Blackmagic Design seems to know how to push our buttons, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K are sure to make many people very happy, both producers and viewers alike. "Exciting" hardly seems to do it justice when we hear that a pocket camera will have a Super 16mm size 1080 sensor that can grab 13 stops of dynamic range, capture CinemaDNG RAW and an SD card recorder for Apple ProRes. The second button Blackmagic Design is pressing is for the producer in all of us, get a load of the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. This camera is a 4k digital film camera with a Super 35 sensor, a global shutter and 6G-SDI for live productions. The large sensor size will allow for a minimal crop factor leading to truly wide shots with wide angle lenses, and there's still the ability to shoot good old HD, zoomed in, without degradation. The EF lens mount will make many interchangeable lens owners pleased.
We'd all like to have a professional lighting technician, and an unlimited budget to get the perfect lighting setup for the perfect scene. But the reality is, most of us are lucky to have 2 or 3 lights in our arsenal. Knowing how to control your lights can help maximize their potential. In this two part segment we talk about the properties of light, and using gels to control the color, intensity, quality, and color temperature of your light sources. Learning to use lighting tools properly will help you create a great looking scene, even if you've got limited resources.
Canon shines with its newest XA25 and XA20 camcorders. Features like a powerful image sensor (high sensitivity 2.91 megapixels 1/2.84 inch HD CMOS), wireless connectivity for digital content uploading, weighing only 2.6 pounds and sporting an impressive combination of professional features, makes them ideal for run-and-gun shooters and electronic newsgathering (ENG).
We took the Panasonic DMC-GH3 in various shooting environments to test its detail, dynamic range, moiré, rolling shutter, image stabilization, color reproduction, post-production color correction capability, low light, and autofocus.
The NAB Show contains sights sounds, smells and products, that will be yours courtesy of your Videomaker editorial team. We'll do our annual awards to highlight the biggest products to know about, and likely touch on some that you'll simply drool over. The biggest companies will be there, including the ones you might never hear about unless you command a workstation in a master control room.
There's a lot more to shooting a great scene than just planting a camera somewhere and yelling action. We all want to shoot a scene that can be cut together to achieve great continuity with a good variety of shots. The 180-degree rule is a useful tool to help you achieve this. In this segment we talk about the basic principles of the rule, establishing action lines, working with shifting action lines, and redefining the action line using neutral shots, camera movement, and cutaways. Knowing how to apply the 180-degree rule, and when you might want to break it can take your production skills to a higher level.
We all try to make the most out of the gear we have, but every video producer hits points in their career where they become limited by their equipment. Anybody who does video seriously knows it can be an expensive venture, and that it takes time to acquire all the gear we want. The world of camera support equipment is vast and can range from relatively affordable to shockingly expensive.
What if you lost every physical or digital memory you cherish? From film to ones and zeros; we store, save, pack, crate and archive a lot of memories and one fire, flood or wrong computer crash can destroy that which we hold dear. What can you do?