long lenses: a 600mm prime and a 200-600mm zoom


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The new white Sony lenses, FE 600mm F4 GM OSS and FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS for full frame cameras give photographers and videographers new options in terms of creativity.

Which 600mm should I choose? The FE 600mm F4 GM OSS prime or the FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS zoom. The versatility of the zoom will win, for many users, but the prime lens is, no doubt, a choice when a fast aperture is a must. In terms of weight, the 600mm prime is the lightest in its class, at least at the moment, with approx.

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10 Years Ago: The Analog Shutoff


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June 12, 2009 was the last day of full-power over-the-air analog broadcasting in the USA.

Well, mostly: the original shutoff date was supposed to be February 17, 2009, but the DTV Delay Act pushed that back to June. Even then, 120 full-power stations maintained night-time analog service for another month, thanks to the Short-term Analog Flash and Emergency Readiness (SAFER) Act.

Broadcast translator and low-power TV stations had various exceptions and deferrals. At present, TX and LPTV stations are required to switch off analog by July 13, 2021, but you never know: we’re not there yet, and there can always

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Off-air shot of PBS News Hour, June 12 2009
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Cine Gear: The Panasonic 6K Full-Frame Lumix S1H


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This camera, according to Panasonic, is designed especially for film production. The LUMIX S1H is more than a mirrorless camera from Panasonic. Oh no, this camera, which was only teased at Cine Gear Expo 2019 and under plexiglass, appears to be feature rich and built for success in Panasonic’s portion of the mirrorless market they have carved out for themselves.

The LUMIX S1H is the world’s first camera capable of video recording at 6K/24p (3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio), and 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K, and it combines the video quality of a professional camera and the high

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