I’ve been sitting on the fence deciding on the best time to purchase an Inspire 1 from DJI. The drone manufacturer announced Intelligent Flight Modes for the Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 today, so the time to purchase might be right now.
Canon has announced the upcoming release of the Canon 5D Mark III the successor to the ever popular 5D Mark II that many film and television crews love to use. I have two 5D Mark IIs, will today’s announcement prompt me to go on a selling spree to get the Mark III?
When I was but a young man, I always wanted to shoot film – real film, the kind that breathes life into the image it is capturing. Budget and location proved to me very quickly that once my days of 8mm shooting were done, that video would have to take its place. Since then, I’ve been a video guy, but with the introduction of the CineAlta, the realization that film was a dead medium for modern motion pictures became clear. George Lucas cemented it when he shot Star Wars Episodes 1-3. Today, with the Canon 5D and others, that prospect of creating stories that have nearly the same dynamics as film, and that are being shown in movie theaters, is once again something within reach to everyone.
If you haven’t seen Mobius (scroll down), then you are missing out on a visual treat. The short film used Adobe Production Premium CS5.5 in the workflow of the visuals, and tomorrow (Thursday), you can attend an Adobe live event where Producer/Editor Jon Carr talks about APPCS5.5.
I’ll admit it, I was super excited over the announcement that Canon was set to release a new camera aimed at the film industry. The EOS c300 has a great Super 35 image sensor, there is a clean HDMI output, it has a small form factor, and it still records to the Compact Flash card. Likewise, a few hours later when RED announced the Scarlet-X and explained how they were effectively using the Mysterium Chip in a camera that is identical to the RED Epic in every way except for the data rate, I was even more sold.
Except both are out of my price range. With the EOS c300 coming in with a start price of $20,000, and the RED Scarlet-X at $9,750 ($14,000 for the full package), both cameras are not easily affordable for the indie film maker. Renting is going to be the best bet for low budget filmmakers wanting to get their hands on these cameras, but for those that like to pick up and go at a moments notice, it was the very last camera announcement of the day that got my attention.