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Nodes 2There are many plugins out there for all sorts of post production platforms that make it possible to generate 3D models, creating amazing effects you wouldn’t be able to pull off otherwise. One such plugin is Yanobox’s Nodes, which has been used on major effects driven films, such as The Avengers, Planet of the Apesand Ender’s Game. Nodes fans may be happy to hear that version 2 of the powerful motion graphics plugin is now available. Continue on to find out all about Nodes 2, including its many features, tutorials on how to navigate it, which platforms it supports (it’s only for OSX unfortunately), and how much it’ll cost you. More »

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The EditorWe live in an age where a 6-year-old with a laptop and a copy of iMovie can edit some footage together. Editing software is abundant and as easy to use as it has ever been, and the masses are using these tools to flood the internet with copious amounts of video content. But most of us can agree that simply being able to make edits does not necessarily make a person an editor, at least in the sense of the editing being a creative art form. However, it’s sometimes not clear what exactly an experienced editor can do, and what impact they can have on the final product of a film. Inside the Edit, a brand new online editing course, has put together a short video that demystifies the complexity of an editor’s job. More »

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Full SailYes, we’re called No Film School, and yes, we get the irony of sharing information about a film school, but we caught up with Jacob Abercrombie and Alex Boyum at Full Sail University’s “mobile experience” truck at NAB, which travels around giving hands-on demos to potential film school students. Check out what they have to say about the kind of education you can expect to receive at FSU, which offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees both online and on their campus in Winter Park, Florida. More »

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SmallHDSmallHD has made a pretty significant upgrade to their already visually superb 7″ DP7 field monitor, and David Bredbury gives us a quick demo at the SmallHD booth at NAB. The new features in the DP7 include the ability to load and export custom 3D LUTs, as well as editing and grading footage in real-time. Continue on to see the DP7 in action, as well as all pricing and availability information. More »

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RedRockRedrock Micro is probably best known for their award-winning One Man Crew, a motorized parabolic motion system, as well as their remote focus system microRemote. We stopped off at their booth at NAB, where Redrock’s Brian Valente not only gave us a demonstration of the new features of these two products, but of their new 3-piece, vintage style rig for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, the Retroflex, which allows for handheld operation. More »

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Panasonic-GH4-4K-Front-No-Lens-616x407There have been lots of new cameras at this year’s NAB, but one that a lot of us have been curious about is the next iteration from Panasonic’s GH line of mirrorless cameras. With internal 4K recording and an optional interface unit that adds SDI-Out for sending higher bit-rate 4K to an external recorder, the Panasonic GH4 is here. Hit the jump to watch our interview with Panasonic from the floor of NAB 2014: More »

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Kurosawa2It has been said many, many times: Akira Kurosawa is a master filmmaker — perhaps the master. However, what skill did the Master master? The general consensus leans toward Kurosawa’s incredible ability to tell stories through editing, the techniques of which are analyzed in this video by Phil Baumhardt. Find out how Kurosawa approached cutting the final battle scene in Seven Samuraias well as the motivations behind his approach after the break. More »

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Periodic TableAttention everyone: We have found it. We have found the Holy Grail of online screenwriting/storytelling resources. If you’re a screenwriter and/or a complete glutton for geeking out, you need to stop what you’re doing immediately and check out Design Through Storytelling’s Periodic Table of Storytelling, which — is exactly what it sounds like — a collection of story tropes organized by purpose and name, all of which are clickable links that take you to their own TV Tropes wiki page. More »

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wing-300x174After a crazy week at NAB, the dust is finally starting to settle. We’ve seen some pretty nifty announcements thus far, and you can read about all of them on our NAB News page. There’s one announcement, however, that we have yet to cover though. Edelkrone, the company responsible for the most compact rigs and sliders known to man, has announced several new professional camera movement products, some of which will literally fit in your pocket, and one of which might be an even more revolutionary slider design than the SliderPlus. Read on to learn more. More »

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Letus StabilizerLetus has shown prototypes of their gimbal stabilizer, Helix, at NAB before, but, if you remember, the prototype’s design was quite different. This year, however, Letus has worked out the kinks and finalized the design, and now Helix is one remarkable piece of gear. Because of its modular design, users have the option to utilize one, two, or all three axises of the optically centered stabilizer, each setup serving a range of shooting scenarios. We unfortunately weren’t able to stop at their booth, but cinema5D was, and Letus’ Aaron Pinto gives a demonstration the Helix while they were there. More »

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Atomos talks to No Film School at NAB 2014Hot on the heels of the February announcement of the award-winning Ninja Blade, Atomos have announced two new products that cover the budgetary gamut of external recording needs. Click through to watch Joe Marine’s interview with Atomos Business Development Manager Will Thompson at NAB to discuss functionality, pricing and availability: More »

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Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 3.26.34 PMThis week has been a crazy one for camera announcements. Not only did Blackmagic blow the lid off of NAB once again with the announcement of the URSA camera, but Digital Bolex brought their A-game to the world of black and white cinematography, and Apertus (despite the fact that they couldn’t make it to NAB) announced that the Axiom Beta is well on its way. Perhaps the most interesting camera announcement, however, came from hardware-manufacturer AJA, as they announced the arrival of a brand new 4K cinema camera simply called CION. We just got wind of the full specs on this camera, and even caught a glimpse of some early footage. Check it all out down below. More »

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bmd_logoBlackmagic’s revealing of their new cameras at NAB has been met with great excitement from many filmmakers. However, there has been some concern among the Blackmagic community that the company is “no longer supporting the Blackmagic Cinema Camera or Pocket Cinema Camera.” Kristian Lam of the Blackmagic Design technical support team has addressed this in a post on the BM forums, in which he describes the background information about the development and why firmware updates are taking longer than expected. More »

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Ryan Connolly and Olivia Speranza talk to No Film School about the My Rode Reel ContestRøde’s latest promotional effort brings together top companies from every corner of the film industry to offer $70,000 in prizes to encourage filmmakers to get creative. By submitting a short film of up to 5 minutes in length with a supplemental behind-the-scenes video showing the use of a Røde microphone you can win cameras, gear and software from Adobe, Blackmagic, Miller, Kessler, and many others. No Film School’s Joe Marine caught up with Ryan Connolly and Olivia Speranza at NAB to talk about how it works, why they are excited to be involved and important deadlines for the contest. Watch the video after the jump and learn everything you need to know. More »

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No Film School at the Tiffen : Steadicam Booth NAB 2014Camera stabilizers of all types and weight capacities are becoming more accessible for everyone, and this year the company that started it all are offering competitively priced solutions for independent filmmakers and GoPro enthusiasts. Click through to watch our interview Tiffen at Steadicam’s 2014 NAB booth: More »

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leadCritics: to some filmmakers, they’re a dirty word. To others, they can be career-makers. In the past, a critic’s basic role was one-part help the average person decide what movie to see that evening, one-part reflect on society through film theory. In today’s landscape of user ratings on IMDB and Netflix, is there more room to focus on the latter? In a breakdown below of his recent article, Noah Berlatsky of the Atlantic suggests that future film critics (and filmmakers) look to the author behind The Most Powerful Piece of Film Criticism Ever Written for ideas on elevating criticism itself to a form of art. More »

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Robert Rozak shows No Film School the new Little Darling at NAB 2014Robert Rozak is an audio hero, always sharing great information about audio production as well as creating quality products with which to execute that knowledge. This year he’s revealing the Little DARling (Distributed Audio Recorder), a convenient pocket-sized recorder designed for wired lavs, enabling quality audio capture for live events and guerrilla filmmaking. Hit the jump to watch the interview from the NAB floor. More »

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No Film School at the Wooden Camera Booth NAB 2014Wooden Camera makes quality accessories that are designed to supplement and improve every type of rig imaginable. This year at NAB they are showing a new C-box, new lens supports for both studio lenses and still lenses, and a new lens mount system for the Blackmagic 4K production camera. Hit the jump to watch our interview with Wooden Camera on the NAB floor: More »

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kinefinity kineraw mini 6k 4k 2k raw high definition video cameraThere’s been a lot of buzz regarding affordable 4K acquisition recently, and for good reason. How about affordable 6K? You may know Chinese manufacturer Kinefinity for its strangely familiar-looking family of cameras, but with features like simultaneous compressed and uncompressed RAW recording and very competitive pricing, it’s a family with merits all its own. Our crew on the floor of NAB 2014 talked to Michel Juknat, a Kinefinity european distributor, discussing the ~$5K KineMINI 4K camera in depth and hitting upon the upcoming KineMAX 6K camera. Check out the video below — plus some KineMINI footage from Michel himself. More »

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No Film School with Sony at NAB 2014Holding true to their philosophy to make the F5/F55 remain viable for a long time to come, Sony have introduced an upgrade that effectively turns your F5 into an F55. For the FS700, Sony are releasing a free FS700 firmware upgrade for E-mount zoom lens support. Also, for those of us with a few B4 lenses sitting around, Sony has announced a new 2-part optical B4 to PL adapter with an electronic lens interface. Hit the jump for our interview with Sony on the NAB floor: More »