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I was lucky enough to serve as the technical advisor on AbelCine’s Behind the Lens project, a web series looking at 11 professional zoom lenses covering the indispensable 3x wide-to-tight range, perfect for handheld shooting in run-and-gun documentary situations. New York-based cinematographer Matt Porwoll graciously agreed to helm Behind the Lens: A Look at Documentary Zooms, which launched in April. We just posted the final episode in the series and wanted to look back and highlight some key findings about each lens.
As we start winding towards the dog days of summer, I was recently given the opportunity to get in front of the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K and the DaVinci Resolve Control Panel. This was a new and different approach to looking at products that come through the doors at ProductionHUB. Normally we might get a camera or lighting kit but to get two production/post production related products together was cool. As a production professional (like many of you) I am always looking at the budget and ways to control costs. So the idea of being able to upgrade in the field and enhance the post-production suite without crushing the budget was enticing to say the least. But before I get there, lets take a look at where production always has to start. It starts with the camera of course.
One of the best things about being the Technology Editor here at ProductionHUB is having the ability to connect with a lot of really smart people (the best and brightest) from throughout our industry. Shortly after the Hydrogen story broke, I got together with a few RED owners via online and asked them to give me their take on the Hydrogen and the perceived impact it might have on our business.
This past Thursday RED announced the Hydrogen One. The specifics were few and far between but according to the information out there so far, here is what we do know. According to RED, the Hydrogen One will run the Android operating system on a 5.7-inch "hydrogen holographic display." This according to RED will make glasses a thing of the past. Users will be able to switch between 2D, Holographic, 3D and Interactive games.
At Stambol Studios, we know the buzz about Virtual Reality in entertainment is far from over. As production professionals, you’ve probably been scoping out the gear coming onto the market and thinking about how 360 degree and VR storytelling fits into the future of filmmaking. We know you'll be looking for a broad range of products for a variety of applications - from high end studio projects to edgy indie film makers on a tight budget.
Dedicated to the design of compelling art and technology, Luma Pictures is an Academy Award-nominated creative studio. Formed by a group of artists with divergent interests, but an equal passion for creating standout work, Luma are involved in feature films, commercials and new media. The company’s vast credit list that includes Blockbuster releases such as Dr. Strange, Deadpool, and Prometheus.
In an industry where gear plays such an important role, you know a piece of equipment is worth a look when it becomes the consensus choice of the pros. For many, the Sony FS7 has achieved that status among cameras currently on the market. For the scoop on this topic, we interviewed Tammy Rogers, a seasoned production manager with a pulse on what video service clients and providers are talking about.
As we gear up for 2017 NAB, I could not think of a better time to step back and look at the incredible amount of choices (zoom or prime) when it comes to selecting what you deem as the best lens or group of lenses for your next shoot. But there are some really important considerations to think about when lining up your next project. Before we delve into lens heaven and look at some current models, let’s hit pause and look at few thinking points that might make for some good food for thought.
Let’s get it straight right from the get-go. Right now there are several very good field recorders/monitors out in the field as we speak. I have had the good fortune of using and reviewing others such as Blackmagic Design Video Assist ($895) and Video Design PIX-E7 ($1695) to name two.