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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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Sony A7s at NAB 2014Sony’s new camera at NAB this year comes in a familiar form factor for all of the DSLR users out there. The Sony a7S, an extension of the previous a7 models, is a full frame 12.2 megapixel sensor capable of HD recording up to 120 fps, with 4K recording only through HDMI to an external recorder such as the new Atomos Shogun. Hit the jump to watch our interview with Sony at their NAB booth: More »

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a7sWe’ve been anxiously waiting for Sony’s press conference today from NAB, since word is they’ll officially announce their brand new 4K camera. Well — no more waiting. Introducing Sony’s A7s, which boasts ultra-high sensitivity up to ISO 409,600, high color fidelity, 4K HDMI video output, and 120fps/720p recording. Not only that, but Sony has also released the details about what firmware version 4.0 has to offer F5 and F55 users. 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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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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ARRI Logo LargeWhile the 6K market may start to get crowded over the next few years, what’s so special about that resolution? As an acquisition format, 6K gives you all sorts of options for better-looking 4K with the ability to reframe and stabilize. That’s why it comes as no surprise that ARRI looks to be developing their own 6K camera, but instead of squeezing those pixels onto a Super 35mm sensor like the RED DRAGON or the new Kinefinity 6K cameras are, the company is letting them breathe on a gigantic 65mm sensor. More »

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Sure, we’re all a bunch of gear junkies, but in some ways we know, a camera is a camera is a camera. It’s just as important for every production to have a good (or at least decent) concept, and therefore, a good reason to use one camera over the other! From scrapping a 3D production to saving up for six years to buy a RED EPIC, the excerpts below from a handful of different, but very talented, SXSW filmmakers are centered around one question: what did you shoot on and why? More »

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Last month, Conan O’Brien dedicated an episode of his show to the return of The Walking DeadIn honor of the widely loved AMC zombie drama, Team Coco put together a comedic Walking Dead-based opening sketch, featuring a decomposing, flesh-eating rendition of Conan. As a cinematography geek, I was blown away by how the production team managed to both emulate and parody the cinematographic style of The Walking Dead. Luckily for you, No Film Schoolers, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dylan Sanford, the talented DP who lensed this cold open. Stick around to hear Dylan explain exactly how it was done, from pre-production all the way through post. More »

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s16 F55In late 2013, Sony released version 3.0 of the firmware for their F5 and F55 cameras. This update added a veritable plethora of new features for these two cameras, including internal 4K and more options in regards to high frame rate shooting. However, one of the most interesting features of the update was the addition of what Sony calls “Center Scan Mode” which essentially crops the sensor in order to allow native use of lenses with a smaller image circle than s35, chiefly older s16 lenses. In another informative “At The Bench” video from AbelCine, Andy Shipsides breaks down everything you need to know about Center Scan Mode on the F55. Check it out. 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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Super Bowl 4K[As some of you might have heard, there's some kind of sporting match happening today, a big one apparently.] All jesting aside, the Super Bowl isn’t just an epic clash between the NFL’s two best teams. It’s also the absolute pinnacle of sports broadcast media, as both the league and Fox (among others) shell out incredible amounts of money to ensure that the production is as technologically advanced as current broadcast standards will allow. This year is no exception. As the Broncos and Seahawks go head to head today (go Broncos), the Fox Sports production team will be utilizing over 100 Sony cameras, several of which will be 4K, to ensure that we, the viewers, have the best seat in the house. Here’s a brief look at how it will all go down this afternoon. 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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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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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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Sony FDR-AX100 SideWith Sony mentioning 4K more times than I can count at its press event, there was no question that at least a few new devices would be launched capable of shooting or displaying the format. At this year’s CES, the Ultra-HD Sony FDR-AX100 Handycam has been announced, and not only is it smaller and lighter than its bigger brothers, it’s also cheaper, coming in at $2,000, or “4K for $2K” as stated at the CES show. The company also rolled out a new mirrorless camera, the A5000 — which is the smallest NEX (now just called Alpha series) mirrorless ever made. Another first for the industry, the HDR-AS100V becomes the first action/sports camera to shoot full-motion 4K video. [Action Cam is 1080 only, this was a B&H listing error.] More »

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Vp9-logo-for-mediawiki.svg2014K Continues! When we last posted about the VP9 codec it was just beginning to threaten H.265 for dominance, but recent hardware partnerships with nVidia, ARM, Sony and many other tech giants solidifies VP9 as the next go-to HD and 4K streaming codec. Google’s previous VP8 codec failed to win out over H.264, which was already massively adopted by the time VP8 showed up. However, with this announcement Google looks poised to win this round of the knock-down drag out codec war. Will VP9 succeed where VP8 failed? Hit the jump to learn more. 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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sony_ciThere aren’t many things that I’m absolutely sure about, but the notion that Cloud-based computing and creative collaboration are the future seems almost indisputable at this point. There are a few options already in existence for creative collaboration through the cloud, Adobe’s Creative Cloud being the first one to come to mind. However, in terms of tools that are made with filmmakers in mind, the options are even more limited. However, Sony is looking to change all of that with their new interactive cloud-based creative collaboration platform, simply entitled “Ci”. Read on to see what it’s all about: More »

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Netflix 4KThe timetable for TVs adopting 4K has been up for debate since the 4K’s adoption rates began to rise themselves. Some look at the lagging success of 3D TVs as an indicator that not all consumers treat new technologies equally. However, with more and more TVs offering 4K, it might signify that in-home 4K viewing will become the norm. In fact, the fast-becoming in-home media viewing standard, Netflix, has started testing several 4K videos and even has plans to start offering 4K content as early as next year. More »

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Cinematography is the art of making informed visual decisions in the pursuit of telling a story. After breaking down your script for emotionality, subtext, and character arcs, you can begin making informed visual decisions in the process of building what I call the “cinematographic visual concept”. This document (or series of documents) lays out, in specific terms, your plan for conveying the subtextual and emotional overtones of the story, using the cinematographic tools of lighting and camera. In today’s post, we’ll talk about how to take subtext and turn it into an informed strategy for using the camera to its full storytelling potential: More »