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As the year officially draws to a close, it's time for our annual round-up of the most popular CineTechnica blog posts over the last 12 months.

It's been a busy 2016, and as usual a wide range of topics was represented, including new product announcements, comparison charts, workflow how-tos, custom scene files, and more. Our Top 15 blogs are listed below in no particular order. Make sure to check them out, and let us know in the comments what you'd like to see us cover in 2017!

How to Import C300 Mark II Footage in Avid, FCP X, Premiere & Resolve

Lenses and Accessories for the Sony FS7

Back in 2012, Andy wrote up his first "importing footage" article for the Canon C300. In this version, he updates the instructions for the C300 Mark II and includes screenshots of the process to make your workflow even easier.

DP Steve Holleran Goes Handheld & Anamorphic for "The Land"

DP Steve Holleran Goes Handheld & Anamorphic for

In this project spotlight, DP Steve Holleran describes his experiences shooting The Land on ARRI ALEXA XT Plus, along with why the production chose ARRI / Zeiss Anamorphic lenses to capture this unique coming-of-age story.

Canon Log 3: Is It the "GoldiLog"

The Anatomy of a DIT Cart

In this in-depth blog, Geoff dives into the unique characteristics of Canon Log 3 and why it could be the "just right" Log gamma setting; perfect for those who are used to the unique characteristics of Canon Log 1 but who want more dynamic range than classic Canon Log 1 can provide.

Creating and Loading 3D LUTs on the ALEXA Mini

Creating & Loading LUTs on ALEXA Mini

In another of our popular "how to" blogs, Geoff explains how to use the ARRI Color Tool and various programs (like DaVinci Resolve, Pomfort LiveGrade, and Lattice) to create unique looks and load them directly into the camera.

Enabling a 68x Zoom Range on Sony's FS5 with a Cameo LANC Cable

Enabling a 68x Zoom Range on Sony FS5 with Cameo LANC Cable

There are many applications where users may require an extremely long zoom range. In this blog, we explain how to achieve such a range with a setup that includes the Sony FS5, Cameo LANC cable, HDx1.4 adapter, UMS adapter, and the Fujinon 17x Zoom.

ARRI LED Light Comparison Chart

ARRI LED Light Comparison Chart

Each member of ARRI's lighting family can be a great fit for different applications, so we created this ARRI LED Lineup chart as a handy guide for comparing fixtures such as SkyPanels, L-Series fresnels, and the compact Caster series.

Sony FS5 Scene Files

Sony FS5 Scene Files

Our custom scene file blogs are always popular, and in this installment Juliet provides settings to use with the Sony FS5. She outlines the specific parameters to match previous looks such as JR45VIDEO, JR45CINE, ABNorm, and more.

Zeiss New Full Frame Lens Lineup Comparison Chart

Zeiss New Full Frame Lens Lineup Comparison Chart

We created this chart to provide an overview of Zeiss's various full frame lenses - including the Milvus, Otus, Loxia, Batis lens families - and their ideal applications.

Red Bull Goes Anamorphic for Chain Reaction

Behind the Scenes: Red Bull Goes Anamorphic for Chain Reaction

Director Nicholas Schrunk shared a behind the scenes look at Chain Reaction, a project with Red Bull Media House. Schrunk's team used RED EPIC and WEAPON plus anamorphic lenses to capture multiple stunts on a tight shooting schedule in a remote location.

Step-by-Step Workflow for Panasonic VariCam 35 & LT

How To: Step-by-Step Workflow for Panasonic Varicam 35 & LT

In this instructional blog, Andy discusses how to set up the Panasonic VariCam 35/LT for shooting, as well as how to import footage into your NLE of choice. He even covers how to use DaVinci Resolve for a quick finishing workflow for V-log content.

Fujifilm Announces Cabrio XK6x20 20-120mm Super35 PL Zoom Lens

Fujifilm Announces Cabrio XK6x20 20-120mm Super35 PL Zoom Lens

Before NAB 2016, Fujifilm announced their latest cine zoom lens, the Cabrio XK6x20 - the first in the new "XK" category. The lens features a wide zoom range, fast constant aperture of T3.5, as well as a detachable servo.

At the Bench: ARRI WCU-4 Wireless Control Unit

At the Bench: ARRI WCU-4 Wireless Control Unit

In this two-part video series, Andy breaks down how to use the ARRI WCU-4 Wireless Control Unit with the ALEXA Mini and how to properly control the camera. The second video covers how to create lens mapping files to use with non-LDS or Cooke /i lenses.

At the Bench: Setting Up the SmallHD 702 Monitor

At the Bench: Setting Up the SmallHD 702 Monitor

In this video, Ian walks through the menu structure of the SmallHD 702 monitor and demonstrates how to customize the various functions, such as waveform dimensions, intensity and opacity, to work exactly how you need.

Lens and Accessory Guide for RED Cameras

Lens and Accessory Guide for RED Cameras

Our lens and accessory guides are some of our most popular resources, and in this version, Corey rounds up lenses, rigging, and power options for RED cameras such as the WEAPON, SCARLET-W, and RAVEN.

First Look: Nokia OZO VR / 360° Camera

First Look: Nokia OZO VR / 360° Camera

Earlier this year, we were excited to announce that the Nokia OZO would be available for rental and sale at AbelCine. As part of our launch, Andy took a closer look at OZO - which features eight 2K x 2K cameras - as well as its workflow.

Claire Orpeza
Community Manager, AbelCine NY

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