Cinemartin Releases PLIN: Export ProRes and H.265 on Windows!

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Tech | One Comment
Cinemartin Releases PLIN: Export ProRes and H.265 on Windows!

DISCLOSURE: I am not employed by or otherwise affiliated with Cinemartin.  Please do not post support requests for their products here. UPDATE: Plin is now available for purchase for Adobe Premiere.  A trial version can be downloaded so you can try it before you buy. Cinemartin of Barcelona, creators of the Cinec video encoding software, […]

Blackmagic Design’s New Bear of a Camera: URSA

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Gear, Tech | 5 Comments
Blackmagic Design’s New Bear of a Camera: URSA

(Update: B&H report having the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K in stock, so it appears that the camera has finally shipped, although B&H is the only retailer that has any, among those I checked with.) Australia’s Blackmagic Design, not content to rest on their laurels, despite still not shipping the Ultra HD camera they announced at last year’s […]

Introducing the AJA Cion 4K Digital Cinema Camera

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Gear, Tech | No Comments
Introducing the AJA Cion 4K Digital Cinema Camera

California’s AJA, well-known for their broadcast and cinema production equipment (like the Ki Pro Quad external recorder, the LUT Box and other mini converters, and rackmount video processors), has entered the cinema camera market with the Cion, an ergonomically designed Super-35 true 4K digital cinema camera positioned for the mid-range cinema and television production market. Check out AJA’s […]

Why Film Matters

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Blog, Craft | One Comment
Why Film Matters

Even in this “digital age,” I find the change from teaching cinematography students with film to teaching with digital unfortunate.  Not because I have any “nostalgic” feelings about film (which I admit I do); rather, film forces one to take much greater care in planning and execution of one’s photography than digital does.  The lack […]

New Arri/Zeiss Master Anamorphic Lenses

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in Blog, Gear, Tech | No Comments
New Arri/Zeiss Master Anamorphic Lenses

  I can’t begin to describe how excited I am about these new lenses from Carl Zeiss.  15-blade iris, beautiful oval bokeh, no distortion, and fast T1.9 aperture.  And, counter to pre-IBC speculation, Zeiss maintained the characteristic horizontal blue streaking and flaring. (There had been some speculation among my colleagues that Zeiss would make these […]

Hasselbad Masters 2014

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Blog, Craft | No Comments

I have entered the Hasselblad Masters competition (the most prestigious photography competition in the world) again this year.  I am honored to have been invited to participate, and I wish all the participants the best of luck.  There are some really excellent entries this year, as there are every year. My entries can be seen […]

Lessons from the Grindhouse

Posted by on Jul 21, 2012 in Craft | No Comments
Lessons from the Grindhouse

or, What I’ve Learned from Working on Micro-Budget Genre Films I’m pretty much taking the same career path many of my heroes did, and have started out with low-budget independent genre movies.  Unlike some of my heroes’ movies, instead of getting limited regional theatrical releases, these are going direct to DVD (which is the new […]

It’s not the camera, it’s you.

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Blog, Craft | No Comments

Lately, there’s been a lot of debate about what the rise of digital acquisition means for the art and craft of cinematography, and I’ve been hearing a lot of negativity from people about how digital is making every Joe Schmo with no photographic skill think they can be the next Vilmos Zsigmond just by virtue […]

NAB 2012: Zacuto Demos Plasma Light

Posted by on Apr 25, 2012 in Blog, Gear | 3 Comments

As seen in this video from Cinema5D, Zacuto are innovating yet again with their new Plasma Light prototype they showed off at NAB this week. Brighter and cooler-running than already very low-heat LED lights, but softer and easier on the talent’s eyes, these lights look really promising. If the price at launch really is $500 […]

ARRI/Zeiss Anamorphics Preview

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in Blog, Gear | No Comments

It is very exciting that Carl Zeiss is back in the anamorphic lens business, with their longtime partner ARRI.  There was a lot of speculation over the last few months that Zeiss was working on a set of anamorphic CP.2 lenses, but I think it’s safe to say this isn’t the case, based on Mr. […]