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andra remote wireless automatic focus control follow system ipad app device cameraGiven the ubiquity of today’s touch-based apps, it seems fairly logical a forward-thinking manufacturer would devise a way to augment — but not automate — the role of First Assistant Camera. Meet Cinema Control Labs’ Andra Motion Focus system. Andra puts the heavy lifting and guesswork into the hands of today’s technology without taking away the crucial dimension of creative camera control. Check our interview below for more details. More »

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AMIRA Camera SimulatorChances are, if you’ve operated or assisted on a production using an ARRI ALEXA, you’ve also used ARRI’s fantastic ALEXA camera simulator, which digitally mimics all of the menu functions and exterior buttons of the camera. Resources such as camera simulators are excellent training tools for both up and coming cam-ops and assistants, as well as experienced guys who need a refresher on how a particular system works. With the new AMIRA camera making its way out into the world, ARRI has released the first version of the AMIRA camera simulator, and it’s definitely worth checking out you intend to use this camera any time in the near future. More »

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Panasonic-GH4-4K-Front-No-Lens-616x407There have been lots of new cameras at this year’s NAB, but one that a lot of us have been curious about is the next iteration from Panasonic’s GH line of mirrorless cameras. With internal 4K recording and an optional interface unit that adds SDI-Out for sending higher bit-rate 4K to an external recorder, the Panasonic GH4 is here. Hit the jump to watch our interview with Panasonic from the floor of NAB 2014: More »

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Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 3.26.34 PMThis week has been a crazy one for camera announcements. Not only did Blackmagic blow the lid off of NAB once again with the announcement of the URSA camera, but Digital Bolex brought their A-game to the world of black and white cinematography, and Apertus (despite the fact that they couldn’t make it to NAB) announced that the Axiom Beta is well on its way. Perhaps the most interesting camera announcement, however, came from hardware-manufacturer AJA, as they announced the arrival of a brand new 4K cinema camera simply called CION. We just got wind of the full specs on this camera, and even caught a glimpse of some early footage. Check it all out down below. More »

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kinefinity kineraw mini 6k 4k 2k raw high definition video cameraThere’s been a lot of buzz regarding affordable 4K acquisition recently, and for good reason. How about affordable 6K? You may know Chinese manufacturer Kinefinity for its strangely familiar-looking family of cameras, but with features like simultaneous compressed and uncompressed RAW recording and very competitive pricing, it’s a family with merits all its own. Our crew on the floor of NAB 2014 talked to Michel Juknat, a Kinefinity european distributor, discussing the ~$5K KineMINI 4K camera in depth and hitting upon the upcoming KineMAX 6K camera. Check out the video below — plus some KineMINI footage from Michel himself. More »

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Apertus AxiomWe’ve been covering the work that the fine folks over at Apertus have been doing for quite a while. In fact, just under a month ago, we got our first taste of footage from their early prototype camera, the Axiom Alpha, and it was quite promising. In the spirit of NAB, where multiple new 4K cameras have already been announced (see our constantly-updating NAB News article), Apertus thought it prudent to make a major announcement of their own. Today they unveiled the Axiom Beta project and gave word that a crowdfunding campaign is imminent, which means that an extremely affordable 4K open-source cinema camera might be in your hands before the year is through. Read on for details on this major announcement from Apertus. More »

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Sony A7s at NAB 2014Sony’s new camera at NAB this year comes in a familiar form factor for all of the DSLR users out there. The Sony a7S, an extension of the previous a7 models, is a full frame 12.2 megapixel sensor capable of HD recording up to 120 fps, with 4K recording only through HDMI to an external recorder such as the new Atomos Shogun. Hit the jump to watch our interview with Sony at their NAB booth: More »

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Dan May with No Film School at NAB 2014Blackmagic are stirring things up again with new developments and over a dozen new products at this year’s NAB. Perhaps the biggest announcement from yesterday was the Blackmagic URSA, and our team on the floor in Vegas caught up with BMD president Dan May to talk about the new camera. Hit the jump to watch our video. More »

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No Film School at NAB 2014, Joe Marine and AJA's Andy BellamyThe announcement of AJA’s first camera, the $9,000 global shutter 4K CION, has camera enthusiasts buzzing. Our team on the floor here in Vegas got a chance to speak to AJA about the new camera, asking important questions ranging from sensor sourcing, RAW capability and availability. Hit the jump to watch the video. More »

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4-4K-JVC-CamerasIt’s camera season here in Vegas, and adding to the mix is JVC, announcing not one (who announces just one camera anymore?) but four new 4K-capable large sensor camcorders. So if you haven’t already had enough new cameras to sift through yet, hit the jump for the details. More »

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Blackmagic Studio CameraWe’ve already seen one major announcement from Blackmagic today, and boy was it a doozy. Blackmagic was far from finished, however, as they had another brand-spanking new camera ready to reveal to the world. Now that it looks like the low-budget cinema market is clearly in their grasp, Blackmagic is headed for the broadcast industry with a uniquely-designed studio production camera with a 10″ display and built-in fiber-optic connectivity. Check below for all of the details! More »

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AJA 4K CameraIt looks like another hardware maker has entered the camera arena. First it was Blackmagic, who mainly made recorders and broadcast hardware, introducing the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Now we have AJA, makers of very similar products as Blackmagic, introducing a camera of their own. The camera, called the CION, will record 4K and should be priced somewhere around $9,000. More »

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ARRI AMIRA

Geared more toward documentary, news, or TV work — yet using the same sensor as some of the higher-end ALEXA cinema cameras — the lower-cost, ENG-style AMIRA is expected to provide the usability that a run-and-gun shoot would require without sacrificing too much in image quality. Earlier this year, ARRI revealed the prices of its different upgradable camera packages, but yesterday they added another very important piece to the puzzle by announcing that they’ll begin shipping the highly anticipated camera this month. More »

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ARRI Logo LargeWhile the 6K market may start to get crowded over the next few years, what’s so special about that resolution? As an acquisition format, 6K gives you all sorts of options for better-looking 4K with the ability to reframe and stabilize. That’s why it comes as no surprise that ARRI looks to be developing their own 6K camera, but instead of squeezing those pixels onto a Super 35mm sensor like the RED DRAGON or the new Kinefinity 6K cameras are, the company is letting them breathe on a gigantic 65mm sensor. More »

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Panasonic GH4 - ZacutoThe new 4K-shooting Panasonic GH4, which should arrive sometime next month, has gotten quite a bit of attention, not just because of its specs, but also because of its price. Unfortunately, there have been some confusing details about what the camera is actually capable of doing without the expensive add-on grip, the YAGH Interface Unit, which adds XLRs, 3G-SDIs, and a full HDMI port. Thanks to Zacuto, we’ve now got some better details from Panasonic about what the camera can really do. More »

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Apertus Axiom Alpha03_1It’s been a long road for the team over at Apertus, but they’ve reached a major milestone: they are recording footage and are finally showing it to the public. To put this into perspective, Apertus first announced their plans to build a camera from scratch nearly 2 years ago, and in that time with just a small group of people they’ve got a working product. It should be noted that for testing purposes the first step is getting HDMI recording working (though they will eventually use 3G-SDI and they did show off a 4K RAW image back in January – it’s just a lot of data to handle for full motion footage and that’s an end goal with the Axiom). Either way, it’s a huge accomplishment, so check out the very, very early prototype footage below. More »

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Nikon 1 V3 Front with LensNikon chose a very different route with its interchangeable lens mirrorless offering, picking a sensor smaller than Micro 4/3 but slightly bigger than Super 16mm. While they have been slowly building up a line of new lenses, using lenses made for larger sensors means a significant crop factor, something that has likely hindered its acceptance (unless the crop factor is a benefit to you — like if you’re trying to shoot sports). The new V3 adds 120fps at 720p and 60fps at 1080p, but unfortunately it looks like there will still not be any 24fps. You may, however, be able to get some interesting clips using the 5K burst mode. More »

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Sony F5 F55 ProRes DNxHDToday, Sony announced that their higher end cinema cameras, the F5 and F55, are both going to be getting Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD recording in a future hardware upgrade. This is a big move for the company, which has so far avoided either of the codecs in both their high-end and low-end cameras, even as competitors like ARRI adopted them for much easier workflows. Read on for more details. More »

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NebraskaA little while back, I shared an ASC podcast that featured Nebraska cinematographer Phedon Papamichael. In that interview, Papamichael talked about many of the cinematic techniques behind the well-received Alexander Payne road movie. For those of you who love to hear cinematographers talk about their work and the theory behind it, you’ve probably seen many of the fantastic interviews that Cinefii puts together. Well, dear cinematography geeks, the fine folks at Cinefii have done it again, as they’ve just put out an extended interview with Phedon Papamichael in which he reveals even more of the techniques that he used to bring Nebraska to life. More »

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Conan DP

Last month, Conan O’Brien dedicated an episode of his show to the return of The Walking DeadIn honor of the widely loved AMC zombie drama, Team Coco put together a comedic Walking Dead-based opening sketch, featuring a decomposing, flesh-eating rendition of Conan. As a cinematography geek, I was blown away by how the production team managed to both emulate and parody the cinematographic style of The Walking Dead. Luckily for you, No Film Schoolers, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dylan Sanford, the talented DP who lensed this cold open. Stick around to hear Dylan explain exactly how it was done, from pre-production all the way through post. More »