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Having a two-camera set-up can have many great benefits. It can cut down on your production time/cost, streamline your work and make it more efficient, as well as provide much-needed continuity to the final product, which will ultimately raise your film’s production value. If you’re working with a skeleton crew, a multi-camera rig might be a good solution to having to hire more people, but be forewarned — there can be pitfalls to that set-up (e.g. Tommy Wiseau’s multi-camera/multi-format frankenrig that he used in The Room). Filmmaker Rubidium Wu puts this set-up to the test, mounting a Blackmagic Cinema Camera and a Canon 5D Mark III to a MōVI 10 gimbal stabilizer to see if he can cut down on costs, time, and even permit applications!

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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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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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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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sundance logo 2014Sundance is over – the winners have been announced and filmmakers of all types are leaving the small town of Park City in droves — however, for many, things are just beginning. This festival has a way of inspiring young filmmakers to jump out of their seats and grab their cameras, but probably the biggest question that’s asked in the very beginning is, “What camera should I buy?” One way to answer that is to find out what pros are using on projects that closely resemble yours, which is why this list, compiled by Indiewire, of the cameras used by this year’s Sundance Film Festival filmmakers is an excellent resource in learning our (future) peers and colleagues’ approach to filmmaking. Continue on for the full list of cameras. More »

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Prieto C500 WideThe Canon C500 is one of those cameras that hasn’t been readily adopted by the film industry, at least not to the extent of ARRI and RED products. Sure, it played a very small role in the production of Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and Shane Hurlbut chose it as his A-Cam on Need For Speed, but for the most part, it doesn’t get much love in the narrative filmmaking world. However, world-class cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto ASC, AMC, (The Wolf of Wall Street, Argo) recently lensed a short film called Human Voice on the high-end Canon camera, and offered his take on why it was the right choice for this project, and how specifically it was set up for this film. More »

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When many of us first picked up a camera, it was whatever we had lying around. Maybe it was dad’s old Super 8 at home or the Handycam in your high school yearbook class. It was available, affordable, and convenient, so the choice was already made whether you knew it or not. Today, however, there are a lot of cameras out there so naturally beginning filmmakers will ask themselves, “How do I choose a camera?”

This is a guest post by Joyce Tsang of Stillmotion. More »

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Magic_Lantern_logo-whiteThose part of Magic Lantern are always hard at work tinkering away to give us mere mortals better cameras at zero cost. They were able to pull a rabbit out of a hat and give us RAW video on Canon DSLRs, which is a huge step up on video quality from the standard H.264 files the cameras normally record to. Now they’ve got another trick up their sleeve that can actually improve dynamic range about half a stop — but there are some caveats at this early stage. More »

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RED DRAGON Aerial Axiom ImagesWe’ve already seen some terrific aerials from RED’s EPIC DRAGON camera, and a new aerial video of Los Angeles from Axiom Images — not to be confused with the Apertus Axiom camera — really shows off the strengths of the new sensor. With its small size, 6K resolution, excellent dynamic range, and better low-light performance than the MX sensor, it may just be the perfect camera to take up into the sky. Check out the video below: More »

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Canon CES 2014 Lens InternalsWhile Sony introduced a lower-cost consumer 4K camera, and Panasonic showed their own 4K solution within the GH camera line, Canon was relatively quiet at CES 2014. What they did show, however, was a fascinating look at the internals of their lenses, more specifically the new STM lenses designed to be used for both video and stills. We’ve also got another showing off STM technology, and a slightly dated making-of for Canon’s over-$10,000 500mm lens. More »

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canon c500 4kThere have been rumors that Canon could be announcing some new cinema cameras in 2014, and recent price drops on the C100 and C500 seem to confirm that. While the C500 launched at over $20K, reductions from Canon have now brought it to $17,000 — at least until January 4th — and the C100 is now at an all-time low price, coming in at just $5,000. We’ve also got new firmware 1.0.4.1.00 for the C500 which brings 80,000 ISO and a few other changes to the camera (to bring it in line with the C100 and C300). Click through for more. More »

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Hurlbut Camera Tests Alexa c500Although most digital productions these days are shot on the ALEXA or the EPIC, Director of Photography Shane Hurlbut’s most recent project, Need For Speed, featured an against-the-grain camera choice of Canon’s C500. In a recent series of blog posts, Hurlbut provided his readers with an extensive amount of information about how he and his team chose the C500 over the multitude of digital cinema cameras on the market today. Here’s a roundup of his first set of camera tests, featuring the ARRI ALEXA and the Canon C500. More »

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FilmConvert Save 25 PercentFilmConvert from Rubber Monkey is a unique film stock emulator because it’s not just about applying a look to your footage, it’s about replicating the exact color profile of specific film stocks on specific cameras and color profiles (standard, neutral, etc). Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, the best results come from using cameras and profiles that are supported. Recently Rubber Monkey added an OFX plugin version, which means that the software can now work directly in DaVinci Resolve 10 or Resolve Lite 10, along with other programs that work with those plugins. They’ve also got a Black Friday sale going on through Monday that will give you 25% off any of their programs or bundles. Click through for more on the sale and to see the new OFX plugin in action. 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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Video thumbnail for youtube video RED DRAGON 6K Goes Airborne in These Gorgeous Aerials - No Film SchoolWhile 6K from RED DRAGON is going to make for better-looking 4K footage because of resolution loss due to debayering, there will likely be times when it’s overkill for the project you’re shooting. Aerial footage is not one of those situations, however. Dynamic range and resolution are both important, as is the rig you’re actually using, but the results from the following videos speak for themselves. Luke Neumann recently got the chance to test the GSS C520 Gimbal along with Doug Holgate and Nathan Garofalos, and they’ve posted some DRAGON samples for us to drool over. More »

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Canon LP-E6 BatteryBack when I wrote about issues with Canon-brand batteries and Canon chargers, I mentioned that many third-party batteries, even if they have higher capacities, do not last quite as long as the genuine versions. Dave Dugdale of Learning DSLR Video wanted to find out if a third-party LP-E6 battery (in this case Watson), would last as long, or longer, than a genuine Canon version. Here are his results: 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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Dual Pixel AF Canon C100The Canon 70D announced earlier in the year included a new technology for the company called Dual Pixel AF that was designed to be excellent in both photo and video modes. Now Canon is working out a hardware upgrade for the C100 that will include this Dual Pixel AF technology and should give the camera similar performance as the 70D in video mode. Click through for more on this upgrade and how much it’s going to cost if you want to get in on the action. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Who Wants a Carbon Fiber Camera? New RED DRAGON Carbon Being Used on 'Game of Thrones' - nofilmschoolWe’ve already got some 6K footage to mess around with, but just as I was mentioning RED’s delays along with the positive news from Digital Bolex, RED has given us the order in which they will be shipping out upgrades, along with some new color science work and the development of HDR-X for DRAGON, which will give the sensor even more dynamic range by combining multiple exposures in post. We knew that some people would be way ahead in line because they are considered early adopters, but it wasn’t completely clear how things would go after that, and more importantly, when all of these upgrades will actually be happening. More »