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  1. 9 points
    I am Matt, I am the Editor of Newsshooter.com.
  2. 6 points
    Hi all, Tim from the Bright Tangerine team here. We make filmmaking accessories that make life easier on set. Everything from matte boxes, camera cages, follow focus and other AKS. Looking forward to engaging with the community, and if you have any questions about our gear, feel free to reach out.
  3. 6 points
    Hi, I'm Hook and I work with the camera team at Blackmagic Design.
  4. 6 points
    Hey ya'll, Ian Cresswell here from Nashville, TN in the USA. My work is split pretty evenly into three categories. 1. I'm a freelance camera operator, typically with an FS7 for ENG/TV/Commercial projects. 2. I'm a Part 107 Drone Pilot, been flying about 7 years and have owned/flown everything from a version 1 DJI Phantom also the way up to a big 30+ pound heavy lifter flying my RED Helium 8k. Here's a look at some of my drone stuff: 3. I also work quite often as a 1st AC for a variety of projects. Setting up cameras (Alexa Mini's, Sony Venice, REDS, FS7s, etc etc) and pulling focus for everything from music videos, to feature films, to commercials, to web series, to tv shows, etc. I really enjoy each of these 3 disciplines and love that every day is a little different. I've always been a big fan of the professional content, news, and reviews, on NewsShooter.com, and I look forward to the discussions here. Cheers!
  5. 6 points
    Hi all. I'm Adrian, a UK based self shooting Director, Documentary DOP and motion graphics dabbler.
  6. 5 points
    Update for anyone who finds the same thing – by switching the fan to 'always on' it reduces the noise considerably. Might not be great if you're shooting in a soundproof vault but I think it's probably quiet enough to leave on during a regular talking head interview... Edit: and yes I do like talking to myself!
  7. 5 points
    Hi all, greetings from Wellington, New Zealand. I'm joining on behalf of FilmConvert, long-time fans and supporters of Newsshooter and thrilled to see a new forum for discussion and sharing knowledge with a bunch of like-minded folks. My own film background: started making short films in high school on a 3-chip miniDV camera; worked for regional television as a runner/PA/camera assistant, edited corporate documentaries and eventually assisted-edited the feature documentaries 'Heart of Steel' (Tribeca Film Festival selection 2006) and 'The Woman Who Wasn't There'.
  8. 5 points
    Hello all, I'm Lee. In house DP and Studio manager for Google Developer Studio in the EMEA region. I have an unhealthy addiction to buying anamorphic scopes and vintage glass. Thank you Newsshooter for being a source of AAA news and reviews for so many years. Looking forward to this community continuing the the high standards for info and opinions. One of my last adventure before the lockdown
  9. 5 points
    Hi Everyone! I'm Erik Naso and it's great to have this forum!
  10. 5 points
    Hi, I’m Scott, From Atlanta, GA. I have been part of the Newsshooter team for ten years as a cameraman, editor and logistics planner. It has been an honor working with this outstanding team of professionals, and most of all, bringing all of you superb show coverage. I look forward to contributing to the Newsshooter forums, and getting to know all of you!
  11. 5 points
    Hi all, Jay here from NS. Looking forward to chatting with everyone.
  12. 4 points
    While it's a serious matter, the similarities with all of these ads is quite funny.
  13. 4 points
    Nope, with the F3 I just put in an order early in Japan. My F35 is also serial number 2. I won’t ever sell either of them. They will end up in the ACS clubhouse one day.
  14. 4 points
    Hey everyone! I'm a filmmaker and freelance DOP based in the UK (in Birmingham) I run a small Video Production Agency where we create mainly branded content/commercial/corporate work: www.weareforward.uk as well as being a freelance DOP shooting mostly the same kind of stuff, as well as some feature doc and narrative work: www.tommartindop.com Super excited that you guys have put the effort in to launch this; if the standard of conversation here is as good as the articles we'll be onto a winner (especially as we've all got lots more time on our hands all of a sudden) Here's my latest short film to give you an idea of the sort of stuff I make. Looking forward to chatting with you all soon!
  15. 4 points
    Hi Martin - a mate of mine with both the C500 mkii and DP's confirms they fit just fine. Obviously S35 image circle means incompatibility at FF but cropped in all is well.
  16. 4 points
    Hi, im Joe. Im an Auckland, New Zealand based DOP and long time Newsshooter reader. Ive been asked by Matt, Eric & the Newsshooter team to help Moderate this forum and am looking forward to some good conversations. Heres a slightly old Reel and I really should be updating right now 😅
  17. 4 points
    Hey everybody, I'm Slavik from USA, super excited that this is happening! I really like forums a lot more than keeping up with comments below blog posts - gives me something to check everyday and initiate new conversations that aren't related to a news story. Looking forward to chatting with everyone!
  18. 3 points
    https://www.newsshooter.com/2020/05/08/there-has-never-been-a-better-or-worse-time-to-buy-gear/ What are you thoughts?
  19. 3 points
    Hey everyone! I'm Chris Francis, a director/dp in San Diego, CA. Excited to be a part of the new forums. I'm currently wrapping up a documentary about my wife and I's journey with Covid-19 (we both got the virus 7 weeks ago). Would love to have you check out the film --> https://MakingLemonade.film (warning: this film contains 0% politics, 0% conspiracies, & 100% optimism) If you have any questions about the film I'd be happy to answer them here in this thread I made in the Documentary section of these forums
  20. 3 points
    Greetings all... I'm Kevin McRoberts, your basic pudgy bearded camera guy. I'm based just far enough outside of DC to stay sane, but still get regular DC work in the documentary, corporate, and commercial realms. My favorite pastries are eclairs and all other pastries. Due to frequently shooting training media in hospitals, surgical suites, and bio research laboratories up to the BSL4 level, I don't get what all the fuss is about (ask me for any video biosafety tips). I once temporarily repaired a CJ5 driveshaft with a long strip of waxed cardboard and a quarter. I do not suffer from Asperger's (I have it, but don't suffer). Skunks frighten me moreso than bears. My stint in small market local broadcast news lasted exactly 7 weeks (9/2010-10/2010). My wife is way too hot for me. The last three songs on my Pandora shuffle playlist were: Angel From Montgomery - John Prine; Knuckle Down - Man Man; The Road Goes On Forever - Robert Earl Keen. Matthew Allard is my all-time favorite light reviewer. My pop culture frame of reference ends abruptly around 1997. All of the sound guys I hire are named Matt (coincidental... I think). My Lowel kit still makes me happy. I am the spitting image of a middle-aged Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. I don't think a football is a very good Christmas present. Pleased to be sharing pixels and wisdom and occasional idiocy with you all
  21. 3 points
    Improvising, overcoming, adapting. I shot my first wedding ever... incidentally also my first live stream shoot ever. Streaming church services. Trying to market my expertise in filming in medical and bio research scenarios (and thus biosafety knowledge and working safely with big name clientele). Marketing for more voiceover work. Pitching consultation services for setting up home studio spaces so your Zoom meeting peers don't have to look up your nose. Even simply being willing to work has gotten me work. Business is still limping, but failure is not an option.
  22. 3 points
    Just posting a follow-up here for anyone that might land via a google search etc. that's struggling with text in Resolve. Turns out it was a coincidence that I'd upgraded to Catalina the same day as restoring this project from a collaborator, who had changed some project settings. The side effect of both being a near-identical text rasterizing issue was just bad timing. So it was the "Enable Video Field Processing" setting under "Timeline Format" in "Master Settings" that was the culprit. Disabling this setting has returned the text rendering to normal.
  23. 3 points
    For those who own the Tilta Nucleus Nano follow focus, or have contemplated getting one, I've discovered an interesting thing about the unit that Tilta themselves seem unaware of. When I received my Nucleus Nano quite a while back now, I contacted Tilta and asked then if the unit could be powered via the USB port. They said no, as it was only for firmware updates. I found this a bit disappointing, given that I use it on a rig with a V-lock that powers everything else, so being able to power the Nucleus Nano and not worry about the battery would have be a great option. That said, I do have the Nucleus Nano connected to the V-lock from the 7.2V power outlet, as it automatically turns on the control unit as well as the motor when I turn on the V-lock and it has never seemed to have caused an issue (I've owned the Nucleus Nano for over a year). Anyway, not that long ago, when I turned off my V-lock, the Nucleus Nano controller turned off as well. I thought that was unusual, as previously I had to manually turn off the control wheel via the record button. So I removed the battery and discovered that it was flat. After recharging it, things were back to normal. This repeated itself again some time later and this time I didn't recharge the battery and left things as they were. Since that time, I've been using the Nucleus Nano as normal, with a flat battery, connected to the V-lock. It's been working perfectly for months now and so I have no intention of recharging the battery as this is much better from an operational point of view (unless I want to use the control wheel away from the rig). Will it cause issues down the line? I have no idea, but so far I've experienced no issues. Could I put a dummy battery inside the control wheel? Possibly and they are available. So I thought I'd let people know what I discovered, in case owners of the Nucleus Nano would like to have the control wheel powered from an external source rather than the battery.
  24. 3 points
    Hello Everyone! First of all I would like to thank Newsshooter for creating this Forum. It’s nice to see a filmmakers platform that’s independent from social media giants like facebook. Let’s get to the subject of the thread: “Introduce yourself”. My name is Michiel and I’m an employee at the Vocas group of companies from the Netherlands. Most of you will probably know our Vocas Systems products as they have been reviewed and used many times by the Newsshooter team along the years. But something most of you probably don’t know is that we (Vocas Sales & Servcies) are the main Dutch reseller and service centre of brands like: ARRI, RED, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Blackmagic Design, Zeiss, Angenieux etc. I think there’s a lot of growth potential for the forum and would like to help wherever I can with answering questions and sharing knowledge. As we’ve got a complete showroom with a lot of camera’s, lenses and other filmmaking tools tag me wherever you can if you need me to test something for you or ask if we came across some technical problem in our service centre. If you would like to know more about the Vocas group of companies let me know, I would love to hear your questions. Stay healthy! Michiel from Vocas p.s. this video shows you our optical service department and a bit of our showroom
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  26. 3 points
    I posted the release on the homepage. Check out my interview with Ted Sim! I have the Aputure 300x now and will start testing for a full review. https://www.newsshooter.com/2020/04/23/aputure-300x-goes-bi-color/
  27. 3 points
    Hi all, I'm Elliot Smith – formerly of this parish! I'm a shooter/editor based in London, UK. Started out making multimedia at the Guardian when nobody watched it and now mainly work for a small agency here in the UK making short films for corporates, charities and NGOs.
  28. 3 points
    Welcome to the forum Ian!
  29. 3 points
    Hello everyone, I'm Nez. I'm a London based Lighting Cameraman / Camera Operator (and historically occasional director/editor), and am also currently one of the moderators on these forums. Looking forward to seeing how this grows and develops. Hoping it'll become a thriving community like some other existing forums (or even, better than them!), and follow the trend of the excellent quality of writing that can be found in Newsshooter articles! I'm also on Twitter, possibly more than is healthy, here: https://twitter.com/watchvideosoul
  30. 3 points
    Hi, I'm Chris from Edmonton, Canada. I'm a former newspaper journalist that got into video when the whole "new media" thing was actually new. Big Newsshooter fan, and I hope to see this forum grow.
  31. 2 points
    That's more or less what I'm gathering from the various good videos that I've been watching. There is a vast array of 'roles' that camera operators undertake. By no means am I attempting, or wanting, to become a feature or even Indi film maker. I just want to be able to effectively produce the local, often documentary, stuff that I've been doing so far. I want these to flow into a story and be visually interesting. My photographic background was never in the 'arts' or creative side, but technical. Much later I had to learn that 'creative' side and it's been difficult as well as enjoyable. Video has increased the level of difficulty considerably. I still don't consider myself anywhere near a 'creative'. Some can pick up a camera and make a brick look interesting, I can't. As I think I've noted, all of the stuff that I write in my blog about events etc in my region goes into our national archives as a historical record. I want the video that I do to be no worse than what I write and photograph. At least that's my plan if we ever get out of house arrest.
  32. 2 points
    @Dave May I think the majority of reviews of camera and tech lack a practical angle on how the kit or gear actually functions in a working environment. I just saw a review on YouTube for the C300MKIII, solid technical review, but completely lacking in footage and "real world" experience on how to use the camera and pragmatic reflections on how the camera might fit into a workflow. Newsshooter and @Matthew Allard ACS in particular does a great job on reviewing a camera with a practical angle. It's far more valuable for me to read or hear someone discuss how a camera was to work with on an actual shoot or in a specific environment than a "simple" technical review. If you're reviewing a camera like that you'll get across a lot of good info, sure, but it will completely lack any form of connection for the reader or viewer because we don't use cameras in that way. Because manufacturers now seem to focus heavily on specs to market the cameras that's what many reviewers focus on, and that's a shame. That's why I support this site and other sites that actually makes content focused on both the technical side but also the practical side on how to use a camera.
  33. 2 points
    @Nezih people are gonna complain about both the Canon and Sony either way. It's never enough, never ever. It's funny because the people complaining are the people who I think mostly dosen't live off shooting or creating content. It's just a hunch, but I think there is something to it. Everyone I know who are working in the industry full time isn't going around the internet and posting silly comments like "why no 4:4:4 12-bit 960fps???". We're also not hung up on having the latest and greatest all the time, because most of our clients doesn't demand it. The whole market is inflated by marketing departments and "influencers" wanting to make as much money as possible off of people's obsession with specs and "the latest". It's capitalism at it's finest, and I wholdheartetly understand, but I'm sick of it anyway.
  34. 2 points
    As you may know, I'm a fan of the Ergorig (I'll save the details why, as I've discussed elsewhere, but do ask if you'd like to know more about why!). Having said that, it's not, in my opinion, perfect right out of the box. There are a few modifications I made to make my Ergorig better suited to me. 1. The first, and the main thing, is that I'm quite slim... and I found that I had to tighten the waist strap as far as it'll go to ensure it sits properly on my hips without slipping down. However, if I change layers I'm wearing, this needs quick adjusting on the fly. For example, I've had situations where I'm working indoors in just a t-shirt, and then suddenly need to go outside and put on three extra layers. This means an adjustment of the waist strap. I found this quite fiddly to do while the Ergorig is on me because the direction the strap tightens is on my left side and pointing backwards: so not only is it my weaker hand, but also in the weakest direction. This makes it hard to get it as tight as I need. I found myself having to take it off to adjust, slowing me down a lot. After speaking with Jesse, the designer of the Ergorig he suggested I try flipping the strap around. This was easy to do, but note that there is a piece of velcro under the strap to stop it slipping, so I had to stitch a new bit in (as the alignment had changed), but that wasn't too hard to do. Now the strap can be tightened with my right hand.... much better! BEFORE: AFTER: I did also suggest that a ratchet system like steadicam vests have might be better. IIRC he said they had considered this, but opted against it for cost and simplicity reasons. He said they may reconsider it in the future. 2. The Erorig comes in two sizes. "Normal" and "short" (which is designed for people with shorter torsos). I measured myself, and felt I fitted into the "normal" category". However, I found that I was unable to get the shoulder pad quite as low as I liked. Too late to return, as I'd paid for expensive shipping from the States (this was before CVP in the UK stocked them). I could just make it lower by just letting the metal slides overlap one another, but this caused them to protrude and catch on my clothing. So, I simply cut some metal off! I'm confident that doing this hasn't weakened it's structural integrity at all... in my case it was definitely totally redundant metal. I simply used a hacksaw suitable for metal, and a file to smooth it off afterwards. 3. Even then, I felt I wanted to get the shoulder pad closer still to my shoulder. So I simply removed the inner velcro pad from it (the one that goes between the Ergorig and my shoulder). This save at least 1cm, meaning I can now get the camera/lens/EVF closer to where it would have been were it just on my shoulder. 4. The shoulder pad needed some fine tuning when I first got it too. I felt that the camera was a bit wonky, and tended to roll away from my head. Fortunately there are several adjustment points here. It's a little fiddly... but eventually I got a setting that works perfectly for me, allowing my camera to remain well balanced on my shoulder without rolling. I also felt the edge of the shoulder pad dug into my neck a little. Taking the top velco pad off (the one that the camera sits on) and shifting it over slightly so it overlaps the metal alleviated this issue. 5. I found that the front strut poked out, causing it to catch on clothing etc. I got some strong self-adhesive velcro I already had, cut it to size, and stuck it in to fix this. Much better now! BEFORE: AFTER: 6. Molle pouches! I'm glad the Ergorig was designed with the accessory loops on the waist strap. It meant I was able to easily add these pouches I already owned (I use them on my F-Stop backpack that I only occasionally use on certain travel jobs). The two green ones are perfect for accessories - and even fit spare v-lock batteries. The taller one will take either a water bottle, or I've also used it for a reporter's wireless stick mic! I hope you found these ideas useful!
  35. 2 points
    Martin here, from Norway. I've run my own small production company for a few years now, and have freelanced a good couple of years before that. I've worked a lot of ENG and documentary, and now using those skills to produce commercial content for most platforms. Been reading Newsshooter for almost my entire career, and love the content here. Showreel
  36. 2 points
    G'day everyone, Mark here. I'm a freelance DOP based in Melbourne, Australia but shooting wherever (or at least, I was until a couple of months ago 🤷‍♂️) You can check out my stuff on my website if you'd like: www.dreamsmiths.com.au I'm appalling bad at social media, but love the socialising and discussion a good forum allows for. The knowledge people are open to sharing on places like this is a huge resource, and one I'm really thankful to Matt and the team for putting together. 🍻
  37. 2 points
    I wish ARRI made a good quality on board monitor. Yes, it would probably be expensive but i would happily pay for something that is really well made, accurate and reliable. On board monitors are all over the price with consistency, and reliability.
  38. 2 points
    I've been using the Flowtech 100 for quite a few years. I was beta testing before that. It has been absolutely rock solid and reliable.
  39. 2 points
    Cole Slaw here, indie content creator out of Atlanta. Love the site, Looking forward to the forums.
  40. 2 points
    Hi everyone I am Hammad freelance cinematographer based in south India (Bangalore and Kerala).
  41. 2 points
    Hi I'm a videoproducer from Switzerland. I mainly do corporate video, social media clips, live broadcast, 180VR and some aerial stuff. My main focus is Post Production. I work with Adobe CC and DaVinci Resolve on both PC and Mac. Long time reader of newsshooter.com which in my eyes is one of the if not the best site for information for content creators.
  42. 2 points
    Hello to all - I'm Erik, a Chicago-based DP, cam op, and former gaffer. I mostly do commercial work and narrative-style TV features for many major networks & streaming platforms. I'm usually on the road much more than my wife would prefer! I have gotten a lot of good ideas and gear recommendations from newsshooter over the years and am looking forward to interacting and learning more from like-minded pros!
  43. 2 points
    I'm not a "camera guy" but to me this looks like it has everything but the kitchen sink. It also sounds like Kinefinity are getting their distribution and service network sorted so combined with any trade-up offer to take care of their early adopters (and as long as they stay out of legal troubles) it looks like a big win for them and for filmmakers in general. Now they just have to build them in production quantities!
  44. 2 points
    Update: Kinefinity MAVO Edge - 8K & Internal ProRes RAW https://www.newsshooter.com/2020/04/27/kinefinity-mavo-edge-8k-internal-prores-raw-recording/ ---------------------- Kinefinity has published news that they will be doing an event on the 27th of April, at 4PM Beijing Time. We'll be sure to update this post with the full release once the announcement has been made.
  45. 2 points
    Hello everybody, I'm based in Vancouver, BC and I have over 38 years in TV news. I am now Director of my own Agency. If you have any questions and think I can help, give me a shout. Keep those cameras safely rolling and everyone keep healthy during this rather unusual and turbulent time. - Murman
  46. 2 points
    Hi everyone, I’m Adam from Seattle USA. I’m a director/cameraman. I really enjoy Newsshooter.com and look forward to meeting new friends and keeping up with all the latest stuff.
  47. 2 points
    ...then there is an absolutely enormous wealth of stuff archived here. Some might be dates, but some fascinating articles and insights nonetheless! https://issuu.com/sonyprofessional https://issuu.com/varicam https://issuu.com/icgmagazine https://issuu.com/mewshop
  48. 2 points
    HI, Name is Russell Johnston and I am a DP / Creative Director out of San Diego, CA. I own a small production company called Reef Creative. We work in the action sports industry with a lot of racing but our passion is wildlife and underwater cinematography. Excited to see how this forum goes, thanks to News Shooter for making a new spot on one of my favorite websites. You can see my Motorsports reel at here:
  49. 2 points
    Still a phenomenal review.
  50. 2 points
    Hi, this is Chris, British DP located in Berlin and normally shooting documentaries worldwide (hope that starts up again soon but not very optimistic at the moment) . Favourite shooting style - hand-held with my Amira, but also enjoy putting my Phantom 4 in the air and experimenting with 360° cameras. Hope this will be a great platform for interaction with other cinematographers and filmmakers. And who knows, maybe there are enough Amira owners and/or operators out there to warrant our own section one day!
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