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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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Freefly CineStar 6K RED EPIC DRAGON AerialFreefly, who makes all sorts of stabilized aerial copters for cameras (and who is now better known as the creator of the MōVI), just got their hands on a 6K RED EPIC DRAGON, and the first thing they did was take the little guy into the sky. The team put the camera on one of their 8 rotor CineStar copters, and the resulting footage is about the smoothest you’re going to see with an unmanned vehicle. Check out the gorgeous video below, which was filmed with the Tokina 11-16mm lens: 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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Old Super8 cam

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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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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Sony Commercial REDSony is no stranger when it comes to making magnificent advertisements. Their new commercial for the recently released A7 and A7R full frame mirrorless cameras, which features some magnificently choreographed skydiving action, is no exception. What’s even more impressive is the fact that none of this was shot on a green screen. In fact, the entirety of the spot was shot practically at an altitude of 15,000 feet, with an overcranked RED EPIC. Read on to watch this glorious commercial and the excellent behind-the-scenes video. 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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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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RED 3 Axis Wireless Lens ControlWhatever your opinion of the company might be, RED makes some absolutely fantastic products. From their line of ever-improving camera systems (which have become fairly ubiquitous in the industry), to the plethora of unique accessories that have been made specifically to augment and enhance their cameras, the folks at RED are never satisfied with the status quo. On Friday, RED introduced a new piece of equipment that is sure to find its way into the hands of many professional filmmakers. Introducing the RED 3-Axis Lens Control System, perhaps one of the most versatile wireless lens controllers ever created. Check out the details below: More »

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trost durable field camera slider shooting platform movement steel 01The DSLR revolution ushered in an explosion of one-person-crew gear options, and the slider has been no exception. Many manufacturers offer variations on the basic yet effective sliding camera platform, including Redrock, edelkrone, DitoGear, and Rhino. Now, a manufacturer called Trost is introducing a very sleek-looking slider aiming for extreme dependability and durability. Trost sliders feature hand-machined steel components, a quickly adjustable design, and the strength to support (some of) the weight of a 1983 Toyota Tercel. If you had any sliders on your holiday wishlist, you might want to check below for more details. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Buck the Redneck Tech Shows You How to Install a GoPro Sensor Into a RED SCARLET - No Film School[Attention: this is not real.] There we go, with that out of the way, if you’ve got a RED SCARLET, but you’d like to put in a sensor that renders beautiful skin tones and can give you ultra slow motion, look no further than the GoPro. In the video below, Buck the Redneck Tech goes through the process of installing the GoPro inside the SCARLET, and you can follow along at home with your trusty RED and GoPro if you’d like. More »

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Making a SceneJanusz Kaminski is an industry legend. Since 1990, he has DP’d over 30 feature films, and been nominated for 6 cinematography Oscars (two of which he’s won). His most notable work has been with Steven Spielberg, for whom he’s shot just about every film in recent memory. This past month, Kaminski partnered up with The New York Times to direct 11 original short films for the NYT Magazine’s “Movies Issue.” Each film was shot on the RED EPIC MX (which is unusual for Kaminski since he normally shoots film) and features one of Hollywood’s most prominent actors, ranging from Bradley Cooper to Robert Redford, and a single line of dialogue written by one of today’s top screenwriters. Check out a few of the films below, as well as an excellent behind the scenes video showing Kaminski’s filmmaking process: 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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RED Store NYCRED might have started in California, but they have been slowly expanding their presence around the globe. This is especially important as more and more new users are getting into their ecosystem (with deals like the $4,000 Battle-tested RED ONE MX). Now it looks like RED is finally opening up shop in the other filmmaking center of the country, New York City. Even though it won’t be ready until sometime next year, you’ll be able to order online and pick up in person at their temporary location starting next week. Click through for more details. 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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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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Video thumbnail for vimeo video 'Ender's Game' Color Pipeline is Even More Epic Than the Movie - No Film SchoolFile-based acquisition affords filmmakers endless flexibility all the way through post production. Given the many possible workflows, it becomes important to tightly manage everything for efficiency, quality-control, and sanity. Or, as post company Light Iron puts it below, “Not All Post is Created Equal” — especially when the task is to maintain a consistent color pipeline across 900 VFX shots and the remaining non-VFX material, not to mention managing 75 TB of camera RAW data. Now, the company offers a fascinating (and exhaustive) look at the DI job it performed on the sci-fi epic, Ender’s Game — one which demanded exactly such a process. Check out the 20-minute case study video below. 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 »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video First RAW Footage from RED DRAGON is Now Available for Download - nofilmschoolIf you’ve been having some trouble seeing what all the fuss is about with RED DRAGON footage on Vimeo or YouTube, and you’ve been itching to get your hands on the camera to see what it can do, we’ve now got the next best thing: RAW footage. Phil Holland, who shared with us some great photos on the set of a DRAGON shoot, had a few hours with the camera himself and has been kind enough to share RAW frames and actual footage for the first time. Check out the RAW samples and the video below from Phil. More »

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DissolveIf there was a stock footage site that offered high-quality images at just $5, what would you assume? Scam, right? Wrong! Since launching this May, stock footage company Dissolve has been amassing stock imagery for commercial videographers and filmmakers, and offering a lot of it for just $5 per clip. NFS sat down with CEO Pat Lor, co-founder of iStockphoto, to get to the bottom of what Dissolve is all about, as well as how they’re able to offer quality footage for a quality price. More »