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URSA Mini Pro: Blackmagic reveals new audio specs

URSA Mini Pro: Blackmagic reveals new audio specs

After Blackmagic announced its new URSA Mini Pro camera with lower audio noise and flatter frequency response, I asked four detailed questions. They included available gain, noise specs, the possible…

ART OF THE SHOT: “Bad Santa 2” DP Theo Van de Sande

ART OF THE SHOT: “Bad Santa 2” DP Theo Van de Sande

One of Theo Van de Sande most recent films was the second edition of the Bill Bob Thorton film “Bad Santa 2.” The forever crass sequel found it…

Three Variations on Lighting a Single Shot Commercial

Three Variations on Lighting a Single Shot Commercial

I love a challenge, as that’s when I get to do my best work. One of these spots was easy, one was moderately difficult, and one was hard…

PRODUCT REVIEW: SmallHD’s 1303 HDR Monitor

PRODUCT REVIEW: SmallHD’s 1303 HDR Monitor

I love having a big (or big-ish) monitor on set to see what I’m shooting and get excited by it, but the problem with most field monitors…

Shooting 2x Anamorphic On The Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K

Shooting 2x Anamorphic On The Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K

One of the more interesting features found on the URSA Mini 4.6K and URSA Mini Pro, for me at least, is the 3K Anamorphic setting. This allows a director…

Stolen lens alert: hot Veydras

Stolen lens alert: hot Veydras

On March 12, slimeballs broke into Veydra’s Los Angeles HQ and absconded with pretty much the entire stock of Mini Primes: Veydras are MFT and E-mount cine…

GoPro Karma Drone & Grip Hands-On Review

GoPro Karma Drone & Grip Hands-On Review

After the false-start on product launch last year which ended abruptly with a product recall, GoPro recently relaunched the Karma Drone with an improved battery locking design, so we…

Understanding the success of the Panasonic GH5

Understanding the success of the Panasonic GH5

The best way to understand what the Panasonic GH5 is capable of is not through reading multiple camera reviews, but looking at the examples of the work created with it…

Have you thought about using a balloon for video and photography?

Have you thought about using a balloon for video and photography?

If you need to fly anytime, anywhere and for as long as you want and still comply with FAA rules, a balloon may be your best choice. It’s a…

Seven Notes on Giving Notes

Seven Notes on Giving Notes

As a freelance producer I’m often put in a place where I am giving notes to any number of departments on a documentary or narrative production. I&#8217…