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ARRI’s range of LED lighting has expanded with their SkyPanel fixtures, and Megan covered some of the updates at NAB this year. As each member of the lighting family lends itself to different applications and features different characteristics — from the versatile SkyPanel, to the L-Series fresnels and compact Caster Series — we’ve created this new ARRI LED Lineup chart as a handy guide.

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

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Topics Panasonic

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As we’ve done for so many cameras before, we’re back again with more scene files. This time I’ve tackled the new VariCam LT, matching looks to our tried and true JR45CINE and JR45VID (I even used an HPX2700 to match back to), as well as a high saturation look, and even an ALEXA look.

For convenience, you can download all the files at once. To load them all into the camera, copy the private folder to an SD card, and then load that into the camera. In the menu, navigate to File, then choose Scene File, and finally, Load SD. This will load in all four of our custom scene files.

…continue reading Panasonic VariCam LT Scene Files from AbelCine

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ARRI’s line of Electronic Control Systems are popular accessories to use with many cameras, especially the ALEXA Mini. This is because ARRI’s wireless control unit, the WCU-4, not only controls motors attached directly to the Mini, but with the right license, the WCU-4 can also change settings on the camera. The WCU-4 works directly with the ALEXA Mini, as well as other ALEXA Plus cameras (ALEXA Plus, ALEXA XT Plus, and ALEXA SXT), or with their UMC-4 receiver, which means you can use it for a wide variety of scenarios.

In this video series, I will break down how to connect the WCU-4 with the Mini, and how to remote control the camera. Then in the second video, I give a demonstration of how to create lens mapping files to work with non-LDS or Cooke /i lenses. Check out the videos and let us know what you think in the comments section.

…continue reading At the Bench: ARRI WCU-4 Wireless Control Unit

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The Panasonic VariCam 35 has been called the “workflow camera,” as it offers multiple internal recording formats that can really speed up your workflow. The camera can capture a 4K or HD V-Log master, while at the same time recording both HD and proxy for instant dailies. The VariCam LT has the same function, but with just a 4K or HD master and a proxy recording. In the latest firmware updates for both of these cameras, Panasonic has greatly improved the file naming conventions, allowing both the main (master) recording and sub (HD/Proxy) recording to have the same file name. This greatly simplifies the whole process and truly makes these cameras unique and powerful.

Below is an outline of how to set up both cameras for action, and steps for importing footage into Avid, Final Cut Pro X, and Premiere. I’ll also outline a basic finishing workflow with DaVinci Resolve and 4K V-log content.

…continue reading How To: Step-by-Step Workflow for Panasonic Varicam 35 & LT

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Jonathan Barenboim is a director and cinematographer; sometimes, depending on the project, he’s both simultaneously. On his latest project, for a series called The Table launching later this summer, he was tasked with bringing to life short documentaries highlighting the human side of the unemployment crisis in the US. Because of the documentary nature of these pieces, he had to be ready to travel quickly and shoot in varied locations, all with the same basic camera setup. Jonathan was kind enough to answer a few questions about how he pulled it all off.

…continue reading Jonathan Barenboim Stays Flexible with the Canon C300 Mark II

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Zeiss’s new full frame lenses provide superior quality. With optimum image quality, full focus control, and cutting-edge design, the Milvus family of lenses are well suited for interviews, documentary work, music videos or corporate movies. The Otus lenses are designed for state-of-the-art cameras with high-resolution sensors. The Loxia lenses are perfect for filmmaking with their compact size. The Batis lenses are great for run-and-gun shooting, web videos, drone or gimbal shots. Our Full Frame Lens Lineup gives an overview of these Zeiss lenses and their various applications.

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

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DP Logan Schneider stopped by our Cine Gear booth this year with a couple of new items that will be sure to please ACs.

First, we checked out his filter tray that holds a 138mm close-up filter. This tray was born out of Logan’s desire to get closer focus on a lens without having to tape the filter to the front of it. The tray takes up the same space as two filter stages, and boasts quick and easy installation.

Logan also showed us a bracket to hold the Preston MDR, which is the brains of the Preston Wireless Focus system. As cameras get smaller, having a place to secure the MDR can be a challenge; however, this bracket locates itself between the camera and the on-board battery. Taking the MDR on and off is as fast as taking a battery on and off, plus the added weight on the back also helps to balance the payload of the camera. The bracket is available for both the MDR2 (Anton Bauer/V-Lock) and MDR3 (Anton Bauer/V-Lock).

Watch the video above to see these new accessories in action!

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