Rebooting Hollywood: What’s Broken?


Reports of Hollywood’s implosion have been greatly exaggerated. Hollywood is not dying or imploding. It’s thriving despite it all. I’m sorry to break it to you all, but just because Steven Spielberg almost didn’t get Lincoln on the big screen and Disney is trying to dig Bruckheimer and Depp a grave to hide The Lone Ranger in does not mean Hollywood is imploding. Despite all the doom and gloom about recent blockbusters, June 2013...Read More

Canon C500 with Ki Pro Quad


Back in the fall of 2012 I bought a C500 and was instantly slammed by all my friends who own a Red Epic etc.  I saw some big potential in the C500 but was for the most part flying blind with very little hands on time with it before its release.  Everyone said it doesn’t even record 4K in camera and its only 10bit, etc.  The internal record point did not bother me as...Read More

Duclos Canon cinema zoom multi-mount conversion


Late last year Canon released the 30-105mm cinema zoom to provide a compact alternative to the 30-300mm and the 14.5-60mm.  The $44,000 30-300mm had a great range but came in at over 12lbs which is pretty heavy.  It also ramped aperture which to some was an issue.  The 14.5-60 weighed a little over 9lbs at around $42K.  So I was glad to hear that Canon would be releasing compact cinema zooms that were half...Read More

Restoring Film: The Art of Bringing Classic Films into the Digital Age


Filmmaking and distribution is a walk in the park compared to yesteryear. Image if each time you played back your film you were slowly degrading the quality? You have no playback on set, dailies aren’t on your iPad, your editor is meticulously carrying frames of film and splicing it together by hand. Films have historically been shot, and stored, on film. It’s been the archival standard since the dawn of the moving picture, but...Read More

4K is Now – Sony has brought 4K to THEIR Consumers


I said it when RED announced their 4K distribution method, you can’t bring 4K to the mainstream with closed systems. Sony has gotten one step further though, they actually are delivering their 4K Ulra HD Player starting on July 5th! A real player with real content and a real way to view it in your home. Assuming you love Sony. The box is round, kinda roomba-like, if you have one of those. Sony went...Read More

Canon 70D: What to Like and Dislike


Canon has finally announced their new mid-range APS-C camera, the 70D, successor to the 60D. The camera borrows from the 700D and comes with some new bells and whistles too. It’s got a long list of specs you can read on pretty much every other site, so I’ll give you a quick rundown on what those features actually mean to video professionals. Pros: – The new Dual-Pixel CMOS video autofocus system compatible with 103...Read More

Arri Makes a “Baby Alexa”, Introducing the Alexa HD


Arri has added another Alexa to the line-up, a baby Alexa if you will. The Alexa HD is the same size and shape as the original Alexa, shares the same ALEV III CMOS 2.8K sensor, but stripped down to a supersampled 1920×1080 image only. It shoots in 2 kickass ProRes flavors internally to Sony SxS cards. A 32GB card can hold 15 mins of ProRes 4444 or 20 mins of ProRes 422 HQ and...Read More

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