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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,01/08/14 12:01:16 PM

See Footage from Sony's New 4K Handycam FDR-AX100

Sony's newly announced FDR-AX100 Handycam captures 4K footage with a price tag of just $2K. The AX100 is 74% smaller and 66% lighter than the recently announced FDR-AX1 model, and is the first 4K Handycam to feature a large, 14.2 effective megapixel back-illuminated 1.0-type Exmor CMOS sensor. The sensor captures 4K Ultra HD images (3840 x 2160 pixels) while also allowing beautiful “bokeh” background defocusing effects, even in low light conditions. “The innovative new AX100 4K camcorder is a natural extension of our popular ecosystem of 4K products,” said Patrick Huang, director of the camcorder business at Sony Electronics. “With unparalleled performance, it’s the perfect device for enthusiasts, hobbyists and even professionals looking for a more affordable, compact and high performance 4K video solution.”

01/08/14 12:01:16 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,01/07/14 04:01:24 PM

Philip Bloom Reviews the Sony A7, A7R and RX10

In the below extensive video review, Philip Bloom reviews three new Sony mirrorless cameras, the Sony A7, A7R and RX10, and goes through both his initial impressions and his later thoughts as he spends more time with them. Watch below.

01/07/14 04:01:24 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,01/07/14 12:01:20 PM

The Pros and Cons of a 2K Raw Workflow

Matt Allard of News Shooter gors through the pros and cons of a recent workflow recording 2K raw at 240fps from the Sony FS700 through Convergent Design's Odyssey 7Q. He writes, "At the end of the day time is money and RAW is not something you can take shortcuts with. Given the noisy FS700 S-log2 output I am not planning to shoot RAW at high frame rate with it again anytime soon. I’m hoping that with the new compressed codecs coming to the 7Q soon, you will be able to use them in combination with continuous high frame rates. For me and many others I think this will be a far smoother and faster work flow. Despite these difficulties the Odyssey 7Q has performed flawlessly so far and the OLED monitor is a joy to use."

01/07/14 12:01:20 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,01/06/14 05:01:15 PM

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera: 'It's For Beautiful Video'

Gizmodo reviews the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, writing, "Clearly the Pocket Cinema Camera has a lot riding against it. But I have no hesitation in saying that for certain applications, it's still worth buying.

01/06/14 05:01:15 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,01/03/14 12:01:35 PM

Vimeo Staff Picks Their Favorite Videos of 2013

If you're on the staff at Vimeo, chances are you see a lot of high-quality videos pass through your proverbial desk. When each member was tasked with picking their favorites of 2013, you see a few repeats (like the Key & Peele sketch found below). But that must mean they're just extra good, right? See the full list here. Key & Peele: Continental Breakfast from Peter Atencio on Vimeo.  

01/03/14 12:01:35 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,01/02/14 12:01:18 PM

Shinichi Maruyama's Time-Lapse of Nude Dancers Creates Stunning Images

Often time-lapse looks to the stars for its beauty but photographer Shinichi Maruyama turned to a more earthly delight to create his stunning images. Maruyama took and combined 10,000 photographers of nude dancers in motion to create his abstract and wonderful images that took their inspiration from Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase. He tells Wired, "I tried to express the beauty of both the human body’s figure and its motion as well as the concept of time." Read the full story here.

01/02/14 12:01:18 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,01/02/14 12:01:37 PM

Creating a Nighttime Time-Lapse

From choosing a location to choosing the right equipment, photographer Stefan Surmabojov provides a solid basic tutorial for creating a starry time-lapse. He writes, "In this tutorial, we are going to take a look at how to shoot and process a time lapse video of the stars. As the earth rotates, the stars appear to move across the sky during the night, but they move so slowly that the only way to really appreciate this phenomenon is through time lapse footage. We'll cover finding a location, choosing your gear, setting up your camera and doing the post-production." Read the full story here.

01/02/14 12:01:37 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,01/02/14 11:01:52 AM

All About Micro Four Thirds Cameras

BH inDepth provides a primer on Micro Four Thirds cameras, including their pros and cons of the format and what's available in the market. They write, "Micro Four Thirds cameras have a sensor size that is closer to 16mm or, more specifically, Super 16mm, its widescreen successor. Because of this, many filmmakers are adopting the MFT format for many of the same types of projects that once were shot on 16mm. MFT cameras are being used for documentaries that call for small, compact, highly mobile cameras and for independent films wanting a vérité style and a more objective camera. The advantage of Micro Four Thirds as a format doesn't stop there. Not only are the cameras smaller and often less expensive, they offer more lens choices, longer shooting times, and greater depth of field."

01/02/14 11:01:52 AM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,01/02/14 11:01:14 AM

Exciting New Sony A7R Spot Shows Lens Change in Mid-Air

In a jaw-dropping new promo spot for the Sony A7 and A7R, watch a group of skydivers change the A7r's lens in mid-air to tout the "world's first compact, full frame, interchangeable lens" cameras. The spot was directed by Jeff Gaunt and shot by DP Simon Hammond. Watch below. Sony A7R from Simon Hammond on Vimeo.  

01/02/14 11:01:14 AM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/30/13 03:12:36 PM

Buyer’s Guide: Camera Support: Tripod, Monopods and Camera Heads

Adorama Flashpoint V2AH 3Pod Tripod An aluminum three-section video tripod with fluid head designed by Flashpoint, Adorama’s in-house brand, the V2AH 3Pod tripod is designed for stability and portability. It is able to support payloads of up to 11 lb. The three-tiered extendable leg system reaches a full height of 77.56” and features rubber feet, large, easy-to-grasp turning knobs and a torsion-resistant aluminum center brace. A two-way fluid metal pan head can be attached to the body of the V2AH tripod with a half-bowl adapter mounting system, providing users with a 360-degree range of motion with dampening, a built-in bubble level and individual directional locking.    Manfrotto

12/30/13 03:12:05 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/30/13 03:12:11 PM

Davis & Sanford Magnum XG Allows Sturdier Shoots

There are tripods for certain purposes and then there is the Magnum XG, a camera support sturdy and versatile enough to handle anything you can throw at it. (Magnum XG is part of Tiffen’s Davis & Sanford multipurpose tripod range.) I enjoy shooting time-lapse films, where sturdiness is a must. I came across the Magnum XG while searching for a tripod that would handle a specific task: shooting a time-lapse sequence on the side of a cliff. Until then I’d had a variety of tripods for various uses, but I knew that the cliff shoot would require an extremely stable support that could be weighted and locked down. The location where we were shooting has extremely high winds all year round.

12/30/13 03:12:11 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/30/13 03:12:40 PM

Davis & Sanford Magnum XG Allows Sturdier Shoots

There are tripods for certain purposes and then there is the Magnum XG, a camera support sturdy and versatile enough to handle anything you can throw at it. (Magnum XG is part of Tiffen’s Davis & Sanford multipurpose tripod range.) I enjoy shooting time-lapse films, where sturdiness is a must. I came across the Magnum XG while searching for a tripod that would handle a specific task: shooting a time-lapse sequence on the side of a cliff. Until then I’d had a variety of tripods for various uses, but I knew that the cliff shoot would require an extremely stable support that could be weighted and locked down. The location where we were shooting has extremely high winds all year round.

12/30/13 03:12:40 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/30/13 03:12:12 PM

Action Sports Covered with Sachtler’s CF 100 L Tripod

Australian-born cameraman/photographer and former professional kayaker Dan Campbell-Lloyd offers a unique perspective on the world of action sports. His visuals can be seen in Focused, a series that airs on European adventure sports network Rush HD.

12/30/13 03:12:12 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/30/13 02:12:16 PM

'Black Nativity' Stabilizes with OConnor 2575

Music and dance are a big part of the contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ holiday musical drama Black Nativity. “Practically every dance or song number relied on instinct and the ability to whip pan, snap zoom or even grab the focus in the process of discovering the most dynamic shots,” says cinematographer Anastas Michos, ASC. “That’s where my favorite support—the OConnor 2575—was invaluable.”

12/30/13 02:12:16 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/30/13 02:12:03 PM

Libec Support Improves Sports Shoots

As an independent photographer providing images to Japanese television stations, I own and am responsible for my camera equipment. In the last few years a lot of my business has involved golf tournaments, so I began investigating lightweight camera support gear that would be easy to carry and deploy. I knew that I would need a well balanced camera head in order to follow the fast-moving golf balls. When capturing this sort of action, the camera has to smoothly follow the ball as it moves up in its trajectory and then very rapidly tilt down and stop without any jolts or jars as the ball drops on the green.

12/30/13 02:12:49 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/30/13 02:12:03 PM

'Invisible Cities' Goes Wireless

Last month, Invisible Cities, the world’s first large-scale opera for wireless headphones, completed its limited run of sold-out performances at Los Angeles’ Union Station – the largest railway terminal in the western United States. At the heart of the production, which was staged within the vast, multi-room expanse of the terminal as well as among its outdoor courtyards, was Sennheiser’s new Digital 9000 wireless system. The microphone system delivered uncompressed, artifact-free audio night after night to patrons donning Sennheiser wireless headphones.

12/30/13 02:12:03 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/30/13 02:12:35 PM

Antarctic Expedition Broadcasts Live With TriCaster

As 19-year-old adventurer Parker Liautaud made his way from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole in an attempt to set a world speed record, Willis Resilience Expedition TV used a NewTek TriCaster 860 multicamera production system to broadcast a daily 60-minute live show tracking Liautaud’s progress.

12/30/13 02:12:35 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/30/13 11:12:14 AM

Installing Magic Lantern Raw on the Canon 5D Mark II

In the below video from RedShark News, get a full-length tutorial on how to get started using the Magic Lantern raw software for the Canon 5D Mark II.

12/30/13 11:12:14 AM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/27/13 11:12:58 AM

More Test Footage from the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

DP Captain Hook has gotten his hands on a Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and provided the world with just a bit more test footage from the new camera. He writes on his Vimeo page, "Honestly I kind of went into this thinking I probably wouldn't like this camera as much as the other two [Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera], but right now I like it more! The images are really nice, really really nice. This time the BMDFilm coming from the camera has a lot more contrast and saturation than the previous two, so you don't have to do anywhere near as much to grade it (but yes i already have a LUT I've made/been using with it to speed things up even more). I went for quite a contrasty/saturated grade with most of this to see if I could push it 'there' (combined with my LUT i made it for it). I think it holds up really well."

12/27/13 11:12:58 AM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,12/26/13 01:12:02 PM

See All the Colors of the Sun Thanks to NASA

Check out the below video from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory telescope which converts different wavelengths that the sun emits into an image viewable by humans. Explains Filmmaker IQ, "As the colors sweep around the sun in the movie, viewers should note how different the same area of the sun appears. This happens because each wavelength of light represents solar material at specific temperatures. Different wavelengths convey information about different components of the sun’s surface and atmosphere, so scientists use them to paint a full picture of our constantly changing and varying star." Watch below and read more here.

12/26/13 01:12:02 PM