RED Dragon Visual Lens Comparison for Directors

Director's Cut Monday, June 16, 2014
by featured blog contributor, Jeremy PinckertSometimes when I’m in the thick of pre-production on a new television advertising spot, I’m tempted to put all of my emphasis on the obvious questions: Who will be the cinematographer? What camera system will we use? What casting decisions need to be made? Who the hell can convert my scribbles into a real storyboard?There’s a step often left out of the above question process, but one that, as a Director or Producer, does have a significant effect on your picture. In fact, this step is the first point of contact between the enigma of a performance and the camera.

Review: Sony Vegas Pro 13

Equipment / Tech Reviews Wednesday, May 28, 2014
by Andre ElijahSony Vegas Pro 13 is a Non Linear Editing system from the folks at Sony Creative Software akin to other professional mainstream NLEs from Avid, Adobe, and Apple. Like those other NLE's, Vegas Pro 13 has all of the day to day essentials required by a modern editor including, a timeline, media bins, a viewport for the selected clip, as well as a viewport for the timeline. Additionally - all of the tools in terms of making selections and trimming are where you'd expect. Since I come from a career of mainly editing documentaries - one of the things I've come across lots of is mixed formats of footage. RED, 5D mark II, GoPro, P2, XAVC, and files transcoded in ProRes. I'm glad to report that all of these formats work easily in Vegas Pro 13 - and it is as simple as drag and drop. Additionally you can mix and match all these types of footage in the same timeline without issue.

Anton/Bauer, Litepanels & OConnor Keep The Americans Camera Dept on the Move

Miscellaneous Thursday, May 22, 2014
The camera crew behind the hit FX TV series The Americans chose Vitec Videocom brands to support the production through its second season. The show’s cinematographer Richard Rutkowski, and camera assistants Brendan K. Russell and Rory Hanrahan, rely on Anton/Bauer batteries and chargers, Litepanels LED lights, and OConnor fluid heads and tripods for their reliability and durability during stage and location shoots, which helps keep the show on pace and on budget.


Why Assimilate's SCRATCH v8 is a Must-Have for Production Pros

Miscellaneous Wednesday, May 14, 2014
SCRATCH v8 is everything a digital cinema or broadcast post artist needs for 2D and 3D productions: One comprehensive and robust end-to-end imaging tool set -- from data management to conform, color grading, versioning, compositing, playback, and finishing -- for nearly all digital workflows, including RED, ARRI, Sony F65 and F55, Canon 5D, Phantom, Go Pro and many more.



What Truly Makes the Carl Zeiss Compact CZ.2 Lens One of a Kind

Miscellaneous Thursday, May 08, 2014
"Due to the bigger image circle the Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30 has no distortion or vignetting in the corners on Super 35 sensors (Sweet Spot Effect). Due to the full frame coverage, all members of the Compact Zoom lens family cover the RED Dragon senor at 6K. There is no other competitor cine-style lens that can do the same at this point." Learn what makes this lens one of a kind, along with its show reel & more.