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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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Zacuto z driveAttaching a follow focus to your camera can save you the headache (and difficulty) of using your focus ring to make your images crisp. Especially if you’re a one-man/woman band, you need a tool with ergonomics that help alleviate the strain on your body, let you focus with ease, and give you the balance needed to keep your camera steady. Sometimes, the solution isn’t found in popular follow focus controls, but maybe Zacuto’s newly released Z-Drive follow focus, in conjunction with their Tornado grip, will give you more stability and allow you to focus less on focusing. Continue on for the details. More »

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Despite the recently reduced price of RED cameras, each model still requires a lot of (pricey) accessories. We’ve pointed this out from the very beginning, but now we’ve gone further and compiled some realistic shooting packages at three different levels: a “cheapest possible ONE MX” list by Aaron Rich, an “owner/operator SCARLET” package by myself, and a “full professional EPIC” package by Timur Civan. Our overall goal with this post is not just to introduce (potential) RED shooters to some accessory options and needs for the RED ONE MX, SCARLET, and EPIC, but to hopefully create a post wherein users can share what has worked best for them. Let’s get started, this is going to be a long one! More »

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Catching up all the latest video software and hardware news (here’s part one): More »

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Director’s viewfinders are the lens-looking things you often see hanging around the neck of big-time directors. What are they? Essentially they are small, lightweight optics that allows the director to frame a shot using the correct focal length, film size, and aspect ratio — without having to maneuver the whole (heavy, expensive) camera rig into place. Most kinds of VFs won’t give you an accurate simulation of the depth-of-field of the image, but you can walk around and find the framing of the shot-to-be. Here’s a look from FreshDV’s Matt Jeppsen at the benefits of using one: More »

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I was a bit overwhelmed by all the gear on display at Cinevate’s well-trafficked NAB booth, especially given I don’t have the faintest clue about camera sliders. Better, then, to let the guys at FreshDV walk you through the Simplis DSLR rig, Atlas DSLR slider, new LED lights, and the Cyclops Viewfinder that will, packaged with a Sony monitor, soon join the other EVFs I saw at the show. If you don’t feel a need to keep one eye free, the Cyclops has a unique (and very clear) viewport that immerses you more along the lines of that dude from Star Trek than a traditional one-eye viewfinder. Here’s what they were showing at their booth: More »