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.
It’s super lightweight. It’s dynamic. But is Blackmagic Design’s URSA Mini 4.6K worth the price tag at almost $5,000?
We asked one of our CrewCloud video service providers to give us the scoop. Peter Doris of Nexus Digital Media spilled on his experience, his challenges, and what it took to get the camera from the box to its first shoot.
When my star ProductionHUB Content Manager Bri called me a few weeks ago and mentioned something about doing that “tripod product review” I have to admit I was pretty skeptical. Ok, very skeptical. But I said ok. It was just a tripod, something we take for granted because we one use all the time and honestly don’t give it too much thought unless somebody leaves it behind, or it binds up after 10 years of relentless use with no maintenance. Yes, you know who you are. I mean what could I write about a tripod? Really. Boy, was I wrong. Turns out there would be a lot to be said after all. I just didn't know it yet.
The rise of professional field monitors and recorders (or some combination thereof) has to be one of the most interesting and welcome product developments for filmmakers in recent memory. Pushed by demand for more features and benefits, manufacturers have answered the call. This new breed of smaller yet powerful monitor/recorders takes production capabilities to a whole new level with 4K and beyond.
When I got the delivery of the Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Camera 4K, I was instantly very curious. I am thinking to myself, OK, a small 4K camera, not exactly a brand new idea. So how would it stack up? What would the image quality be? There are other cameras in the small 4K space that make really nice images. So what would set the Blackmagic Design 4K Micro apart from the rest? Get ready for an interesting twist on how Blackmagic delivered with really solid, exceptional picture quality.
Let's flash back a few scant months to April 2016 and NAB. I know it (really) seems like such a long time ago. But it wasn’t. So there I was. I took one look at the Panasonic Varicam LT, picked it up and said to myself, hey this is the kind of camera I have been waiting for. (I really said that.)
Ask any, I mean ANY cinematographer, videographer, photographer (you get it) who is serious about his or her craft and they all pretty much say the same thing. It’s all about the glass. Never was there a more true statement! Much as the stylus is to a turntable, the lens is to the camera. The better the stylus, the better the sound is going to be. Better glass, better image. Makes sense no? With that said, here are some of the best glass (lenses) either already on the market or soon to be released.
As a producer/director/shooter I’m always looking for the best way to maximize the investment of time and money. When it comes to purchasing and getting new gear into the production flow you need to do your homework. Listed below is but a few of the thousands of camera support products that are out there. But hey, that's why we’re here! The trick is to choose the right gear to stay within your budget and still come out with outstanding content. Easier said than done. But here is the good news. Getting new gear doesn't have to break the bank, and if you play your cards right, new gear can even pay for itself over time. So with that said lets’ check out some of the latest camera support gear and rigs that will take your production values to the next level.
Ozone 7 eagerly won my attention when I started exploring this software only six months ago. I now use Ozone for both live and studio mixing. My overall impression is that Ozone 7’s simplicity, ease of use, and classy display of modules are not only impressive in the way they sound but enjoyable to steer.