The smallHD DP6 monitor has been a quite successful product with filmmakers over the past year. At NAB many booths had cameras equipped with exactly this monitor. Granted there are not many alternatives in terms of size, quality and price. Another fine field monitor that is frequently used these days is the famous TvLogic VFM-056W. It also holds a high quality 720p panel. DSLR News Shooter took ikan’s new D5 for a spin. It matches the other mentioned monitors in terms of quality, price and even holds some nice additional features. Definitely a product worth checking out when you’re looking for a field monitor for quaity HD field work. Specs: – 1280×800 pixels IPS panel – adjustable false color – peaking with red outline – DSLR scaling – 3G-SDI & hdmi input The ikan D5 is available in two versions. The advanced version is the D5W that features a waveform, RGB parade, and vectorscope. The ikan D5 is $900: The ikan D5W retails for $1080: via nofilmschoolRead more
HDSLR filmmakers often see themselves bombarded with affordable products that don’t meet their expectations. Two years ago when we made our big DSLR rig review we found that most rigs weren’t that cool. Today we have a similar situation with sliders. They are great, but most seem to be just ok. And the outstanding ones like the new Kessler slider we reported about last week are usually too expensive for the HDSLR filmmakers budget. Every now and we find an indie company with a filmmaking background make a cool product for HDSLRs. This one got funded on Kickstarter within 18 hours…Read more
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera has probably become the most anticipated product of the year, it definitely took the stage here at NAB 2012. It will come in July, cost $2999 and B&H is ready to take your pre-orders now: See all the details and our NAB 2012 coverage on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera here.Read more
Last August we’ve reported about the CineSkates, a gorillapod on wheels. This was a very innovative invention and now, half a year later, Cinetics have taken the product a step further to a place that I think is currently a market niche.Read more
The cinema5D forum has evolved: I present to you the cinema5Dreviews page that we’ve been working on. This is not a new forum page, this is a whole new section of cinema5D, uniquely programmed and embedded into the cinema5D platform. What is it? cinema5Dreviews is a growing database of reviews for filmmaking equipment. It is in Beta right now. What can it do for me? It has a lot of very valuable information on each filmmaking product all put in one place by fellow filmmakers. You save time surfing the web and you might find information you could have missed somewhere else. No more endless forum searching for reviews and opinions on products. It is all gathered in one place. ➔ Opinions by fellow filmmakers (which you can trace back because they’re forum members) ➔ the best video reviews gathered by you from YouTube and Vimeo, or add your own. ➔ prices ➔ ratings ➔ collection of product highlights ➔ currently sortable by star rating, price or name Who is filling the database? You. And any other cinema5D forum member can add to the database. If you have tried or own the product you can add your opinion and give a rating for the product. You can also add new products and can add details to existing products. Not only HDSLR HDSLRs are great, they’ve upgraded our clips, films, productions, but we’re also embracing all other low budget large sensor cameras and their accessories. More categories to come, please post your preferred categories in the comments to this article. It needs to be filled This database has just been born and it will become more powerful the more you feed it. Since we’ve written this software on our own and with an extremely tight budget we need some time and your feedback to work out all the glitches. It’s beta, so if something doesn’t work please be patient and let us know. That’s it. The more you use it the better and faster we can improve the platform to your benefit. Now go check it out and add a product or two: www.cinema5d.com/reviews/Read more
Flolight is a California based company that produces affordable lighting fixtures and I must say from what I’ve seen they’re not bad at all. The LEDs they showed at IBC had a noticably high CRI (color rendition index = good light spectrum) and high output and the fuorescent fixtures looked solid as well. The CycLight is a special tool for those who want to quickly light a 2×3 meter greenscreen and want to forget the hassles of greenscreen lighting. In the video the greenscreen background looks very “untidy” and wrinkly, but in defense of Flolight I must say that this was a prototype unit and they really just put a provisional green cloth up there with some ducktape. I think the final product will be quite useful. 1000€ ($1350) and available in November. They have a British reseller for European customers. You can see and buy the other Flolight products on their website. B&H has provided these exclusive phone numbers for you if you have questions or require assistance: US: +1 877 502 5839 and INTERNATIONAL: +1 212 465 0114Read more
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