Nikon D800E Sample Footage

08 May
May 8, 2012  |  D800, Nikkor Lenses, Nikon, Nikon D4

The Nikon D800 looks very promising and seems to resolve more than the 5d mkIII. It does have it’s issues with moire and aliasing, but there are always ways around it. I wanted to share this video of the D800E. Here are some specs on the D800E.

Please note – The D800E is optimized for photographers that are looking to get the maximum sharpness out of their NEF raw files. Shooters that rely predominantly on capturing JPEGs may want to choose the D800 camera instead.

Product Highlights

  • Optimized for NEF Raw File Capture
  • Low Pass Filter w/ Anti-Aliasing Removed
  • 36.3Mp CMOS FX Format Sensor
  • EXPEED 3 Image-Processing Engine
  • 3.2″ LCD Monitor
  • Nikon F Mount Lens Mount
  • Eye-Level Pentaprism Viewfinder
  • 1920 x 1080/30/25/24p HD Video Capture
  • Built-In Flash + i-TTL Flash Control
  • Matrix/Center-Weighted/Spot Metering

Panasonic GH2 French Riviera last month, from Saint-Tropez to Monaco

07 May
May 7, 2012  |  GH2, Hacked, Panasonic

I had to share this beautiful video by Vimeo member Emeric. I just can’t believe how awesome the Panasonic GH2 hacked is, comparing it to a RED Scarlet and only cost what a RED battery charger would cost, haha. Check out how much resolution the GH2 has and how clean the image is with the Sanity 5 patch hack.

Shot with:
Panasonic GH2 (hacked – Sanity 5 patch)
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6
Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6
Fader ND MkII & Gorillapod
Music : Kong by Bonobo

Sony NEX-FS700U Super 35 Camcorder (Body Only)

Sony NEX-FS700U Super 35 Camcorder (Body Only)

02 May
May 2, 2012  |  4K, FS700, Sony Cameras

The Sony NEX-FS700U is finally available for pre-order for $7999 body only and $8599 with the Sony 18-200 Zoom lens. We finally get a chance to get our hands on this extraordinary film making tool. Check out some of the specs below. In my opinion, this is the BEST camera under $10,000 and if I had the money, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy 2 of these.

Product Highlights

  • 4K Exmor Super 35mm CMOS Sensor
  • Capture 1920 x 1080/60p Video
  • NXCAM Recording Format (AVCHD)
  • LCD 3.5″ Screen with VF Attachment
  • Up to 960 fps Super Slow Motion
  • ISO 500 (0 dB) to ISO 16,000 (30 dB)
  • Dual XLR, HDMI & 3G/HD-SDI Connectivity
  • FMU Port Supports Optional Memory
  • Future 4K Upgrade (Not Included)

Check out some videos from the Sony FS700 below

by Sony Professional


by Andrew Young

Behind the Scenes with Imaginarium – Love and Hate

02 May
May 2, 2012  |  7D, Visual Effects

Just finished watching the Behind the Scenes to this upcoming film called “Love and Hate”. All shot with a Canon 7D DSLR. Isn’t is cool what we can do these days with a small crew and some really innovative and creative folks. The aesthetic of the film looks awesome. I can’t believe the 7D looks so darn good. Great lighting, visual effects, great cinematography will make this film a winner.

The film was shot using a Canon 7D with a variety of lenses, including the 24-70mm 2.8 and 70-200mm 2.8 L-Series lenses. You’ll notice they used a ton of film gear but of the Cinevate variety they used the Core Package as well as the Atlas 30 camera slider(currently 25% off during our Moving Sale). The BTS stuff was likewise shot using a Canon 7D on a Simplis + Cyclops and a monopod (by myself actually, though I didn’t edit it).

Piotr Skowronski, the film’s Directer (and Writer/Cinematographer), definitely falls under the auteur classification and it shows in his Director’s Notes; “As the title of the film implies, it is a clash between two opposing conditions, though one is not unlike the other. Both love and hate are passionate, stubborn and all encompassing emotions that determine a person’s direction. The slide from one extreme to the other is a massive transformation of ideals, beliefs, hopes and dreams. Set on the platform of an old train station, the characters of Love & Hate converge and struggle to untangle themselves from these two opposing conditions. Ultimately, it is about choice and the strength of ones character”.

Check out the trailer below

To read the rest of the article, click here.
For more information regarding the film go to Love and Hate’s website.

Canon 5D mkIII Lens and Resolution Test

01 May
May 1, 2012  |  5D3, Canon, Canon 5D mkIII

Testing different lenses on the Canon 5D mkIII. No color correction or grading was performed. First sequence has no post sharpening, second sequence has post sharpening at 60%. I wanted to over exaggerate the sharpening to see how much noise would be added to the footage.

Keep in mind, it’s a simple and UN-scientific test, just seeing what these lenses I own would be capable of.

Lenses used:

Canon 24-105mm f/4.0 L Series
Canon 50mm f/1.4 FD
Nikkor AF 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED (FX) (TYPO in Video)
SIGMA NIKON 70-300mm F4-5.6 (Cheapy Lens)

This test has some pretty good lenses and not so pretty good lenses, that was the point to test which lens would stand it’s ground

Adobe Creative Suite 6 – CS6 New Features

30 Apr
April 30, 2012  |  Adobe, CS6, Editing, Learning, Software

Check out this video on the new features that Adobe CS6 has. I can’t wait for start using it, very exciting.

New Features

  • Sleek Adobe Premiere Pro user interface
  • Global Performance Cache in After Effects
  • Photoshop imaging magic
  • Logging and ingest in Prelude
  • SpeedGrade for crafting the perfect look
  • Faster audio editing in Adobe Audition
  • Dramatically enhanced editing environment
  • New creative tools in After Effects
  • Creative editing with Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Stabilized footage without rolling shutter
  • Creating rough cuts with Adobe Prelude
  • Interoperability with third-party tools
  • Faster, more flexible Adobe Media Encoder
  • Automatic Speech Alignment in Audition CS6
Canon 5D mkIII Kit in Stock at Campbell Cameras

Canon 5D mkIII Kit in Stock at Campbell Cameras

30 Apr
April 30, 2012  |  5D3, Canon, DSLR

I just recently bought my 5d mkIII with the 24-105mm lens kit at Campbell Cameras. Check them out, I’m sure they will be very happy if you bought from them.

Click here to buy.

Black Magic Cinema Camera – Sample Footage

27 Apr
April 27, 2012  |  Black Magic Cinema Camera

Here’s another sample clip of the Black Magic Cinema camera. It’s ok, nothing special really. I mean, it looks not so different from say a Canon 5D mkIII or Sony FS100. We need more samples in low light, perhaps comparisons between other cameras.

One suggestion I make to camera makers, put out professional sample footage done by pro DPs and Directors. Coming from a Marketing background, these companies are not really convincing people to go out and buy.

Sample provided by
John Brawley Tests

Camera Cheeseplate for Canon and Nikon DSLRs and other Small form Cameras

27 Apr
April 27, 2012  |  Gear

I’ve been looking for something like this for a while, but when I find it, they cost an arm and a leg. I think for most DSLRs like the Canon 5D mkIII and the Nikon D800, this Cheeseplate will work just fine, and it’s only about $25! Check it out.



Amazing Timelapse Video – Finding Portland

26 Apr
April 26, 2012  |  Timelapse

Check out this amazing timelapse video on Portland. It’s basically a 4K or 5K video if you don’t uncompress it to 1080p. Timelapse can be tricky to perfect, making sure you don’t camera movement or vibations to throw things off balance. By using automated motor or servo controlled camera sliders, you can achieve this type of parallax movement.

Comprised of 308, 829 photographs taken from over 50 unique locations, it took an average of 3.8 hours to make each second of this film. The intent of the project was to place our cameras in unique locations across the city, achieve significant ranges of dynamic camera motion, and pursue cutting edge time-lapse techniques.

by Uncage the Soul Productions

D-Focus GH2 cage and D-Zoom

24 Apr
April 24, 2012  |  Anamorphic, Gear, GH2, Panasonic

Here’s a great solution for mounting gear to your Panasonic GH2 camera. Since the GH2 is quite plasticy, a cage makes sense to protect it from unexpected falls and accidents. D-Focus makes the perfect solution at around $300, you’ll protect your gear and not worry about it, and you’ll have tons of mounting options with 1/4-20 threaded mounts. Out this summer.

Dan Chung visuals.

Canon 5D mkIII Sample Footage Video

24 Apr
April 24, 2012  |  5D3, Canon 5D mkIII

I ordered my 5D mkIII with the 24-105mm kit lens which is an L series lens, not your average kit lens, so I’m really excited about starting to create some good stuff. I’ve been watching lots of footage from this camera and came across this one which I really liked. You’ll see that the 5D mkIII is pretty damn clean and sharp when used properly.

Great job Rod Guajardo

Nikon D800 Internal Recording VS. Atomos Ninja

24 Apr
April 24, 2012  |  D800, New Cameras, Nikon

Here’s a great test video of using the Nikon D800’s internal recording versus an external recorder such as the Atomos Ninja. I’ve read that there wasn’t really a difference, yeah right there isn’t! The external recordings are much cleaner and withstand much much more color grading and you can push and push compared to the internal recording. The D800’s internal recording uses only about 24-28 mbps of bandwidth compared to a much higher (100 mbps+) of the Atomos Ninja.

Props to by Ron Adair for doing this test video.

NAB 2012 Round Up

19 Apr
April 19, 2012  |  NAB

Tom Guilmette did a great NAB video on all the cool new products. Check it out here.

Panasonic AG-AF100 Gets A Software Update for $250

Panasonic AG-AF100 Gets A Software Update for $250

18 Apr
April 18, 2012  |  NAB, Panasonic

In other news from Panasonic, the AG-AF100 camera is getting a software upgrade that enables 1080/60p and 50p recording in PS mode and puts 2.39:1 markings on the viewfinder (that’s the standard exhibition ratio for widescreen or ‘scope cinematography). The AG-SFU100 upgrade is due in May for $250.

Big Deal! The update should be free and not have people pay for it. I think it’s a bad move on Panasonic’s part. I think a lot of people were hoping for a replacement to the AF100, such as perhaps hinting at a Super 35mm sensor and dropping the Micro 4/3rds. But, since Sony has been kicking Panasonic’s booty with their FS100 and now with the new AF700, I think Panasonic better start making a move towards S35 and having some slow motion and better internal recording and higher bit rate.

Come on Panasonic, let’s jump in this thing!

Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera

17 Apr
April 17, 2012  |  Cinema, Cinematography, Gear, NAB, New Cameras

Can you say, Woah! Just when you thought the game was changing, it just changed again with Blackmagic’s Digital Cinema Camera that shoots at 2.5K. Man, this technology thing is sure fun. I really can’t believe that a $3000 digital camera that shoots RAW uncompressed video to a built in SSD drive could be within out indie filmmakers reach withing a few months.  It looks kinda sexy but doesn’t have anywhere to grab it from, kinda weird as well. It’s one of those things with cameras, it either has this or it lacks that. But nevertheless, I think with this camera the game has changed again. I believe this will force Canon and Nikon to come out with a RAW output workflow or else cameras like the BMD will take a byte at their market.

Camera Features

Sensor Resolution 2592 x 2192
Raw Resolution 12-bit RAW files recorded at 2432 x 1366
Shooting Resolutions 2.5K RAW at 2432 x 1366, compressed at 1920 x 1080
Frame Rates 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p
Sensor Size 16.64 mm x 14.04 mm
Sensor Size – Active 15.6 mm x 8.8 mm
Dynamic Range 13 stops
Focus button turns on peaking
Iris Control Iris button automatically adjusts the lens iris settings so no pixel is clipped
Lens Mount EF and ZF mount compatible with electronic iris control
Screen Dimensions 5″ and 800 x 480 resolution
Screen Type Integrated LCD capacitive touchscreen
Metadata Support Automatic camera data and user data such as shot number, filenames and keywords
Controls Onscreen touch menus and physical buttons for recording and transport control
Microphone Integrated mono microphone
Speaker Integrated mono speaker
Mounting Options 3 x 1/4″ thread mounting points on top of camera.
1 x 1/4″ thread tripod mount with locator pin.
Power Integrated Lithium-ion Polymer rechargeable battery.
12V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.
Battery Life Approximately 90 minutes
Battery Charge Time Approximately 2 hours when not in use.
Camera Dimensions 166.2mm by 113.51mm x 126.49mm excluding detachable sunshade and turret dust cap
Camera Weight 1.7 kg / 3.75 lb
Storage Features
Storage Type Removable 2.5” SSD
Storage Format Mac OS Extended format. SSDs can be formatted on any Mac or use Mediafour MacDrive (not included) on a Windows PC.
Storage Rates 5 MB/frame in RAW 2.5K fits about 30 minutes of 24p video on a 256 GB solid state disk. Compressed HD formats fit more than 5 times the amount of RAW video.
Uncompressed Recording Formats RAW 2.5K CinemaDNG
Compressed Recording Formats Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD. All compressed recording in 1920×1080 10-bit YUV with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range.
SDI Video Output 1 x 10-bit HD-SDI 4:2:2 with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range
Analog Audio Input 2 x 1/4” jacks for professional balanced analog audio, switchable between mic and line levels.
Analog Audio Output 1 x 3.5mm stereo headphone output
SDI Audio Output 4 channels in HD-SDI
Remote Control 1 x 2.5mm LANC for Rec Start/Stop, Iris Control and Focus Control
Computer Interface Thunderbolt port for capture of RAW video and audio.
USB 2.0 mini B port for software updates and configuration.
External Power 12V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.
SDI Compliance SMPTE 292M.
SDI Audio Sampling 48 kHz and 24 bit.
Software Included DaVinci Resolve grading software including Resolve USB dongle for Mac OS X and Windows.
Media Express software for video capture from the camera’s Thunderbolt port.
Blackmagic UltraScope software for waveform monitoring from the camera’s Thunderbolt port.
Accessories Detachable sun shield, camera strap, turret dust cap and 12V AC adapter.
Product Warranty 12 Month Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty.
Optional Accessories
Camera Handles Blackmagic Cinema Camera Handles

Videos Courtesy
by FreshDV
by Dan Chung

Introducing Sony’s Newest Camcorders for 2012

16 Apr
April 16, 2012  |  Sony Cameras

At this year’s NAB, Sony is introducing 3 new camcorders. The HXR-NX30, the PMW-100 and finally the NEX-FS700. Check out this video introducing the new cameras.

Here’s some footage from the Sony FS700

by Sony Professional

Adobe Production Premium CS6 Preview Software

16 Apr
April 16, 2012  |  Adobe, CS6

I really can’t wait to start working with Adobe Production Premium CS6 for my upcoming productions. What I really love is that the new Premiere Pro CS6 has the warp stabilizer built in, and no longer do you have to jump over to Adobe After Effects CS5.5 to stabilize. In this video, catch some glimpses of what’s new in all programs, from the all-new GUI interface to Warp Stabilizer in Premiere.

New Features

  • Sleek Adobe Premiere Pro user interface
  • Global Performance Cache in After Effects
  • Photoshop imaging magic
  • Logging and ingest in Prelude
  • SpeedGrade for crafting the perfect look
  • Faster audio editing in Adobe Audition
  • Dramatically enhanced editing environment
  • New creative tools in After Effects
  • Creative editing with Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Stabilized footage without rolling shutter
  • Creating rough cuts with Adobe Prelude
  • Interoperability with third-party tools
  • Faster, more flexible Adobe Media Encoder
  • Automatic Speech Alignment in Audition CS6

by Vincent Laforet

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