Category Archives: Review

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Review: DoPchoice Snapbag, Snapgrid and Butterfly Grids

Thinking about the products that have had the greatest impact on our working lives and we usually think about the pricey new camera, editing platform, or perhaps a new series lens. And that’s understandable. But when it comes to practicing … more »

Panasonic AJ-PX380

Review: Panasonic AJ-PX380

Faster than you can shake your memory stick, the full-size small-format camcorder has pretty much disappeared from the scene. Ten years ago, the NAB show floor was replete with 1/3-, 1/2-, and 2/3-type cameras. For nonfiction, wildlife, sports, and news … more »

Red Scarlet-W

First Look: Red Scarlet-W Camera System

Founded in 2005 by Oakley founder Jim Jannard, Irvine-based Red Digital Cinema shook up the production world by releasing a surprisingly affordable, professional 4K digital motion picture camera, the Red One. Ten years later, Oscar-nominated hits such as The Martian, … more »

HP ZBook Studio G3

Review: HP ZBook Studio G3

Choosing a workstation-class notebook computer used to be easy. To get anything approaching desktop performance, you would bite the bullet and accept whatever was available — even if it weighed more than 10 pounds, offered a limited color gamut, and … more »

Magic Bullet Looks

Review: Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks

The problem is well recognized and longstanding, and from all indications, only getting worse: Indecisive directors who haven’t a clue but ‘know it when they see it’. This all-too-common affliction among mostly young, newbie directors can lend itself disastrously to … more »

Sony PXW-FS5

Review: Sony PXW-FS5

In the past several years, Sony has created an impressive lineup of digital cameras, especially with their mirrorless full-frame α series (α7S II, α7R II) and professional XDCAM camcorders. Last year’s PXW-FS7 XDCam camcorder (MSRP: $9,599) was a big hit among … more »

Review: Blackmagic Design Ursa EF

Blackmagic Design's Ursa can be thought of as the big sister to the Production Camera 4K, which I reviewed here. The first thing you notice when looking at the Ursa is it actually looks like a video camera, as opposed to … more »

Canon XC10 review

Review: Canon XC10 4K Camcorder

The Canon XC10 4K camcorder was announced at NAB 2015 and was released the following September. It is a relatively low-cost camera that is more run-and-gun style than its big brother, the C300 Mk II. Canon also envisioned it as a “companion camcorder” … more »

Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K camcorder

Review: Panasonic AG-DVX200

There are shooters for whom the DVX200 holds little appeal. These folks — and maybe you’re one of them — are adamant and will only consider a 4K camcorder fitted with an interchangeable lens. And for these shooters I can … more »

lattice lut management software review

Review: Lattice 3D LUT-Management Software

Many of us working on broadcast programs or feature films are shooting raw and/or multiple compressed formats, with different cameras utilizing various flavors of log. These days it has become quite common to employ a hodgepodge of camcorders on a single … more »