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AmiraSceneFiles

The Arri AMIRA is known to be a great looking camera right out of the box but we often get requests to create matching look files for the camera. As you probably know, we make scene files for various cameras including the Sony F5 & F55 to the Canon C100 & C300 cameras. I’ve created some matching profiles that you can load into the Arri AMIRA or apply in post.

The files are below for downloading, or you can download them all in one zip file. To apply them, just copy the files onto the USB sticky that came with the camera – make sure you put them into the AMIRA -> LOOKFILES folder. Keep in mind that you can apply them to the outputs of the camera, or you can burn them into the internal recording.

You can also output a 3D LUT from these for use in various color grading applications by using the AMIRA Color Tool. Check out the files below and give them a try on your next production.

…continue reading AMIRA Look Files from AbelCine

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You’ve selected a lens family, but choosing which focal length to use for each shot is an art in itself. A few things to consider when choosing your focal length are: proximity of the camera to the subject, whether the camera is a character in the story or purely observational, and whether you’ll be using the lens to control the subject’s perspective and their relationship to the background.

Recently, I tested the Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 35mm Super Speed in several common shooting styles. I wanted to experiment with finding the best focal length for each situation. I chose the Zeiss CP.2 35mm Super Speed for two reasons: the lens covers the 6K sensor of the RED EPIC DRAGON I paired it with, and I also wanted to use the fast speed of the T1.5 to capture shallow depth of field in certain situations. It’s also one of my favorite focal lengths, as it can achieve a variety of different looks and feels.

…continue reading Choosing a Focal Length with the Zeiss CP.2 35mm T1.5 Super Speed

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Sony’s enormously flexible PXW-FS7 has been shipping for about eight months now and is very well received at many different levels of the market. With its two shooting modes – Custom and CINE-EI – this camera is well suited to a wide variety of productions and applications.

In Custom mode, it can be treated like a broadcast video camera, with traditional gain settings and video-friendly frame rates. In CINE-EI mode, it can be treated like a high-end digital cinema camera, using exposure indexing and shutter angles from the world of film and scripted narrative. Its “cat-on-a-shoulder” design and included grip with camera controls is reminiscent of the cinema veritè-style cameras of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, but fully updated for the digital age.

…continue reading Lenses and Accessories for the Sony FS7

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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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