digital cinema

4,890 Views ·Posted 04/03/2019
Jake Etes from B&H reviews the SmallHD: Focus 7, an on-camera monitor, featuring two hot-swappable batteries, a 7" screen for better focus and framing, impact-resistant plastic housing, and much more. This sharp monitor is also a touchscreen, giving you the ability to use gestures that make selecting menus and zooming in on your subject simple. Read more about this monitor
2,584 Views ·Posted 04/01/2019
Just before NAB 2019, Canon has decided to drop five (!) 4K-capable camcorders for professionals and consumers. B&H’s Jake Estes takes a closer look at the XA40 and XA50 Pro models, featuring advanced inputs and top handles, and presents an overview of the
1,321 Views ·Posted 03/18/2019
Cinematographer Mark Raker gets his hands on Sigma’s FF high-speed prime focal lenses and pairs them with a Canon C700 shooting at 5.9K and a Sony A7S II shooting at 4K. With specs like a 95mm front diameter, 0.8 moduling,
by Jennifer Hahn ·Posted 04/09/2019
“You have chosen wisely…” reads the line inside the cover when you open the box containing SmallHD’s new FOCUS 7 4K touchscreen HDMI on-camera monitor, a line many of you will fondly remember from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, when Indy has to choose the correct cup. But is the FOCUS 7 really the Holy Grail of on-camera monitors? I spent a few days with
by Jennifer Hahn ·Posted 03/04/2019
If a built-in LCD or even a 5" monitor is a bit too small for your production needs, there's good news: SmallHD has updated its FOCUS on-camera monitor line with the new FOCUS 7, a bright 7" IPS LCD monitor that supports up to UHD 4K video input and has a compact, lightweight profile that fits right in on top of a DSLR, mirrorless camera, or even a gimbal rig. The monitor maintains many of the popular features of its predecessor,
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted 04/04/2019
There is no current lens maker more prolific than Sigma. The company transformed its entire methodology when it introduced the Global Vision series and kicked up production. Focusing on stills lenses, Sigma has continued to impress with a flood of new releases each year and, with each announcement, seemingly better than the last. Now that Sigma has effectively mastered its stills game, the only sensible next step was the cinema market. After going hands-on with the three latest cine lenses in the FF High Speed Prime Line—the
by Steven Gladstone ·Posted 02/11/2019
Monitors are flawed. They display limited color space, usually sRGB (although newer ones can display a wider color gamut), they age and change over time, and different backlight technologies will affect how the images are displayed. Let us not forget that the viewing conditions make a big difference in how we perceive, and need to be considered. For text, this isn't important, but for the visual media, this can make a huge difference. I remember the analog days of trying to calibrate the field monitor by eye, using the various test patterns
36,335 Views ·Posted 01/04/2019
Jake Estes, from B&H, explores the Atomos Ninja 5, which can record high-resolution 4K in DCI or UHD formats up to 60 fps. Features such as a color-calibrated 5" IPS LCD screen with a 1000 nit LED backlight, ProRes and DNX capabilities, anamorphic desqueeze, and audio inputs in HDMI/analog formats, make the Ninja 5 an impressive, feature-packed monitor/recorder. Check the video out for even more info and footage, and please view the wide
by Steven Gladstone ·Posted 01/15/2019
In Part 1 of this article, I discussed my experience using the RED GEMINI camera brain with 5K S35 sensor and I mentioned that this was really my first time using a RED camera, shooting raw, and using RED CINE-X PRO software to output. There is a bit of a learning curve and, to be truthful, it is a
by Steven Gladstone ·Posted 01/15/2019
If you are reading this, you probably have two main questions, so I'm going to cut right to the chase and address them both. First, the RED DSMC2 GEMINI 5K S35, which has a 5K Super35mm sensor, is a great camera; I enjoyed working with it and would do so again with no reservations. Second, since GEMINI is the astrological sign of the Twins, I would guess this camera’s name has something to do with the sensor, which features
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted 01/14/2019
Long known for solid, stable sliders, Rhino wants to make smooth camera movement much easier for everyday use and travel, with the RŌV series. Taking all the brilliance of its EVO sliders and Motion controllers and condensing it down into a single unit—with the added benefit of Bluetooth connectivity—Rhino created something truly amazing. Going hands-on with the RŌV made it clear to me that it is one of the most intuitive, portable, and
by Steven Gladstone ·Posted 01/15/2019
I recently had the opportunity to work with the SmallHD 5.5" FOCUS OLED On-Camera Monitor for HDMI. What you need to know is swipe left, swipe right, swipe up, and swipe down. It takes a little time to figure it out—at first I was swiping too fast, but the touchscreen interface replaces front-panel buttons, switches, and knobs. It is a compact unit, sleek and smartly designed. I already own a 7" on-camera monitor from
462 Views ·Posted 12/03/2018
Doug Guerra, from B&H, reviews the Sigma 105mm T1.5 Cinema Lens, a fast lens that renders incredibly shallow depth of field, optimized for shooting up to 8K. Watch the video for more features and footage taken with this powerful lens. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at
6,536 Views ·Posted 11/28/2018
In this video, Rob reviews the RED Gemini, a 5K camera that features standard and low-light modes, both of which produce incredible image quality. Like other RED cameras, the Gemini is simple to use—watch and listen to the video for more features and footage taken with this powerful and versatile camera. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at