One of the problems with some of the small wearable cameras is that it's hard to frame them - or know if you actually recorded what you wanted to shoot - because there's no LCD display. Now GoPro is introducing the LCD BacPac, a $79.99 removable LCD screen for their HD HERO cameras.
- Attaches to 1080p HD HERO cameras featuring the rear HERO Port
- Simple one button design allows for easy on/off and playback control
- Normal speed, fast forward, and fast reverse video and photo playback
- Integrated speaker with volume control
Budget Matte Box coming soon
David Aldrich, maker of the D|Focus, a budget priced follow-focus device, is now working on a budget matte box, the D|Matte. Features promised include:
- Two 4x4 filter tray-less filter holders (one rotating.) No filter trays here, just slide the filter into the slot.
- Wide angle lens compatible. Will work with lenses as wide as 20-24mm (depending on the lens) on a full frame camera.
- Clip on design will fit pretty much any lens with filter threads up to 82mm. This includes all Canon L series lenses (except for the super telephoto) and Zeiss primes.
- Each D|Matte will come with an 82mm attachment ring. Use step-up rings to fit smaller lenses.
- Included top french flag.
- Made of injection molded plastic (probably ABS and polycarbonate, not 100% sure yet and won't be until the tools are finished.)
D|Focus: Info On The D|Matte
IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs
The Labs says that it "supports first-time feature directors in post-production to complete, market and distribute their films," by providing technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films – and their careers.
They have specific requirements - you have to provide a rough cut of at least 40 minutes, and it costs $50 to submit - so it may not be right for everyone.
Panasonic AG-AF100 Review
Benjamin Eckstein has written up his impressions of the AG-AF100, and he generally likes it, particularly the fact that because it's a video camera the audio, monitoring and operability is much simpler and easier; "the AF-100 allows me to be lazier because I feel more confident with it as a tool."
There are some minor niggles like a miss-match between the color of the LCD and the viewfinder, but the only real negative is that you can't get the extreme shallow depth-of-field that you can get on the 5D Mark II, and he doesn't even miss that; he feels that the AG-AF100 does more than enough for what he needs.
The picture is sharp and reminds me of my EX-1 with shallower depth of field. I find the skin tones to be quite rich, and the picture overall to be much more colorful. There are a lot of settings to the picture, and they make a huge difference, and I am still figuring out what works best in what circumstances. I did find that out of the box, the image is a bit noisy, but there are a few settings (particularly the Matrix/Detail settings) which make the image much cleaner. I don’t expect ever having to have someone change their wardrobe due to moire, which has happened on a few occasions with the 7D, as Panasonic has done a good job solving that problem on the AF-100.benjamineckstein: Welcoming the AF-100