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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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Panasonic-GH4-4K-Front-No-Lens-616x407Last month, Panasonic gave us the news that we had all been hoping for, a 4K successor to the widely loved GH3, a brand new camera that is appropriately named the GH4, as well as a nifty interface unit that provides many of the features that serious filmmakers need. At the time, we knew the basic specs of the camera and that the body would come in at less than $2,000. However, the final retail price of both the camera and the interface were still largely unknown. Until now, that is. So, without any further ado, I am pleased to announce that a brand new GH4 body will cost you — More »

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ALEXA-Studio_headerWithin the span of the past three years, the ARRI ALEXA has become the gold-standard for cameras in productions of all shapes and sizes, from the highest-end Hollywood extravaganzas to television shows and commercials and beyond. Essentially, if you’re looking to work as a camera operator or assistant, or even as a DIT, it will behoove you greatly to know your way around the ALEXA. With that goal in mind, I’ve pulled together some of the finest resources from around the web to get you started with this excellent camera system. Luckily, it’s a very intuitive camera, so you’ll be up and running in no time flat! More »

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RED DRAGON Hero ImageDxOMark, a “comprehensive RAW-based image quality measurement database and a set of scores to evaluate and compare digital cameras and lenses,” recently evaluated RED’s new 6K DRAGON sensor since it has the ability to pull extremely high-quality still images from video. The result, which probably comes as no surprise to RED themselves, measured the DRAGON as the best overall sensor they’ve ever tested, breaking 100 points on their scale. Considering that DxOMark has tested all sorts of cameras (some even more expensive than DRAGON like the medium format Phase One IQ180), the results are indeed impressive. More »

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Panasonic VariCam 35Panasonic has been teasing a 4K VariCam for a few NAB shows in a row now, but the camera has, up until now, just been a prototype hidden under glass. Back in the fall it became clear that the real thing was coming at NAB 2014, and now the company has unveiled the first images of the final model, along with a number of specs, which include 4K RAW and 4K variable frame rates up to 120fps. They’ve also got a brand new 2/3″ VariCam high-speed camera, which can do 1080p up to 240fps. More »

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Bellami HD-1 MainWhile the Nolab digital Super 8 cartridge concept designed to get digital footage out of film cameras may never see the light of day, if you’re looking for something in a similar style, a new camera from Japan looks like it will at least partially fulfill the promise. Chinon is showing off what they are calling the Bellami HD-1, a new camera which will apparently shoot 1080p and be capable of taking all sorts of 8mm lenses. Click through for more on this interesting-looking camera. More »

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Nikon D4S Front LensTwo years ago Nikon announced the D4, which finally took video offerings from the company to the next level. While their D800 actually proved to have better video quality, the move at least showed that Nikon was serious about providing quality that rivaled Canon. First soft-launched at CES back in January, the new D4S builds all of the things the D4 got right, and gives us video people some additional features, like 60fps at 1080p and a mind-melting 409,600 max ISO — as well as the ability to adjust audio levels while recording. 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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RED Dragon with New Top PlateNo, it’s not the A.D.D. you’re thinking of. RED has developed something new for RED CINE-X called Advanced DRAGON Debayer to squeeze even more quality out of the image in post, which is in addition to the new Optical Low Pass Filter on the DRAGON that gets rid of an ugly flare and in the process helps increase dynamic range. There is word more improvements are coming, but if you’re wondering about actual cameras, the general upgrades for all EPIC users is almost here, which will mean DRAGONs for every EPIC owner that wants them. More »

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Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 3.21.50 PMLast week, Blackmagic Design once again shook up the cinema camera market with their announcement that the BMPC 4K would begin shipping immediately at $1000 cheaper than expected. Cut to one week later, and the first of many forthcoming camera comparison videos have hit the web. If you’re wondering how the BMPC 4K stacks up against the Canon 1D-C and the RED EPIC, cameras which are significantly more expensive than Blackmagic’s offering, here are a few videos that should clarify things. More »

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B RollYour primary footage may the key storyteller of your film — your interviews, etc., but your b-roll is the glue that holds it all together. Getting good b-roll is supremely important in not only documentary filmmaking, but in virtually any type of filmmaking, because it helps hide transitions, gives information, and adds flare to what could be a long and tedious block of exposition. But, if you’re finding that your secondary footage is falling flat, Slavik Boyechko of Alaska Video Shooter and PBS series Indie Alaska, breaks down pretty much everything you need to know about shooting b-roll in this awesome and exhaustive tutorial. More »

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Rolling ShutterAs filmmakers, we may think that distortion issues caused by rolling shutter — the wobbles, smears, and skews alike — is a reality that only affects us in the movie world. But, these distortions occur in our natural world all the time, and on a massive scale — even a supermassive scale.  In this excellent video by Vsauce, hosted by none other than the YouTube science guru Michael Stevens, we explore the rolling shutter effect, which, yes, is common in many digital cameras, but is also a phenomenon affecting the way we perceive Andromeda, as well as the rest of our awesome universe. More »

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s16 F55In late 2013, Sony released version 3.0 of the firmware for their F5 and F55 cameras. This update added a veritable plethora of new features for these two cameras, including internal 4K and more options in regards to high frame rate shooting. However, one of the most interesting features of the update was the addition of what Sony calls “Center Scan Mode” which essentially crops the sensor in order to allow native use of lenses with a smaller image circle than s35, chiefly older s16 lenses. In another informative “At The Bench” video from AbelCine, Andy Shipsides breaks down everything you need to know about Center Scan Mode on the F55. Check it out. More »

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Sony A6000 FrontSony and Canon both picked today to introduce new lower-end cameras. While Panasonic made the big splash with the 4K GH4, and Blackmagic is lowering the price of their 4K offering, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, the Canon T5 and Sony A6000 aren’t really answers to either of them. They are both designed to be cheap entry-level models, but the differences in specs and features show just how far apart the two Japanese companies are in terms of their product lines. More »

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Blackmagic Production 4KAmidst several delays, many of us have been eagerly anticipating the release of the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, but the time has finally come, and rest assured — your patience was well worth it. The Production Camera 4K is now shipping, but not at the initial $4,000 price. In hopes that it would become accessible to more filmmakers, Blackmagic is now offering the camera at $2,995. Continue on to find out more about Blackmagic’s announcement. More »

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NEW DRAGON OLPFThere is little doubt that RED’s DRAGON sensor is a major step forward for digital cinema, at least in the resolution and dynamic range departments. However, like all new digital sensors, there are some kinks that need to be worked out before the cameras are 100% ready for action. In the case of DRAGON, the optical low pass filter originally designed for the sensor was causing some issues, chiefly some strange magenta flaring when the camera was pointed at bright sources. A brand new OLPF, and a bit of sensor calibration, has not only fixed this issue, but it has improved upon the sensor’s colorimetry and dynamic range even more. Check out the details below: More »

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Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 1.54.47 PMEveryone knows that having the right gear is essential for any video production job. However, the organization of said gear (or lack thereof) is one of the many things that separates video production beginners from the pros. Not only can improper storage and transportation potentially damage the hefty investment that is video gear, but when gear is poorly organized it can slow you down as a shooter and prevent you from getting the shots you need. Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter has put together another fantastic video that details how he stores and organizes his camera gear so that he can access it as quickly as possible while still keeping it safe. Check it out below. More »

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ARRI ALEXA XT BW Monochrome-InfraredSeems like it’s all ARRI news lately, but the company has another new product coming out. We’ve talked a bit about the RED EPIC Monochrome camera that shoots only in black and white, and it gives spectacular results. Now, ARRI is coming right back with their own monochrome camera, which takes most of what people like about the current ALEXA, and pumps up the performance even more. Not only is this camera monochrome, but it’s capable of shooting infrared with the switch of a filter. Check out some of the footage shot on the new B+W: More »