I'm someone who gets a lot of pleasure out of attending conventions. For me it's not just about making videos, although that certainly is a big part of it. Attending conventions is an opportunity to meet people, build relationships, and see and do things I can't do anywhere else. So after nearly a year and a half of shutdowns and no conventions you can imagine how excited I was to hear that ColossalCon was happening.
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Ah ColossalCon. Anime, swimsuits, waterslides and hot tubs. Can you think of a better combination of things? Perhaps peanut butter and jelly? Maybe biscuits and gravy or cake and ice cream? If the folks behind ColossalCon set out to make an event with a party-like atmosphere full of carefree fun, they succeeded. At this point there's absolutely no pretense of this convention being about cultural appreciation or education, if it even was in the first place. It's just bring your love of anime, a swimsuit, and enjoy. That's not to say you can't have the former, but let's be honest about why people attend.
I've had the opportunity to spend some time with three of the best electronic view finders in what I consider the mid-tier. While they aren't exactly cheap, they also aren't crazy expensive. They are all quite comparable in features and size.
Katsucon is an anime convention held annually at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, USA. It was first held in 1995 making it the seventh oldest anime convention according to this Wikipedia article. With 27 years under its belt and a magnificent hotel as its home for the past ten years, it has become an event beloved by many and is known for attracting amazing cosplayers.
Sony has announced the release of the tiny FX3 cinema camera. It features unlimited 4K recording, 5 axis IBIS, 16 bit raw output over HDMI, multiple 1/4" 20 mounting points, and an included handle with dual XLR inputs. This camera has been popping up in a lot of rumors lately, and everything leaked about it seems to be true.
Blackmagic Design has announced a new variant of the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, adding the word "Pro" to the end of an already long name. This new camera has the same 6144 x 3456 Super 35 sensor and EF lens mount as the previous 6K, but adds a number of new features. Coming in at just $2,495 USD, it delivers a lot of camera at an amazing price. Read the press release here.
The RED KOMODO and Z CAM E2-S6G are both 6K global shutter cameras with super 35 sized sensors. In this video series I will dig into the details of the cameras including the physical features, low light performance, resolution and codec options, and much more.
PortKeys has just announced three new versions of their LH5 and BM5 on-camera monitors. The LH5P, BM5 iii and BM5 iii-WR appear follow in the footsteps of their ancestors as far as build and basic features. They posted photos, but no specs or other details about new versions. What is evident is that two of them have gained wifi antennas, hinting at wireless video functionality with other products. Also, the new BM5 iii monitors now have a flush-mounted screen instead of the screws holding the glass cover down. Support for the RED KOMODO has also been mentioned. PortKeys is known for integrating with cameras, so it will be interesting to see what these new monitors can do.
This article might seem a bit late since this convention was nearly a year ago, but I'm going to share my experience at Animé Los Angeles 2020 any way. I began this series of convention reviews over a year ago and I plan to continue writing reviews once conventions start back up. Animé Los Angeles (ALA for short) was my first of just two conventions for 2020 due to the pandemic. The other convention was Katsucon, which I'll write about in a separate article. This isn't surprising to anyone after the dumpster fire year that is 2020. With a couple of vaccines ready for distribution, we can only hope that some conventions will be operational in 2021.
Have you ever found yourself in a creative rut while editing? You have an established workflow for editing and grading, which is generally a good thing, but your clips are all starting to look the same. You like your look, but perhaps it's time to try something new. Dehancer is a unique and powerful tool that offers film-like controls over your image. It can emulate film stock, add film grain, apply old school film coloring techniques, and add physical film characteristics. I was contacted by the team at Dehancer.com about making a video about their plugin, and I was happy to oblige. Give it a watch by clicking the image above.