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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…

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…

Polishing the Talking Head Interview

Polishing the Talking Head Interview

I’m constantly experimenting with common lighting setups and trying to make them better. There is no more common lighting setup than that of the talking head interview. Here…

Blackmagic Announces URSA Mini Pro and Accessories

Blackmagic Announces URSA Mini Pro and Accessories

In a youtube live streamed press conference Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty displayed a few new items. Yet, this was not just a show-and-tell style press conference. This time…

How to Record Good Audio Quickly and Easily

How to Record Good Audio Quickly and Easily

As there are more and more one-man band jobs being able to capture and record audio quick and easy is essential.  What are the real world best practices, tips…

Flicker: Why On-Set Monitors Fail Us

Flicker: Why On-Set Monitors Fail Us

While working as a young second camera assistant on a film TV series in the 1990s, I noticed the DP set the camera shutter to 144 degrees (1/60th of…

Sony Professional Launches Tech Tip Video Series

Sony Professional Launches Tech Tip Video Series

For five consecutive weeks, Sony Professional will roll out new tech videos offering quick tech tips related to Sony’s LMD monitors and camera line. These videos will feature…

Shooting With Fujinon’s New MK18-55mm Cinema Lens

Shooting With Fujinon’s New MK18-55mm Cinema Lens

Well well… it appears Fujinon is jumping onto the affordable cinema zoom bandwagon. Today the company announced two new cinema lenses: the MK 18-55mm and the MK 50…