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Google ChromecastSince Google released Chromecast last year, the little ‘HDMI dongle’ has had two big things going for it — Netflix and YouTube. Of course, given its simplicity and ridiculously low price of $35, it hasn’t had much going against it either. Even with some creative work-arounds via Google Chrome ‘tab casting,’ Chromecast’s downside has been its short list of natively supported apps — despite subsequent support for Hulu, Pandora, and HBO GO. Well, all that’s changed, because Google has announced the public release of the device’s SDK. In short, this turns what was a very exclusive party into a fiesta that any developer can join. Many more native apps are sure to follow, but how can this benefit filmmakers? More »

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Digital Imaging Technician Harddrives [Photo by Christian Dressler]

This is part three of a 3-part series on the evolving role and responsibilities of the contemporary Digital Imaging Technician. Nofilmschool interviewed 4 working DITs from New York and L.A. to help contextualize the role they play and offer insights into the business. Part 1 went into misconceptions about DITs, part 2 offers information about getting hired — now this one is for the gear-head in all of us. Read on for a look into some tools and practices behind the job. More »

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tvlogic lcd monitor viewfinderThe world of external shooting monitors is more diverse than ever. SmallHD’s products alone comprise quite a range of options, sizes, and affordability. The trend seems set to continue, because TVLogic’s new field LCD boasts one thing few others can — true 1080 HD resolution. Announced just recently at IBC, the 5.5″ monitor is set to accept all manner of SDI up to 3G and traditional HDMI, plus many of the display options shooters want and need. Read on for more details from TVLogic. More »

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When it comes to wireless HD monitoring solutions, companies like Teradek have some impressive offerings. That company’s Bolt, however, isn’t the only airwave-bound HD-SDI transmission system around. Switronix’s Recon is another such offering, with models including HDMI support and HDMI to HD-SDI conversion. Switronix has just announced a new addition to the Wi-SDI family in the shape of lighter-form factor Recon Micro, made more compatible with the smaller scale of cameras like the Blackmagic (pair pictured left). Switronix has also released details for a new modular battery power solution, geared towards anything from BMCC to Sony HD camcorders. If you’re looking into powerful, off-the-grid, untethered field shooting solutions, check the details below. More »

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We’ve had a few posts revolving around open source 3D modeling & animation suite Blender recently, including some info on using it to model color space in three dimensions. Now, as a bit of a ‘BTW, FYI’ to a more recent post concerning the free release of all 4k F65 footage acquired for Blender’s CGI/live-action Tears of Steel, we have some info that may actually help you visualize that or any other 4k footage in full-res — without an actual 4k monitor. It isn’t perfect — it’s a bit rough and ready, and may require Linux, but we thought our readers should know that it’s possible, especially since very few of us have access to 4k viewing, be it through projection or UHD TV sets. Read on for some details on how the Project Mango team devised its ‘DIY 4k’ monitoring solution. More »

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There’s no doubt that modern mobile technology has the capacity to streamline or benefit many aspects of filmmaking. Whether it’s the micro-video art emerging in social media, script supervision capabilities, lighting-fast previsualization softwares, or the surprisingly high-resolution video some phones and tablets can shoot (given what they are), there’s something to be said for their place in the industry. For goodness sake, modern smartphones are better at giving directions than my GPS navigator and shoot higher quality video than my first camcorder. With all that said, though, how far can things like the Apple iPhone or an Android tablet be taken down-and-dirty in the trenches of shooting? More »

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The differences between competing pieces of technology often become very, well, technical in explanation — but most of the time, we don’t get to use the term ‘organic’ as a qualifier. This happens to be true in the case of SmallHD’s new OLED HDMI and SDI monitors — and Organic Light Emitting Diodes are actually news to me in general. What’s even more exciting is that SmallHD is looking to provide very high-quality monitoring solutions for prices previously unheard-of. Read on for a more comprehensive specs readout and a bit on what makes OLEDs different from traditional LCD systems. More »

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Wireless monitoring is often a very expensive proposition, but in the last few years it really has been consumer technology that has brought down the price significantly. While there have been many new interesting wireless solutions over the past few years (like some of those from Teradek), many people still want a simple plug and play wireless device that is completely self-contained. Over at AbelCine, they are utilizing consumer technology and adding in some professional tools to make a wireless video solution fit into literally any workflow. Check out the video below as Mitch Gross takes us through the AbelCine Wireless Video Solution. More »

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When Divergent Media’s Scopebox was released a few years ago, it was a $700 piece of software that was fairly unique at the time: a way to turn any Mac laptop into, well… a box of scopes. Waveforms, vectorscopes, and RGB parades were handy on-set aides, and though similar to Adobe OnLocation (now bundled as part of Premiere Pro), the fact that the forthcoming version 3.0 of the software will drop the price from $700 to $99 makes it a new ball game. More »

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It’s hard to describe the sheer enormity of NAB — there are several halls of exhibitors (grouped loosely into categories like Acquisition, Post-Production, Delivery, etc.), and each hall is the size of an entire “normal” tradeshow. While I’ll have some wrap-up thoughts later in the week, now that it’s the final day of NAB I’ve finally figured out that, rather than talking about an individual manufacturer’s entire product lineup, I should group similar products from different companies together in one post and wrap them together with any analysis or firsthand experience I can provide. Up first: electronic viewfinders (EVFs), from Zacuto, Cineroid, SmallHD, LCDVF, and others. More »

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The brite-View Air Sync HD is a $200 transmitter/receiver designed to feed an HDTV wirelessly from any HDMI source. However, with a resolution of 1080p, a range of up to 100 feet, and claimed zero latency, enterprising filmmakers have discovered that it can be used DIY-style to create a budget video village. Here’s a look at the device in action with a RED camera: More »