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CineVerse Camera Comparison ChartDiscerning cinematographers know that different jobs and projects often require different tools. With digital cinema technology proliferating at an incredible rate, cinematographers now have such a wide variety of camera systems to choose from that the process of deciding which one meets the technical and aesthetic needs of any given project can often be entirely overwhelming. If only all of the relevant technical information for each high-end digital cinema camera could be aggregated into one place, maybe into the form of a well-organized chart –Luckily for us, Tom Fletcher over at CineVerse, a nationwide rental house, put together just such a chart with all of the major digital cinema cameras on the market today (the high-end ones, at least), and it’s an insanely helpful graphic that puts our top-of-the-line digital cinema technology into perspective. More »

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VICE News C300Canon cameras might not get a whole lot of love these days (especially in the comments on our site), but the truth is that the C300 (which is now cheaper than ever) might just be one of the best documentary-style cameras around because of its tremendous versatility and low-light ability. Nowhere is this versatility more apparent than in the hands of the cinematographers of VICE News, one of the more engaging journalistic outfits around today. Their travels, and dare I say adventures, have taken them twice the world over as they’ve captured footage from every major international conflict in recent memory. In a recent collaboration with Canon, VICE DPs Jake Burghart and Jerry Ricciotti shared the standard VICE camera package, as well as their unique camera rigs that allow them to be ready to shoot at a moment’s notice. More »

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C300The Canon C300 was announced nearly three years ago (alongside the RED SCARLET), and since its release it has been a workhorse for many TV, doc, and reality productions, with quite a few movies thrown in there like the Cannes-winning Blue is the Warmest Color and the recent indie hit Blue Ruin. Its light weight, good dynamic range, EF lens compatibility, and excellent low light abilities have brought many productions out of the 1/3″ or 2/3″ realm and into the large sensor arena. While the price dropped $2,000 a little over a year ago, the C300 is seeing yet another price drop, this time to an all-time low of $12,000. More »

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Bombay-4Interactive media may not be a staple of narrative filmmaking, but it’s certainly making itself known in music videos. Last year, we saw the work of several big name musicians and groups contain interactive elements, like the special navigation in Pharrell’s 24-hour “I’m Happy” video, the ability to “change channels” in Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”, and controlling animations in Arcade Fire’s “Neon Bible”. Now, we get to go behind the scenes with the creators of Bombay Bicycle Club’s music video for their single “Carry Me”, off the album So Long, See You Tomorrow, and find out what gear, techniques, and software they used to pull off their interactive “Orbital Video” project. More »

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Canon C300In November of 2013, Canon announced that the C100 would be upgraded with the same Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology as the 70D received in July. The announcement came today that the C300 would follow suit, making the AutoFocus improvement, which allows for continuous autofocusing in single shooter and run-and-gun situations with both Canon EF and STM lenses, available to users in May of this year. Continue on for more information about the C300′s upcoming AF upgrade, as well as a couple of other new features included in Canon’s announcement. More »

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Rock n’ roll is arguably an international language. A new documentary, Hard Rock Havana, currently in post, went to Cuba, a land not usually associated with face-melting solos, to profile Zeus (homepage in español), the country’s longest-running, most popular heavy metal band. No Film School talks to director Nicholas Brennan. Continue on and feel the noize! More »

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Documentary InfographicGetting started in documentary filmmaking is a lot like getting started in narrative filmmaking — most of the time you’re just picking up gear that is cheap and readily available to you. But, if you’re looking to find out what the pros are using, PBS’s POV, the longest-running showcase of documentary films on TV, asked working documentarians about the tools and equipment they used in their projects. Continue on to check out an infographic — a comprehensive equipment list of the cameras, lenses, microphones, and post-production software (and more) used by the pros. More »

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C300Canon released a pretty hefty update for the C100 and C300 about two weeks ago, which included expanded ISO options all the way up to 80,000, as well as interface and button changes. Shortly after releasing the update for the C300, Canon pulled the download because of an issue with color balance after installing. They have now re-released that firmware with a fix for color balance on both the EF and PL C300 cameras: More »

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Canon_EOS_CinemaThere has been plenty of talk over the last couple years about Canon and their product strategy as it relates to their Cinema and DSLR cameras. While their cinema cameras — specifically the C300 — have been incredibly popular, there are many who wonder why the company can’t offer better quality internally when very budget-priced cameras from Blackmagic are doing ProRes, DNxHD, and RAW without needing external recorders. At the Inter BEE 2013 conference (Japan’s version of NAB), Dan Chung from Newsshooter sat down with Yoshinari Onda, the global product manager for Canon’s Cinema EOS cameras, to ask some of these questions and also explore the recent AF firmware upgrade for the C100. Check out the fantastic interview below: More »

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20120829_hiRes_eosC100_3qlensCanon made a bit of a surprise announcement back in September that they were going to be upping the maximum ISO setting on the Cinema EOS cameras from 20,000 ISO all the way to 80,000 ISO. Not only is that firmware update out today for the C100 and C300 (it doesn’t seem like it’s ready for the C500 yet), but we’ve also got a video sample of the quality you can expect from the new ISO options. Check out the video below as well as all of the other goodies Canon has unlocked for the Cinema cameras. More »

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Canon C500 - Angle ViewNow they go way past 11. Canon is not only matching the Sony 64,000 ISO upgrade to the FS700, they are surpassing it. In a brand new firmware upgrade the company is working on for the C100, C300, and C500, they’ve managed to increase the top ISO from 20,000 another two stops to 80,000 ISO. How clean that will be is another question, but there must be some processing under the hood to get it looking even remotely usable at such crazy-high ISOs. That’s not all they’re doing, so read on for some of the other upgrades. More »

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AbelCine doc grantFilm and video equipment and service provider AbelCine announced the 2013 AbelCine Documentary Grant yesterday, calling on filmmakers to submit 2-5 minute Vimeo videos pitching their longer documentary projects. Each of three winners will receive $33,000 which can be applied to their choice of a Canon C300 rental packages and lenses from AbelCine. US Residents 18 years and older are eligible to apply; hit the jump for deets. More »

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Blue is the Warmest ColorThe Cannes Film Festival has finally come to an end, and the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, went to Blue is the Warmest Color (also known as La Vie d’Adèle: Chapitre 1 & 2). The film, a small intimate love story, made history for a number of reasons, including being the first Palme d’Or winner based on a graphic novel, as well as the first film shot on a Canon digital camera, specifically the Canon C300. Click through for more on the film and some clips below. More »

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The days when Canon made its prized quality lenses separately for either its bizarre HDV psuedo-progressive imaging camcorders (remember those?) or its high-res digital stills cameras are gone — having bled into the present day. Now, its lenses have a significant stake in the production of 4K digital cinema, and its Cinema CN-E EF-mount line of compact prime lenses will be fully rounded out by a just-announced 35mm prime, due out before the close of the year (that makes six lenses now: 14, 24, 35, 50, 85, 135). Furthering the same professional motion picture mission, Canon has also announced free firmware/software upgrades for automated functions such as Push Autofocus, as well as professional-grade ACES pipeline support for color management. Some updates apply to different cameras than others, so check below for more details. More »

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Internal ND filters are incredibly helpful on set, especially if you’re in a situation where you are trying to move quickly. We’ve seen that the particular filters inside the Canon C100/C300/C500 are actually very specific to the cameras themselves, and they do a good job of blocking out infrared light, which starts to appear more with standard ND filters as you block out visible light. It seems Canon has had some issues with keeping this area of the camera dust-free, so they’ve made some modifications. Check out the details below. More »

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A little over a week ago, there was a rumor that Canon would be introducing a brand new digital cinema camera between the C300 and the C100 at NAB 2013. At that time, the C300 was retailing for $16,000 and the C100 could be had for $6,500. In terms of the price difference, it was feasible for there to be a camera in-between (even if spec wise it doesn’t make much sense). Now, Canon has dropped the C300 price by $2,000 until April 30th for both EF and PL models, and it very well could be a permanent price drop. We’ve also got a rumor of a replacement 24 Megapixel camera for the aging Canon 7D. So what does that mean for the rest of their product lines? More »

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It’s looking like this strange and random problem might finally be no more (or at least so minimal that it won’t be noticed). If you’re a C300 owner, it’s certainly possible you haven’t even noticed it. The issue was related to extremely high contrast scenes where green or purple fringing would appear on edges. I originally wrongly assumed it might be a sensor issue, but it’s clear now that it is probably related to the debayering or processing in the camera. More »

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While the internet seems to be looking for a specific camera from Canon that they haven’t quite delivered yet, their digital cinema cameras — specifically the C300 — fly off the shelves and are consistently the most rented (if you don’t believe me, ask anyone who runs a rental house). That, of course, won’t stop the company from releasing new models, and it seems we may see a brand new camera along with some new cinema lenses at the yearly NAB show in April. Click through for more details and analysis. More »

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A solid color grade can very quickly take the edge off an image that looks “too digital.” If you don’t have much time to spend on said color grade, but you’d like to get a great look very easily, a film LUT that attempts to recreate some of the magic we get from Kodak and Fuji stocks could serve you well. We’ve discussed FilmConvert a bit before, but basically it’s either a standalone program or a plugin for the major Apple and Adobe products that uses the color science of the specific camera you’re using in order to precisely match the film stocks they have in their system. Now they’ve introduced another update, this time including support for the Canon C300 and the Arri Alexa. More »

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This camera seems to be getting as much vitriol in the comments on this website as the Canon 1D C, but the Canon C100 also has its share of defenders. It might not be priced perfectly considering the features, but it’s a camera that should just work out the box without much fuss, and Canon has made some key changes compared to the C300 that might be a deal-breaker for some, but well worth the cost-savings for others. I’ve said quite a bit about where I think this camera can fit in, but don’t take my word for it, here is Philip Johnston with his review (which is also available for download): More »