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In this video, Jem Schofield of theC47 takes you through some of the most significant new features of the 3.0 firmware update for ARRI’s SkyPanel series of lighting fixtures (including the S30-C, S60-C, and S120-C). He walks you through how to install the update and shows you many of the new Source Matching and Lighting Effects that come with the update along with a couple of tips & tricks. For more information on the firmware and to download it, visit ARRI’s dedicated SkyPanel Effects page.

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The Canon Cine-Servo 17-120mm made some waves when it was released in 2014. Finally, we had an ENG-style servo lens with a long zoom range for Super 35 sensors shooting in high resolutions. This made a lot of people happy in the documentary and TV world, eliminating the need to carry multiple lenses and bringing us back to broadcast camera / lens design. Let’s take a deeper look at this lens.

…continue reading Behind the Lens: Canon Cine-Servo 17-120mm

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Freefly’s latest handheld gimbal stabilizer, the MoVI Pro, has been rebuilt from the ground up to improve upon almost every aspect of the original family of MoVIs. There is very little on the system that has not been given the deluxe treatment; from the integrated tuning stand by way of the ring with attached feet, to the dual battery system allowing hot-swapability.

In this blog, I’ll walk you through some of these improvements, including the ability to control RED cameras through the MoVI itself and how you can set that up for yourself.

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Topics Canon

Many will remember the excitement surrounding Canon’s release, in March 2010, of a firmware update for the 5D Mark II which added 24p to the camera’s already ground-breaking video mode (the 5D Mark II was the first “full-frame” DSLR with 1080p video recording). This mid-lifecycle enhancement is perhaps most responsible for igniting the DSLR video revolution.

…continue reading Canon Log for the 5D Mark IV

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Camcorder-comparison-smA new category of single-operator, handheld camera has recently established itself in the tier between traditional ENG/broadcast cameras (based on 2/3″ sensors) and the single-chip Super 35-sensor digital cinema cameras we cover extensively in this blog. This current crop of higher-end, all-in-one cinema camcorders use one-inch sensors and have generous zoom ranges, and they’re all capable of recording UHD (the 16:9 version of 4K, 3840×2160 resolution) – most even have high-speed capabilities as well.

…continue reading Handheld Cinema Camcorder Comparison Chart

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The PCU2+ is the latest version of the PCU from AbelCine’s Cameo line of accessories. The unit can control two Phantom cameras at once, and also replaces the need to be tethered to a computer to control the functions of the camera.

The PCU2+ is made with an aluminum enclosure. The power supply is also a charger, which charges the internal battery for up to 30 hours. Additionally, when cabled to a Phantom camera, the battery is also charged. These are all new improvements in this model.

In this blog, I take you through a demonstration of some of the capabilities of the PCU2+. I also give you a behind the scenes look at a shot we did with two Phantom VEO cameras, both controlled with the PCU2+.

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Zeiss_CP3_lineup_062817ZEISS has rolled out a new line of high quality lenses: the Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD. With a compact new design, these lightweight lenses are perfect for any type of shooting, from handheld to drone. They also boast full frame coverage across the entire range, and the esteemed ZEISS look that matches with every other ZEISS cinema lens. The biggest change is the new option for ZEISS eXtended Data (XD) technology, a unique technology that allows for real time information about your lens, speeding up your on-set and post-production workflow. Check out our CP.3 Lens Line Up chart, above, to see an overview of the key technical specs for each individual model.

Click the image above to view a larger version of the chart, or download the pdf.

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