Category Archives: Review

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Review: Mocha Pro 4.0 and Mocha Plus 4.0

Motion-tracking is an increasingly important part of the editorial toolkit. If your workload is anything like mine, I'm sure you've had to replace something in a shot, like a sign, logo or billboard. Or perhaps you needed to do screen-replacement on … more »

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Review: Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Coming from the world of ENG/EFP, I was excited to finally get my hands on a 4K digital cinema camera that was made for motion pictures — not like still photography DSLRs that shoot beautiful video at the expense of … more »

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Review: FilmConvert Pro

Ever since the introduction of the modern video camera, many digital filmmakers have been striving for that elusive “film look.” As digital camera technology advanced from high definition to 4K and above, with 24p native frame rates and larger sensors, … more »

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Review: Red Giant Universe

There are probably hundreds of plug-ins on the market today to accomplish virtually any task, from elaborate spins, streaks, and kaleidoscope mosaics to frame-rate conversions and depth-of-field adjustments. Thanks to fast processors and more capable GPUs, all of these things … more »

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Review: Dell Precision M3800 Workstation

When Apple announced the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display back in June 2012, a lot of people wondered if there would ever be a similar PC-based version. Apparently, Dell got the message. The company has launched a mobile workstation … more »

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Review: Digital Anarchy Flicker Free

Whether you’re shooting abroad with a 60 Hz camera in a 50 Hz country, capturing time-lapse with a DSLR, or shooting fast or slow motion, chances are you’ve confronted the flicker menace. Of course, shooters have always faced the risk … more »

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Review: Adorama Flashpoint Production Matte Box System II

The performance of any lens is diminished dramatically by stray light striking the front element at an oblique angle. The off-axis rays may be reflected internally and bounced off multiple elements, which increases flare and lowers contrast and resolution. Screw-in … more »

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Review: Shure VP83F LensHopper Camera-Mount Condenser Mic

With the popularity of shooting video with DSLRs over the last few years, a number of audio products have been introduced to make up for the DSLRs' typically lackluster audio controls and performance. There are a number of small monaural … more »

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Review: Panasonic AG-GH4U Mirrorless 4K Camera

It shoots remarkable images at 4K resolution, records 10-bit 4:2:2 in full HD at up to 200 Mbps, captures images from 2-96 fps, offers true professional balanced audio and 3G-SDI output to an external recorder or monitor. Recording internally to … more »

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First Look: Panasonic AJ-PX270 Camcorder

However you measure superior performance and operating efficiency, the Panasonic AG-HPX250 has proved itself an industry workhorse for documentaries, news, and other nonfiction applications. Introduced in 2011, the HPX250 ushered in a fabulous new era of compact camcorders with versatile … more »