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Panasonic dismantles digital cameras business unit

Panasonic dismantles digital cameras business unit

The success of the Lumix GH5 from Panasonic is not enough to keep the digital cameras business unit in the black. Panasonic has decided to scale back the unit and…

Review: Senal MC24-EL shotgun microphone + fiber carbon boom

Review: Senal MC24-EL shotgun microphone + fiber carbon boom

After the popular review of the Senal ENG-18RL dynamic interview microphone in 2016 (link ahead), now I’ll be covering the MC24-EL shotgun microphone from the same manufacturer…

ART OF THE SHOT: 2nd Unit DP Jacques Haitkin “Kong Skull Island”

ART OF THE SHOT: 2nd Unit DP Jacques Haitkin “Kong Skull Island”

If you are a fan of the 1984 hit horror film “A Nightmare On Elm Street” then you have seen Jacques Haitkin’s work as a cinematographer…

Why Final Cut Pro X? Todo Lo Demás

Why Final Cut Pro X? Todo Lo Demás

Dave Cerf’s accomplishments are varied and vast. To name a few: He has composed music for Sam Green’s Academy Award nominated The Weather Underground. He has written…

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…