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Intro image for article Sony VENICE Captures the Action on the Latest Season of Last Chance U
Client Profiles
We sat down with DP Terry Zumalt and 1st AC Devin Keebler on Netflix's Last Chance U, a series that follows players from junior college football teams as they compete to reach the next level.
Intro image for article Sony FX9 Scene Files from AbelCine
Tools, Charts & Downloads
In our tradition of providing scene files for the latest professional cinema cameras, we have created a collection of scene files for the Sony PXW-FX9. These files are based on the looks AbelCine has been creating for many years and are designed to fit a variety of common shooting scenarios.
Intro image for article Mini LF Series: Shooting for HDR
Tutorials & Guides
One of the major technology trends in 2020 continues to be HDR. As you may also know, Netflix has instituted a requirement that all original programming be finished in HDR (the Dolby Vision flavor, to be exact) — not unlike their 2015 edict that all original programming be shot with cameras from a growing list of bodies that capture at least UHD 3840x2160 natively. While a full primer on ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting HDR’ is beyond the scope of this article, I wanted to highlight one camera particularly well-suited to HDR capture (as well as satisfying the Netflix resolution requirements): ARRI’s ALEXA Mini LF.
Intro image for article Sony Cinematic Sensor Camera Lineup
Tools, Charts & Downloads
As with so many other brands in the past, AbelCine has compiled a new camera chart for easy comparison of the features and specifications of Sony's various camera models. For this reference guide, we have chosen to focus on the current generation of camera systems for the sake of clarity and brevity. While many of these camera bodies are in their second generation, the chart's list of features strives for inclusivity, making it unnecessary to recall details of old models that have carried over, as they are still listed here.
Intro image for article ALEXA Mini LF: Wireless Camera Control
Tutorials & Guides
The ALEXA Mini LF builds on ARRI's wireless control technology, which was introduced to the ALEXA line with the ALEXA SXT W. Each new ALEXA camera has advanced this capability, and the Mini LF is no exception. In this blog, I take a look at the various options available for wireless camera control and discuss the benefits of each.
Intro image for article Kitting the Sony FX9: Accessory Guide
Tutorials & Guides
Any time a new compact lightweight camera like Sony's PXW-FX9 comes out, camera assistants and operators have to spend a fair amount of time thinking about how to kit it out. To that end I recently spent some time myself evaluating and analyzing the different accessories on offer for the new camera. I also conferred with our rental department to get the perspective of a typical camera house environment and use that to compare against the more specialized needs of an owner-operator or low-budget filmmaker. Combining this insight with my own experience as a 1st AC and documentary camera operator helped me create this accessory guide, which, while not all-inclusive, should serve as a good starting point for any new FX9 owner.
Intro image for article ALEXA Mini LF: The Power of ARRI's LPL Mount
Tutorials & Guides
When ARRI debuted their “large format” camera series with the full-size ALEXA LF in 2018, it came with a new, and somewhat radical, lens mount dubbed LPL, for ‘Large Positive Lock’. LPL is similar to the classic PL-mount (itself also an ARRI invention) used on cinema cameras since the early 80s but with a couple of noteworthy differences.
Intro image for article Sony Firmware Roundup: New Features for VENICE and FX9
Tech News
Sony has announced the availability, this fall, of major new firmware versions for both of their full frame (aka full format) digital cinema cameras: the PXW-FX9 as well as the flagship CineAlta VENICE.
Intro image for article Petr Cikhart Talks about Versatility with Sony VENICE
Client Profiles
We had the opportunity to talk to Emmy Award-winning Cinematographer, Petr Cikhart, about how he got started in the industry and his use of Sony cameras on various projects.