We had a chat with Achim Gleissner from Sennheiser about their latest product introduced at NAB earlier this year, the Sennheiser AVX system. We are excited about this product as it allows videographers to have a small transmitter with an XLR plug that goes straight into your camera. No more bulky transmitters to have dangling on your camera. There are no buttons, no menu settings – it is a fully self contained “plug&play” system. Once the transmitter and receiver are paired, the videographer can concentrate on his job without having to worry about squelch or sensitivity or even frequency settings – it finds a free frequency for you. This is not targeted at professional audio people, it’s for shooter/operators who have to record their own audio – there are definitely more options on traditional wireless (analog) systems like the Sennheiser G3 (which we use on many videos), however they are not as easy to use and they are larger. The Sennheiser AVX system operates on 1.9GHZ instead of 2.4GHZ. This has the advantage that it is license free and not as congested as 2.4GHz. It will always automatically find a free frequency. There are two different sets to purchase. The hand-held transmitter or the body-pack transmitter with a receiver. Each set is priced at $899. — We sincerely apologize for the audio noise in this video. Frequencies are highly congested here. More of a reason to go ahead with this product :) —Read more
We mentioned last week about the imminent order date of the Digital Bolex. Well, the camera is now officially ready for pre-order. Pre-orders from the Kickstart campaign of the D16 camera are currently in the process of being fulfilled, with fresh orders looking to ship in 8-12 weeks. “We are pleased to announce that our online store is now open to the general public for orders of D16 cinema cameras and accessories! We are offering a limited run of 500 cameras for pre-sale. These cameras will ship in 8-12 weeks. Our other accessories, such as apparel, camera bags, and batteries, will remain open from now on. We have a lot of great items, so even if a camera is outside of your budget right now, cruise on over to check out what we have in stock!” Digital Bolex are offering a couple of introductory offers, including a nofilmschool discount code and a package deal with the Switronix battery pack saving you $100 and $20 respectively. Check our their shop for a host of other accessories and apparel.Read more
cinema5D presents the Beauty Filter Test. We have tested 18 different glass filters with 6 different cameras and 2 different lenses to give you a feeling of how glass filters may (or may not) enhance the look of a digital camera nowardays. Among these filters (provided by Tiffen) are some of the most widely used filters by cinematographers around the world.Read more
Ever wondered how the Canon 7D REALLY looks like next to an Arri Alexa or Sony F65? This video brings you the answer. We took these shots from our extensive Beauty Filter Test and placed them side by side so you can get a feeling for how the cameras compare in the studio setup we had. Note that this is not a thorough camera review, but just an opportunity to watch the same high detail, high dynamic range scene on these 6 cameras with the same high quality PL lens and the same lighting, graded professionally to match.Read more
The image on the left depicts the prototype of the ongoing project named “AXIOM”, a camera by people who are passionate about creating a strong competitor in the quickly growing 35mm digital cinema camera market. We reported about the AXIOM camera in July when the project was first made official which they had started work on in 2006. They are now in the next phase of their project with a soon to be finished prototype which is exciting news. Apertus personally stopped by at our office and discussed their project with us in detail. I can tell you that these are very dedicated people and they seem to have all the parts together to create an exciting camera.Read more
We’ve seen many grading apps and plugins made to take our footage that extra step towards the film look many of us are so keen to achieve: To make our films look cinematic, organic and nice. But none of them is quite as easy to use and gives you as spot on beautiful results as FilmConvert. Does it work? Yes it does. I’ve been using FilmConvert for the past several weeks now and I’m very pleased with everything it has done. On any other software doing a quick film grade takes time and I have to smear up my footage with numerous looks, most of them being way to exaggerated. FilmConvert applies just the subtle changes needed to get digital footage where film would be. The people from FilmConvert measured the exact differences from certain cameras to certain analogue film stocks. The software detects which camera your footage was shot with and alters it accordingly. The result is always right and each of the included 8 (light version) or 19 (pro version) stocks looks very nice. There’s also an exposure and colour temperature tab to do primary corrections and a 3-way colour correction and levels tab to do some rough grading. FilmConvert has become an essential asset for colour correction workflow. From now on every digital material will go through FilmConvert in one way or another.Read more
We thank our sponsor B&H who has made cinema5D’s news coverage of IBC 2012 possible. Get your gear through B&H to support this platform: www.bhphotovideo.com Here we have new motorized sliders by two different companies. The Varavon slider costs is very affordable and can also upgrade existing Varavon sliders. The Lanparte slider goes faster and can memorize motion, but is also more expensive. Varavon has made some good products. I’m sure this slider is worth checking out if you’re looking for motion at an affordable price. The Varavon slidecam sliders will be available here sooner or later, in the meantime you can check the Varavon website. The dedicated motorized slider will be $1100 and the normal kit version (base slider with upgrade kit) $980. Varavon told me there are different motors for different speeds. Lanparte is a brand I am not very familiar with, but their slider looked very interesting. As they had a German representative it was also culturally easier to get a conversation about their products started. It is hard to beat the Varavon pricetag, but the Lanparte slider had some unique features like the memory, the fast motion and the timelapse functionality. Also it seemed robust. This is their international website: LINK Here’s one of the European resellers: LINK (or hdvideoshop.com)Read more
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