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A Return to Their Roots: Sony and the New NEX-EA50H
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Oct 05, 2012 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
A Return to Their Roots: Sony and the New NEX-EA50H

It’s another month and here comes another new camera release. Unlike the Super 35mm digital or slow motion cameras that have highlighted the releases of 2012, Sony has gone back to the core of what made shooting HD popular. The new Sony NEX-EA50H is what Sony is calling an entry level professional grade camera at around the $4000 price point.

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i-cuff Viewfinder Eyecups
Posted by Tony Muzzatti on Sep 28, 2012 & filed under Technical with 1 comments.
i-cuff Viewfinder Eyecups

The only viewfinder eyecup in the world that's breatheable, minimizing fogging, cuts the light like no other whether wrapping around glasses or up against the face. Washable, waterproof and will take over 100,000 rubs before it needs replacing. Comfortable, soft ultrasuede fabric against the face rather than the uncomfortable rubber that gets hot and cold and smears. Rotate 45 degrees counterclockwise to act as a shade over the viewfinder while shooting away from the face whether overhead, or...

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Blackmagic Cinema Camera—Did You Say Cinema Camera?
Posted by Brad Spinsby on May 25, 2012 & filed under Technical with 5 comments.
Blackmagic Cinema Camera—Did You Say Cinema Camera?

Black Magic Design, mostly known for its Da Vinci color correction system, has slowly crept into the video production equipment line. They have created their own version of the “Super 35” Digital camera called the Black Magic Cinema Camera. A relatively straightforward name compared to the complicated model numbers of many Sony, Canon, and Panasonic cameras.

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Crews Control University On Mobile Recording Devices
Posted by Brad Spinsby on May 16, 2012 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
Crews Control University On Mobile Recording Devices

Crews Control University is a series of educational seminars on new technology, equipment, and software. The most recent Crews Control University was held at the Crews Control offices, and a couple representatives from Abelcine gave demonstration of a vast array of mobile recording device. Mobile recording devices are recording devices that attach to a camera and can record different formats, codecs, resolutions, and other options.

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Teradek Cube A Palm Sized Video Streaming Device
Posted by Andrea Keating on Mar 13, 2012 & filed under Market Place with 1 comments.
Teradek Cube A Palm Sized Video Streaming Device

Teradeks' Cube is a wired or wireless video encoding device that is palm sized. The Cube is connected to the cameras SDI/ HDSDI or HDMI outputs on the camera. It then works with Livestream (or any CDN) to send you an encoded stream from the camera to your desktop. You can approve shots, conduct the interview with a speaker phone and feel confident that you are getting all the right shots.

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Panasonic AG-3DP1: Bringing 3-D to the ENG
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Mar 08, 2012 & filed under Technical with 2 comments.
Panasonic AG-3DP1: Bringing 3-D to the ENG

For 3-D production there are two options, either a 3-D rig or a twin lens camera. 3-D Rigs are bulky apparatuses that often take several people to manage. Ask any Director of Photography that has shot 3-D and they will mobility and flexibility are not words synonymous with 3-D rigs. Twin Lens cameras are more portable but the 3-D is less versatile and often the footage has an amateur look to it. Panasonic’s new addition to the 3-D camera marketplace is their shoulder mounted, ENG style, twin...

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The AJA Ki Pro Mini: The Little Recorder with Big Dreams
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Feb 22, 2012 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
The AJA Ki Pro Mini: The Little Recorder with Big Dreams

The technology to make create instant files directly from a tape-based camera is not new. Many companies have been marketing devices since tapeless cameras first camera out. But as the market becomes more refine, the devices become more intuitive. AJA has been one of the leaders in this market, and their most recent device, the Ki Pro Mini is no exception.

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Get That Impossible Dolly Shot With A tommyTRACK
Posted by Andrea Keating on Feb 07, 2012 & filed under Market Place with 2 comments.
Get That Impossible Dolly Shot With A tommyTRACK

The tommyTrack camera, on tripod, dolly system allows any camera operator to get that hard dolly shot. It has a super quick set up time, available in 36 inches or customizable lengths and is made in the USA.

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Sony BVM-E250 OLED Monitors; The Real Deal or Another Buzzword
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Feb 07, 2012 & filed under with 0 comments.
Sony BVM-E250 OLED Monitors; The Real Deal or Another Buzzword

With every blink of an eye a new technology bursts onto the market. Manufacturers know this, and often pump fashionable buzzwords into technology to make it feel fresh, even when it’s not. A prime example is LCD and LED televisions. Branded as different televisions both are actually LCD television. The traditional LCD televisions uses a cold cathode backlight where an LED branded television is actually an LCD screen with an LED backlight. In countries such as the U.K. the term LED television...

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Sound Devices Goes Visual with the Pix 240/220
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Jan 24, 2012 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
Sound Devices Goes Visual with the Pix 240/220

Sound Devices doesn’t sound like a company that would make a splash with a video mobile recording device, but they have in a big way. The Pix 220 and 240 are mobile video recorders that create up to 10-bit digital video files and transfer them to a compact flash of solid state drive. Not only can the Sound Devices Pix record from a tape to make an instantaneously digital file, it can convert resolutions of the file at the same time. The Pix 240 and 220 offers real-time conversion from 1080i...

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Shoot All Day With A Hand Held Camera!
Posted by Andrea Keating on Jan 13, 2012 & filed under Market Place with 0 comments.
Shoot All Day With A Hand Held Camera!

The CameraRibbon will allow freelance camera operators and professional camera crews to stabilize prosumer cameras and Canon DSLR cameras like a shoulder-mounted camera. Its simplistic design makes it easy to use and it will not add volume to your camera kit. Every location production crew should check out the Camera Ribbon.

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Bebob Rouge ML-120 – Hot Swapping Dead Batteries
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Jun 21, 2011 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
Bebob Rouge ML-120 – Hot Swapping Dead Batteries

Red Light. Green Light. Red Light. Green Light. Much like the children’s game, video production is a sporadic stop and go ordeal. As a director of photography, when your green light is up, the client wants you to make the most efficient use of your time, and there is nothing worse than equipment failure. The Bebob Rouge ML-120 hot swap adapter can eliminate that moment for the camera battery for the RED camera. The Bebob Rouge ML-120 will take over when the battery dies for 2 minutes, enough...

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The Ultimate Multifunctional Camera Platform: The DC Slider
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Jun 14, 2011 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
The Ultimate Multifunctional  Camera Platform: The DC Slider

Do you ever wish that your camera support gear could multitask like a Leatherman Multi-Tool? With a simple flip of the wrist, a tripod could become dolly track; with another flip, a c-stand. The DC Slider manufactured by Floatcam, with distribution from Matthews Studio Equipment, offers this multifunctional concept to the camera platform. The DC Slider has a platform that can become a Mini Jib with a 63” jib arm.

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Light on the Run: Litepanels’ Sola ENG LED Fresnel
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Jun 06, 2011 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
Light on the Run: Litepanels’ Sola ENG LED Fresnel

Many would agree that the key to successful lighting is control. Ask any freelance director of photography, however, and they will often tell you that control is difficult—if not impossible—to maintain in location production. With Litepanels new ENG camera-mounted lights, controlling light on location should be worry-free. Sola ENG LED Fresnel by Litepanels is a revolutionary...

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Viewing the World through the Zacuto Z-Finder EVF
Posted by Brad Spinsby on May 25, 2011 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
Viewing the World through the Zacuto Z-Finder EVF

Today’s technological world is about balance. People love large, epic technology in their homes, but the small portable for the everyday. Location production is no different. Sometimes location productions warrant a monitor when the camera is locked down, but sometimes the production is too run-and-gun to utilize a monitor. Zacuto has presented a good balance between those two situations with their Zacuto Z-Finder Electronic Viewfinders (EVF). Their line of attachable viewfinders has a 3.2”...

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Multi-Format Media Transfer with Nexto’s NVS2525
Posted by Brad Spinsby on May 13, 2011 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
Multi-Format Media Transfer with Nexto’s NVS2525

What if I said media transfer could be a simple push of a button? You might think I’m crazy, but Nexto has created a device that makes media transfer nearly effortless. The Nexto DI NVS 2525 is an “On-the-Go” device that can back-up and transfer media without a laptop. The NVS 2525 works with SxS cards, P2 Cards, & with an adapter, CF cards. With the NVS 2525’s “Multi Copy” mode you can simultaneously download video files to its internal 750GB hard drive while downloading to an...

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2012 Camera Comparison Chart for High-End Commercial HD Video Production

Are you in the market for a new imaging device? Are you focused on upgrading to a new model or manufacturer but are unsure of how compatible it will be with the digital production technologies you use? Are you concerned that the info you’ve found to compare cameras is unreliably biased? Well, you just hit the broadcast camera information jackpot because Fletcher Camera & Lenses has done all the work for you!

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Panasonic Goes Wireless with the HPX-3100
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Apr 29, 2011 & filed under Technical with 1 comments.

Have you ever found yourself wishing that you could communicate telepathically on set? Panasonic just unveiled a versatile wireless system that could be the answer to your prayers. The system will transmit user-selected metadata from the camera to any smart device. In theory, this would be a way for the director of photography telling the assistant camera operator, “Hey buddy, here’s what I’m doing,” without speaking. Using a WLAN connection, the Panasonic AJ-WM30 wireless module,...

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In The Ring With P2 vs. SXS
Posted by Rebekah Toth Burns on Apr 01, 2011 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
In The Ring With P2 vs. SXS

Let’s get ready to rumble. In one corner we have video production equipment heavy weight Sony with the XDCam EX format shooting to SxS cards. In the other corner we have Panasonic who set the precedent for tapeless card cameras with their release of the HVX 200 in ‘05 and 13 or so P2 card cameras after that. Who will win the tapeless battle? Will it be Sony with their Optical Disc or SxS media take the lead or will Panasonic continue to dominate with P2 cards?

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Rolling The Dice At NAB with New Panasonic Pro Video Products
Posted by Andrea Keating on Mar 30, 2011 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
Rolling The Dice At NAB with New Panasonic Pro Video Products

Earlier this week, we briefed key trade media on new Panasonic professional video products that will make their formal debut at the National Association of Broadcasters show (April 11-14 in Las Vegas, NV). Highlights included a new 9-inch LCD production monitor with the best image quality in its class, new P2 workflow tools that deliver blazing fast data transfer speeds and deep price reductions across our line of high-capacity, high-speed P2 cards (see photo album of product shots below).

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