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  • Frame Rate Vs. Shutter Speed – Setting The Record Straight

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

    Here is a great article by Sam Morrill on the difference of Frame Rate vs. Shutter Speed. For all you DSLR video shooters this is great information to know.

    http://vimeo.com/videoschool/lesson/56/frame-rate-vs-shutter-speed-setting-the-record-straight

    “In this day and age of constantly changing gear and technology, there’s a growing set of vocabulary that we video creators are all expected to learn. With so much jargon being thrown around, it can be easy to forget certain concepts or confuse them for other ones. A prime example of this is demonstrated by the confusion between frame rates and shutter speeds. Let’s taken a minute to clarify.” – Sam Morrill

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  • Canon Announces 1D-X

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011

    Canon announced it’s latest and greatest DSLR last week and the video specs are something to behold. It seems like they listened to filmmakers gripes and made some vast improvements on the video capturing side of things with this model.

    Find the details below…

    Canon EOS 1D-X

    Enhanced EOS HD Video – New Compressions, Longer Recording

    Centered around an all-new full-frame CMOS sensor with larger pixels than those found on the EOS 5D Mark II image sensor, the EOS-1D X utilizes new HD video formats to simplify and speed up post-production work. The two new compression formats offered on the EOS-1D X include intraframe (ALL-i ) compression for an editing-friendly format and interframe (IPB) compression for superior data compression, giving professionals the options they need for their ideal workflow. Answering the requests of cinematographers and filmmakers, the EOS-1D X includes two methods of SMPTE-compliant timecode embedding, Rec Run and Free Run, allowing multiple cameras or separate sound recording to be synced together in post production.

    Canon’s all new full-frame CMOS sensor ensures that video footage captured on the EOS-1D X will exhibit less moiré than any previous Canon model, resulting in a significant improvement in HD video quality. A desired feature for many documentary filmmakers using Canon DSLRs was to enable recording beyond the four gigabyte (GB) file capacity and the EOS-1D X is the answer. The new camera features automatic splitting of movie files when a single file exceeds 4GB. The new file splitting function allows for continuous video recording up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds across multiple 4GB files; no frames are dropped and the multiple files can be seamlessly connected in post production, providing filmmakers the recording time they want in the same convenient DSLR form factor. The camera records Full HD at 1920 x 1080 in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); and 720p HD or SD video recording at either 50p or 60p (59.94). SD video can be recorded in either NTSC or PAL standards.

    The Canon EOS-1D X also includes manual audio level control, adjustable both before and during movie recording, an automatic setting, or it can be turned off entirely. A wind filter is also included. Sound can be recorded either through the internal monaural microphone or via an optional external microphone through the stereo mic input.

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  • Red Scarlet Preview

    Thursday, February 10, 2011

    DSLR News Shooter got their hands on the Red Scarlet at CES last month and put together a nice little video preview for you to salivate over. The release date still hasn’t been announced, but at least it seems the rumors that this camera was dead in the water are unfounded. It seems like this camera will deliver the goods, whenever the delivery date may be.

    We’ll be sure to keep you posted on all the latest news and updates.

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  • A Treasure Trove of HDLSR Resources!

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010

    A huge tip of the cap goes out to dslrvideoshooter.com for compiling this wonderful and comprehensive list of resources for DSLR users. Check out some of these sites to get the latest news, reviews and inspiration! And be sure to keep us on your radar as well! Enjoy.

    Blogs

    Philip Bloom - Now known as a leader in the HDSLR revolution, Philip Bloom has a lot of knowledge to share on his very popular blog.
    Planet 5D - Videos, news and more.
    DSLR News Shooter - DSLR News Shooter is dedicated to the use of the latest HDSLRs like the Canon Eos 5DmkII, 7D and Nikon D300s for news, documentary and factual shooting.
    Hurlbut Visuals - Shane Hurlbut shares knowledge on using HDSLR for filmmaking.
    FreshDV - Industry news, reviews and training resources for HDSLR users.
    Negative Spaces Blog - Ben Cain tests DSLRs and shares some tips on how to use them.
    Vincent Laforet’s Blog - Vincent is another leader in the DSLR revolution and is continually pushing these cameras to create captivating images.
    Cinema 5D News – Daily news feed for DSLR filmmakers.
    Wiegaertner Films – Sebastian Wiegärtner shares info, teaches HDSLR workshops and much more.
    DSLR HD - Blog with a interesting series called: Why You Should Not Shoot Video With A DSLR.
    ProLost - Stu share info on color correction, cameras and the like.
    Learning DSLR Video - Best blog for beginning HDSLR users. Dave explores shooting video on DSLRs and shares findings.
    No Film School - Home of The DSLR Cinematography Guide.
    Canon Filmmakers - One of the first kids on the DSLR-for-film block.
    DSLR Cinematography - News, reviews and tutorials for DSLR filmmakers.
    El Skid’s Blog – Robin Schmidt’s killer blog on filmmaking, HDSLR filmmaker and more.
    Nino Film - Commercial and documentary shooting with a stellar blog.
    A 550D User’s Blog – Michael Schmidt shares links, videos and more.
    7D Pro - Designed simply to provide an online presence for Canon EOS DSLR users
    Wide Open Camera – Tests, giveaways and great information for HDSLR users.
    Cheesy Cam – If your interested in DIY and DSLRs this is the blog for you.
    FStoppers – Information pertaining to professional photography of all kinds.
    Tom Guilmette – Sports and nature shooter who is always sharing tips and tricks.
    DV Culture – Online platform focused on Digital Video News, Product Reviews.
    Phil Hoyt – Sharing info on HDSLRs, gear and more.
    Digital SLR Shooter – Blog on Hybrid shooting and video production.
    Scene Blog – A Blog by Filmmakers For Filmmakers.
    Daniel Freytag’s Blog – DSLR related blog content.
    Need Creative – For those who are passionate about HDSLRs, Macs and other visual tech.
    Next WaveDV – The Next wave of digital video.
    5D Mark II Team – Improvements and Gear.

    Podcasts

    The C47iTunes – Learn lighting, shooting, and post workflow from a DSLR user.
    16×9 Cinema | iTunes – The home of Carl Olson’s ”Digital Convergence Podcast” and blog where he shares information, resources, and interviews industry professionals.
    Crossing the 180 | iTunes – Ron Dawson interviews filmmakers and talk about DSLRs in production.
    My DSLR Show – weekly web series for filmmakers using DSLR cameras.
    RED CentreiTunes – Wait… RED??? Yes, but lately Mike Seymour and Jason Wingrove cover a lot of DSLR topics and info.

    Forums

    EOS HD - Forum and blog sharing news and videos.
    Cinema5D - International HDSLR Forum with a great community.
    DVX User – Its a DVX user blog with HDSLR info to boot!
    Creative Cow – Creative Community of DSLR Users.

    Vimeo Groups

    Cinemacuteo Free Film School.
    DSLR Cinema.
    Canon DLSR Video Users Group.
    DSLR Filmmakers Group.
    Canon EOS 7D.

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  • The Great Camera Shootout 2010

    Wednesday, June 16, 2010

    The fine folks over at Zacudo undertook a very daunting task back in March of this year. They set out to compare each of the best ‘Video DSLRs’ on the market side by side next to 35mm film.

    This resulted in a 3-part web series that is sure to surprise a lot of you. If you currently own one of these DSLRs, are thinking about purchasing one, already shooting video like a pro or looking to get started this is a very informative and interesting viewing experience.

    Head over to www.zacuto.com/shootout and get out your popcorn.

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  • Save the Date – Stock Footage Webinar

    Thursday, March 11, 2010
    Photo by Larry Ditto / Danita Delimont.com

    Photo © Larry Ditto / DanitaDelimont.com

    Although shooting video with DSLR cameras may be intimidating and confusing at first we feel that with the right guidance and information everyone can learn to embrace it and produce quality footage. As we have been moving into the footage market over the past few months we have come across many experts, useful tools, software and hardware that have proven to be very valuable. We are encouraging all of our still shooters to get into this new market and we now can show you how to do so with just a short learning curve and a modest investment in gear.

    We are pleased to announce that DanitaDelimont.com will be presenting a FREE 5 week online footage course for our contracted photographers starting April 5th.  Each Monday classes will be streamed live online from the Creative Techs classroom at Art Wolfe’s studio in Seattle and will also be available later for downloading from the Creative Techs website.


    The program is titled “Producing Great Stock Footage with Your DSLR”. Each week we will tackle different topics and will have various experts and product representatives leading the discussions. We will be updating you as the schedule is finalized, but be sure to mark Monday, April 5th at 11:00 AM Pacific time and the following four Mondays on your calendar.  There are also seats available in the studio audience so if you are in Seattle, please attend the live session!

    We look forward to helping you get acquainted with shooting and processing footage.  Let us help you to add a great new revenue stream to your business with much less effort than you ever imagined!

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  • Follow Focus

    Monday, November 16, 2009

    From the Follow Focus Website:

    Follow Focus

    The all new Redrock microFollowFocus v2 brings new levels of features and refinement to the award-winning microFollowFocus.

    The microFollowFocus is the first cinema-grade follow focus unit optimized for use with video cameras and still (SLR) 35mm lenses. Designed to be used with standard 0.8 film-pitch gearing and 15mm lightweight rod support (such as the Redrock Micro microSupport system), the microFollowFocus brings control and accuracy to the new world of digital filmmaking at revolutionary prices.


    Redrock microFollowFocus Reviews

    Read the review from VASST on the microFollowFocus V1
    Read the review from microFilmmaker on the microWhips

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  • LCD Hoods & Eye Pieces (Canon 5d Mark II)

    Monday, November 16, 2009

    Hoodman Loupe

    ICD LCD Viewfinder

    When in the field it can be hard to shoot and review clips using your LCD screen. These LCD hoods and eye pieces for the Canon 5d Mark II make it easy to get a good look at your screen without any glare.

    You can either put the eye piece up to the screen when you need a look, or hook the attachment on and use it as you shoot.

    I would go as far as to say that this is a must have for our 5d shooters.

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  • Ready, Steady, Go!

    Friday, November 13, 2009

    Another way to get a steady shot and the highest quality footage in the field is to use a Stedi-cam. These use a counter balance to keep your camera steady and almost hover, allowing you to move freely and quickly without the camera shaking and causing the viewer motion sickness.

    Here are a few steadicams that are on the market today:

    Cavision RS1580D

    Glidecam 2000 Pro

    ABC Handyman 100

    SteadiCam Merlin

    Canon 5D Mark II and Steadicam Merlin from Vladimir Chaloupka on Vimeo.

    Check out some videos shot on the Canon 5D using the Steadicam Merlin HERE

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  • Tripods and Fluid Heads

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009

    When capturing footage it is essential that your shot be steady and well framed. The best way to do this is to have a sturdy tripod to keep your camera still and a fluid head if you plan on attempting any pans.

    Here are some recommended Tripods and Fluid heads that work well with hybrid DSLR cameras and some video cameras.

    Tripods

    GT2530EX

    GT2530EX

    Gitzo GT2530EX

    Gitzo G1327 Mountaineer Mk2 Carbon Fiber

    Gitzo Carbon Fiber Tripods – 1325 and 1227

    Manfrotto 190XPROB

    Manfrotto Tripods (Reviewed on CNET)

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    Fluid Heads

    503HDV

    503HDV


    Manfrotto 501HDV

    Manfrotto 503HDV

    Manfrotto 701HDV

    Gitzo G2380


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