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.
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.