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.
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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.
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.
Blackmagic Design has just released DaVinci Resolve 17 public beta. They had previously announced the software only a few days earlier with no warning and no indication of what to expect. The software has gained many new features, but still has one glaring omission. Let's take a look at some features that I think are most important.
SmallRig today announced a previously teased product: a new compact and lightweight matte box. In keeping with their numeric product identifiers, this one is called the 2660. Made of carbon fiber and aluminum, it comes in at a low weight of just 238g. It features a standard 114mm clamp for direct attachment with compatible lenses. It also comes with a number of adapter rings from 67mm to 82mm so it can be attached to just about any lens.
Z CAM released firmware version 0.97 today which adds new high frame rates for ProRes recording. The firmware doesn't apply evenly to the entire range of E2 cameras, but most still received updates. Most notably, the S6, F6 and F8 cameras have nice bumps in frame rates.
The PortKeys LH5H is a 5.2" high brightness monitor designed for use with professional video cameras. It represents the continuing evolution of PortKeys products by incorporating and improving features of past products. It resembles the PortKeys LH5 monitor in size, weight, and shape, but is so much more sophisticated and full-featured. It also includes some features of the popular BM5 monitor.