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

15 April, 2014Tech

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, … Read More

Blackmagic Design’s New Bear of a Camera: URSA

8 April, 2014Gear, Tech

(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 … Read More

Introducing the AJA Cion 4K Digital Cinema Camera

8 April, 2014Gear, Tech

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 … Read More

Why Film Matters

19 October, 2012Blog, Craft

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 … Read More

New Arri/Zeiss Master Anamorphic Lenses

13 September, 2012Blog, Gear, Tech

  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 … Read More

Lessons from the Grindhouse

21 July, 2012Craft

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 … Read More

It’s not the camera, it’s you.

10 May, 2012Blog, Craft

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 … Read More

NAB 2012: Zacuto Demos Plasma Light

25 April, 2012Blog, Gear

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 … Read More

ARRI/Zeiss Anamorphics Preview

20 April, 2012Blog, Gear

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. … Read More

Carl Zeiss Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9

17 April, 2012Blog, Gear

Carl Zeiss AG unveiled their new lightweight zoom, the CZ.2 70-200/T2.9.  While it will undoubtedly be an absolutely superb lens, the $20,000 price tag has quite a few of us pretty disappointed.  Many of us are working on microscopic budgets and can’t afford the rental fees for Zeiss lenses, so there was hope that this … Read More