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First Images from The Blackmagic Cinema Camera

by: Alex Flemmings on

Isn't She lovely?

The days seem to be agonizingly long until the guys at Blackmagic Cinema release this attractive piece of gear in the hands of anxious cinematographers. In case you just came back from NASA's Mars/Rover Mission (aka WALL E), then heres what you missed. 

Blackmagic Cinema Camera features a high resolution sensor with wide dynamic range so it’s perfect for independent film, television commercials and episodic television production. DaVinci Resolve software for Mac™ and Windows™ is included so you can work at the highest quality and get the best results. Blackmagic Cinema Camera is both affordable and a complete solution because it includes a built-in recorder and monitoring, so it’s perfect for displacing video-only cameras for work such as sporting events, weddings, music videos and more! 

 So heres " Pieces" of the first footage from this Cinema Camera tests from John Brawley. You can comment directly on the timeline of the video. Tell us what you think!


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APERTUS AXIOM

by: Alex Flemmings on

We want to talk about a movement we have been watching for quite some time now, namely Apertus Open Source Cinema. The goal of the Apertus project is to create a powerful, free (in terms of liberty) and open cinema camera that we as filmmakers love to use. The idea of using an Elphel camera for this particular purpose was born in 2006, found many followers over the years and ultimately resulted in this community driven project entitled "Apertus" (Latin for Free, Open) and this website, www.apertus.org.

Heres the latest post from APERTUS. 
Now there is no turning back anymore. Today we announced the product name of our new camera in the first of the Apertus talks in the Media, Radio, Television and Professional Graphics category at LSM. The future of open cinema cameras from now on has a name: APERTUS AXIOM

Axiom

  We have actually been rather careful and secretive not to release too much information about the new camera on the Internet as we do not want to follow the unfortunately quite commmon practice of how other companies announce their products: they just promise you whatever you want to hear and a couple of years later they admit that this product is not ever going to see the light of the day. So we made sure that what we announce is solid and well thought through. But still a word of precaution: We will need your help to create Axiom, only if we manage to succeed with our kickstarter campaign we will be able to afford the development. Currently we are still working on preparing the material for the campaign, unfortunately its taking longer than we hoped it would - Watch this video below and stay tuned.

C300 has all the Bells and Whistles

by: Alex Flemmings on

Canon C300The Canon C300 is finally starting to ship, and so far the verdict seems to be that C300 = "Awesome" – see the linked video and you’ll get it…  You can also check out my initial review of the camera HERE.  And it’s true – in terms of imaging, the C300 is really quite impressive.  However, you’ll quickly find yourself needing a rig to mount traditional cine/doc accessories to the C300.  The C300 was built as most camcorders are – without much thought to allowing for mounting points for accessories and that remains something that I hope they take into account with their next camera (besides not being able to over crank 60 fps or more at full resolution.

Author: Vincent Laforet, Director/ Cinematographer.

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