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Kinefinity_KINEMAX_6K1Kinefinity, the Chinese company that has been making scientific cameras for years, is now making some waves in the cinema camera market. Their first two models received a bit of attention for the features offered in such affordable packages, but now we are getting the next generation of those models, the KineMINI and KineMAX, which give 4K and 6K resolutions, respectively. We talked with Kinefinity at NAB, and while we already knew the 4K camera was going to come in around $3-$6,000 depending on the package, we now have some official pricing for the 6K camera, and it’s being offered for a limited time under $10,000. 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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Convergent Desgin Odyssey 7Q-Apple-ProRes-MenuWhen Sony first announced the FS700, they somewhat cryptically stated that there would be a 4K upgrade path to this formerly 1080p-only camera. It wasn’t long before we found out what that upgrade option was going to be, and it includes purchasing another module along with the Sony AXS-R5 recorder (the same one that can be used for 4K RAW on the F5 and F55). This rig, besides doubling the price of the camera, is quite a bit unwieldy. Fortunately, there are other options out there. Convergent Design recently announced an update to their much more affordable Odyssey 7Q that gives 4K RAW and ProRes to the FS700 (along with ProRes to any other camera). 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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Kinefinity KineMAX 6K and KineMINI 4K TogetherNo that’s not a typo. RED DRAGON is about to get some company as far as 6K is concerned. Chinese camera maker Kinefinity, who has so far produced two cinema cameras, the KineRAW S35 and KineRAW-MINI, has just announced that they are working on a brand new 6K camera, the KineMAX 6K, and a 4K version of the MINI. Check out specs and pricing for both models below. More »

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Apertus Axiom open-modules-concept-front-V1 croppedYou may have read some of our previous coverage on the Apertus Axiom Open Source 4K camera (not to be confused with Axiom Images who just shot RED DRAGON aerials), but the concept continues to improve. The team is hard at work on their prototypes, and while their module concept idea is not new, they are working on having the first open source camera with easily interchangeable mounts, sensor filters, and even image sensors. Click through for more on their open module concept and how they’ve expanded it. More »

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FS700 & R5 Recorder SonyWhen Sony announced the FS700 camcorder a year and a half ago, there was a vague promise that the camera would be able to shoot 4K video with a firmware update sometime down the road. At the time, little did we know that the FS700, when paired with a 4K RAW recorder like Sony’s R5, would become a legitimate option in the ever-expanding field of 4K RAW acquisition and a direct competitor to some of the other major cameras in that category, including the RED SCARLET and Sony’s own F5. However, if you’re an FS700 owner, or if you’re renting one out for your next production, and you’re not quite sure how to set up the camera/recorder for 4K recording, then Magnanimous Media has the perfect tutorial for you, as well as some gorgeous new footage. More »

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Apertus Axiom Modular Camera CompleteThe Apertus Axiom project, which is trying to build the first open source 4K RAW Super 35mm camera, has been making steady progress over the last year or so, with a significant amount happening in the last few months. The team has been working hard with the CMOSIS 4K sensor that will eventually be in a completed camera, and they’ve now delivered the first 4K DNG for all of you to mess around with. More »

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Digital Bolex D16 Sensor

I shared my initial thoughts on the camera last week in Part 1, and since then I’ve been able to spend a little more time with the camera. The firmware I had when first shooting with it was slightly more beta than the firmware the camera currently has, but even in that time many more things have improved. I will elaborate on those in future posts, but for now I thought it would be a good idea to post some footage and talk about the image. With help from Adam and Dylan from Rule Boston Camera, we compared the D16 to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and the SI-2K Mini (which is in a housing known as Black Betty). Check out that test below, as well as some of the first footage we’ve shot near the bottom of the post. More »

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We heard last week that the Digital Bolex D16 was finally going to start shipping after a lengthy development period that saw the camera transform into a much more fully-featured tool (many of these transformations coming from future owner requests). The cameras are definitely shipping now, as we’ve got our own test camera that we’ll be reviewing very soon. But that’s not all, if you’ve been looking at grabbing one for yourself, pre-orders for new cameras are currently live over on the Digital Bolex site (along with a number of other goodies in the DB store). Click through for more on first impressions of the camera. More »

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Digital Bolex-Finished-Body-8285The first D16 cameras have been finished and are shipping to Kickstarter backers this week, but that doesn’t mean the folks at Digital Bolex are done. They are ramping up production beyond just crowdfunding backers, and will be opening up pre-sales for a new batch of 500 cameras starting Monday, December 16th, at 10AM. The good news doesn’t stop there, not only can you get in line, but you can also save $100 on that order with an exclusive No Film School discount code. More »

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Digital BolexThe Digital Bolex D16 camera was wildly successful when it launched on Kickstarter back in March 2012, blowing past its funding goal in just a matter of hours. It’s been a long development process with 100s of improvements made to the camera, and now it’s finally going to be in the hands of shooters within the next week. If you missed the Kickstarter, and you’d like to get your hands on one, they will officially be opening up pre-orders for the camera starting next week. Check below for more details. More »

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Pomfort ClipHouseThe flexibility that RAW images provide filmmakers in the post-production process is absolutely astounding. However, in the words of Bret Michaels, “Every rose has its thorn.” The thorn, in this case, is the fact that RAW files can make your workflow quite a bit more cumbersome than it ever would be with compressed codecs. Despite Premiere Pro’s recent addition of native support for Cinema DNG files, more often than not it still makes more sense to create proxies and use an online/offline workflow. Even though there are  solutions for processing RAW files, many people still feel that RAW is more trouble than it’s worth because of the post-production headaches. Well not any more, because Pomfort’s highly anticipated RAW processing software, simply called ClipHouse, has now hit the market. More »

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema CameraBlackmagic has issued another update for the Pocket Cinema Camera (after the recent RAW firmware), this time to fix what was actually a rather annoying issue related to shutter speed and motion blur. When the camera was set to a 180 degree shutter (or 1/48th of a second) and 23.98 fps or 24 fps, the motion blur actually looked more like a 360 degree shutter (or 1/24th of a second). To see the difference, check out the video below: 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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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera - FrontIt’s been in the works for some time now, but CinemaDNG RAW recording has finally arrived for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (which is now in stock at places like B&H if you’d like to pick one up). Though it was mentioned that RAW would be ready when the camera began shipping over the summer, more time was needed for testing and to ensure that it worked properly. Check out more from the announcement below as well as which SD cards you’ll need to actually record in RAW. More »

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Axiom Alpha hardwareAbout a month ago, the open source Apertus Axiom camera project showed its first signs of life by sharing its open module concept ideas and camera designs with the public. This milestone took Apertus one step closer to meeting their self-imposed goals they’ve put in place to guide their project toward crowdfunding, and as of Friday, they’ve drawn ever closer by capturing their first images with their prototype and proof of concept for the Apertus Axiom , dubbed the Axiom Alpha. They’ve shared some of these images on their website, and discuss at length certain issues, like sensor defects, ghosting, and black specks, as well as a game plan for solving them. Continue on to see where Apertus is at with the Axiom Alpha. More »

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Digital Bolex D16 Finished BodyIt’s been a long and tough road for the team over at Digital Bolex, and while they would be the first to tell you that they would have loved for the product to be out and about already, nothing with camera design is easy or simple, and each project faces its own challenges and difficulties. Even RED, with their many millions of dollars spent on development of the DRAGON sensor, has only delivered a small number of finished cameras, most of which are not in the hands of regular users, but instead are being used on huge productions like Transformers and David Fincher’s new film Gone Girl. Either way, the D16 project is very, very close to completion, with locked calibration and firmware coming in the next few weeks. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video AbelCine Lays Out The ARRI ALEXA XT - nofilmschoolThere has been some significant news on the Arri front over the past few months — namely, that the growing Alexa family is forking out ‘budget’ HD-specific and Doc-friendly body implementations. All the while, AbelCine has been a great resource on keeping us all up to date on the family’s tech specs & specifics. This trend continues as AbelCine’s Andy Shipsides walks us through Arri’s Alexa XT system. Briefly, the XT series upgrades Alexa to Codex-powered internal ARRIRAW recording. Andy’s videos go through the ins and outs of this system — detailing everything from virtual media to live-grading metadata. Read on to check out the videos. More »

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apertus axiom-modules-cinemadng 4k raw camera open source alpha prototype2In an age of 6K RAW and 2.5K for $2K cameras rapidly announced and released, it’s possible even for novel and notable concepts to fall by the wayside. Amongst the competition, I’m sure I was not alone in hoping against such a fate for the fully-open source Apertus Axiom camera project. A fully transparent and modular global-shutter Super35 CinemaDNG 4K with 15 stops of latitude and 150 fps at full-res is still a damn desirable piece of equipment. It now appears that the Axiom is showing its first signs of life with an improved modular design. Check out the details below. More »