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blackmagic-ursa smallBlackmagic has done it again, introducing a product the industry has yet to see. The new Blackmagic 4K URSA camera is something else entirely, featuring a 4K Super 35mm global shutter sensor, real camera form factor, a built-in 10.1″ 1920 x 1200 fold out display, and two 5” 800 x 480 displays. Not only that, but it has both interchangeable lenses and sensors, meaning you’ll be able to upgrade to a better sensor at home removing a few screws when a better one is available. More »

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AJA 4K CameraIt looks like another hardware maker has entered the camera arena. First it was Blackmagic, who mainly made recorders and broadcast hardware, introducing the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Now we have AJA, makers of very similar products as Blackmagic, introducing a camera of their own. The camera, called the CION, will record 4K and should be priced somewhere around $9,000. More »

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Convergent Desgin Odyssey 7Q-Apple-ProRes-MenuWhen Sony first announced the FS700, they somewhat cryptically stated that there would be a 4K upgrade path to this formerly 1080p-only camera. It wasn’t long before we found out what that upgrade option was going to be, and it includes purchasing another module along with the Sony AXS-R5 recorder (the same one that can be used for 4K RAW on the F5 and F55). This rig, besides doubling the price of the camera, is quite a bit unwieldy. Fortunately, there are other options out there. Convergent Design recently announced an update to their much more affordable Odyssey 7Q that gives 4K RAW and ProRes to the FS700 (along with ProRes to any other camera). More »

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Zacuto-gratical-evfIf you’re doing any kind of ENG or documentary shooting with DSLRs and large sensor video cameras, you may be longing for the servo zooms and rocker switches of smaller-sensor cameras. Zacuto is introducing a new control grip and motor to give this functionality back to almost any lens and camera setup, so that you can go back to operating in a comfortable way zooming with one hand and focusing with the other. The company is also bringing out a bunch of other new products, including an update to their EVF, which will now feature an OLED display. More »

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Andra Motion Control Unit and AppOne of the next big challenges for product makers is to invent a better follow focus. While autofocus technology is getting better all the time, it still has to be gamed in a way to work in your favor. It works best with a single subject, but if you’ve got multiple people moving all around the frame it can get tricky, even with an AF lock button. Cinema Control Laboratories thinks they have the answer for nearly perfect focus technology: the Andra Motion Focus system. More »

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PE35_Pre-SyncEarlier in the month, Red Giant software introduced Universe, a new plugin platform that is also its own community. The biggest thing about Universe is that it is free to sign up, so you can get an idea of what it’s all about before committing any hard-earned cash. Now Red Giant is back with some updates to some of their most popular software, including PluralEyes, which is now integrated with BulletProof, and a new version of Magic Bullet Looks, which is now GPU accelerated and completely rebuilt on the Universe platform. More »

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ARRI Logo LargeWhile the 6K market may start to get crowded over the next few years, what’s so special about that resolution? As an acquisition format, 6K gives you all sorts of options for better-looking 4K with the ability to reframe and stabilize. That’s why it comes as no surprise that ARRI looks to be developing their own 6K camera, but instead of squeezing those pixels onto a Super 35mm sensor like the RED DRAGON or the new Kinefinity 6K cameras are, the company is letting them breathe on a gigantic 65mm sensor. More »

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juicedLink Little DARling DAR Mini Audio RecorderIf you’ve been looking for a tiny audio recorder with good pre-amps that you just want to give to your talent and walk away from, juicedLink may have just the thing for you. A new product from the audio company, the “Little DARling,’ or Distributed Audio Recorder, is going to be introduced at NAB, and it aims to give you simple recording with two different channels (one for main and one in case the main gets blown out). Here is Robert to introduce it: More »

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Wild Combination - Dreamin' - MoVI RED EPIC 2Shooting in the freezing cold is never an easy task, especially when your gear wants to stop working at all the wrong moments. The team over at Wild Combination braved the elements — including New York City streets — armed with a MōVI and RED EPIC, to shoot the new music video for the Pillar Points song “Dreamin’.” Check out the video below, and read about their experience making the project. More »

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David O Russell American Hustle DirectingWhile David O. Russell and American Hustle were nominated for 10 Academy Awards, they came home empty-handed on Oscar night. Most of those involved with the film are no stranger to nominations, but it’s the work involved that gets them even remotely near the statuettes in the first place. In this terrific behind the scenes video for American Hustle, learn how David O. Russell and the rest of the crew approached their work on the film, and what it takes to put together a movie of this caliber. More »

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Panasonic GH4 - ZacutoThe new 4K-shooting Panasonic GH4, which should arrive sometime next month, has gotten quite a bit of attention, not just because of its specs, but also because of its price. Unfortunately, there have been some confusing details about what the camera is actually capable of doing without the expensive add-on grip, the YAGH Interface Unit, which adds XLRs, 3G-SDIs, and a full HDMI port. Thanks to Zacuto, we’ve now got some better details from Panasonic about what the camera can really do. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Steven Soderbergh Dissing his Own Movie - No Film SchoolSteven Soderbergh, who has “retired from directing,” has produced a number of films inside and outside the studio system, but regardless of the way any of them are funded, he is usually trying to challenge himself in some way with each movie he makes — except when he didn’t early on in his career. In a new interview with Criterion about the release of his film King of the Hill, Soderbergh disses one of his earlier films, The Underneath, and takes full responsibility for being mentally absent during the making of that movie. Check out the clip below (NSFW language): More »

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davinci-resolveRED has held back for quite some time letting other manufacturers use 3rd-party hardware acceleration in their software with RED’s proprietary .R3D codec, but that time has now passed. In the new 10.1.3 update for Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve, GPU acceleration is now supported with RED files, which will mean faster workflows for anyone not already using a ROCKET or ROCKET-X card from RED. More »

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Apertus Axiom Alpha03_1It’s been a long road for the team over at Apertus, but they’ve reached a major milestone: they are recording footage and are finally showing it to the public. To put this into perspective, Apertus first announced their plans to build a camera from scratch nearly 2 years ago, and in that time with just a small group of people they’ve got a working product. It should be noted that for testing purposes the first step is getting HDMI recording working (though they will eventually use 3G-SDI and they did show off a 4K RAW image back in January – it’s just a lot of data to handle for full motion footage and that’s an end goal with the Axiom). Either way, it’s a huge accomplishment, so check out the very, very early prototype footage below. More »

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TMB-Launch_Full-WidthMusic can make or break any video or movie, but finding the right piece is the hardest part. If you don’t have an orchestra or band to record the perfect song every time you need it, there are many services now that offer music with different licensing options depending on your needs and budget. The Music Bed is one such service, and they have been used for all sorts of videos you’ve probably seen on the web. The company just introduced a brand new version of their site with a number of helpful new features. Continue on to check out the launch video. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Submitting to Tiff - No Film SchoolIf you’ve never submitted to a film festival before, the idea can be a little daunting at first (though we’ve been covering them recently in the Menthol Micro-budget Case Study and Cannes Short Film Corner series of posts). Thankfully, the process has been getting much simpler, especially if you’re submitting short films. Even so, having step-by-step instructions ensures that no mistakes are made, and the Toronto International Film Festival, whose submissions are now open for the September festival, has put together a video detailing exactly what needs to be done to submit to the fest. More »

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Sam MendesSam Mendes, director of films like American Beauty and Skyfall, has made it a habit of working with some of the best people in the industry, and has turned out some truly memorable films. He has also heavily invested himself in theater, and continues working in that medium to this day. Mendes was honored at the spring gala for the Roundabout Theatre Company, and at the end of the ceremonies, gave some advice to current and aspiring directors. More »

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Nikon 1 V3 Front with LensNikon chose a very different route with its interchangeable lens mirrorless offering, picking a sensor smaller than Micro 4/3 but slightly bigger than Super 16mm. While they have been slowly building up a line of new lenses, using lenses made for larger sensors means a significant crop factor, something that has likely hindered its acceptance (unless the crop factor is a benefit to you — like if you’re trying to shoot sports). The new V3 adds 120fps at 720p and 60fps at 1080p, but unfortunately it looks like there will still not be any 24fps. You may, however, be able to get some interesting clips using the 5K burst mode. More »

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Sony F5 F55 ProRes DNxHDToday, Sony announced that their higher end cinema cameras, the F5 and F55, are both going to be getting Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD recording in a future hardware upgrade. This is a big move for the company, which has so far avoided either of the codecs in both their high-end and low-end cameras, even as competitors like ARRI adopted them for much easier workflows. Read on for more details. More »

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Funny or Die HUVr HoverboardRecently a video popped up on the internet featuring what claimed to be a real hoverboard from the Back to the Future films (specifically the 2nd and 3rd films), from a company called HUVr. It had celebrity endorsement after celebrity endorsement, with the likes of Tony Hawk and even Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd, making an appearance. Turns out comedy website Funny or Die was behind the whole thing, but that doesn’t mean it’s a total letdown. The response from people and how quickly the video spread can teach us a lot about these kinds of videos, how to make them (with a little bit of money), and how to keep the illusion a reality for as long as possible. More »