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Nikon D5300 FrontNikon has been slowly improving the video quality on its entry and mid-range APS-C DSLRs, after beating everyone to the punch with the D90 back in 2008. While that camera was limited to 720p and a very low bit rate, we’ve now finally got full 1080p at 60fps in an affordable Nikon camera, which means real slow motion when played back at 24fps or 30fps. The D5200 rarely suffered from moire and aliasing thanks, in part, to a brand new sensor made by Toshiba that was better suited for video. The D5300 may have a slightly improved version of the same sensor with the low pass filter removed (or maybe a brand new one), but video quality should be similar. Check out more of the new features below. More »

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Pentax K-3 FrontAnnounced at the same time as the D610, the new Pentax K-3 APS-C DSLR doesn’t seem all that exciting from the outside, but the now Ricoh-owned name has all sorts of interesting tech going on inside. While many cameras are starting to forgo low-pass filters which help avoid aliasing, the downside is that this can mean additional moire while shooting photos or videos. The Pentax camera solves this issue in a very interesting way, and also is apparently capable of shooting 4K video. Check out more details below. More »

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Nikon D610_3It has been about a year since Nikon released their full frame Nikon D600, which at the time was the cheapest full-frame camera at just around $2,000 for the body. However, the D600 wasn’t without its faults, as there were many complaints from users about dust and oil residue on the sensor. Well, with the recently announced D610, Nikon has apparently addressed this issue with an all new shutter mechanism, as well as a few other upgraded specifications, like better image quality, higher fps rate, and improved automatic white balance. Read on for more details, as well as pricing for both the new D610 and the D600. More »

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DSLR DynamicsIf you’re looking to sharpen your filmmaking skills, then this might be something you should look into. Writer of The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook Barry Anderson and planetMitch of planet5D are teaming up to bring you the DSLR Dynamics Video Visuals Tour, with lessons aimed at providing participants with greater knowledge on how to take their craft to the next level. Continue reading to get more details on how to get involved, tour dates, and a special discount code for nofilmschool readers that’ll save you 15% when you sign up. More »

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BMPCC Redrock liveLenseWant to keep using non-MFT lenses when you get your hands on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera? Redrock Micro recently sat down with Hook, the man behind the recent BMPCC test footage, and asked him several questions about working with it. The entire interview is a good read, but one question that was particularly interesting was about how well the Redrock LiveLens MFT active lens mount performs with Canon L series glass. Read Hook’s thoughts after the jump. More »

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The Kinect isn’t just for learning how to do the “jerk” on Dance Central anymore. It’s quickly becoming a tool that artists working with all sorts of mediums are harnessing for its marker-less motion capture power. NFS sat down with Private School Entertainment’s Andrew Gant to talk about how they used a Kinect, a DSLR camera, a projector, and the RGBDToolkit for some out-of-this-world filmmaking. Continue reading to find out how to access the cinematic capabilities of the Kinect. More »

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Anti-Twist Plate ManfrottoEver had that moment when you try to pan left and look down only to realize you’ve just panned your DSLR independent of the tripod base plate? Hey, this shouldn’t be happening, your tripod’s a Manfrotto, after all, and you basically stripped the darn thing getting the screw in that tight. This vexing shortcoming of a DSLR’s small size can now be remedied with a quick solution – a small plate with a lip from Photography & Cinema that stops your camera from twisting about. More »

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kaleidocamera-452x273Modern imaging technology never ceases to amaze me. In the past, we’ve talked about light field cameras, such as the Lytro, which allow the user to refocus the image in post. We’ve also talked about new sensor technologies that use color diffraction instead of traditional filtration. Now, a group from Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany have developed a camera add-on that sits between the lens and the sensor that brings an array of impressive plenoptic features to any DSLR camera. What features. you might be asking? Light field refocusing, HDR imaging, and light polarization without filters, just to name a few. Interested? Read on for the details: More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Canon 7D Now Recording 2.5K RAW with Magic Lantern - nofilmschoolMagic Lantern RAW video is still a work in progress on the Canon 7D, but a few videos are floating around now showing what the camera can do in silent picture mode, which was also the precursor to 24fps and higher RAW video on the 5D Mark III and other Canon cameras. While the camera is recording below 1080 at a max of 1728 x 1156, it’s possible to get all the way up to 2.5K when using one of the crop modes (though the exact resolution may vary slightly). Check out some of the incredible first samples of that mode below. More »

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Canon 7D HDSLR DSLR VDSLRFor all of you out there with a Canon 7D who have been salivating at the prospect of shooting RAW video on your camera with Magic Lantern, things just got a whole lot more interesting. A1ex, one of the lead developers on the whole ML project, has discovered the silent pictures function, which allows the camera to save the RAW files from Live View. That’s exactly how the RAW hack began on the Canon 5D Mark II and Mark III back in April. Click through for more on this announcement and what resolutions you can expect. More »

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Enforcer_Marauder1Compact run-n-gun shoulder rigs are nothing new, and there are a multitude of companies that make excellent solutions for shooters who are on the move. However, oftentimes these rigs contain a plethora of small pieces that need to be fastened together before you can use them, and how long this process takes can be the difference between getting the perfect shot and missing it entirely. Zacuto is looking to eliminate build-time with their new foldable, highly compact DSLR rigs, the Marauder and the Enforcer. Check them out below: More »

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Canon 70D BackAfter many years of releasing similar cameras with small changes, Canon has finally unleashed a brand new technology inside the new 70D they are calling Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The major breakthrough with this technology is that it should give excellent autofocus whether you’re in stills mode or in video mode. Now, you might be thinking you’d never want or need anything like that, but Johnnie Behiri over at cinema5D took the 70D for a spin to test not only the video quality, but how good the autofocus actually is. Check those videos out below. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video First Magic Lantern Comparison: RAW vs. 14 Stop Dual ISO RAW - nofilmschoolYesterday we had the big news about Magic Lantern’s big breakthrough: the ability to actually shoot with two different ISOs on the sensor at once. This is quite a technological leap from the previous hacks, as it is actually modifying how the sensor operates at a very base level. We’ve got a brief comparison from Michael Anthony showing off what the new hack can do, and we’ve also got some RAW Dual ISO samples from Luke Neumann for you to play around with. More »

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Magic_Lantern_logo-whiteThe breakthroughs keep coming. Magic Lantern did the unthinkable and figured out how to get RAW video out of Canon cameras, and now they’ve managed to increase the native dynamic range of the image without using an HDR method of varying light and dark frames, which can cause serious motion artifacts. That’s all in the past for the Canon 5D Mark III and the Canon 7D, as a1ex has managed to get a major dynamic range increase right on the sensor itself in the neighborhood of 14 stops, which brings it into ARRI ALEXA and Sony F65/F55 territory. More »

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Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 9.1.5 Magic Lantern SupportWhile there are some workflow solutions to get your Magic Lantern RAW files into the more video-friendly CinemaDNG format (like RAWMagic), Blackmagic has just released an update to DaVinci Resolve that gives support to the regular DNG files (both CinemaDNG and DNG use the .DNG file type). These files, created by applications like raw2dng, are slightly different than CinemaDNG, which is why they previously did not work in Resolve. With the newest 9.1.5 update, they will now drop right into the program after they’ve been converted from the .RAW format. Click through for a look at the rest of the changes in this update. More »

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HandheldLast month we shared some of Stillmotion’s tips for shooting handheld with DSLR cameras. While a good portion of the “DSLR Generation” of filmmakers are still shooting with DSLR’s, many are now shooting with various full-sized digital cinema cameras such as the EPIC and Alexa. Most of the basics of shooting handheld are applicable to whatever camera system you happen to be using, but going handheld with larger cameras and rigs can be an entirely different animal. Chris Weaver’s blog Through The Lens has an excellent post with 10 more tips for shooting handheld that should help you continue to refine your handheld skills no matter which camera you use. More »

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RED SCARLET Canon 5D Mark III RAW ComparisonWhile you always want to choose the right camera for the job, sometimes you have to deal with what you have. There are times when you might have a RED SCARLET (or maybe even a RED EPIC), but maybe you need something that’s a little more light-sensitive as a B-cam for specific shots, or you might need dual-coverage and you’ve already got a second camera handy. What if that second camera is a Canon 5D Mark III, and you’ve enabled the Magic Lantern hack so that you can shoot RAW? How would the two cameras stack up against each other? More »

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Nikon Removable Heat StorageIf you’ve ever been on a long shoot, then maybe you have experienced an overheating camera, and if so, then you know the frustration of waiting until it cools. Nikon aims to solve this issue. Nikon has a patent pending on a removable heat storage unit for DSLR cameras that absorbs the heat produced by the sensor. In the same way you might interchange batteries or memory cards, Nikon’s removable heat storage will allow you to switch one out for another, allowing one to cool and keeping your longer shoots on schedule. For some more info and schematics, hit the jump. More »

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Magic_Lantern_logo-whiteBut you’re going to need fast cards. The software hack that has seen many developments over the last few months, including the resurrection of the Canon 50D, a camera that didn’t even shoot video until recently, is pushing even further. Now it’s looking like 30fps continuous is definitely possible, which is great news for those looking to match broadcast footage, but it’s going to take some special cards to do it. Check out the proof below. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Get Lost in 'Adrift,' Simon Christen's Time-Lapse Love Letter to the Fog of the San Francisco Bay Area - nofilmschoolGetting the right shot can sometimes take hours, maybe even days. But what about years? That’s the case with Simon Christen’s gorgeous time-lapse video Adrift, which is at least two years in the making. If you’ve ever wondered what it might feel like to hover among above the clouds around the San Francisco Bay Area, this video is about the closest you’re going to get: More »