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digital bolex raw recording 2k hd high definition camera hdmi pl mount interchangeable lenses video film filmmakingDigital Bolex values community input to a pretty rare degree, and as a result of that, NAB 2014 saw several major announcements for D16 shooters. First, DB announced the D16 Monochrome, followed shortly thereafter by the unveiling of a PL mount adapter for either model by Hot Rod Cameras. The D16 is also getting the royal rig treatment by both Zacuto and Wooden Camera. Last but not least, Digital Bolex is providing a firmware update featuring the most viewing modes the camera has seen so far as well as dead pixel correction. Check below for all the details in our interview with Joe and Elle of DB. More »

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No Film School with Sony at NAB 2014Holding true to their philosophy to make the F5/F55 remain viable for a long time to come, Sony have introduced an upgrade that effectively turns your F5 into an F55. For the FS700, Sony are releasing a free FS700 firmware upgrade for E-mount zoom lens support. Also, for those of us with a few B4 lenses sitting around, Sony has announced a new 2-part optical B4 to PL adapter with an electronic lens interface. Hit the jump for our interview with Sony on the NAB floor: More »

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1396867330What would the NAB show be without some sort of announcement from RED? This year we’ve got a slew of news from the company, including Scarlet Dragon shipping info, a 4K broadcast module to send out up to 4K 60fps over 4 3G-SDI ports, Epic-M Monochrome details, new color science and even a handy RED-specific multi-tool. Hit the jump for the details. More »

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s16 F55Ever since Sony officially announced their modular cinema cameras over a year and a half ago, the F5 and the F55 have been subject to a veritable plethora of firmware and hardware updates that have taken the functionality of these two already feature-packed cameras to a whole new level entirely. First it was replaceable optical low pass filters, then it was the ability to use s16 glass, and most recently was the announcement that the cameras would soon offer ProRes and DNxHD recording. And Sony is still at it, pumping out major firmware updates with oft-requested features from their users. Recently they announced v4.o of the firmware for these cameras, and few interesting new features are in the works. 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 Carbon FiberThese days our cameras are like fine wines — they just keep getting better with time and, well, firmware downloads. Today RED is kicking off the new year by dropping firmware 5.1.34, a significant release build over the their current 4.0.18 release build (Beta releases have given us some of these features, but release builds are theoretically far more stable). Notable on the feature list is the addition of HDRx (which was announced late last year) and Speed Ramp for the DRAGON sensor, as well as major UI enhancements and additional lens support. Read on for the full feature list and download links. More »

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Sony-F55wZeissUltra16-FDTimes-640x340In the year or so since Sony announced the F5 and the F55, the company has released a veritable plethora of firmware updates and an optional hardware upgrade of the replaceable optical low-pass filter. Despite a somewhat premature release of the cameras with some of the key functionalities missing (especially in terms of higher resolutions and frame rates), the cameras are finally up to their original specs and then some. Sony isn’t stopping there, however. In the third version of the firmware for the cameras, which was released today, a few impressive new features were added to the cameras. Read on to hear all about these exciting new features. More »

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RED 512GB MINI-MAG-Side-SSD-ReaderRED teased newer mags for their cameras back in November, and now they have finally arrived, starting with a 512GB MINI-MAG. The biggest change from the old cards is that these are much cheaper and faster, so you can get better compression ratios than the older cards. How much better you ask? A chart has been posted showing exactly what kind of compression improvements you’ll be looking at, and we’ve embedded it below. 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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RED MiniMag Reader and Side SSDWhile they aren’t technically new, RED has quietly taken the wraps off of new capacities for their MiniMags, which were originally designed for the Proxy Module to record DNxHD and ProRes. Even though it was announced at NAB, that module has not been released yet, but RED has decided to take the same kind of cards and use them inside a brand new Side SSD to record RAW. In addition, RED has also increased support for a number of Canon lenses in Beta firmware v5.1.29. Read on for more on the Side SSD and Canon lens support. 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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BMPCC ProRes vs RAWJust last night, Blackmagic Design released a firmware update for their Pocket Cinema Camera that we’ve all been waiting for since the day the camera was released several months ago, a firmware update that gave the minuscule camera the ability to shoot compressed RAW CinemaDNG files directly to the internal SD cards. With the recently released update, it was only a matter of time before we started seeing comparison videos of the BMPCC’s ProRes shooting mode and the newly possible RAW mode. Here’s the first of these videos: More »

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BMPCC Black HoleLast month, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera started arriving at excited customers’ doorsteps. With an overwhelming sense of joy, many folks went out and shot some tests, and much to their dismay, the BMPCC produced some really strange sensor artifacts, chiefly the blatantly obvious black hole artifact that appears when the camera is pointed at a bright source of light. There have also been a few cases of mysterious white orbs that are caused by a sensor misreading of specular highlights. However, the Blackmagic team has been aware of these issues, and they’ve announced their solutions for getting rid of them: 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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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Canon 7D Now Recording 2.5K RAW with Magic Lantern - nofilmschoolMagic Lantern RAW video is still a work in progress on the Canon 7D, but a few videos are floating around now showing what the camera can do in silent picture mode, which was also the precursor to 24fps and higher RAW video on the 5D Mark III and other Canon cameras. While the camera is recording below 1080 at a max of 1728 x 1156, it’s possible to get all the way up to 2.5K when using one of the crop modes (though the exact resolution may vary slightly). Check out some of the incredible first samples of that mode below. More »

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Canon 7D HDSLR DSLR VDSLRFor all of you out there with a Canon 7D who have been salivating at the prospect of shooting RAW video on your camera with Magic Lantern, things just got a whole lot more interesting. A1ex, one of the lead developers on the whole ML project, has discovered the silent pictures function, which allows the camera to save the RAW files from Live View. That’s exactly how the RAW hack began on the Canon 5D Mark II and Mark III back in April. Click through for more on this announcement and what resolutions you can expect. More »

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Magic_Lantern_logo-whiteYou might think there is quite a bit of “magic” involved in the Magic Lantern firmware hack for Canon cameras, but have you ever wondered what’s really going on? Back in May, Georg Hofstetter and Michael Zöller spoke at the Open Source 2013 LinuxTag event, explaining exactly how Magic Lantern works and what it’s doing on your camera, some of the origins of the project, and how the team continues to innovate — like bringing RAW video to cameras that had never had it before. Check out the full presentation below. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video First Magic Lantern Comparison: RAW vs. 14 Stop Dual ISO RAW - nofilmschoolYesterday we had the big news about Magic Lantern’s big breakthrough: the ability to actually shoot with two different ISOs on the sensor at once. This is quite a technological leap from the previous hacks, as it is actually modifying how the sensor operates at a very base level. We’ve got a brief comparison from Michael Anthony showing off what the new hack can do, and we’ve also got some RAW Dual ISO samples from Luke Neumann for you to play around with. More »

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Magic_Lantern_logo-whiteThe breakthroughs keep coming. Magic Lantern did the unthinkable and figured out how to get RAW video out of Canon cameras, and now they’ve managed to increase the native dynamic range of the image without using an HDR method of varying light and dark frames, which can cause serious motion artifacts. That’s all in the past for the Canon 5D Mark III and the Canon 7D, as a1ex has managed to get a major dynamic range increase right on the sensor itself in the neighborhood of 14 stops, which brings it into ARRI ALEXA and Sony F65/F55 territory. More »

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Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 9.1.5 Magic Lantern SupportWhile there are some workflow solutions to get your Magic Lantern RAW files into the more video-friendly CinemaDNG format (like RAWMagic), Blackmagic has just released an update to DaVinci Resolve that gives support to the regular DNG files (both CinemaDNG and DNG use the .DNG file type). These files, created by applications like raw2dng, are slightly different than CinemaDNG, which is why they previously did not work in Resolve. With the newest 9.1.5 update, they will now drop right into the program after they’ve been converted from the .RAW format. Click through for a look at the rest of the changes in this update. More »