Category Archives: Review

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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 »

azden-fmx-42u

Review: Azden FMX-42u Audio Mixer

One of the unsung heroes of a video shoot is the audio mixer. Chances are, unless there are only two mics being used (the normal number of audio inputs on a pro camera), you have an audio mixer to combine the multiple … more »