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To kick off the weekend, Sony has released their new firmware 5.0 for the PMW-F5 and PMW-F55. This version adds interval recording in XAVC and RAW with intervals of one second up to 24 hours. It also adds software support for several of Sony’s optional camera upgrades, including the highly anticipated ProRes and DNxHD Encoder Board, the F5 4K upgrade, and the ENG Build-Up Kit. Another addition is a white balance A and B memory setting, which streamlines the white balance procedure for run-and-gun camera operators. Some of the highlights included in v5.0 include:

…continue reading Sony Releases PMW-F5 & PMW-F55 Firmware Version 5.0

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The Sachtler Video 20 & Video 18 tripod systems have been the work horses of our industry for years. In my latest video, I will take you step-by-step through the components and technology that comprise these systems. Since both can be custom-tailored to your style of shooting, I will discuss multiple combinations of sticks and spreaders. I will also go over how to build your camera to get the most out of your tripod system. With so many features and a wide weight capacity range, it is fair to say that these could be the go-to tripods for all your camera systems from 4 to 55 pounds.

 

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Odyssey7Q+Convergent Design has just announced the new Odyssey7Q+, the replacement for the popular Odyssey7Q recorder. While the main feature set remains identical, the 7Q+ adds an HDMI 1.4b input for additional frame rate and resolution capabilities. With the expanded functionality, it’s now possible to capture 4K, QHD and 1080p60 over HDMI to various codecs, including Apple ProRes 422. The 7Q+ remains unchanged otherwise and still allows you to purchase or rent additional capture options (Raw, multi-stream, etc.) for the various camera configurations you may find yourself needing. Convergent Design will continue to support the Odyssey7Q, and any new features and future firmware updates will apply to the entire Odyssey lineup.

…continue reading Convergent Design Announces Odyssey7Q+

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At AbelCine we hold a lot of events aimed at helping still photographers move into the world of cinematography or add video to their creative tool kit. These “Stills To Motion” events are focused on the art of cinema, as well as the latest camera technology. At one such event, we discussed the RAW and Log modes in the Canon EOS C500, as well as the wide cinema gamut found in the camera. Many of the photographers in the room weren’t as familiar with these concepts and asked that we translate the terminology into something they could better understand.

…continue reading Understanding Digital Cinema Principles Through Photoshop

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When working in a multi-mic scenario, something with the flexibility of the Sound Devices 633 – an audio mixer and recorder that can handle up to six audio inputs – is key to your success.

Traditional camcorders offer two isolated channels of audio input. While this may work fine for two mics, the task gets tougher when three or more mics are in the mix. Typically, a field mixer takes the three mic inputs and sends a mix down of the three channels over two XLRs into the camera. In this set up, levels have been predetermined and sent on to the camera media, but what do you do if one of those mic inputs is compromised?

…continue reading At the Bench: Multi-Mic Recording with the Sound Devices 633

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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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