B&H has the Tascam DR-60D XLR recorder with the Rode NTG-1 shotgun mic for $499.99. Additionally, you get PluralEyes 3, a SD card, shock mount and XLR cable in the bundle. The NTG-1 mic alone is a $250 mic. It’s a great shotgun mic. It’s not as nice as the NTG-3; however, that’s a $700 mic. There’s quite a bit of value in this kit. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
Zacuto has released a new Z-Finder optical viewfinder for the Canon C300 and C500 cinema cameras. The Z-Finder delivers 1.8x magnification of the LCD screen.
It attaches by using a foam padded sleeve that slides over the LCD screen of either the C300 or C500. The sleeve is secured into place with a bar clamp. It also includes a unique monitor lock clip to keep the LCD screen from moving forward when the Z-Finder is pressed against your eye.
The Z-Finder for the Canon C300 and C500 retails for $485 and is expected to ship mid-March. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
You can see the new Z-Finder and other Zacuto C300 and C500 accessories in the video below. [click to continue…]
Adobe is teasing a little preview of what is to come in the new generation of the Apple Mac Pro.
In this video, Dave Helmly gives a quick tour of Apple’s New Mac Pro running Premiere Pro CC in various workflows including Multi Layer GPU Effects, 4K, Mixed 4K timeline, the power of Dual GPU Exporting vs CPU (software/CPU), and finally GPU-based debayer for Red RAW R3D files. Also featured in the video are a quick peek at the new LG 21:9 UltraWide QHD Monitors, Promise Pegasus 2 Raid, LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 and more. [click to continue…]
Red Giant, maker of Magic Bullet Looks and other popular video plug-ins, released a teaser video today for Red Giant Universe. The end of the video teases a URL to RedGiant.com/Universe, which currently shows only a sign-up form and social media links. [click to continue…]
The Comodo Orbit is another fresh take in the camera stabilization market. For many years, Steadicam and Glidecam models have remained mostly static in the fundamental ways they are constructed and operated. Now, the Comodo Orbit rig has come along and shaken up the basic single-gimbal designs we are accustomed with a new two gimbal design. [click to continue…]
Shane Hurlbut is the cinematographer for the new Need for Speed movie. A couple weeks ago, he had a contest to see who could spot the GoPro footage in the trailer. The contest is over now, but Shane put together an annotated trailer that labels all the cameras and lenses used in the trailer for each and every shot (…and there are a lot of cuts in there).
Along with the C500 and Alexa Plus, there are a few shots using the Canon 1D C in obvious tight quarters or crash cam situations. Notably, all the cameras are capable of 4K image capture (and were shooting 4K) even though the film was finished in 2K. However, the 4K frame gives plenty of room for reframes and stabilization, which makes sense when you’re shooting car sequences at 120mph. [click to continue…]