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Quick Look: Signature Primes

Quick Look: Signature Primes

ARRI is now shipping Signature Primes, lenses “designed to render organic, emotionally engaging images, gently softening and texturizing the large format with natural skin tones and creamy bokeh.” Signatures Primes…

An interview with “This is America” editor Ernie Gilbert

An interview with “This is America” editor Ernie Gilbert

Recently, the music video for Childish Gambino’s This is America won one of two Grand Prix prizes in the Entertainment for Music category at Cannes. Jury president Paulette Long…

Need to rent a computer for onsite editing?

Need to rent a computer for onsite editing?

A week of editing video, in a hotel, for a conference brought to my attention a company called RentAComputer.com. I had never heard of them before and I have…

SIGMA fp: a pocketable mirrorless camera for serious cine shooting

SIGMA fp: a pocketable mirrorless camera for serious cine shooting

The SIGMA fp is the first camera resulting of SIGMA’s participation in the L-Mount Alliance. It is presented as enough for serious still and cine shooting in…

Record 3D binaural audio with Hooke Verse hardware and software, for Android, iOS + more

Record 3D binaural audio with Hooke Verse hardware and software, for Android, iOS + more

Welcome to the world of 3D binaural sound, thanks to Hooke Audio, which graciously offered me the opportunity to review its Hooke Verse hardware and software. 3D binaural audio goes…

Review: Samson Q8X supercardioid dynamic handheld microphone, headless with A81WS

Review: Samson Q8X supercardioid dynamic handheld microphone, headless with A81WS

This is my review of the ≈US$100 Samson Q8X dynamic handheld, XLR vocal microphone, headless with the ≈ US$30 Shure presidential A81WS windscreen. Two details make the Samson Q8X…

Creating a blood knife effect

Creating a blood knife effect

Too often these days productions turn to CG to get their effects work done, when tried and true practical gags are more realistic, faster, and cheaper. Here we take a…

PowerShot G7 X Mark III & G5 X Mark II: Canon’s G family gets UHD 4K video

PowerShot G7 X Mark III & G5 X Mark II: Canon’s G family gets UHD 4K video

The next cameras in the PowerShot G family represent a new step for Canon. A microphone input on the G7 X Mark III and a pop-up viewfinder on the…

DisplayPort 2.0 gives us some things to ponder

DisplayPort 2.0 gives us some things to ponder

There was a June 26th announcement from VESA that Display Port 2.0 specs are now available and that the industry expects to see DP2.0 comparable devices by the…

Review: RØDE Procaster dynamic cardioid studio microphone with WS2

Review: RØDE Procaster dynamic cardioid studio microphone with WS2

This is my review of the US$229 RØDE Procaster dynamic cardioid studio microphone, which RØDE sent to me together with the RØDECaster Pro. Because there has…

Nanguang 4′ Pavolite Tubes // Tool Talk

Nanguang 4′ Pavolite Tubes // Tool Talk

This article marks the beginning of a venture between PVC and Filmtools, a series I’m calling Tool Talk. In it I will spend a few minutes talking about a…

Review: CrumplePop EchoRemover plugin

Review: CrumplePop EchoRemover plugin

If you record audio in an untreated room (or your remote guest does), often you’ll get excessive echo/reverberation, as sound waves reflect and return to their starting point…

Don’t get the Mac Pro, Get a Puget System

Don’t get the Mac Pro, Get a Puget System

There are going to be, roughly, two types of people reading this: pros and builders. As detailed in my colleague Damian’s article, the Pros are people who just…

Cine Gear 2019: HEDEN Ymer-3 FIZ Wireless System

Cine Gear 2019: HEDEN Ymer-3 FIZ Wireless System

As a long-time camera operator, I sometimes have trouble letting go and allowing camera assistants to do their work. There have been many a time I have grabbed a…

Did Canon just say that DSLRs are dead?

Did Canon just say that DSLRs are dead?

Canon may have just announced that the modern DSLR is dead. In a recent video explaining the technology behind the new RF lens, the company talks about a new age…