If you are like me, opening a box with brand new gear is almost as good as Christmas no matter what time of the year. It was pretty straight forward, as one might expect. Inside the well-cushioned box, I found the aforementioned ThunderBay 4 Mini preloaded with 4 OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G 2.5 “ 1TB SSDs. You can buy just the enclosure and use your own drives if you want, but still being on the learning curve, I was glad we were all loaded up and ready to go. You can always expand your storage capacity when you need too.
A recent trend for cameras has been lightweight and compact bodies with large image sensors. The ability to capture a cinematic shallow depth of field and to position the camera in any situation are must-have features for most indie filmmakers. But let’s face it, cinematic shallow depth of field and fast prime lenses will not cut it for next year’s Super Bowl. Viewers are accustomed to watching the news, sports and live events from a certain broadcast perspective.
Whether you’re self-employed or part of a studio, being a filmmaker and camera operator requires a lot of investment. You’re investing time into finding work, energy into getting projects off the ground, and money into the equipment that helps you do your job. For more independent filmmakers, that last one is arguably the most important — and costly.
Every year the and the technology for the Super Bowl is both bigger and better. This year, production was broadcast in 1080p and converted to 4K UHD HDR, and even some cameras, including Canon and Sony, shooting in 8K. Audio was a big presence and stylistic new graphics also brought a fresh look to the game. No pressure at all right? Just for kicks (no pun intended) add in that Super Bowl LIV was also the culmination of the 100th Anniversary of the National Football League.
One of the fun things about starting off the New Year is thinking about all of the great projects just waiting for you. But what fun is it to embark on a bunch of new projects if you are still using all of that same stuff from last year? Wait! I’m not saying that you are going to throw it all out. Heaven forbid. But what I am advocating is that you can upgrade your production values without breaking the bank. Let’s take a look at some of the exciting new gear for you out there right now.
It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is in full swing, but here we are! There are always so many great gift ideas every year, but this list was really tough. I wanted to be somewhat practical, but where is the fun in that? So, I tried as hard I could to narrow the list down to a few items that will fit nicely into your loved one's shoot bag and, for the most part, into your budget.
This chart was compiled by Thomas Fletcher and Gary Adcock with information gathered from conversations with numerous cinematographers, rental houses and manufacturers. This chart will help you make the best camera decision for your project.
Dialogue Match is a Pro Tools AudioSuite tool intended for re-recording mixers who deliver the final sound mix for films and television programs. For decades, these mixers have had the tedious job of matching dialogue from lavalier, boom mics, and ADR in order to create a seamless and cohesive dialogue performance. This long and work-intensive process takes valuable time away from crafting the sound of a scene and producing a final mix. Using machine learning, Dialogue Match reduces this process to seconds, making it the first tool to automatically learn and match the reverberant character of dialogue recordings.
As the Technology Editor for ProductionHUB, my job is to review production tools used by media professionals like you. Normally, I only get to review these products one at a time. But recently, I had the great opportunity to test two products at the same time. The new Panasonic AG-CX350 4K Camera along with the new SHOTOKU SX 200 tripod. I thought it would be an excellent test since freelancers like you and me often work with gear that we might not always be that familiar with, but still need to get the job done.
In a nutshell, SlingStudio is a complete professional multi-camera solution in a backpack. All of the tools provided for our review fit neatly into one regular size backpack. Of course, if you are using full-size cameras and tripods that might make for a pretty big backpack.