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Posts by Ian McCausland

Panasonic’s VariCam cameras are capable of capturing a wide dynamic range. In order to do this, Panasonic has their own Log recording codec, V-Log. V-Log is a gamma response designed to capture the full dynamic range off the sensor. If you are familiar with Log, you know that what you see in Log is not like anything you see in the finished product. Therefore, we need tools in the camera to expose Log properly. Thankfully, Panasonic has included several ways to evaluate exposure in the VariCam. In this blog, I will show you the tools to get great results from the VariCam.

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Topics Audio, Featured

Quality audio is a must on any shoot, and Sennheiser offers professional audio solutions at an affordable price. In this blog, I take a look at two solutions using the Canon C300 MK II as a point of reference for shooting with a compact camcorder.

The MKE 600 mic is an all-around workhorse that can migrate from camcorder to DSLR. It can be powered by an AA battery or with Phantom power supplied from the camera, which makes it a great option for high-quality audio on a budget.

The ME 64 series microphone has optional power solutions and the convenience of exchangeable mics know as capsules. These capsules are attached to the power supply to complete the unit. The higher the capsule number, the more directional the pickup will be. You also have a choice of Phantom or battery power supplies. In my video above, I show more about these audio options and then catch some live sound to hear the quality of the mics.

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Imagine Products has released version 6 of their ShotPut Pro software. Those of us familiar with ShotPut know that it is one of the most important tools in modern digital imaging. ShotPut ensures that the content of media cards is safely offloaded to your destination drives. It upholds the first commandment of media offloading: Thou Shall NOT Drag And Drop.

In this blog I take you through the major updates of the program, including a selectable user interface. It is now possible to offload only selected clips – prior versions only let you offload the entire contents of a card. The offload process can now be paused and resumed. Another new feature of this version is that PDF reports are possible, complete with frame grabs.

Watch my video above to learn more. You can also check out my preview of ShotPut Pro 6 from Cine Gear.

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The ARRI SMB-2 is an extremely flexible 4” x 5.65” studio mattebox. In this blog, I’ll take you through some of the key features of the product, giving an in-depth look at how to assemble and configure the mattebox. With the SMB-2, ARRI has designed a hugely customizable platform, easily convertible for a variety of shooting environments. Features like the option for anamorphic conversion, a tilt mechanism, and geared filter stages make this an excellent choice for any production. Be sure to check out the video above for the detailed breakdown of the ARRI SMB-2.

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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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I stopped by IDX’s Cine Gear booth to learn about at their new DUO-C batteries and D-Tap charger with Marketing Manager Zach Shannon.

The DUO-C series (C95 and C190) are compact, high-capacity batteries that come equipped with two built-in D-Taps and a single USB output to power other accessories. Their new D-Tap charger features a D-Tap Advance connector, meaning there is now a third pin for charging.

Watch my video above to get a closer look at these new products!

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This year at Cine Gear I got a chance to stop by the Imagine Products booth to take a look at what’s coming up in ShotPut Pro 6. ShotPut Pro is one of my favorite offloading programs, and Marketing Director Michelle Maddox was nice enough to walk me through some of the new features – including a simpler, more intuitive UI and the ability to pause an offload. ShotPut Pro 6 is currently in beta and is expected to be released this summer.

Watch my video above to learn more!

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