RedShark News experimented with using the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera as a studio camera and reports back, "So is the BMPCC an ideal studio camera? Of course not. It's not meant to be, and it lacks the basic facilities that you need for a camera in this role. But can it compete on image quality? Absolutely. And for live shows where you need an additional camera, on a tripod or handheld, it seems pretty ideal as a very low cost addition to a studio's toolkit."
Read the full story here.
V. Renee of NoFilmSchool reviews Edelkrone's camera stabilization tool the Pocket Shot, writing, "For all of you DSLR run and gun filmmakers, Edelkrone’s new camera stabilizer might be the solution that you’ve been looking for to shaky camera movement. With a cleverly creative design, the Pocket Shot goes from being a pocket-sized hunk of plastic, to a multi-tool with different stabilizing combinations that are made depending on how you unfold it. Boasting portability and versatility, the Pocket Shot is definitely worth taking a look at."
Read the full story here.
Not everyone has the time and resources available to see everything presented at the annual IBC in Amsterdam. Yet, keeping up with the news and significant new technology introductions is vital to your job and career. TV Technology can help.
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The inaugural NYC Television Week takes place Oct. 28–30, 2013, and covers the breadth of today’s dynamic TV industry — from broadcast to cable, satellite to internet video, and beyond. Conferences, award presentations, networking events and seminars are planned that engage the diversity of talent and roles that make today’s TV business one of the world’s most fascinating industries. Leaders from all corners of the TV business will be at NYC Television Week, including industry management, programmers, technologists, engineers and talent, as well as those who want to reach TV advertisers and sponsors.
Time-lapse photographer Ross Ching provides an easy tutorial for using masking to remove cars and people from your time-lapse photographs
He writes, "The secret all lies in the power of masking. If you take a series of photos of, for example, a freeway, there’s more than likely going to be places where the cars aren’t in the exact same spot. So if you layer 10 or so images over each other in Photoshop, you can edit out all the parts where the cars aren’t."
Read his full post here.
GoPro has announced the availability of its new HERO3+ line of cameras, featuring a 20% smaller and lighter design and 30% better battery life than previous models. The camera also has an improved lens and new video capture modes.
The specificiations for the new cameras are:
The HERO3+ Black Edition
Digital Bolex's Elle Schneider confirmed that the long-awaited cameras will be available to ship within six weeks at this weekend's Hacking Arts conference.
She tells Filmmaker Magazine about the status of the camera, "We’re beta testing cameras. We’ve released a lot of test footage, we have some DPs who have shot with it and we have more that will be shooting with it soon. Our plan is to be shipping next month. Right now we’re down to the nitty-gritty details of shipping, ike when do the box proofs come in? And did we spell check everything in the manual? We have all our parts on order and as soon as 100% of them have arrived we will be assembling and shipping cameras."
In the 6-part DSLR video tutorials found below, Marcel Fenchel and Moritz Janisch give tips on everything from tracking shots to rendering.
First, an intro to DSLR filmmaking.
Then, how to get tracking shots with a tripod.
Third, how to get sharp videos.
Episode 4 deals with the best render settings for YouTube.
Filmmaking duo The Seventh Movement were hired by ESPN to create short timelapse sequences of New York City that were then used in their broadcast of the US Open.
Now the duo has cut those sequences together to create an electric 3-minute time-lapse they're calling "Rumble and Sway." It was shot with six Canon 5D Mark IIIs and two RED Epics.
Watch below and read more here on PetaPixel.
Andrew Reid of EOSHD writes up his first impressions of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
He writes, "The Blackmagic Pocket Camera is finally at EOSHD HQ, and comes from one of the first new batches to ship since the white orb sensor calibration issue was resolved. Have they fixed it? Let’s not get too caught up in things like that for the moment. For me this camera is all about the lenses. I’ve been a Micro Four Thirds shooter since day one with the G1 back in 2008. This was the first camera to tempt me away from Canon and over the last 5 years I’ve been building a rather ridiculously obsessive collection of Micro Four Thirds glass for my GH1, GH2 and lately the GH3, as well as c-mount glass."
Read the full post here.
In a new video series, AValive Sales and Rentals make head-to-head comparisons between the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and the RED Scarlet.
The first episode deals with each camera out of the box, while the second focuses on what they're calling "the essentials."
RED talks resolution and aliasing, writing, "There is often a lot of discussion about whether a particular device truly has a given resolution, such as 1080P, 4K or something else, along with how this impacts image quality in general. In this article we’d like to clear up some of that confusion by investigating the trade-offs of any discrete imaging system."
Read the full story here.
In the below video, Jeff Lee of AbelCine put IB/E Optics' HDx35 Mark II to work and showcases how it integrates with the Canon C300.
He explains, "The HDx35 Mark II is an optical adapter manufactured by IB/E Optics that allows you to put B4-mount 2/3” HD lenses onto Super-35 sensor cameras. This enables the use of high-quality, long-range HD zooms with the latest generation of digital cinema cameras. The new Mark II edition has a larger image projection to fully cover the large sensor of the Canon C100/C300/C500 cameras."
Watch below and read more here.
Indiewire rounds up 8 examples of the best of drone filmmaking, writing, "As unmanned aerial vehicles become more robust and the ability to stabilize high quality cameras becomes more possible, the possibilities to cheaply create the crane shots and helicopter shots that so many indie filmmakers want to have but can't are exciting many filmmakers. Take a look at these eight films that show off what people are trying to do with GoPros and iPhones on quadcopters and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)."
Read the full story here.
Devin Graham used 52 GoPros and a custom-made mounting ring to create the below bullet-time video of dogs playing for dog toothbrush brand Orapup. See how he did it in the behind-the-scenes video also found below.
For Evil Dead, the 2013 remake of the horror movie The Evil Dead, cinematographer Aaron Morton, NZCS, used two Sony PMW-F65 cameras supported by a 2575D fluid head from OConnor. He selected his production kit based in part on how resilient it would be in the film’s rough shooting conditions, which included rain and gallons of sticky artificial blood.
During New York’s Fashion Week in September, the Tory Burch Spring 2014 Collection became the first runway show to be captured in 4K.
Sony Electronics and Tory Burch partnered on this effort in which the collection was shot with Sony F55 cameras in 4K. The 4K recordings will be used to promote the collection in select venues. “With 4K viewing, our customers will be able to experience the collection in extraordinary detail,” says Miki Berardelli, chief marketing officer at Tory Burch.
Earlier this month, filmmaker H. Paul Moon posted a 7-minute video taken over the course of two days in New York City with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Now he's uploaded an even more informative split screen version that shows off both the raw and graded footage along with his commentary over it.
We're highlighting some of the sessions that are taking place at this year's Pro Media Conference. Introduced last year at Digital Video Expo, the Pro Media Conference is designed to educate, motivate and engage professionals working in media and entertainment, video and audio production, internet and mobile video, AV, government, corporate video environments, and IT.
The conference is taking place over the course of two days on two tracks on Wednesday. September 25th and Thursday, September 26th.
Today's spotlight is on:
Secrets to Film Distribution
Presented by: Jerome Courshon
Thursday, September 26th
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM