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wideopencamera-gopro-mount-10Wide Open Camera, who is no stranger to GoPro mounts and cages, has designed a new version with the help of Snake River Prototyping. Besides being cheaper and more modular, this mount is capable of mounting any of the GoPro cameras released in the last few years, from the HD Hero to the camera released last fall, the HERO3+. Click through for more on pricing and what the mount can do for you. More »

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RED DRAGON Hero ImageDxOMark, a “comprehensive RAW-based image quality measurement database and a set of scores to evaluate and compare digital cameras and lenses,” recently evaluated RED’s new 6K DRAGON sensor since it has the ability to pull extremely high-quality still images from video. The result, which probably comes as no surprise to RED themselves, measured the DRAGON as the best overall sensor they’ve ever tested, breaking 100 points on their scale. Considering that DxOMark has tested all sorts of cameras (some even more expensive than DRAGON like the medium format Phase One IQ180), the results are indeed impressive. More »

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Kinefinity KineMAX 6K and KineMINI 4K TogetherNo that’s not a typo. RED DRAGON is about to get some company as far as 6K is concerned. Chinese camera maker Kinefinity, who has so far produced two cinema cameras, the KineRAW S35 and KineRAW-MINI, has just announced that they are working on a brand new 6K camera, the KineMAX 6K, and a 4K version of the MINI. Check out specs and pricing for both models below. More »

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Sarah Jones with CamerasPeople may refer to the “film community” when speaking about the industry, and while on the surface it might be easily dismissed as a vague term to describe working professionals, those involved in making TV or movies in any capacity, and on any budget level, are truly a tight-knit group of like-minded people who see fellow crew members as family. Back on February 20th, one of our own, Sarah Jones, tragically lost her life doing what she loved. The film community has come out in full force, not only honoring her on film slates, but introducing a petition to have her added to the ‘In Memorium’ tribute during Sunday’s Academy Awards [See the update below in the Petition section]. While we can do everything we can to make sure she is remembered, are we doing everything we can to prevent more accidents on and off set? More »

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Avid LogoNot exactly. Avid received a delisting letter from the NASDAQ Stock Market earlier in the week, and while it might seem like the end of the world, this was actually expected. Companies have to maintain certain conditions to stay listed on stock markets, and while Avid was granted a reprieve last September as long as they regained compliance by March, it became clear that the situation would not be resolved in time, and thus they have been delisted from the NASDAQ. So what’s next? More »

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Godfrey Reggio VisitorsGodfrey Reggio, who created the Qatsi Trilogy, is back again with another hypnotic film called Visitors. The film, which is composed of just 74 total shots (but is 87 minutes long) and showed at the Toronto International Film Festival, is currently screening around the country. The Creators Project recently went in-depth with Reggio and others involved in the project, and put together a fantastic BTS video. We’ve also got another great video that takes you behind the scenes of the film, which is presented by Steven Soderbergh. More »

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Film Independent Spirit Awards March 1 10PMPatton Oswalt might be best known as a comedian, but he also happens to be an actor (and occasionally a host of festivities). He’s been in a range of productions, including a number of independent films, and that’s why he’s the perfect spokesperson for the INDIE-IZER, a new product that can turn any big budget Hollywood film into an endearing micro-budget indie film: More »

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Panasonic VariCam 35Panasonic has been teasing a 4K VariCam for a few NAB shows in a row now, but the camera has, up until now, just been a prototype hidden under glass. Back in the fall it became clear that the real thing was coming at NAB 2014, and now the company has unveiled the first images of the final model, along with a number of specs, which include 4K RAW and 4K variable frame rates up to 120fps. They’ve also got a brand new 2/3″ VariCam high-speed camera, which can do 1080p up to 240fps. More »

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Bellami HD-1 MainWhile the Nolab digital Super 8 cartridge concept designed to get digital footage out of film cameras may never see the light of day, if you’re looking for something in a similar style, a new camera from Japan looks like it will at least partially fulfill the promise. Chinon is showing off what they are calling the Bellami HD-1, a new camera which will apparently shoot 1080p and be capable of taking all sorts of 8mm lenses. Click through for more on this interesting-looking camera. More »

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Atomos Ninja Blade HDMI RecorderAtomos introduced the Samurai Blade at NAB last year, and it was a massive step up from the regular Samurai, increasing both screen size and resolution. For those who didn’t need HD-SDI, there was still the cheaper Ninja 2, but at much lower specs. Now the company has announced the Ninja Blade, which takes the Samurai Blade and turns it into an HDMI recorder. Check out some videos below to see the external recorder/monitor in action. More »

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Nikon D4S Front LensTwo years ago Nikon announced the D4, which finally took video offerings from the company to the next level. While their D800 actually proved to have better video quality, the move at least showed that Nikon was serious about providing quality that rivaled Canon. First soft-launched at CES back in January, the new D4S builds all of the things the D4 got right, and gives us video people some additional features, like 60fps at 1080p and a mind-melting 409,600 max ISO — as well as the ability to adjust audio levels while recording. More »

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VB-1850_FrontHandheld gimbal stabilizers with brushless motors might be all the rage these days, but gimbals themselves have been around in camera support for years. All-mechanical single gimbal designs operated with one hand like the Merlin might be less complicated to set up at first, but they are a bit more difficult to master and operate for longer periods of time. That’s where the Comodo Orbit comes in. It may look unorthodox at first glance, but the twin-grip handheld stabilizer aims to give you the best of both worlds in one package. Check out the stabilizer in action below: More »

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RED Dragon with New Top PlateNo, it’s not the A.D.D. you’re thinking of. RED has developed something new for RED CINE-X called Advanced DRAGON Debayer to squeeze even more quality out of the image in post, which is in addition to the new Optical Low Pass Filter on the DRAGON that gets rid of an ugly flare and in the process helps increase dynamic range. There is word more improvements are coming, but if you’re wondering about actual cameras, the general upgrades for all EPIC users is almost here, which will mean DRAGONs for every EPIC owner that wants them. More »

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Zero Point Trailer Oculus RiftTraditional 3D viewing may be losing its steam in the home because of a lack of content (and the glasses and all sorts of other reasons), but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll be watching content on flat screens forever. Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset made for 3D gaming, can also be used for all sorts of other content, including movies. The first video made specifically for the Oculus Rift, is actually a documentary called Zero Point, which is actually about the Oculus Rift device. They have now released an interactive trailer for the film which you can watch online. More »

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Western Digital Red NASDealing with video these days usually means working with lots of data, and when you’re working with a lot, it usually means you’re backing up even more. One solution for backing up is to buy drives that already come in a RAID (like the popular G-RAID, and another is to either purchase or make your own with bare drives (and yes, before going further, RAID itself is not necessarily backup depending on how it’s configured and where the physical drives are). If you’re going to be putting together your own RAID system, click through for which drives might be a good buy. More »

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6 Minute Take HBO's True Detective - No Film SchoolIf you aren’t watching one of the most talked about shows on cable, True Detective, directed entirely by Cary Fukunaga, don’t feel bad (or maybe you should?). Either way, the slow burning anthology series turned up the heat over the weekend with a masterful one take scene that will likely be one of the best you’ll see all year. We’ve got some more information about how it was actually created, but if you haven’t seen it, there is a video of the entire scene (beyond just the one take) below. The scene really doesn’t spoil that much, especially since it’s mostly out of context, but here is your warning either way. More »

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Sony A6000 FrontSony and Canon both picked today to introduce new lower-end cameras. While Panasonic made the big splash with the 4K GH4, and Blackmagic is lowering the price of their 4K offering, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, the Canon T5 and Sony A6000 aren’t really answers to either of them. They are both designed to be cheap entry-level models, but the differences in specs and features show just how far apart the two Japanese companies are in terms of their product lines. More »

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U2 Invisible - Shot on RED EPIC MonochromeBesides the wonderfully confusing fact that this is a U2 video shot on RED EPIC Monochrome for the unrelated (RED) foundation (which is raising money for the fight against HIV/AIDS), it’s pretty fantastic to look at. I will admit to being a digital black and white junky at this point, but there is a pureness to the image that color can’t quite replicate yet,mostly due to the fact that light has to go through an additional layer. So if you’re not with me on the black and white bandwagon, it’s also a worthy test of YouTube’s compression. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Can Huge Camera Cranes Be Affordable & Functional? Luke Neumann Says Yes - No Film SchoolGetting a large crane shot can be nearly impossible on a budget. Very often crane operators are not cheap, and the equipment is also expensive to rent. But what options do lower-budget folks have? Turns out there is some cheaper gear out there that should perform admirably and give you big-budget results. Luke Neumann of Neumann Films reviews one such piece of gear below, the Came-TV 33 ft. crane: More »

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Panasonic GH4 4K Front No LensThe camera made its first appearance at CES in January, and now the 4K Panasonic GH4 is finally here. While we weren’t sure if Panasonic was going to create a whole new line with the camera, it seems like this is definitely some sort of successor based on Panasonic’s wording, and it is building off everything that was good about the GH3. We’ve got full specs and photos below, as well as the first video shot in 4K on the camera, so click through for more. More »