The Canon XC10 is a remarkable addition to the Canon line. It delivers 4K video in an ultra-lightweight and unobtrusive package, making it an ideal camera for documentary filmmakers and photo journalists. More and more, photojournalists are being asked to supply video and stills from the same assignment. The XC10 makes this process more streamlined by allowing the creation of JPEG and TIFF images from motion capture. In my video above, I will show you how easy it is to produce stills from video using the free Canon XF Utility for XF-AVC software.No Comments
For Steve Holleran, a camera has always been a means to capture the beauty of the world. From commercials to documentaries to shorts and music videos, he has always focused on images that tell compelling stories. For his latest project, indie feature The Land, he teamed up with Steven Caple Jr., a friend of his from his USC MFA Production Program days. Centering on a group of teenage skateboarders who roam the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, The Land will be premiering this month at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Steve and his 1st AC, Dennis Scully, were kind enough to answer a few questions about their experiences working on the film.
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After using Zacuto’s Gratical EVF on a few shoots recently, I wanted to take a more in-depth look at the exposure tools and LUT functions that can be extremely valuable on set. I already knew I liked the versatility of the viewfinder and the user-friendly interface, but I wanted to see how these advanced tools could benefit my image and my set. In my first video, I use the Zacuto Gratical HD with a Sony FS7, connected via HD-SDI, and then to a TVLogic 5.6″ monitor. I show how to calibrate the viewfinder and how to best use the waveform and vectorscope tools. I also demonstrate to use the false color and zebra overlays to ensure a properly exposed image whether sending a Log or Rec. 709 signal. In addition, I explain how to set up user buttons to maximize the use of these exposure tools in order to judge exposure based on a post-LUT and Log image.
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For sports, nature or any other application requiring an extremely long zoom range, equipment choices usually involve very large, heavy, and expensive lenses. While S35 sensor cameras brought huge improvements in sensitivity and dynamic range, the larger image circle posed several problems when looking for a portable lens with a high zoom ratio. However, it’s now possible to achieve an extended zoom range in a considerably smaller package.
One big advantage of 2/3″ B4 lenses is their high zoom ratio in a compact package. If you’re using a S16 camera or S35 camera with a “center crop” mode, you can utilize a small optical adapter to enlarge the projected image of the 2/3″ lens to fully cover the S16mm image circle. This means you’ll have the full range of the lens available to you, including the built-in optical doubler for additional reach.
The new Sony FS5 includes the ability to further extend the zoom range of any lens (including primes) using its built-in Clear Image Zoom feature. With this technology, you’re able to further increase your focal length by 2x while shooting HD or 1.5x in UHD. Below you can see some photos of a versatile setup that combines the FS5 with a Cameo LANC cable and optical adapters to create a 68x zoom range on a camera package weighing just over nine pounds, including the lens!
…continue reading Enabling a 68x Zoom Range on Sony’s FS5 with a Cameo LANC CableView Comments
As a busy 2015 full of new gear comes to a close, it’s time for our yearly wrap-up of our most popular CineTechnica posts over the last 12 months. As usual, a broad range of topics are represented, including product announcements, our lens & accessory guides, service tips, how to build a DIT cart, and scene files.
Our Top 15 blogs are listed below in no particular order, so make sure to check them out, and let us know in the comments what you’d like to see us cover in 2016!
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Convergent Design has been busy updating the firmware for the Odyssey7Q and 7Q+. They’ve had several firmware updates over the last couple of months, all with some major changes and additions. I thought I would do a run down of some of the key features added to the system, but with so many updates I had to break this into three separate videos. The new features are very impressive, so check out all the videos, and let us know what you think.
In the first video above, I cover the Odyssey’s LUT functionality, along with the new vectorscope and spot meter tools.
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At IBC this year, Teradek released their new COLR wireless LUT box. This compact system can take in HD-SDI or HDMI and output a video signal with a Look Up Table (LUT) applied. COLR can work both wired (via Ethernet) and wirelessly, as it has a built in Wi-Fi access point. Once connected you can control the system via a web user interface. This interface allows you to load in LUTs, including 1D LUTs, CDLs, and 3D LUTs with up to 33-point accuracy.
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