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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
    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
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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?
  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
    I had a total brain fog moment last night 🙈. I was shooting with the C500mkii, recording externally into an odyssey recorder. When I was done, disconnected all the cables and instead of pulling the SSD out, I causally removed the V-mount battery and proceeded to walk over to my computer with it and got very close to trying to insert it into the USB HDD dock. Guess I was in total autopilot mode 🤔
  32. 2 points
    Hello from a California that's on fire. I'm a documentary director that's drawn to stories that inspire awe, especially when it comes to the meaningful moments of life. This was a big year for me as I got my first film in theaters (Free Burma Rangers). It was a big accomplishment for us. 650 theaters in February, and because of Covid shtting down theaters in March it's currently the #1 theatrical doc of 2020. 🤷🏼‍♂️. What a strange year for the industry. Now the film is on Amazon Video. I've been directing for almost 20 years: a feature doc on HIV/AIDS “Dear Francis” (Showtime), an early comedy webseries “Lovin’ Lakin” (Hulu - Kristen Bell, Seth McFarlin), but my main time has been spent making mini documentaries for nonprofit organizations. www.brentgudgel.com. I did a decade in Hollywood, then several years in Austin, TX, and now I'm back in California near Yosemite. Gear has come and gone over the years and I currently don't have a ton. I used to be quite into gear though. My DP and I inadvertently contributed to the DSLR revolution in '08 when we put this D90 camera test online, several months before the 5D came out. We didn't think anyone would see it - and we didn't even white balance properly - but it went kinda viral in the community because the DSLR depth of field difference was so striking. I definitely never got hired because of that poorly shot video. It's wonderful to find out about this forum.
  33. 2 points
    I'm very intrigued to see what the sensor tech can do (currently the 16.3 beta crashes instantly on my machine if I go anywhere near the 12k sample clips). And I agree that the 12k is kinda irrelevant (given that you can record "native" 4k or 8k if you wish). To me, the issues that do matter are the continued use of CFAST cards (which requires splitting recording across multiple cards to access full frame rate options), and the alternative (the SSD recorder) having to be externally plugged into the camera's USB-C port (an incredibly dangerous prospect for recording - since the connector is so fragile). All the cameras make fine images these days - so it really is the functionality, ergonomics and feature-sets that set the good ones apart. And they've made a couple of really unfortunate choices on that front.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 2 points
    Hi everyone, I'm Richard. London/Essex based, I am a lighting cameraman / camera operator. Looking forward to learn and exchange ideas. https://www.richardkangethe.com/
  37. 2 points
    Hello! I'm AJ Young, a freelance DP in Los Angeles. You can check out my work here: http://www.AJYoungDP.com I've been diving into the world of DIY Anamorphic and Virtual Production. I hope to share what I've been working on soon
  38. 2 points
    Hi all, Ex Reuters. Too much time on the desk. Picked up cameras. Founded Tiger Zen. Newsman to the core. The apprentice always.
  39. 2 points
    I was reading the comments in your article and was surprised at some of the thoughts. I have what might be considered non-professional stills camera gear that I used professionally, which are now 16 years old and some younger, that are still working fine if I choose to use them. Modern gear doesn't mean that it's going to suddenly fall apart in two or so years time. It may be superseded by more capable gear, but that applies to any industry.
  40. 2 points
    I've had the Flowtech 100's since a few weeks to maybe a month after their initial release(my sales rep managed to get me a pair of legs away from a head/leg combo early on before the legs themselves were supposed to be available- Vitec wanted to sell packages first[$$$]). I've used Sachtler Speedlocks since late 2007(2x regular 100 Speedlocks and a 100 HD pair) and these are my GO-TO legs. I use them paired with a Vinten 100, as my 'A' set-up and have used them with a Vinten 250, too. They are pretty much superior in every way to Speedlocks and every other ENG type legs that I've ever had or used in ~23 years of shooting. Buy them and don't look back or have a second thought. And they're less expensive than the excellent Speedlocks, too.
  41. 2 points
    Hi everyone I am Hammad freelance cinematographer based in south India (Bangalore and Kerala).
  42. 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!
  43. 2 points
    You've got a few more options of in-between frame rates but unfortunately you cant dial in whatever you want. Here's a screen shot showing you what the options are:
  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
    I didn’t add sharpening to any shots! I didn’t have time to do a proper grade. I literally just wacked the saturation up and added a bit of contrast in FCP X.
  46. 2 points
    My one is both standalone and a VST / Audio Component.
  47. 2 points
    We will have all the information in advance 😀
  48. 2 points
    We have a full range of camera cages & accessories for Canon, BMD, Sony, ARRI, RED & more. Besides mounting points for accessories, you get quick release and sliding capabilities for optimal balance. Side plates remove physical stress from the camear body as well. This is the V1 C200 Cage reviewed by @Erik Naso https://www.newsshooter.com/2019/04/23/hands-on-with-the-bright-tangerine-left-field-canon-c200-cage/ Looking forward to have our latest kits reviewed on the site - https://www.brighttangerine.com/product-category/camera-accessories/
  49. 2 points
    Still a phenomenal review.
  50. 2 points
    Hey all! I'm Henry, a broadcast camera op (primarily working in studios and OBs). I also do a bit of PSC work and shoot timelapse as well. Nice to see some familiar faces here and good to have another place to interact with colleagues around the world.
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