When I took delivery of the Litepanels Gemini a few weeks the first thing I noticed was how user-friendly the unit was. Maybe not such a technical consideration (more of those later). But like I have said before, there is always two parts of the review equation, one subjective and one objective. So let's get going and check it all out.
First off, let me preface this review by saying nothing brings me more joy than getting a camera to try out and review. Some of the cameras I get are good and others are (in my mind) fantastic, great and all that. The Sony FS7II falls squarely in the second category. The second and maybe the more important set of questions are simple. I always ask myself, what would make me want to buy this camera? Secondly, what would compel (you) want to go out and buy this camera? Lastly, when it is all said and done, does it fit into what I am doing production-wise?
When I was first approached about doing a product review for SlingStudio (owned by DISH), I was pretty skeptical. What would a huge company known for delivery content know about creating content? But I digress. I come from the traditional sit behind the switcher in the truck produce and punch the show or game. You get it. Big setups, lots of presets and time. Then it dawned on me that multicamera (multi-source) is mostly the same however you approach it. It's really all about scaling your production plan to the scale of the production and what is it that you want your audience to see and experience.
This year the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes received a complete technology update, including an 8K LED upstage display providing lifelike dynamic scenery. Additionally, digital projection mapping of the iconic theatre stretched an immersive environment across all eight of the venue’s arches. Cutting edge content creation studio Obscura Digital was tasked with making audiences feel even more connected to the show, with brand new visual content for both the LED and projection. batwin + robin productions also returned to update and enhance existing content from previous shows. The result is a truly unique show experience.
Listen, we have all been there. Head down, eyes locked on the screen, hammering on a project, gotta hit that deadline, and now it is only a few days to the holidays. You, my friend, haven’t even thought once about the people on your list. Boy, are you Scrooged. Or are you? We humbly submit that it is not too late to find that perfect gift for those creative professionals in your life. Better yet maybe even find a gift for your self to put under the tree. Either way, you are bound to make out like a bandit. Check out our ProductionHUB list of hand-picked gifts that are sure to please the video production enthusiast in your life.
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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.