Red Giant’s ‘Form 17′ is Multicam Mayhem to Show Off PluralEyes 3

Red Giant’s latest short, Form 17, takes on a 14-page script packed with dialog and shot in one day with multiple cameras and a Tascam DR-100.  This combination made for a massive amount of footage and audio to sync up in post, which Red Giant made short work of thanks to its new PluralEyes 3 audio-syncing software.

If you want a closer look at the BTS after watching the short film above, check out the making of video here on Red Giant’s site.

Cinema Forms Now Available on iPad

Cinema Forms

ikan’s $10 Cinema Forms app is now available on the iTunes App Store.  From the description:

Cinema Forms app is a powerful tool that allows you to create, manage, and share production worksheets and legal releases directly from your iPad. With this app, you can now create call sheets, break down sheets, talent releases, location release, and so much more directly on your iPad.

Key Features

• Portable and convenient
• Extensive Library of Forms (90+)
• Interactive Smart Forms
• Share as PDF to Dropbox or Email
• Customer Letterhead
• Rich Text Editor
• Signature
• iCloud Backup
• Keyword Search
• Geotag
• AirPrint
• Intuitive Interface

Apertus Axiom Camera: Open Source 4K Camera

Apertus Axiom

The Apertus Axiom Camera is an open source project that looks to produce a 4K camera with a Super 35 sensor, Cinema DNG files, 150fps at 4K, a global shutter and 15 stops of dynamic range.

The plan is to launch a Kickstarter campaign in the fall to crowdfund the project at a target price “well below $10,000.”

If this camera actually comes to market with those features and price range, it stands to further disrupt the pro video market.  Sony’s FS700 really stirred the pot when it was introduced as an $8,000 camera that will (at some undetermined point in the future) shoot 4K footage and capture high frame rate footage (something it will actually do now) in full 1080p HD.

Of course, performance, reliability and support are key components that the Axiom will need in order to become a real player in the market.

Head over to No Film School for a more detailed analysis of what this camera could mean.

5 Killer Canon Lenses for Video

SMAPP put together the above video that highlights 5 Canon lenses that are great for shooting video on Canon HDSLRs.  While I haven’t used all of these, I found their insight to be particularly compelling for uses of the 14mm and 135mm.  And, while I use the 24-105mm regularly, I hadn’t considered the 135mm + 1.4x extender as an alternative to the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens in my kit.

The full list of “killer” lenses is as follows.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM

Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM

Canon 1.4x EF Extender III

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

[via FStoppers]

Trapezist Portable Mini Jib

Trapezist Portable Mini Jib

The Trapezist Portable Mini Jibis a new, lightweight and budget-friendly jib from Light Craft Workshop.

The telescoping jib arm allows the package to collapse down to roughly two feet and pack away in an included bag.  It looks to set up quickly without tools and offers over a 4-foot reach in addition to the tripod height.

The jib has four 1/4″ screw threads and a magic arm that allows user to attach different kind of accessories for access on the user end, such as an external monitor, USB follow focus, audio recorder and other accessories.

The jib retails at $339; however, there is a special launch price $299. More details on Light Craft Workshop’s website.

Check out the quick overview video below. [Read more...]

indiSLIDER at NAB 2012

indiSLIDER

The indiSLIDER is a camera slider that I’ve been intrigued with after seeing its ridiculously low prices online a few months back.  I had my doubts about how smooth such a cheap product would actually perform.  Those doubts were alleviated after handling a few samples on the NAB 2012 show floor.

While it’s still not a high-end product from the likes of Kessler and such, it performs amazingly well for the price.  Check out the video below for a little overview  of the indiSLIDER system.

The indiSLIDER starts at just $99 for the barebones 24″ model and goes up to $215 for the 4-foot model with legs.  More robust “pro” models start at $399.