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The Panasonic P2 memory format has an impressive legacy. It was the first, widely-available, professional solid-state media format for cameras. Panasonic took a bold leap introducing this new ‘tapeless’ format back in 2004, and it caused quite a stir. Being one of the first meant they had to explain the process of downloading media to filmmakers who were used to tape or film stock.

…continue reading These Ain’t Your Momma’s P2 Cards

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This year at CCW, Switronix highlighted the new HyperCore Gold batteries at their booth, and I was able to stop by and get a closer look. Product Specialist Jose Flores was nice enough to give me a walkthrough of the batteries, which are specifically designed to handle high power draws; they are also compatible with both Switronix and Anton Bauer chargers. Plus, Jose gave me some more details on the Jetpack-X, which Ian previewed back at Cine Gear, so watch my video above to learn more.

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Topics Lighting

If you stopped by our CCW booth earlier this month, you’ll remember that we featured a Phantom Photo Booth as part of our display. Of course, when shooting high-speed footage, one of the most important considerations is having enough light – and that’s where the new Litepanels Astra comes in. Building on the original 1×1, the Astra is a bi-color panel with dual rows of LEDs that can be tuned to daylight or tungsten. Watch my video above to get a closer look at the features of the Astra, and check out this interview with Litepanels’ Pat Grosswendt to learn even more about the technology behind it.

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Topics Community

Last month we celebrated our 25th anniversary as a company with a party at our LA location. Over 400 people attended the event, which included raffles, a silent auction, a Phantom Photo Booth, lunch and a bar, as well as a number of panel discussions on different topics, from technology to craft. 

For those who weren’t able to attend (or for those who’d like to revisit one of their favorites), we recorded some of the panels and made them available to watch below. 

…continue reading Discussions of Technology and Craft at AbelCine’s 25 Year Event in LA

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Panasonic has released their highly anticipated VariCam 35 and VariCam HS. These cameras are designed to be modular, featuring interchangeable heads that are compatible with a single recording module. If you often switch between 2/3″-inch and Super 35mm video acquisition, you can purchase an additional head without having to buy a complete second camera. Our feature set comparison gives an overview of the two camera heads and compares specs side-by-side.

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

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Topics 4K, Accessories

Convergent Design recently announced their newest firmware update, v3.10.100, for the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q. This update enables several new features on both recorders. One of the biggest additions specific to the 7Q is the ability to record 4K ProRes via 4x HDSDI inputs. Along with 4K ProRes, the 7Q can now also capture 2K (2048×1080) ProRes 422(HQ) at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, and 59.94 fps. 

…continue reading Convergent Design Releases Firmware 3.10.100 for Odyssey7/7Q

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Now that the Sony a7S is out in the field and shooting, we thought it would be a good time to put together a lens and accessory guide for this powerful new addition to the line of Sony mirrorless cameras. With a cutting-edge full frame sensor design that utilizes large pixels, the a7S is able to capture images up to 409,600 ISO. It also has an S-log gamma curve and is able to capture 14 stops of dynamic range, making it ideal for low light and for creating a cinematic look under high contrast situations. Additionally, the a7S can output 4K video via HDMI up to 60p and HD up to 120 fps. 

…continue reading Lenses & Accessories for the Sony a7S

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