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F5 hack tutorialIn case you haven’t heard about the F5 hack yet, check out our post on it from several days ago in which we not only share a bit of background on the cameras and how the hack is done, but also some of the potential implications of the hack. And if you’d like to check out Sony’s brief corporate response to this situation, you can read it here.  For those of you who are up to speed and are keen to see how it’s done, Brian Hallett over at Pro Video Coalition shared a helpful video and article that will show you just how simple the process is.


The internal 4K hack for the Sony F5 has been getting a lot of press lately, and for good reason. It adds tremendous value to an already-stellar camera, and best of all, it’s incredibly simple.

Once again, it should be noted that this could potentially damage an expensive camera if not done properly. Also, it’s not a “Sony-approved” operation, which means that it could potentially void your warranty if Sony were to find out that you hacked your camera. With that said, the way the hack works seems relatively benign, so it doesn’t seem likely to cause damage or void your warranty. But if you’re worried about it in the slightest, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to tampering with expensive gear that you need in order to make a living.

In Hallett’s excellent PVC write-up, he also shared some more excellent footage shot internally with the F5.

What do you guys expect next from Sony? Will they release a firmware update making this hack obsolete, or is it in their best interest to implement internal 4K in the F5?

Link: PSony F5 Internal 4K “Hack” Video Tutorial — Pro Video Coalition 

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Sony F$ 4KFor the past few years, the practice of hacking a camera’s firmware in order to increase the feature-set of said camera has been commonplace and quite popular, especially in the case of the original GH2 hack and, of course, Magic Lantern with Canon DSLRs. However, up to this point, we haven’t really seen or heard about folks hacking higher-end cameras in order to increase performance. Until now, that is. Paul Ream, a working cinematographer, recently figured out how to hack the Sony F5 so that it enables the camera to shoot 4K internally, a task which significantly closes the performance gap between the F5 and its much more expensive big brother, the F55. Furthermore, this hack raises some interesting questions about the ethics of companies limiting the functionality of their products in superficial ways. More »

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Blackmagic-Histogram-Audio-Meter-Time-RemainingWhile the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K got a histogram, time remaining, and audio levels last month, many were wondering when the other Blackmagic cameras — the Cinema Camera and Pocket Cinema Camera — were going to get these important features as well. That day is today, as the company has announced firmware 1.9.3, which will finally allow you to know exactly how much footage you’ve got left to shoot on both the BMCC and the BMPCC, and let you see what kind of levels you’re recording for audio. More »

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standard-gauge-still-2When I was nine or ten years old, and not busy seeing movies I was far too young to be seeing (thanks, indulgent parenting!), I haunted the film section at any available 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 »