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Canon and Sony, step aside: Samsung has a 108 megapixel image sensor

Canon and Sony, step aside: Samsung has a 108 megapixel image sensor

The next Xiaomi smartphone will have a 64 megapixel camera, thanks to Samsung, and the two companies announced  a 108 megapixel sensor for smartphone cameras, able to shoot 6K video…

Review: BenQ SW270C 27″ Photographer Monitor

Review: BenQ SW270C 27″ Photographer Monitor

The BenQ SW270C is a color-accurate monitor aimed at photographers and web-based filmmakers (sRGB types). BenQ sent me it to review, so here’s that with some extra…

Focus ramping: when T-stops go bad

Focus ramping: when T-stops go bad

Years ago, while assisting on a sitcom, I helped the director of photography shoot exposure tests on all of our zooms. The closeups were darker than expected, and she wanted…

Will the 6K RED Komodo (dragon) kill the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K?

Will the 6K RED Komodo (dragon) kill the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K?

The new Komodo 6K camera from RED is still a mystery, but it uses Canon’s new RF-mount, giving it access to, as Canon says, some of the best…

Canon DSLRs, mirrorless and compact cameras vulnerable to third-party attack

Canon DSLRs, mirrorless and compact cameras vulnerable to third-party attack

Canon issued a security advisory stating that 33 of its cameras, including DSLRs, mirrorless and compacts, are vulnerable to third-party attacks, if connected to a PC or smartphone through…

Blackmagic: new US$2495 “Pocket” Cinema Camera 6K + more

Blackmagic: new US$2495 “Pocket” Cinema Camera 6K + more

In addition to the new US$2495 “Pocket” Cinema Camera 6K with EF mount, you’ll be blown away by the new DaVinci Resolve beta 16.1. Watch the webinar…

Audio interview with Hooke Audio founder & creator of the Hooke Verse

Audio interview with Hooke Audio founder & creator of the Hooke Verse

On Beyond Podcasting episode 16, Anthony Mattana discusses 3D binaural audio recording, distribution and consumption with me. Anthony Mattana is the founder of Hooke Audio and the creator of the…

Oculus Quill 2.0: an all-in-one tool for Virtual Reality animated stories

Oculus Quill 2.0: an all-in-one tool for Virtual Reality animated stories

Born out of the creative needs of an Emmy-nominated VR film, the painting and animation tool Quill has reached version 2.0 and is now an end-to-end…

The secret life of behind-the-lens nets

The secret life of behind-the-lens nets

“What’s with the pattern in the headlights?” I asked the first camera assistant, as I looked through “B” camera on a feature film set…

New Sigma lenses for mirrorless cameras: the new world is the old world

New Sigma lenses for mirrorless cameras: the new world is the old world

Lenses for mirrorless are presented as able to offer better quality than DSLR lenses, due to the short flange distance. It’s not a miracle of modern times, though. The…

After Effects selected as VFX category resource for Netflix Post Technology Program

After Effects selected as VFX category resource for Netflix Post Technology Program

Last October, the Netflix Post Technology Alliance was announced, bringing together some of the biggest technology names in film production and post production. This week Adobe announced that After Effects…

Hidden Flexibility of Blackmagic’s URSA Broadcast. A S16mm Camera?

Hidden Flexibility of Blackmagic’s URSA Broadcast. A S16mm Camera?

I will write about the URSA Broadcast in a bit. Stay with me as I present some background first. A few years ago the Digital Bolex was announced with a…

Review: addlink S70 SSD NVMe, a 1TB fast drive for the low price of $120

Review: addlink S70 SSD NVMe, a 1TB fast drive for the low price of $120

If you want to move from HDD to SSD, consider a NVMe SSD as your best option. The addlink S70 SSD NVMe costs $120, less than some SATA SSDs, and…

Review: Plugable USB-VOX studio microphone

Review: Plugable USB-VOX studio microphone

My evaluation of the ≈US$75 USB-VOX studio microphone from Plugable involved several happy surprises, beyond its high quality sound for voice. Before its arrival, I knew that it…

48 kHz: How to set it in Android, iOS, macOS and Windows

48 kHz: How to set it in Android, iOS, macOS and Windows

After creating the 48 kHz Alliance this year and several prior articles, an increasing number of people now ask me how to set our standard 48 kHz audio sampling rate…