The minute I opened the road case with the new DJI Ronin-S tucked inside, I said to my frequent shooting partner Sean McVeigh from McVeigh Productions, "This was going to be a fun review." Getting to put new gear to the test is what Sean and I love to do. We could see that the DJI Ronin-S was going to be great right out of the box.
When Samsung approached me to take a technical long look at the Samsung 360 Round, my first reaction was ok sure, why not? It's just another camera, right? I will just say it here right now — I was so wrong! The Samsung 360 Round isn’t just an amazing camera, it's 17 amazing cameras in a very futuristic housing along with some advanced technologies that have redefined the 360 world. The level of attention to details by Samsung for the 360 Round is off the charts and something I can really appreciate.
After a few months of behind the scenes activity, Cinemartin released new images and specs about their upcoming Fran 8K camera. Rumored to be formally announced sometime later this year, the Cinemartin Fran 8K has the potential to give cinematographers another real choice in digital cinematic cameras.
I was a bit skeptical when I saw Production Bot, the portable live broadcast studio, earlier this year at the NAB Show. I'll admit that I'm an old school Technical Director and set in my thoughts as to what a switcher was and what a switcher should be. But, I'm always looking for new and exciting gear to make live production easier. Assistant Technical Director and Production Bot guru Nick Walsh showed me the ins-and-outs of the Production Bot Switch 8 — and I must say I'm pleasantly surprised by what this little switcher can do.
I usually like to start most of our discussions with lots of questions. But this time, I only have one question. What is an ARRI Large-Format Camera System? I had to know. Featuring a sensor slightly bigger than full frame, ALEXA LF records native 4K with ARRI’s best overall image quality.
After investing in a RED Epic Dragon camera less than five years ago, it has always been extremely important to me to be able to keep it powered through an entire day. Core SWX allows me to do just that.
When I was first approached by DJI about reviewing the Zenmuse X7 and the Inspire 2, I said yes without any hesitation. Who wouldn't want to get their hands on this superbly built platform along with the X7? Then it dawned on me. I’ve never flown a drone like this before. Not that I didn’t want to, but it was that darn FAA License thing (or lack of) kind of in the way. I was very tempted to just fly it anyways, but then I thought maybe I would be better off calling in a favor or two to do this review the right way.
The LiveU Solo delivers when it matters the most. In game, live and with no loss of continuity! And continuity is so important. I thought about that as I was getting ready to shoot a couple of important basketball games. I should say very important games since it was going test it out for my daughter’s team. No pressure!
Coming on the heels of a busy NAB Show, Cinemartin announced on Facebook yesterday they have a new camera called FRAN, a new 8K camera in the works. This is great news for cinematographers who are looking to get into 8K shooting but haven’t quite made the move to 8K yet.
My first professional video work, a very long time ago, was filming motorsports for television. Anyone that has ever tried to film motor racing or rallying will know that it’s challenging. Trying to film and track a car approaching you at 100mph is tough. As a result, something I learnt very early on in my career was the importance of a decent tripod.