Thursday, March 20, 2014

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If you have any interest in Panasonic's upcoming 4K digital mirrorless camera, the GH4, then you should watch this interview with Panasonic rep Matt Frazer.
Zacuto’s First Look: Panasonic Lumix GH4 | Zacuto
Panasonic representative, Matt Frazer, visited Zacuto headquarters in Chicago to give us a first look at the Lumix GH4. This latest offering from the Lumix lineup is making headlines as the first-ever (DSLM) digital single-lens mirrorless camera with built-in 4K video recording.

Review of the Zacuto C300/ C500/ Blackmagic Pocket Camera Z-Finder PLUS get yourself a nice C-Cup for your C100! | Philip Bloom
When Zacuto brought out the first Z-Finder for the 5DmkII almost 5 years ago suddenly we had a hope in hell of getting our shots in focus. Since then they have refined it, brought out the cheaper junior and of course added their EVF for it. I still use the Z-Finder Pro on the back screen of my Canon 1DC all the time. It’s an essential piece of kit that I cannot recommend enough.

Canon USA Announces Cinema & Enterprise CPS Programs | Canon Rumors
Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that the Canon Professional Services (CPS) program has been expanded and now provides support for all Cinema EOS products.

The Art of the Cut: “12 Years a Slave” Editor, Joe Walker | Pro Video Coalition
It’s not often that Hollywood’s stars publicly recognize the great stewardship that an editor of a film has of their performance. But it’s a long journey between what an actor emotes in front of a camera and the reception of that performance by an audience. The director certainly has a strong influence on that performance, but the editor (with the director’s guidance) is the final gatekeeper of the performance the audience sees and the context in which it’s seen.

10 Tips for Shooting Video in Europe | Crews Control
The basic formula is simple, TV frame rate divided by the Power frequency x 360 = required shutter angle. For example, in the US, if a camera is being shot at 24fps, and the lighting is 60Hz,   the shutter angle is calculated as   24 / 60.00 x 360 = 144 degrees.

Rig manufacturer Shape are getting into the brushless gimbal market with their new ISEE II. To be released officially at NAB 2014, the gimbal is the first product in their new Shadow series. The ISEE II is a 2 axis gimbal that is designed to work as part of a shoulder rig setup. As can be seen in the video there is a grip mounted toggle controller for tilt up and down.

TMB Loves Freefly + A Free MōVI Rental | The Music Bed
We recently got a MōVI Freefly in the TMB office, and we haven’t gotten any work done since. We love the thing, and we love the guys who made it. But instead of me pretending like I know what I’m talking about, I thought I’d ask Christian, our resident filmmaker, to tell me what he’s particularly geeked out about.

Vision Research Phantom v1610 Test Footage - 18,484 FPS at 1280x720 from Tom Guilmette on Vimeo.

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