Summer Blockbusters use Blackmagic

What do films like Mad Max, Avengers, Tomorrowland or Magic Mike XXL have in common? All use Blackmagic's hardware and/or software to achieve the same goal: continue the magic of moving pictures.
Written by  |  July 2, 2015
Blackmagic Design compiled a list of some of the summer season’s biggest blockbusters and most anticipated films using a variety of products from the company. DaVinci Resolve is the overall winner from that list. 5 Flights Up, Magic Mike XXL and Ricki and...

First Light: New Backpacks for Travel and Trek

MindShift Gear has three new outdoor backpacks specifically designed to carry large lenses and to comply with airline carry on requirements.
Written by  |  July 1, 2015
MindShift Gear’s First Light backpack series addresses the most pressing needs of outdoor photographers who travel and trek, especially those who carry their 200mm to 600mm “Big Glass” lenses. These high capacity backpacks...

3DR IRIS+ Now Costs $599,99

With the Solo being the new star at 3DR, their previous quadcopter, the 3DR IRIS+, is available for a lower price. Is this your starter drone for aerial photography and video?
Written by  |  June 30, 2015
The 3DR IRIS+ is one of the fastest quadcopters around, able to reach close to 40 miles per hour, and fly for up to 20 minutes, depending on payload, wind conditions and other factors, including the pilot’s flight style.

The Smallest Micro Four Thirds 4K Camera for Drones

There is a new 4K camera in the market, and this one wants to fly with drones. It is the smallest MFT interchangeable lens camera to date, with only 200 g weight, battery included.
Written by  |  June 29, 2015
Presented as the ideal drone camera, the Z from ImagineVision is built around a 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor, giving the camera access to a wide range of lenses from Olympus, Panasonic and other brands. This is an asset for a model with which the...

Fury Rig: From Mad Max Fury Road to Your DSLR

Up to 10 Canon EOS 5D Mark II were used while filming Mad Max: Fury Road. The new Redrock Fury Rig was born from that experience.
Written by  |  June 26, 2015
Although many dismiss DSLRs as serious filmmaking tools, producers of movies like Mad Max: Fury Road use DSLRs as part of the production, because they “can really serve a story at any production level”. Redrock Micro provided the special rigs for...

There are still plenty of seats for the SuperMeetUp at the FCPX Creative Summit this Friday in San Jose, CA. Presos by Randy "FCP" Ubillos, Alex "Alex4D" Gollner, and more; $27,000 worth of raffle prizes; food and drink; etc. It's billed as "the largest gathering of Digital Filmmakers and Visual Storytellers in the San Francisco Bay Area during 2015."

Commercial Filming in Europe: Ask Permission First!

If you intend to do a documentary or film in Europe, beware of new rules regarding important landmarks in public places. Soon it may be forbidden to film or photograph them without permission! Yes, that’s Europe for you!
Written by  |  June 23, 2015
Cinematographers, indie videographers or anyone capturing images in Europe must be aware of the new rules that soon may be applied to any use of image capturing devices. If legislation passes, it will be something like this: The...

NASA: 4K from Outer Space

NASA started to use 4K for their videos at the International Space Station, and YouTube has the first example. More are coming soon, says NASA.
Written by  |  June 22, 2015
The NASA move to 4K reflects the changes at Youtube, that since May started to use 4K at 60fps, to celebrate 10 years of the video platform. Although many users are not aware of the fact, 4K is slowly being available around us. And 8K is already...

Canon PowerShot G3 X: No Reasons for 4K

The new Canon PowerShot G3 X camera offers a 25x optical zoom in a compact package able to do Full HD at 60p. Canon sees no need for 4K, yet, in this segment of the market.
Written by  |  June 18, 2015
The new Canon PowerShot G3 X may not offer 4K, as everybody seems to expect from new camera models, but it offers the longest zoom in its class of cameras, with a 24-600mm f/2.8-5.6 zoom in a compact body. Building on the tradition of the G-series of premium...

Instamic, the GoPro of Microphones

For indie videographers looking for sound capture options, the small Instamic looks as a good solution. And the Pro version even goes underwater.
Written by  |  June 17, 2015
Now on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, and with close to $25,000 raised by more than 150 people in a single day, the Instamic seems to be able to reach the $50,000 goal, as there are still 29 days left, meaning the project will go ahead. The dream of its...
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