Last Friday saw the release of Version 2.0 firmware for the Sony PMW-F5 and F55 Large Single Sensor cine cameras. The new firmware brings many enhancements such as higher frame rates, ‘scopes in the EVF, and 2K XAVC (disclosure: Art Adams and I have been playing with beta versions for a while; Art’s just shot two projects Read More
Every year at NAB we see new and improved hardware accessories for taking mobile device video to new levels. Now, we have the Padcaster. The Padcster consists of an aluminum frame containing a rubber insert that will accept any second generation iPad or newer. The outer frame edges contain several threaded mounting holes (both 1/4-20 Read More
Tim Dashwood, pictured here with a vintage 1950′s Kodak stereo film camera in Times Square, delivers an overview of today’s affordable 3D video production camcorders. Tim: “It amazes me how far consumer technology can evolve in just a two year period. In 2010 Panasonic officially announced the AG-3DA1 stereoscopic 3D camcorder, the first of its kind. I was fortunate enough to gain early access to the prototype and use it in a few productions. Its stereoscopic use was of course limited by its interaxial separation and zoom range, but it was the first time a stereoscopic camera operator didn’t have to worry about geometric or colorimetric alignment on set. In early 2011 the consumer divisions of Sony and JVC quickly released inexpensive handheld stereoscopic 3D camcorders the HDR-TD10 and GS-TD1, respectively.” You’ll want to dive right in and read the rest of his review.
I recently attended a series of panel discussions presented by Filmmakers Across Borders. The event was sponsored by the San Antonio Film Commission and was the opening event for the 34th Annual Cinefestival. This festival is the longest running Latino film festival in the world. The panels were held at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Read More
Sometimes I just have to pinch myself, to make sure I’m not dreaming. It’s probably the same feeling and phenomenon that my dearly departed grandmother used to describe to me as a child, now that we are in the age of international air travel and interstate highways, considering that she was a little girl in Read More
This article was Originally published in FCPUG Supermag #4 (April 2010) and on Dashwood3D.com Updated and Revised September 2011. All images ©Tim Dashwood unless otherwise specified. 3D is back in style again and it seems like everyone, from Hollywood producers to wedding videographers, is interested in producting stereoscopic 3D content. So how can you get involved Read More
Meet the GoPro Hero HD camera. This tiny powerhouse has got capabilities at a price we could only have dreamed of a few years ago.
Most camera manufacturers have resources for their users. Canon has the Digital Learning Center, Sony has their Backstage 101 Community, and Nikon has their Learning Center. All are focused on getting photographers up to speed and then helping them hone their craft. What better way to learn how to do something than to hear a Read More
Having had the privilege of meeting Jim Jannard early in the initial phase of the RED concept and getting a close look behind the scenes at RED Digital Cinema practically its start, I wanted to shed a little more light on the significance of the impact it’s going to make on the HD acquisition market as well as clear up a major misconception that has propagated online amid all the recent RED speculation flying around the internet.
Arguably, more has been written about Depth of Field (DoF) on the DV Info Net Comunity than any other discussion topic. This is my attempt to provide the ultimate discourse and treatment of the subject. By posting all of the variables and examples in one place, novices and old hands can benefit and apply the newly gained knowledge in the field.