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standard-gauge-still-2When I was nine or ten years old, and not busy seeing movies I was way too young to see (thanks, indulgent parenting!). I haunted the film section at my local bookstore, buying scripts, biographies of my favorite directors, books on technique and craft — it didn’t really matter so long as it was film related. Sometime in the mid-90s, this indiscriminate process resulted in my discovery of the classic, Feature Filmmaking at Used Car Prices. The author, Rick Schmidt, had written it several years before, and its premise was that for the average cost of a used car (around $6,000) it was eminently possible to make a feature film. Recently, I reread the book, and there’s no time like the present to catch up with the past, so put on your jodhpurs, grab a megaphone, and let’s make a movie, what say? More »

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Ursa SunriseLast week, we got word that the highly anticipated Blackmagic URSA cinema camera was at last starting to make its way out into the wild. With the camera landing in the hands of some capable cinematographers, it was only a matter of time before footage started to surface. As was the case with the previous Blackmagic cameras, Australian DP John Brawley was among the very first to spend some quality time with the URSA, and now, we finally have some footage to sink our teeth into. More »

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Blackmagic URSA PL 4K Camera BoxBlackmagic’s newest camera, the URSA 4K, was announced at NAB 2014, and is quite a departure from their previous offerings. Though it currently shares the same sensor as the one used in the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, it has the ability to change sensors, which means that if a better one comes out, you can plop it right in your camera. While all of that sounds great, for people to take advantage of that feature, the cameras actually have to be shipping to people, and it looks like at least one (likely more) have made it outside of the Blackmagic labs and into the hands of actual shooters. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Out With the Old Sensor, In With the DRAGON: RED EPIC Exposure Comparison - No Film SchoolWith DRAGON now available for purchase or upgrade in RED‘s EPIC and SCARLET cameras, it’s about time to see how well the new sensor outperforms its predecessor, the Mysterium-X. Cinematographer Ryan Walters has recently done just that at Indie Cinema Academy. His battery of tests compare everything from overall latitude, highlight handling, recoverable underexposure, low light performance, IR pollution, and more between two EPICs — one old and one new. Needless to say, if you’re thinking of upgrading or simply wondering how all the DRAGON hype stacks up to reality, you definitely want to check out his results.
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Blackmagic 4K Firmware 1.9 Addresses Fixed Pattern NoiseIt’s been a huge issue for many users, and while the severity has been inconsistent camera to camera, the new 1.9 firmware update released today for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K should address fixed pattern noise on all cameras. Though it may not be completely removed in all situations, this was a much-needed fix for those who’ve gotten some models that have suffered from excessive noise. They’ve also added some really essential features, like a histogram, audio meters, and a time remaining indicator so you can see how much recording time you’ve got left depending on your shooting format. More »

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Sharp AOALast October, Sharp ran a filmmaking contest called the Art of Amazing 4K Film Competition, and now they’re back for another round of ultra high definition goodness. and once again asking filmmakers to submit their best 4K short films. Once again partnering with THX and RED, Sharp will be taking 4K short film entries for the chance to win a host of cool prizes, like a screening of your film at the Mill Valley Film Festival, a private tour of Skywalker Ranch, and more than $65,000 in prizes for filmmakers and fans. More »

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shogun-product-divider2In the past month, two relatively revolutionary photo/stills cameras have hit the market. I’m talking, of course, about the Panasonic GH4 and the Sony A7s, both of which feature the ability to record 4K video (although not internally in the case of the A7s), and both of which offer high frame rate shooting at 1080. For a multitude of reasons relating to image quality, both of these cameras beg to be used with an external 4K HDMI recorder of some sort. The only problem — no such recorder is available on the market yet. In a few months time, however, that will not be the case, as Atomos will have released its highly anticipated Shogun 4K recorder/monitor. Today, the company opened up the pre-ordering process for the Shogun, and for people who order prior to July 31st, Atomos is throwing in a kick-ass free gift as well. More »

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red youtube 4k open source vp9 codec channelRED is well-known as a proponent of 4K, and as a manufacturer of cameras capable of shooting at that resolution (and higher). It’s also no stranger to the consumer 4K-viewing realm, a growing market in which the company’s REDRAY streaming player competes. Now, RED has announced it has been working with YouTube to employ and improve the open-source VP9 codec for encoding of 4K media to select channels, as opposed to the comparably-efficient but legally-entangled H.265 (aka HEVC) codec. And, to kick off the party, RED has also opened up the new “Shot on RED” channel to host and aggregate RED-shot footage and films. More »

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Blackmagic URSA 4K with PL MountA little over two years ago, Blackmagic Design completely disrupted the cinema camera market, and changed expectations about how much we should be paying for excellent image quality. Their goal with the first 2.5K Cinema Camera was to make something with as much flexibility in post as possible, and would be a companion to cameras like the Canon 5D Mark II — which is why they chose the Canon EF mount. They haven’t stopped with just one camera model, as they have since introduced the Pocket Cinema Camera, Production Camera 4K, and the URSA 4K Digital Cinema Camera, which features interchangeable sensors. At the recent NAB show, I interviewed Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty and asked him all sorts of questions about their camera line, firmware updates, and what he thought about the image issues some people have experienced with the Production Camera 4K. More »

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blackmagic-ursa small[UPDATE: You can hear the full interview here.] I had the chance to talk with Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty back at NAB 2014, and while it’s taken a while to get the interview together, it will finally be going live on Monday. Grant offered up tons of fascinating details about his mindset with hardware, his take on the rest of the industry, and what’s going on with the Production Camera 4K, and he also gave some interesting tidbits about the new URSA 4K Digital Cinema Camera, which was first announced back at NAB. I’ve put together a teaser in which Grant mentions that the URSA is not only capable of frame rates higher than 60fps, but that they should be coming this year. More »

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Dave Dugdale Downscaling 4K to 1080pDave Dugdale of Learning DSLR Video recently produced a terrific review of the new Panasonic GH4, which shoots 4K internally to SD cards. Since the majority of work is still being finished in 1080p, he’s been downscaling most of the stuff he’s shot to 1080p, but he wanted to explore the differences between downscaling in the timeline or after he’s finished editing in a 4K timeline in Premiere. He also addresses people accusing him of being paid off by Panasonic for his review. More »

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Kinefinity KineMINIWe talk an awful lot about cameras here on No Film School. Why? Because new cameras are absurdly exciting. However, there’s one camera company that might make some of the most intriguing and cost-effective cameras on the market, yet it’s a company that we rarely mention. I’m talking of course about Kinefinity, the Chinese company whose cinema cameras offer many of the features and aesthetics of RED’s cameras at a fraction of the cost. The folks at HDVideoshop in Berlin recently went out and shot with the KineMINI 4K, and shared some excellent footage, BTS, and workflow solutions for this unique camera. More »

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Sony a7sThe Sony a7s is an exciting camera for so many reasons: it shoots in 4K, is inexpensive, and compact, and has ISO settings ranging from 50 to 409,600, meaning that this little devil can essentially see in the dark, while still producing a relatively clean image. We’ve seen a few videos demonstrating just how sensitive the a7s is, and here’s another one that shoes you that not only can you shoot in pitch black darkness, but you can actually overexpose it!
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Imax cameraIMAX announced today that they have developed the first fully integrated dual 65mm 4K digital large-format 3D camera, designed to give moviegoers a “truly immersive IMAX 3D experience” with the camera’s exceptional crispness and clarity, as well as its 1.9:1 aspect ratio that offers a reported “26% more of the image than standard cinemas.” Oh, and guess what — it has already been used and vetted by none other than explosion maestro Michael Bay and cinematographer Amir Mokri on Transformers: Age of Extinction. More »

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Lumix dmc fz1000Something pretty exciting was just announced by Panasonic a few hours ago. The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 camera is a bridge-style point-and-shoot camera that shoots in 4K at 30 fps, making it the world’s first compact camera to shoot at that level of resolution. Other than its large 20.MP 1″ MOS sensor, it also features an ISO of up to 25600, continuous 50 fps shooting, and built-in wi-fi — which sounds pretty good, especially for a hybrid photo/video camera. More »

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Sony a7sThe Sony A7s may be small, but it is mighty! Since making its big debut at this year’s NAB, we’ve seen some incredible test videos revealing exactly why this new full frame 4K camera deserves that little “s” at the end of its name – picking up clean 4K in candlelight thanks to its unprecedented ISO range of 50 to 409,600. Sony has finally announced the pricing and availability for the A7s, so continue on for pricing information as well as when it’ll be available. More »

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GH4At NAB we were finally able to get up close and personal with the highly anticipated Panasonic Lumix GH4, the sub-$2000 camera which offers internal 4K recording, as well as an optional YAGH interface unit. For months we’ve been wondering how well the GH4 performs in the field — not just in tests, but in actual narrative filmmaking. Nick Driftwood has produced the very first non-commissioned short film using the GH4 — a comedy, which is a little bit Euro Crime Caper, a little bit Spaghetti Western, and has a whole lot of camera geek goodness. Plus, it was written and filmed in just 2 days! More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video This Is How You 6K (or Even 8K): Light Iron's Future-Proof Digital Intermediate Mainframe - No Film SchoolMichael Cioni, CEO of post firm Light Iron, has been quite proactive in sharing the ins and outs of his company’s workflows, techniques, and philosophies. Previously, Cioni has highlighted the hurdles of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo‘s 4K post production process, and gone in-depth about maintaining the color pipeline of Ender’s Game amidst extensive visual effects work. Now, in a video journal released in time for NAB 2014, Cioni breaks down Light Iron’s upgraded 4K, 6K and even 8K-ready post infrastructure — while also explaining the importance of choosing tools today that will serve the future’s needs. More »

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cinema5D On The Couch - Rodney Charters, Bruce LoganAt NAB 2014, cinema5D introduced a video series called “On the Couch,” which featured both representatives of manufacturers and filmmakers from all walks of life. Cinematographers Rodney Charters and Bruce Logan, as well as Steven and Jens from Zacuto were all featured in a terrific video near the end of the show. The conversation ranges from gear, to how DPs are being left out of the color suite, to how realistic 4K will be as a display resolution in the coming years, and how 4K is allowing for even more butchering of the cinematographer’s original intent in post-production. More »

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Photos Printed from 6K RED DRAGON FootageSince RED is still trying to deliver a few of the products they’ve had in development for some time — including the new 6K RED DRAGON sensor upgrades — there weren’t any earth-shattering announcements at NAB 2014. The newest products are about adding functionality to the cameras as they exist today, including the new Switchblade-M side panel and the 4K broadcast module which sends out an uncompressed 4K signal over four 3G-SDI outputs. They did however, have some interesting news for those looking at getting a SCARLET DRAGON, and for those who like to shoot native black and white. Check out our video below with RED for more. More »