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Posted 09/08/21
DJI is expanding its family of motorized smartphone video stabilizers with the newly announced OM 5 Smartphone Gimbal. The OM 5 succeeds last year’s OM 4 as the new DJI flagship stabilizer, bringing with it across-the-board improvements to its hardware and software, as well as adding some brand-new features. DJI OM 5 Smartphone Gimbal New to the OM 5 is a built-in 215mm extension rod that allows users to capture footage from farther away and effectively doubles as a selfie stick. Even better: The OM 5 manages to incorporate this extension rod without compromising the same size, weight, and foldability that made the OM 4 so popular. In fact, the folded and unfolded footprint of the OM 5 is smaller than the folded and unfolded footprint of its predecessor. The new design also incorporates metal joints to enhance durability, so you can add “more rugged” to its list of improvements. On the software side of things, DJI used the OM 5 to introduce its new ShotGuides feature. Primarily designed for new users, ShotGuides automatically recognizes your surrounding environment and recommends helpful shooting tips and creative templates. Existing software features, such as ActiveTrack 4.0, were also improved. Highly regarded for its ability to track human subjects accurately, the newly updated ActiveTrack 4.0 not only improves the OM 5’s recognition capabilities, but it also now allows users to track pets accurately, as well.   Shot on DJI OM 5 Along with the new and improved features, many of the fan-favorite shooting modes remain, including DynamicZoom, SpinShot, Timelaps, CloneMe Pano, and more. You'll be able to order the OM 5 in traditional Athens Gray or a new Sunset White. Will you be picking up an OM 5 to upgrade your current setup? Perhaps you're a new user wondering how this can fit into your workflow? Check out our product page for more details and be sure to let us know what you think of the OM 5 in the Comments section, below!
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Posted 09/05/21
B&H’s video team tests the Accsoon CineEye 2 and CineEye 2S Pro Wireless Video Transmitters, going over the specs and exploring the latency and range. Both of these transmitters allow flexibility on set, since they allow you to transmit up to 1080p60 video and monitor your camera on your phone. Questions or comments? Post them in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 09/03/21
Director and VFX Artist Cache Bunny shares her advice for video content creators, especially those who are just starting out, such as how to build a strong community, how to overcome your fear of creating content, and more. What are your questions about video creation? Post them in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 08/20/21
If you’re looking for a beginner filmmaking camera, it might be in your hands right now. Create amazing, cinematic footage using your own smartphone! Full-time filmmaker and director Andy To teaches you how to shoot cinematic video with your phone, discussing topics such as which frame rates to choose and what equipment to use. Tell us about your experience applying Andy’s tips, in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 08/17/21
Canon is excited to announce the XF605, the company’s new 4K, 10-bit camcorder, packed with useful features for professional productions ranging from live event to ENG, sports, studio, as well as narrative and location shoots. Slightly smaller than the XF705, the XF605 uses a 1" CMOS sensor to capture 4:2:2 10-bit UHD 4K video in MP4 and XF-AVC, for incredibly sharp video. It also captures Full HD at up to 120 fps, for slow-motion effects, and it records to two SD card slots, providing a variety of recording options from relay to instant backup. Use the camera for simultaneous 4K live output via its 12G-SDI and HDMI output ports, or take advantage of its USB-Type C port to connect it to any computer as if it were a webcam, providing simple streaming options without needing a separate encoder. The camcorder also supports the XFT iPhone app, turning it into a mobile production system. Canon XF605 The XF605 features an integrated 15x optical zoom Canon L lens, equivalent to a 25.5 to 382.5mm in 35mm, for getting in tight to your subject. The lens has three individual rings for controlling focus, zoom, and iris, so no need to flip a switch to select which function to control; just grab the ring you need on the lens directly, or use the camcorder’s built-in servo lens function. The XF605 supports Dual Pixel CMOS AF, pioneered in its high-end Cinema EOS series of cameras, and adds Eye AF to lock focus on your subject’s eye―keeping the attention on your subject and not drifting around the frame. Additionally, it supports EOS iTR AF X (also known as head detection), which will track focus with your subject as they move even should they turn their face away from the camera and walk away. Adding to its flexibility, the XF605 allows you to select the color matrix in which you wish to work, including the CINEMA EOS color matrix, for better matching and less time spent in post when using other Canon cameras on the same production. The LCD viewfinder supports HDR and features the Direct Touch Control menu that was introduced on the EOS C70, for fast adjustments. Frame and Interval recording modes offer you choices in creating time-lapse effects, while a new multifunction accessory shoe allows you to record four channels of audio via an optional XLR audio interface unit, for clean audio from multiple XLR sources. An exciting addition to the Canon XF lineup, the XF605 build brings new features and options that make it a great all-around camera that can be used on a vast array of productions, from studio and narrative work to streaming and mobile production. Plus, the XF605 works nicely with Canon’s EOS lineup of cameras, as well as the cameras in the XF series, making it easy to use it in a three-camera production. Are you looking forward to working with the XF605? Share your thoughts below, in the Comments section.
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Posted 06/29/21
Are you ready for Zhiyun-Tech’s latest gimbal? Well, get ready, because it is the WEEBILL-2, ready to help you create stable, smooth moves with cameras weighing up to 7.3 pounds. Building on the popular WEEBILL LAB and WEEBILL-S designs, the WEEBILL-2 is an evolution in functionality with an integrated 2.88" flip-out touchscreen for monitoring and adjustments, so you no longer need to use your smartphone for monitoring and setup. Weebill-2 with Sling Grip Handle Weebill-2 with Tripod But the evolution doesn’t stop with just what you can see. The WEEBILL-2 features a new UI design and an Infineon sensor that improves the gimbal’s performance for smoother, more responsive movements as you follow the action or create cinematic shots. With approximately 9 hours of run time on each full charge, the WEEBILL-2 can help you create smooth cinematic shots without worrying about running out of power. Plus, it supports PD charging, which means you can charge the gimbal to up to 25% capacity in only 20 minutes, limiting downtime for recharging. Additionally, 50% charge takes only 40 minutes, and 75% takes an hour, with a full charge taking only 1.5 hours. Weebill-2 Combo Kit You can get the WEEBILL-2 by itself, or customize it to fit your shooting style and needs by choosing from one of the following kits: the Special Edition, with an additional tripod and carry case; the Combo Kit, with Sling Grip Handle and carry case; and the Pro Kit, which includes a wireless transmitter, a focus/zoom motor, and a Sling Grip, and while you are at it, don’t forget to check out these  additional accessories  for your WEEBILL-2 from Zhiyun-Tech. Anyway you slice it, the WEEBILL-2 is a big step forward in the WEEBILL lineup, and worth checking out. Are you a WEEBILL fan? Share your thoughts about the new WEEBILL-2 in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 06/24/21
Doug Guerra takes the LiveU Solo Live Stream Encoder on a real-world test. This video encoder is a professional, reliable tool for any live event, because its size and simplicity make it a powerful streaming device. Would you add this to your live streaming setup? Tell us in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 06/18/21
Have you ever wanted to learn how to animate a picture or make an endless looping photo? Jennifer O’Brien shows you how to create cinemagraphs. Share your experience with cinemagraphs in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 05/28/21
Go behind the scenes with Food Visualist and Commercial Director David Ma as he shares his five tips for food videography, including food styling, creating cinematic shots, producing and more. Do you work in food videography? If you have any tips you’d like to share, or questions about the process, please use our Comments section.
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Posted 05/25/21
Speculate no more—Panasonic has announced the release of the newest iteration in its popular LUMIX GH5 line, the GH5 II camera, featuring up to 10-bit 4K60p video capture, revved-up autofocus capabilities, and more versatile livestreaming. But wait, there’s more! Panasonic has also revealed an upcoming GH6 model to be released later in the year. Based around a new engine and sensor, the GH6 will deliver up to 10-bit 4K120 and unlimited 10-bit 5.8K60 video recording. GH5 II Introduction This update on the GH5 camera boasts such videocentric hallmarks as 10-bit 4K60P video, simultaneous internal recording and HDMI output, and greatly enhanced autofocus capabilities. Upgraded functions include Wi-Fi livestreaming with just the camera and your smartphone, much smoother image stabilization (IS), and the inclusion of V-Log with the GH5 II for easier integration with S1H/S footage. Thanks to a new anti-reflective coating on its 20.3MP sensor, the GH5 II also offers improved flare suppression, perfect for high-contrast settings. Upcoming GH5 II updates will include the ability to create composite images in Live View, a USB tethering option for livestreaming, and wired RTP/RTSP IP streaming for stable imaging and audio up to 4K 60p/50p H.265. GH5 II vs. GH5 Comparison Not only does the GH5 II offer improved frame rates like 10-bit 4K60 and DCI 4K variable frame rates, it comes with the V-Log L curve option for cine-like color grading in post. The GH5 II capabilities include the newer, cine-like D2 and V2 looks plus the L, Classic Neo, and L Monochrome S options. All of these make for easier matching with footage recorded with other V-Log cameras. The GH5 II uses the same 20.3MP CMOS sensor as the GH5, but it’s been updated by the addition of a new coating that suppresses flares and moire effects. Based on the same durable, weather-sealed, magnesium alloy body as its predecessor, the GH5 II is available as a body only and in a kit with a 12-60mm zoom. It inherits the same dual SDXC card slots, full-size HDMI and USB ports and accessory compatibility, including use with the DMW-XLR1 mic adapter, the DMW-BGGH5 battery grip, and the DMW-SHGR1 tripod grip. The ability to power the camera and charge the batteries via its USB-C port are new to the GH5 II, as is compatibility with the same DMW-BLK22 battery used with the S5 camera. You can still use your existing DMW-BLF19 batteries with the GH5 II but note that you cannot charge the newer batteries on the older chargers. Dual Card Slot Weather Sealing Revved-Up Autofocusing Individual operators and fast-paced action shooters will be very pleased with the GH5 II’s vastly improved autofocusing functions that are like those of the S1 camera. Now, in addition to the GH5’s Face and Eye tracking, the GH5 II offers Head, Body, and Animal modes, with better tracking and recognition even when your subjects are smaller or off-center relative to your frame with Panasonic promising AF reactions up to twice as fast in a 50% smaller frame compared to the GH5. Versatile Streaming Simply pair the GH5 II with the LUMIX Sync app and a Wi-Fi connection (even your phone’s hotspot) for easy streaming to popular social media platforms. This combo offers 720p or 1080p60 at bit rates up to 8 Mb/s while RTMP streaming is available up to 16 Mb/s over a LAN. Another option is to use LUMIX Tethering with your macOS or Windows desktop for up to 1080p30 streaming. Better Stabilization You know you love shooting mirrorless when you’re running and gunning so you’ll really appreciate the GH5 II’s improved in-camera stabilization for those dynamic shots. Based on the algorithm developed for the S1H, this IS enables up to a 6.5-stop shutter speed compensation and is especially handy for panning shots. Brighter Monitor With a 150% brighter screen than the GH5 and improved color rendition, the GH5 II’s LCD monitor is easy to view, especially outdoors. This higher-resolution, 3" touchscreen monitor also offers selectable aspect ratios and a RED indicator for improved viewing. Upgraded Warranty With the introduction of the GH5 II, Panasonic has upgraded the standard LPS Red Warranty (3-year) to the Platinum warranty at no cost. At the Platinum level, Panasonic customers get 3 years of service, plus a discount on out-of-warranty service, and even loaner gear while your camera is being repaired in select situations, plus additional benefits. The standard minimum equipment ownership requirements have been waived, as well, to qualify for the Platinum level of service. Lumix GH5 II and the Podcasting Professional | Sponsored by Panasonic In this session, veteran podcaster and photographer Frederick Van Johnson will reveal his process for creating podcasts, courses, and more. You'll get a look at how he uses LUMIX gear, such as the just announced GH5 II, in various aspects of his creative world, including photography, podcasting, and video production. GH6 Development Set to hit the shelves later in 2021 and to retail for approximately $2500, the new video centric GH6 will harness its new image engine and sensor to offer such goodies as unlimited recording of DCI 4K 60p in 10-bit 4:2:2. It goes above and beyond that as well with 5.7K 60p 10-bit video and even high frame rate 4K up to 120p in 10-bit. Designed to appeal to professional creators, it's going to be very exciting to see what other goodies Panasonic has in store for the GH6 when it is officially released later this year. New Panasonic Leica 25-50mm and Camera/Lens Firmware Updates Panasonic is also pleased to announce the upcoming Leica DG 25-50mm f/1.7, which when used with the complementary Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7, will provide users with a healthy range of 10-50mm (20-100mm equivalent in 35mm) in just two lenses, perfect for fast-paced shoots and/or foot-based treks. Existing models haven’t been neglected—updates for the GH5S and G9 will be arriving, as well, including updates to autofocus functions, frame lines, and Atomos recorder compatibility. LUMIX G/Leica DG lens-related updates for the GH5 II will incorporate the ability to choose linear or nonlinear focus ring settings with adjustable 90 to 360˚ sensitivity in 30˚ increments. Whether you choose to grab the GH5 II or wait for the GH6, turn to Panasonic and B&H to offer the latest in convenient, high-quality mirrorless-style cine shooting. Are you excited about this new camera? Tell us why, or ask us questions, in the Comments section.
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