Category Archives: Review

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Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12 Review

Review: DaVinci Resolve 12

It’s a truism of this business. Like our long-neglected health club memberships — no matter how fabulous and snazzy the club might be, if it is too inconvenient or far away we are not likely to take advantage of it. … more »


Review: Tiffen Satin, Black Satin and Pearlescent Filters

The advent of inexpensive 4K single sensor cameras, including a trove of DSLR variants, has exposed a glaring need for supplemental optical filtration. Optical filters can easily reduce noise, improve shadow and highlight integrity, and otherwise produce a more flattering image. Most … more »


Review: Domke Next Generation Chronicle RuggedWear Military Bag

There are some things shooters naturally acquire as we go through our careers. We gain experience and confidence, of course, and I suspect many of us acquire more than a modicum of wisdom and insight into human behavior and fear-based producers. … more »


Review: Panavision Panascout

For a filmmaker, having good locations is winning half the battle for capturing eye-catching visuals. Although different departments might not admit it, great locations can greatly enhance your production design and sometimes even your cinematography. Due to the proliferation of … more »

Canon Cine Servo 50-1000mm lens

Review: Canon 50–1000mm T5.0–8.9 Ultra Telephoto Zoom

It is in the nature of shooters—and human beings in general, I suppose—that we don’t like compromises. We want everything, and that demanding attitude (as unrealistic as it may be) seems to apply particularly to our lenses. For reasons of convenience … more »


Review: Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K

About three years ago I reviewed the Blackmagic Design ATEM TV Studio for another publication, and was astounded that you could get a full 1080i HD live production switcher for under $1,000. Since I did that review, my clients have been … more »


Review: Sony PXW-FS7 4K Camcorder

A camera system is only as good as its optics. That's long been one of the truisms of our profession as filmmakers and shooters. While computational photography in devices like the iPhone has obviated the need in many applications for … more »


Review: Rampant Design Tools Style Effects

Most editors, VFX and motion graphics artists will admit that they love plug-ins. With what seems like an endless variety of modern plug-ins that do everything from color-correction and keying to transitions and film effects, there is a product available to … more »


Review: GoPro Hero 4 Black

GoPro exploded on the video production scene about five years ago. The ubiquitous action cams are seen everywhere in production, sports, reality shows, and even some feature films. They are worn by police and military to document their work in the … more »


Review: LaCie Rugged RAID

When you're working in the field, your kit represents a balancing act between speed, reliability, and portability. You probably don't want to drag an expensive and heavy four-bay or eight-bay RAID on location unless you really need blistering speed or … more »