Category Archives: Videography

DJI announces major update for Inspire 1 and Phantom 3

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.

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Canon 5D Mark III announced

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?

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Pic a Day 123111 Orion

I love timelapse photography, and I love pictures of the night sky.  Earlier in 2011, I had attempted some night time work that didn’t turn out very well. I’ve been doing some reading, video watching, and consulting, and finally went out on a very cold night to see if I could do a better job than the last time.

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REVIEW: F&V Z96 Video Light

As camera gear grows smaller, and the light sensitivity of cameras increases, the need for large bulky light kits are declining to an extent. For the run and gun shooter, having a portable LED light to fill in those dark places is a must have.  F&V has a fairly inexpensive unit that might be right up your alley.

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Ask a DV Pro: Jon Carr on Vincent Laforet’s Mobius

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.

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How to do an awesome product review (and anger the company at the same time)

So I’ve been working on some ways to get back into reviews, but instead of text based, I want to do them as video shorts.  Of course that means one has to figure out how to make the video interesting and not a boring rundown of features someone can read off the back of a product brochure.  Jonathan Yi had the same idea when he got his hands on a new Canon EOS C300, but his humor didn’t sit well with the company.

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DIGITAL CINEMA: What wasn’t said

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.

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Editing movies with the iPhone

So, I finally broke down and purchased an iPhone 4.0 this weekend.  For a couple of years now, the household has wanted to move away from the Blackberry Pearl to the iPhone, simply because the iPhone is more media friendly than the Blackberry.  Don’t get me wrong, the Blackberry is fine when it comes to instant messages, and email, but surfing the web, taking pictures, and trying to listen to podcasts are like pulling teeth.

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TEST FLIGHT: The AR.Drone and the GoPro HERO HD

For whatever reason, I decided to break down and purchase the AR.Drone.  Well, it wasn’t really just any reason, I actually liked the fact that it is a fairly inexpensive quad-copter that you can attach a small camera to, and capture HD footage.

One of the most popular stock footage shots on the site happens to be the wheat field video, that filmmakers and commercial producers have been using in their projects.  I was hoping to follow up on that shot this summer/fall during harvest by doing a flyover of a wheat field, and capture it in full HD for you to use.

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Enter the Ninja

With all the shooting I’ve been doing on the Canon 5D MkII lately, I’ve realized two things; first, that I like to shoot longer than five minutes at a time, and second, that I need a lot of hard drive space to get the footage in and out of the system.

I’ve used several HDD systems over the years, and I’m particularly fond of the CityDisk system for my Sony Z1U (yes, I’m still using that camera), but I need something that is not a FOCUS FireStore system.

I’ve just been made aware of the Ninja system from Atomos, and I think it may solve my problem.

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