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Dust and debris on your sensor can be a real problem when shooting with a closed down iris, particularly in bright environments, like a snowy exterior scene, or when shooting tabletop elements. Dust often shows up as soft dark spots in the image. In the video above, I show you one simple way to clear your image of dust, debris and smudges.

…continue reading Service Tips: How to Clean a Dirty Sensor

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Data archiving is not something most of us want to think about, but it’s a reality that all filmmakers have to face today. The demand for lower compression and higher resolution material is increasing, meaning that we all eat through hard drives much faster. On the bright side, archiving is getting easier and more affordable all the time. The LTO tape format has become the standard for data archiving in our business, and the new LTFS (Linear Tape File System) makes it easy to use. One downside of an LTO deck setup is that it is usually tied to a full computer workstation. That’s where mLogic’s mTape comes in.

…continue reading At the Bench: mLogic mTape LTO-6 System

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Topics Canon

Back in October Canon announced the C100 Mark II, the successor to the original C100. While keeping the same Super 35 sensor as the C100, the new model offers a number of welcome upgrades to image quality and functionality. We’re now starting to see the first few shipments of the Mark II, so in the video above, I spend some time exploring these updates.

To learn more about Dual Pixel AF, which now comes standard on the Mark II, make sure to read our previous post: The Core Technology Behind Canon’s Dual Pixel AF. Also, check out our C100 Workshops coming up on both coasts.

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Sony is known for their reliable and proven Optical Disc technology. Many of us have countless numbers of their XDCAM discs on our shelves serving as an archive, just like we used to do with tape stock. Sony has recognized the need to archive material in a larger format with the same reliability (up to 50 years based on testing), so they built an Optical Disc Cartridge, which combines 12 discs into one container, sort of like a car CD changer. Cartridges come in sizes up to 1.5 TB, in either write-one or re-writable formats.

…continue reading At the Bench: Sony Optical Disc Archive System

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The Sony PXW-FS7 is causing a lot of buzz, and with good reason, since it can acquire multiple resolutions and codecs. The XDCA-FS7 is an extension unit that attaches to the back of the FS7, providing inputs and outputs, as well as the ability to export Raw for external recording. In addition, the XDCA-FS7 extension contains a codec board that enables ProRes 422 recording internally to XQD media. In the video above, I give a tour of the options that the XDCA opens up, as well as related menus in the camera. I also give a brief overview of how to set up the Odyssey7Q, which is what I used as my external source for recording Raw.

To learn more about shooting with the FS7, make sure to check out our Sony FS7 workshop coming up on both coasts.

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With the new Panasonic VariCam 35 and VariCam HS cameras now shipping, I’m excited to give you a full tour of the camera system and its features. My first video, above, is an in-depth look at the cameras’ external controls, including a demonstration of how to separate the body and the head.

…continue reading A Tour of the Panasonic VariCam 35 & HS

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Sachtler recently introduced the SpeedLevel Clamp for its 100mm ball level heads. The unit ties down in typical fashion, however, the two levers allow users to quickly reset the level for their camera. In addition to very fast level adjustments, this comes in especially handy in the middle of a take or when you are about to roll. A common problem with standard tie downs is they inherently require some force to loosen, and that force gets transmitted to the camera and then to the screen. The SpeedLevel Clamp allows you to avoid this embarrassing problem; the levers can be oriented in any direction, making them easy to grab. In addition, the levers are easily operated when wearing gloves. Watch the video above to learn more about this quick and elegant solution to leveling your camera on the fly.

To learn more about tripods, fluid heads, and building a professional camera system, check out our Digital AC series coming up on both coasts.

Editor’s Note: In the video, Ian refers to the Sachtler Speed Lever – the official name of the product is the Sachtler SpeedLevel Clamp.

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