Gods of Focus: Michael Burke

In this latest episode of “The Gods of Focus,” we focus on focus puller Michael Burke. Jon Fauer: You worked as First AC-Focus Puller on “Hunters” with William Rexer as DP.  I understand you used RED MONSTRO 8K VV, SIGMA Primes and the Preston Light Ranger 2. Michael Burke: The studio and handheld cameras had Light Rangers on them. We… read more…

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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 EOS C300 Mark III S35 Camera

Canon’s new Super35 4K EOS C300 Mark III camera was introduced on April 20 and should ship later this year. It records Cinema RAW Light and XF-AVC internally, has electronic image stabilization, and a Dual Gain Ouput Sensor with improved dynamic range. The Dual Pixel Focus Guide eyepiece display shows whether you’re near focused or far and when you’re right on, it glows green. There’s 4K 120 fps Cinema RAW Light internal recording and HDR support for both HLG and PQ. This article is a summary of features. read more…

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Jean-Marc Bouchut joins Band Pro

Jean-Marc Bouchut has joined Band Pro as Senior Product Manager – Angenieux. Widely known and respected in the industry, Jean-Marc worked at Angenieux for 30 years in R&D, service and sales. Jean-Marc Bouchut’s new position at Band Pro will involve coordinating technical matters of Angenieux EZ Zooms and Optimo Primes. He will support the sales and marketing teams  at Band Pro as well as customers and clients in the Americas. 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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Claire Mathon AFC: “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

The Cannes Film Festival would normally be running right now. Portrait of a Lady on Fire premiered at Cannes last year. It is now streaming on Hulu. Céline Sciamma directed and Claire Mathon AFC was the cinematographer. Here is our interview, reprinted from the Feb 2020 edition of FDTimes. 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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Denny Clairmont

Denny Clairmont passed away yesterday afternoon, May 11. He took a fall while at his home in Mill Valley, California. This is a tribute to a dear friend, mentor and icon of the film world. Denny Clairmont founded Clairmont Camera in 1976 with his brother Terry. Denny was like a father to so many of us, always there with advice and encouragement from the beginning of our careers. Denny never saw a camera or lens he didn’t want to improved or retrofit. 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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Chris Sieniawski, S1H, Ninja V, ProRes RAW

Panasonic and Atomos recently worked with Chris Sieniawski on a short film to demonstrate  the Panasonic LUMIX S1H recording Apple ProRes RAW onto the Atomos Ninja V. The film is “Blind Love.” Dan Chung, Chief Marketing Officer of Atomos, was on a lock-down chat from London. We were joined by Krzysztof (Chris) Sieniawski in Warsaw. Here is an edited summary of our discussion. 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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“Into The Rising Sun” with Blackmagic Cameras

Scott Wilson and Andre Dupuis started Echo Bay Media 20 years ago to focus mainly on travel documentary TV production. Recently, they co-produced a mini-series about Japan. They shot with a Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2. The Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 was our main “A” Camera. Grading and post was completed with DaVinci Resolve Studio. read more…

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Australian Bigfoot and Blackmagic Camera

Attila Kaldy’s Track: Search for Australia’s Bigfoot is now streaming and on DVD. Produced by Sydney-based MoonLark Media, Attila takes us on a fascinating journey into the rugged Australian wilderness with an intrepid band of scientists and adventurers. Attila shot this documentary with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, edited and graded in DaVinci Resolve Studio. 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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Steve Holleran on C300 Mark III + 25-250

This article first appeared in FDTimes April 2020 Issue 101.   Jon Fauer: I understand you were probably one of the first people to use both the new Canon C300 Mark III and the new 25-250 T2.95-3.95 zoom lens. How did this happen? Steve Holleran: About a month and half ago, Tim Smith from Canon approached me about pitching a… 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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