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Review: Rosco LitePad Vector CCT

The benefits of LED lighting are indisputable and well established, as modern units are capable of outputting near-equivalent tungsten intensity while consuming only 10% of the power. For film and video makers, LED’s low energy draw and minimal heat allow sets … more »

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera review

Review: Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera and Video Assist

With the proliferation of drones and handheld gimbals, compact cameras have become very popular for professional cinematographers. ARRI’s Alexa Mini and the 3.3 lb. Red Weapon are recent examples. For low-budget filmmakers, the GoPro Hero4 Black has been the go-to camera … more »

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Review: FrameForge Pre-viz Studio v3.6

By and large, directors are a neurotic lot. That is understandable. With myriad details to manage on and off the set, feature film and commercial directors have plenty of distractions from capturing a visually compelling and emotional story. It’s a shame that many … more »

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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 »

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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 »