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Apr 282014
Canon Lens Sale: Up to 25% Off During April and May 2014

Canon Lenses are for Sale this April and May Here are some of the more popular lenses Canon has for sale: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM ($150, normally $200) Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM ($350, normally $400) Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II ($110, normally $125) Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM ($550, normally $600) Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM ($370, normally $420) Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM ($600, normally $650) Me? I’d go for the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM. It is 25% off, and a much better lens than the Canon 50mm 1.8. Totally worth the extra $40. And if you have a taste for more expensive lenses, the L series lenses are on sale as well, (but you need to mail in a rebate): Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM ($630 after $80 rebate) Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II ($2000 after $300 rebate) Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM ($1420 after $200 rebate) Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS [...]

Apr 242014
Magic Lantern Video Format Supported by FFmpeg

I’m all about Magic Lantern. The coders of Magic Lantern have created lots of opportunities for Canon video shooters. You can shoot RAW on a tiny little T2i for crying out loud! Now there is more good news; MLV files will be supported by FFmpeg. What is so awesome about MLV being supported by FFmpeg? Lets find out. FFmpeg is best described as an open source project that can be used by programmers to create media related software. Maybe the most famous FFmpeg software you have heard of is VLC Media Player. You can see a list of programs that use FFmpeg here. Now all the programs that use FFmpeg can incorporate MLV support into their software. MLV files are basically the “uncompressed RAW” video files you can get out of your DSLR when you shoot in RAW mode. How cool would it be to play MLV files in VLC [...]

Apr 162014
Get Better Audio From Your DSLR for Free

Improve your DSLR for free. Do it. You have no excuses. Free as in: you don’t need to buy anything. Here is the key: record smarter, add additional sounds, and learn how to edit audio. Here are some tips on how I get better sounding audio out of my DSLR recordings: Move Your DSLR (Microphone) Closer to the Source Sound decreases at the rate of the inverse of the distance squared. So if your microphone is two times farther away, your sound will be 4 times quieter. Lets say you hold your mic 4 feet away instead of 5: (5/4)^2 = 1.5625, your audio would sound roughly 50% louder. What this means is that you can lower your input gain (or keep it at the same level if it is not clipping), allowing you to minimize the background sounds while maintaining the loudness of your subject matter. The main reason [...]

Apr 102014

Letus AnamorphX 1.8x ($????): Man this thing looks like it will surely be expensive. I’m guessing just a tad above $2,000. But maybe we will get lucky and will go for the same price as the original Letus AnamorphX ($1700). Either way I am happy that more anamorphic are being produced. Considering this is great glass with tons of features and an aesthetically nice looking picture, I don’t mind the high price. Not much new stuff to report, so check out this awesome discussion about 4K featuring some of my favorite people (Vincent LaForet and Philip Bloom): What Did Canon Announce for NAB 2014? Nothing really. The announced some very expensive lenses a week ago though. The Cine-Servo CN7x17 KAS S and HJ18ex7.6B will run you $30,000 if I recall correctly so I can’t say I’m very interested. But hopefully we will see some new consumer lenses from Canon by [...]

Apr 092014

All the big stuff has been announced on Day 1, but here are some things that you may have missed: Panasonic GH4 ($1700): This little camera looks like a DSLR (MFT), shoots 4K, and has won Videomaker’s Best of NAB 2014 award. What does this award mean? Nothing. I just wanted to pimp the GH4 a bit more because it is the most amazing thing you can buy (preorder) for $1700. Manfrotto KLYP ($112): This is a small case/rig/thing with an LED panel that attaches to your iPhone 5. So basically you can look like a total jackass when you whip out your phone and it has an LED light panel attached to it. At least your selfies will look pro! Sound Devices 970 64‑Track Dante And MADI Audio Recorder ($4,495): The price of this 64 track audio recorder seems insanely reasonable. First of all, you are professional gear (Sound [...]

Apr 082014

Not much to announce so I’ll just post additional stuff from Day 1 Small HD DP7 Pro Series ($1,400+): Small HD produces very popular field monitors. The DP4 is a crowd favorite. The DP7 Pro basically allows you to color grade your shot in the field using your monitor. Cool.. but is color grading in the field really a necessary feature? Adobe Light Room Mobile ($??): If grading footage on your field monitor was not enough, now you can edit photos in Light Room on your phone or tablet. Woohoo! Who does professional editing on a tablet? Letus GoPro Stabilizer ($???): This might be one of the coolest things I have seen from NAB thus far. From the looks of it I would much rather buy a Letus GoPro gimbal than the Luuv. DaVinci Resolve 11 ($1000): I don’t use Resolve (I’m not a f$%ing pro, so I don’t need [...]

Apr 082014

So NAB 2014 is here. If you like video production, this is the place to be. Las Vegas. Ahh, crack whores, strippers, gambling, the conclusion of March Madness, dudes all over the sidewalks handing out flyers to strip clubs, and NAB. Ideally you do Vegas properly and get a little taste of everything I just listed. Major Announcements for Day 1 of NAB 2014 Atomos Ninja Star ($295): Captures ProRes 4:2:2 in 1080p. Designed particularly for DSLR shooters. Atomos Shogun ($???):  Records 4K. Records in ProRes, DNxHD, and Cinema DNG RAW. Features a 7 inch IPS monitor. AJA Video Systems CION ($9,000): Records 4K as well as 12bit 4:4:4 ProRes (not sure at which resolution). It can record 4K @ 120fps, and has an internal SSD. The big deal is that it is priced at $8,995 which is cheap for all the features this cam offers. Blackmagic URSA ($5,995+): Super [...]

Apr 022014
Sony ECM-CS3 Lavalier Review: The Best Mic Under $25?

I have used (I own) several cheap lavaliers: Audio-Technica ATR-3350 Sony ECM-CS3 Olympus ME52W Zalman Zm-Mic1 The Sony ECM CS3 is considered to be the best $25 lavalier microphone on the planet. Is it? In my opinion… kind of. It’s certainly the best sounding mic. But the build quality leaves me unhappy. My First Impressions of the Sony ECM-CS3 This mic has a short cord length (about 3 feet), so you will likely need to plug this thing into a recorder and not directly into your DSLR. Not a big deal since you can buy an extension cable. An extra foot would have been nice. If you are plugging this thiing into your recorder, the cable length isn’t an issue. Feels cheap as hell. This is thing cost me twice as much as the Olympus lavalier and it feels twice as cheap. It’s very light, the clip is made out [...]

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