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ARRI OCU-1 and Master Grips

Here’s a quick refresher course on the ARRI OCU-1 (Operator Control Unit)  for camera operators to recover control of focus or other lens functions. The OCU-1 lets you override and take back focus, zoom or iris control from the WCU-4 (Wireless Compact Unit) at the touch of a button, even when lens motors are attached. read more…

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Canon CINE-SERVO 25-250mm T2.95-3.95 Zoom

Canon’s new CINE-SERVO 25-250 mm T2.95-3.95 weighs a mere 6.7 lb and is about 11 inches long. It comes in PL or EF mount. Usually you don’t handhold a 10:1 zoom. This one you can. It  covers Super35 and, with its built-in 1.5x Extender/Expander, Full Frame as well. In M.O.D. Mode, you can fill the frame with an image area about the size of a credit card. read more…

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AJA U-TAP for Webcam

The AJA U-TAP HDMI works as a great high-end webcam.  You can attach many video or still cameras with an HDMI connector. AJA also makes an SDI version: U-TAP SDI. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a webcam with a really good camera, a lens worthy of your attention and tighter than The Revenant?  Most likely, the built-in webcam on your laptop has the equivalent of 28mm Full Frame (18mm Super35) lens and the depth of field goes from here to eternity. The U-TAP changes all that. read more…

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Atomos Ninja V + Z CAM + ProRes RAW 12-bit

The Apple ProRes RAW “consortium” continues to grow. Atomos Ninja V 5” HDR monitor-recorders and Z CAM E2 cinema cameras will soon record 12-bit Apple ProRes RAW via HDMI up to 4Kp60. Atomos and Z CAM also announced development of touch-screen camera control on the Ninja V for E2 system cameras. The cameras can be operated and key settings adjusted from the Ninja V’s AtomOS touch screen. read more…

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Codex Compact Drive Dock for ALEXA Mini LF

Codex and ARRI introduce their new Thunderbolt 3 Compact Drive Dock. It can read ARRI ALEXA Mini LF Compact Drive Media up to 20 Gb/sec. That is 2.5x faster than the currently-shipping Compact Drive USB-C Reader.

The Codex Compact Drive Dock lets you offload ARRI ALEXA Mini LF data much faster than ever before. Combined with Codex Device Manager and HDE (High Density Encoding), downloads are easy and reliable. read more…

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Mole LED Spacelites and 20K LED

The next generation of Mole-Richardson Co. LED Spacelites will debut in 2020 — the Varispace 2 and Varispace 4. With power draws of 350 watts for the Varispace 2, and 900 watts for the Varispace 4, they are designed as LED alternatives to the Mole 2000 watt and 6000 watt quartz Spacelites. read more…

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ERM Wireless Range Extenders for ARRI

Seen at BSC Expo 2020, ERM Radio Modules by FoMa Systems let you work with ARRI and cmotion hand units, as well as SRH Remote Heads, at greater wireless distances from the camera. The ERM system works in pairs: one as a transmitter and the other as a receiver, using spread spectrum frequency-hopping technology for a long range and secure conncection. The rugged housings are built to withstand rough setups and car rigs, as they did on “Ford v Ferrari” and “Fast & Furious 9.” read more…

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Sony FX9 V2.0 Updates

Sony PMW-FX9 gets additional capabilities with Firmware Update V2.0. The download will be available later this year. Key features include additional Frame Rates for Full Frame and Super 35 internal recording—especially DCI 4K 4096 x 2160. 16-bit RAW Output when using a Sony XDCA-FX9 Extension Unit. Create your own 3D LUTs and import up to 16 of them from an SD card.Improved Auto Focus and Eye AF. Touchscreen focus control. Touchscreen menu settings. Base ISO-High is increased to 102,400 ISO. And more. read more…

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Atomos Shogun 7, FX9, Apple ProRes RAW

Atomos introduces RAW recording support for the Sony PXW-FX9 camcorder. With concurrent firmware updates scheduled for October 2020, Atomos Shogun 7 monitor/recorders will record Apple ProRes RAW images at up to DCI 4K 60 fps and 2K up to DCI 2K 180 fps via the SDI output of the Sony FX9 with XDCA-FX9 Extension Unit attached. read more…

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Sony Venice v6.0 Updates

Sony VENICE was presented to the world on September 6, 2017 at Sony Pictures Studios near Venice Beach, CA. It was expected to ship in February 2018 in Super35 format only. The chorus of clamoring for Full Frame must have been so loud that by IBC a week  later, Sony rapidly accelerated Full Frame into VENICE. How was this possible? Firmware. VENICE arrived with Firmware V1.0. Successive waves of firmware updates added new capabilities. And now, VENICE V6.0 adds more frame lines, frame rates and interesting new capabilities. read more…

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Teradek Bolt 4K

Dennis Scully, Focus Puller, said, “With everybody wanting to shoot wide open and super shallow depth of field, it’s not even a matter of choosing the right eye or left eye. It’s whether you want the eyelashes or the eyeball to be sharp. If you’re on something like a 135mm at T1.3 on a tight choker, God help you. Unless you’re viewing on a 4K monitor.” In this shallow new world of focus, Teradek’s 4K Transmitters and Receivers will surely become required ingredients of any 4K, or more K, camera package. read more…

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ARRI EF Mount with LBUS

More than 130 million EF lenses are out in the world from Canon, along with countless others from SIGMA, Tokina, Tamron, ZEISS, Fujinon, Samyang and others.

Wouldn’t you want to try some of these on your ARRI ALEXA Mini or ALEXA Mini LF camera?

Now you can, with the new ARRI EF Mount (LBUS) for large-format and Super 35 lenses. Yes, there was an earlier ARRI EF Mount, but it did not have an LBUS electronic connector and it vignetted certain Full Frame lenses. read more…

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Cooke S7/i FF+ 60, 90, 150 mm Macro 1:1

Cooke Optics announced a new branch of the S7/i family—the 60mm, 90mm and 150mm 1:1 Full Frame Macro lenses. They include /i lens metadata. By the way, 1:1 Magnification in a Full Frame Macro means you can focus down to fill the frame with an object that is about 36×24 mm or 40 x 20mm actual size. read more…

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Jeromy Young, Atomos CEO, on ProRes RAW

Normally, this discussion about Atomos, Apple ProRes RAW and the Lumix S1H would be in person. But the new normal in our Full Frame 4K world is a sometimes fuzzy video image of dubious resolution, beloved by, among many others, exercise-at-home Zumba instructors and bunkered executives. One of these executives, Jeromy Young, CEO of Atomos, was on screen from Melbourne, the far side of the world where many of us hunkered down here would prefer to be. Dan Chung, Chief Marketing Officer of Atomos, was also online. read more…

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LUMIX S1H, Atomos Ninja V + Apple ProRes RAW

Panasonic LUMIX DC-S1H Full-Frame mirrorless cameras will soon record Apple ProRes RAW on the Atomos Ninja V. It will be available in a free firmware update on May 25, 2020.

You can then shoot 5.9K RAW (5888×3312) Full-Frame, 12-bit, 16:9, at 23.98, 25 or 29.97 fps and record in Apple Apple ProRes RAW on Atomos Ninja V 4K HDR monitor-recorders. With this firmware update, the S1H camera can also shoot Super35 4K 17:9 12-bit and Super35 Anamorphic 3.5K 4:3 to be recorded in Apple ProRes RAW on the Atomos Ninja V. Here is a reprint from April 2020 FDTimes. read more…

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Canon EOS C300 Mark III Super35 Camera

Canon announced a new Super35 4K camera today: the EOS C300 Mark III. This is the cover story of the Film and Digital Times April 2020 Edition, going online at 8:05 pm EDT tonight. There will be a free access PDF for everyone to download.

Canon also introduced the new CINE-SERVO 25-250 mm T2.95-3.95 Zoom Lens for Super35 format. It has a built-in 1.5x Extender. This provides a range of 37.5 – 375 mm. With the 1.5x Extender, the lens covers Full Frame. read more…

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FDTimes Free Access

Get Film and Digital Times for free. FDT Free Access lets you download complimentary PDFs of Film and Digital Times. Just click on the FDT Free Access link at the top left of the homepage for the latest edition. Get all FDT Free Access PDFs from the past year at the ALL ISSUES page.

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Why Free FDT? FDTimes Issue 101 will be published here as a PDF on April 21. But the print edition will be delayed. Shipping is a mess and delivery puts people in peril. At this time, the paper we’re printed on is better used in making masks, gowns and PPE products. Please stay safe. I hope FDTimes helps to keep us all together and in focus in the days ahead. read more…

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Face Masks and Carry On

On April 3, Dr. Anthony Fauci said on PBS NewsHour, “Putting a mask on yourself is more to prevent you from infecting someone else…people who are without symptoms at all can transmit the virus.” The CDC agreed. We can all pull together by wearing face masks.

Here is how the motion picture business can help. Few other industries are as good at rapid sourcing and just in time ordering. Just ask Jon Fry at CVP or any rental house who absolutely positively must sub-rent something from far away. Or ask any Production Manager how to get essential supplies right away. read more…

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DENZ FDC-LPL Flange Focal Depth Tester

The new DENZ FDC-LPL Multi tool is the latest addition to their line of essential Focal Depth Controllers, joining the FDC Multi which comes in PL mount and a variety of adapters. If you build, buy, rent or use LPL mount  cameras, you need this testing device. read more…

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RED MONSTRO 8K VV—Cooke S7/i—Hensgens AFC SBC

“Osmosis” is a French-language Netflix original series about a dystopian dating app. The show  began streaming in March 2019. Jean-François Hensgens AFC SBC was the cinematographer. He composed for a 2:1 aspect ratio, worked with two RED MONSTRO 8K VV cameras, covering the entire area of the full format sensor with Cooke S7/i Full Frame Plus spherical lenses. read more…

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