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As filmmakers, we’ve all heard that it is important to get BTS video and on-set shots. On my last shoot, I handed a digital camera to a PA and said, “Take behind-the-scenes-stills.” This did not work out well, because I ended up with about 900 stills, of which 97% were useless. It wasn’t the PA’s fault—after all, this is a highly developed craft, and he had no idea what to photograph. I also had...
Create Precision Motion Control with the Pocket-Sized Syrp Genie Mini II
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Don’t be fooled by the size of the Genie Mini II pan unit—this motion controller packs a lot of features into a pocket-sized form. This latest Genie version from Syrp now offers keyframed movements and multi-row panoramic shots, in addition to time-lapse, turntable, and real-motion...
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When looking to align camera images with what their eye sees, to smooth complexions subtly, or to create specific looks for various scenes, moods, or locations in their projects, experienced videographers and cinematographers often turn to optical filters. When you’re confident about the look you want, optical filters also enable you to “bake-in” elements of your vision, both saving time in post...
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If you need to inspect the footings of a dock or the hull of a ship, or you want to capture beautiful images and video of undersea creatures and plants, or if you just want to see what lies beneath the surface, you could pull on a dry suit and scuba gear, mount a camera in an expensive waterproof housing, and dive. Or you could launch the...
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Step up your monitoring in the studio or on set with the new Atomos line of NEON series 4K HDR cinema monitor/recorders, in your choice of 17, 24, 31, or 55" sizes. The NEON monitor/recorders support up to DCI 4K input and feature 10-bit DCI-P3 color, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and they record up to 4K60 or up...
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From the filmmakers: "3:13 is a one-minute horror short created for Make Long Story Shorts, on Instagram. Inspired by the phenomenon of sleep paralysis, this film follows Maria (Robbie Jean) who experiences a terrifying visit by a shadowy Demon (Diamond Simone) at 3:13 AM, but can't move—only to wake up and realize it was a nightmare. Working within the limited time length, I wrote a 'loop'...
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Recently, I had the opportunity to test the Sachtler FSB 10 FT MS with Flowtech 100 Tripod System. I already own a set of Sachtler Flowtech 75 legs and an...
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Whether you’re a student or a seasoned veteran, selecting the right camera can make your head spin with questions. Does sensor size matter? What’s the difference between 4:2:0 and 4:2:2? Do I really need a camera that can record 4K? What about raw? We’ll explain the key components that help a camera produce cinematic images, and in doing so, hopefully help you make that all-important decision....
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The B&H Pro Video department is excited to announce the Live Planet end-to-end 360 VR system, the all-in-one VR camera system with livestreaming capability. Setting up the system takes less than 15 minutes, and it records to a single microSD card. There is no post stitching software...
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You look like you are ready for an adventure. Be it hiking, mountain biking, skiing, surfing, climbing, or just lounging at the beach, the rugged DJI Osmo Action is ready to be your companion and will capture every second of the fun. Already a well-known name in getting cameras into tough spots with...
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We got our hands on the all-new DJI Osmo Action 4K Camera! In this video, Jake Estes and Dave Moncion put the new Osmo to the test on the streets and skies of New York. That’s right—we took it on a helicopter ride! Watch to see how the Osmo Action fared and to get a first look at all of its awesome...
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You’ve shot, edited, and finished your film. You’ve sent it off to the festival circuit, and you’ve been getting accepted. Congratulations. And yet, each festival is asking you for promotional material, on-set stills or behind the scenes (BTS) video. Sadly, all you have is a picture or two from just before you started shooting, and one that the crew sent around—of you, passed out from exhaustion—...
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If you are gearing up to shoot your film, video, webisode, or pretty much any production, don’t forget to take on-set photographs and BTS video. This is something I’m sure you have heard before, but it is one of those things everyone knows, but doesn’t do. In the following two articles, I ask about the value of on-set photos and BTS video, from the perspective of a producer, and then from the...
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Out to capture on-the-go video and want to shoot smooth footage without toting a tripod? Take a look at the FDR-AX53 4K Handycam, Sony’s top-of-the-line 4K consumer camcorder. Here are a few thoughts after taking the AX53 out for a quick spin recently, with an emphasis on the handheld...
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Great news for divers and underwater camera operators: the PARALENZ Dive Camera+ is now available at B&H. An ultra-compact underwater camera, the PARALENZ Dive Camera+ can capture 4K30 video and shoot 8MP stills at depths down to 820'. Additional...
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