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Intro image for article Mastering Camera Movement, with Rubidium Wu
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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
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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
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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 At the Bench: Fiilex Matrix II RGBW Light
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The Fiilex Matrix II RGBW is a compact and highly versatile LED light. While there are many lights out there that have preset Kelvin and custom color features, what sets the Matrix II apart is the attention Fiilex engineers have paid to the construction of their LEDs and the reflectors. A series of 192 check points are built into the way light is emitted to ensure not only color fidelity but also adjustments to green and magenta shifts.
Intro image for article At the Bench: The Modularity of the Sony VENICE
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I recently had a chance to work with one of our camera service technicians to take a closer look at all of the field-serviceable aspects of Sony's popular VENICE full format (full frame) cinema camera.
Intro image for article Megan's "Go-To" Accessory Kit for RED DSMC2 Cameras
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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 recently launched 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. Here’s a look at what’s in Megan’s RED kit.
Intro image for article At the Bench: Capturing Anamorphic Shots in ProRes
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Anamorphic seems to be enjoying a renaissance lately, and we’ve received some questions about how to acquire and deliver this format when shooting with ARRI’s ALEXA Mini.
Intro image for article Venetian Twilight: Sony VENICE Dual ISO Meets Steadicam
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Recently, AbelCine hosted back-to-back Tiffen Steadicam workshops here in our Brooklyn office, and we noticed students were really cozying up to the Sony VENICE. They enjoyed taking this particular payload for a test drive on their Steadicam rigs, getting in some trigger time “flying” Sony’s flagship digital cinema camera.
Intro image for article Geoff's "Ultimate" Accessory Kit for RED DSMC2 Cameras
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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, GEMINI 5K S35, and the recently launched 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. Here’s a look at what’s in Geoff's RED kit.