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Intro image for article Nic's "Adrenaline" Accessory Kit for RED DSMC2 Cameras
Tutorials & Guides
DSMC2, the latest generation of RED’s camera BRAIN, is not only powerful, but the entire system is extremely versatile. These bodies can house four different sensors: MONSTRO 8K VV, HELIUM 8K, and GEMINI 5K S35, and the new 5K DRAGON-X. A wide range of modules and accessories expand the possibilities even further. We asked three of our Technical Specialists to describe their ideal RED DSMC2 package. Nic couldn't stop at just one kit, however. So, here's a look at what’s in his "Adrenaline" RED kit.
Intro image for article Phantom Comparison Chart
Tools, Charts & Downloads
Our popular comparison chart of Phantom high-speed cameras by Vision Research now includes the Ultra-High-Speed v2640 Onyx specialty, rent-only camera. The Phantom v2640 Onyx boasts the world’s fastest 2K sensor, with the lowest noise and highest dynamic range of any global shutter Phantom camera. It is capable of capturing up to 12,500 fps at 1080p. The Onyx has been optimized for cinema production, making it the ideal choice for projects where extreme slow motion and high image quality are required, such as VFX, commercial, and tabletop applications.
Intro image for article At the Bench: Westcott Flex Cine Lighting System
Tutorials & Guides
Westcott have not only updated their Flex LED mats but also their entire Flex Cine lighting system. This includes bi-color and RGBW solutions along with a new universal, wireless DMX dimmer controller and a huge variety of lighting control options. 
Intro image for article Single Camera vs. Multi-Camera Shooting, with Rubidium Wu
Tutorials & Guides
In this video, I look at the differences between the two major ways to shoot a script in filmmaking: shooting with one camera at a time, or shooting multiple cameras simultaneously. I take a look at the different factors involved, including how best to balance the advantages and disadvantages of each method in order to get the most from your scenes.
Intro image for article At the Bench: Sony Z280 Camcorder
Tutorials & Guides
The Sony Z280 is a great camcorder for single-to-small-crew shooters who are being asked to create 4K content. In this blog, I touch on some of the key features of the camcorder and shoot some test footage.
Intro image for article Mastering Camera Movement, with Rubidium Wu
Tutorials & Guides
In this video, I set out to experiment with different ways of moving the camera in order to see how each compare in a single scene. We shot a scene with a dancer in four different ways: on a tripod, on a slider, handheld, and on a gimbal (the MōVI Pro). What I discovered was that the different methods give very different effects and there's a place for them all, as long as you understand the relative strengths and weaknesses of each.
Intro image for article At the Bench: Back Focusing the Canon 18-80mm Servo Zoom
Tutorials & Guides
The Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 Servo Zoom is lightweight and versatile, making it a great choice when you're shooting in ENG mode. In this blog, I go through the steps you'll take in order to set back focus on this lens.
Intro image for article Staging and Lighting an Interview, with Rubidium Wu
Tutorials & Guides
Shooting talking heads is a fundamental skill of cinematography that's always in demand. Here we'll talk a little about what goes into creating a professional looking interview setup.
Intro image for article Atomos Announces New Shinobi On-Camera Monitor
Tech News
New from Atomos is the Shinobi, a lightweight 5.2” on-camera HDMI monitor with a touchscreen and 1000 nit maximum brightness level. Just 1” thin and weighing a mere 7 oz (without battery), the Shinobi takes square aim at the under-$500, thin and light on-camera display market, while packing some serious pro-level heft. Equally lightweight is Shinobi’s price: only $399.