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The Atomos Shogun has become a top choice for off-camera monitoring and recording. Its lightweight and feature-rich design make it ideal for acquisition from HD up to 4K. In this blog, I take a look at some of the newer features made available through recent firmware updates, including working with LUTs, audio recording, recording HD & 4K simultaneously, and how to record a clean video signal from the Shogun.

…continue reading At the Bench: Atomos Shogun Features & Configurations

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The ALEXA Mini has generated lots of excitement partly due to the form factor, which lends itself to many types of cinematography. The other day I had the opportunity to meet up with Snehal Patel at Arri in Burbank, California. Together we went over a variety of builds for the ALEXA Mini. In this video we present options for building the Mini for gimbals, handheld and shoulder-mounted shooting, as well as a full studio configuration. Arri has also produced a line of accessories for the Mini. We’ll give you a detailed look at each of these components so you can get the most out of the camera.

Note: The Transvideo StarliteHD5-ARRI 5” OLED Monitor has touch functionality and an integrated H.264 recorder. It will support camera control via a power/communication cable that connects to the EXT connector on the ALEXA Mini. The included SDI cable is required to view the image and touch interface.

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Recently, we have seen a lot of great work using the RED and the Gates housing, particularly with the Canon EF mount installed on the EPIC and EPIC DRAGON. This is a powerful combination that takes advantage of the easy-to-use design of the Gates housing and the flexibility of REDRAW files. We have received a lot questions on how to use the RED EPIC menus when the camera is inside the Gates housing.

In this blog, I will show you how to set up your menus to change iris settings, check exposure, record start/stop, and play back footage. The last item is particularly handy if you are shooting multiple takes and production wants to see playback after every take. In this video I show one way to set up the commands, but this combination of gear is so flexible that you can easily customize it to suit your needs.

Want to learn more about working with Gates housings? Our next Underwater Cinema Gear Workshop is coming up soon!

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At AbelCine, we often use the term “stills to motion” to describe a still photographer making the transition to cinematography. We’ve held various events and tours based on this concept, and we’ve fielded recurring questions around shooting simultaneous stills and video. Many of the shooters we speak to would prefer to focus on either stills or motion, but are often asked by their clients to provide both.

At the recent VII Evolution tour stop in Washington DC, VII photographer Ed Kashi recalled several situations in which he was filming an interview with his DSLR but also wanted to capture some portraits. He waited for a good stopping point during the interview, then quickly switched his camera to stills mode to fire off a few shots. Although he thought he left enough breathing room between the end of the interview and taking the still shot, his editor (who had the full audio of the interview) still had to edit around the momentary blackout while the camera took the still (not to mention the audio issues of hearing the shutter).

…continue reading Capturing Stills and Video with the Canon XC10

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As you might know, we offer a variety of workshops on DIT & Engineering topics, and we are often asked about what you might find on a DIT cart. Speaking with many DITs and building on my own experience, I put together a souped-up cart for demonstration purposes and created this video series on the Anatomy of the DIT Cart. On the cart you’ll find a variety of hardware used on set today, including scopes, routers, monitors, and storage. Watch the video above to learn more about the series, and check out the individual sections below.

…continue reading The Anatomy of a DIT Cart

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Recently I had the opportunity to test the brand new IBE Optics PLx1.4, which just started shipping this month, out in the field. I chose to test it alongside the PLx2 in a pure run-n-gun situation in various spots around Chicago.

Unlike other extenders that only physically fit on specific PL lenses, both the PLx1.4 and PLx2 accommodate the widest range of PL lenses of any other extender on the market today. Yet I also wanted to test them on large sensor cameras in order to judge the optical quality on a high-resolution image.

…continue reading In the Field: Testing the PLx1.4 and PLx2 Optical Adapters

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It was a busy NAB for our technical specialists with visits to the Panasonic, RED, Arri, Zeiss, Canon, Sony and Freefly booths, to name a few. With so much to cover, we thought we’d round up all our NAB blogs in one place for you.

…continue reading NAB 2015: Roundup of Our Blog Coverage

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