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Rigging the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

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The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has always been a camera with its challenges: Short battery life, unusable internal audio and of course the form factor. While the last point is a hot discussed topic because some filmmakers prefer it small and other like to fully rig the little beast. We didn’t get the BMPCC because of its small size but ... Mehr lesen »

Monitor review: Aputure V-Screen 2

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The Aputure VS-2 is a 7-inch LCD monitor with a 1024×600 resolution. It has an HDMI input as well as YPbPr and AV input. It’s currently priced at 239 USD. Watch the video review below: Besides having focus peaking, zebra and a 2x and 5x zoom the VS-2 offers different useful safe areas such as 4:3, 1.85:1 and cinemascope (2.35:1). ... Mehr lesen »

How we made a 4K timelapse film

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When shooting a timelapse you never know how it will look like once it’s finished. A few hundred photographs have to be edited and put into one sequence to be able to see the result. Sometimes timelapses turn into more than you expected and sometimes a shot can be ruined by a few rain drops or fog. The fascination about ... Mehr lesen »

Using sound effects in films

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There are a lot of reasons to use ambient sound and sound effects in a film. Recording sound effects is a great thing but in a lot of cases it’s hard to achieve really professional sounding results. Don’t get me wrong, I love to record ambient sound but when it comes to more artificial sounds like certain machine noises or ... Mehr lesen »

Konova Jib J2: Portable camera crane

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In summer 2013 we got the Slider Jib J1 which is a combination of slider and a regular jib. Click HERE to read and watch the review! In late summer 2014 Konova released the follow-up version of the J1 which is a regular jib without the slider attached to the rest of the construction. Watch our overview video below: Setting ... Mehr lesen »

Cheap LED lights: Aputure Amaran 528 Review

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Over the last few years more and more manufacturers have released affordable LED lights for video productions. When it comes to LED lights, everything below 400 $ is considered “cheap” for one light. One of the first LED lights we bought was from Litepanels. It did a good job but the price of the light was not exactly low. 450 ... Mehr lesen »

Film Look & Movie Atmosphere

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Finding the right and wanted look for your film can be tough sometimes. Partly it’s about having the skills to color correct and grade the footage but it’s also about having an idea how the film should look like so it’s not something random that might look cool but goes into another direction than you planned it in the first ... Mehr lesen »

Review: RØDE Stereo VideoMic X

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Audio is an important part of filmmaking. While for most shoots you would probably consider using a directional microphone there are situations and projects where recording in stereo is essential or useful. We were lucky to get our hands on the Stereo VideoMic X. The mic will be released in November and is priced around $800. You can watch the ... Mehr lesen »

XAVC S codec: Higher frame rate & bitrate

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Sony is putting their professional XAVC codec in a lot of new cameras. They also introduced a new codec for consumer cameras a year ago called XAVC S. Some of their newer models already have that codec on board but the Sony RX10 for example can only record in ACHD which is not the best codec for professional editing. The ... Mehr lesen »