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Katsucon may not be the largest anime convention in America, but it certainly is one of the most prestigious. Set at the Marriott Gaylord National hotel and convention center in National Harbor, Maryland, this event is a gathering place for some of the most ardent and ambitious cosplayers. The draw becomes obvious once you attend.
Katsucon may not be the largest anime convention in America, but it certainly is one of the most prestigious. Set at the Marriott Gaylord National hotel and convention center in National Harbor, Maryland, this event is a gathering place for some of the most ardent and ambitious cosplayers. The draw becomes obvious once you attend.
Animé Los Angeles is an anime and Japanese culture convention currently based in Long Beach, California. After taking a break in 2021 due to COVID, it returned in fine form for 2022. Attendance was good and the weather wasn't too bad either. So how did this year's convention stack up to the 2020 con?
Animé Los Angeles is an anime and Japanese culture convention currently based in Long Beach, California. After taking a break in 2021 due to COVID, it returned in fine form for 2022. Attendance was good and the weather wasn't too bad either. So how did this year's convention stack up to the 2020 con?
Located in Orlando Florida, Holiday Matsuri is an anime convention and vacation destination wrapped up in a convenient package. With two world class theme park resorts nearby (Walt Disney World and Universal Studios) it’s easy to combine two vacations into one. I can’t think of a better place to be in the month of December than smothered in the balmy subtropical weather.
Located in Orlando Florida, Holiday Matsuri is an anime convention and vacation destination wrapped up in a convenient package. With two world class theme park resorts nearby (Walt Disney World and Universal Studios) it’s easy to combine two vacations into one. I can’t think of a better place to be in the month of December than smothered in the balmy subtropical weather.
The long rumored Canon R5 C has finally been announced. At first glance it looks very much like the original R5 hybrid camera, but when you spin it around to the back it becomes obvious that some physical changes have been made. Most notable is the addition of a cooling fan behind the flip-out screen. This is a direct action to mitigate overheating issues. The R5 C can now record 8K60 non-stop. This means the artificial 30 minute record limit has been removed. It also adds a timecode connector and hot shoe support for XLR adapters. This places the R5 C somewhere between the R5 and C70.
The long rumored Canon R5 C has finally been announced. At first glance it looks very much like the original R5 hybrid camera, but when you spin it around to the back it becomes obvious that some physical changes have been made. Most notable is the addition of a cooling fan behind the flip-out screen. This is a direct action to mitigate overheating issues. The R5 C can now record 8K60 non-stop. This means the artificial 30 minute record limit has been removed. It also adds a timecode connector and hot shoe support for XLR adapters. This places the R5 C somewhere between the R5 and C70.
C2E2 is a convention for fans of all kinds. Anime, comics, movies and television, cosplay, gaming, and so much more. The full title is a mouthful - Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. It’s operated by one of the largest companies of its type, ReedPop, who also operates New York Comic Con, Emerald City Comic Con, Florida Supercon, PAX, MCM London, and many other large events of this type. C2E2 gives Chicagoans and anyone else willing to travel an opportunity to immerse themselves in a celebratory atmosphere.
C2E2 is a convention for fans of all kinds. Anime, comics, movies and television, cosplay, gaming, and so much more. The full title is a mouthful - Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. It’s operated by one of the largest companies of its type, ReedPop, who also operates New York Comic Con, Emerald City Comic Con, Florida Supercon, PAX, MCM London, and many other large events of this type. C2E2 gives Chicagoans and anyone else willing to travel an opportunity to immerse themselves in a celebratory atmosphere.
If there’s anything I learned from attending Colossalcon Texas it’s that the amount of fun you can have is not proportional to the size of the convention. For a first year convention, and a relatively small one at that, I had an enormously fun time.
If there’s anything I learned from attending Colossalcon Texas it’s that the amount of fun you can have is not proportional to the size of the convention. For a first year convention, and a relatively small one at that, I had an enormously fun time.
Just when you think you’ve seen everything in the world of cameras, a company like DJI comes out with the Ronin 4D. If a gimbal and a camera had a baby it would look like the 4D. It's essentially a high quality cinema camera with a built-in gimbal. The gimbal portion sticks out from the main body of the camera providing stabilization. Not only do you get the standard roll, pan, and tilt stabilization, you also get z-axis stabilization with the addition of a Steadicam style arm. That's why it's called 4D, because it has a fourth axis of stabilization. Read the official news release: https://www.dji.com/newsroom/news/dji-ronin-4d
Just when you think you’ve seen everything in the world of cameras, a company like DJI comes out with the Ronin 4D. If a gimbal and a camera had a baby it would look like the 4D. It's essentially a high quality cinema camera with a built-in gimbal. The gimbal portion sticks out from the main body of the camera providing stabilization. Not only do you get the standard roll, pan, and tilt stabilization, you also get z-axis stabilization with the addition of a Steadicam style arm. That's why it's called 4D, because it has a fourth axis of stabilization. Read the official news release: https://www.dji.com/newsroom/news/dji-ronin-4d
High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a great color space to work with. It allows for much greater saturation and luminance compared to the common standard dynamic range (SDR) Red.709 color space. Eventually you might need to upload your video on a platform that doesn’t support HDR. Social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram currently don’t support HDR. That’s where the Flannel Ninja custom conversion LUT comes in handy.
High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a great color space to work with. It allows for much greater saturation and luminance compared to the common standard dynamic range (SDR) Red.709 color space. Eventually you might need to upload your video on a platform that doesn’t support HDR. Social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram currently don’t support HDR. That’s where the Flannel Ninja custom conversion LUT comes in handy.
Out of all the fan conventions out there, if someone were to ask me which one they should attend I would easily recommend Dragon Con. Even if they’d never been to a fan convention before, it would be my number one recommendation. No other convention offers more to its attendees in so many different ways. Take all of the features of any other type of fan convention - anime, comic, gaming con, etc. You get all of that at Dragon Con and more. Panels, guests, vendor hall, artist alley, art show, cosplay, wrestling, costume balls, and even a full blown parade down the streets of downtown Atlanta. It's the ultimate geek gathering.
Out of all the fan conventions out there, if someone were to ask me which one they should attend I would easily recommend Dragon Con. Even if they’d never been to a fan convention before, it would be my number one recommendation. No other convention offers more to its attendees in so many different ways. Take all of the features of any other type of fan convention - anime, comic, gaming con, etc. You get all of that at Dragon Con and more. Panels, guests, vendor hall, artist alley, art show, cosplay, wrestling, costume balls, and even a full blown parade down the streets of downtown Atlanta. It's the ultimate geek gathering.
RED Digital Cinema announced their next generation digital cinema camera, the V-RAPTOR. It boasts a large format 8K (8192 x 4320) 35.4 Megapixel CMOS sensor with numerous frame rate and resolution options up to 600 frames per second. Jarred Land, the president and co-owner of RED, had been teasing photos of the new camera over the last couple of days. The new V-RAPTOR camera follows the lizard naming scheme like the DRAGON and KOMODO cameras. Just like the KOMODO, the new V-RAPTOR has a Canon RF mount, 12G SDI outputs, wifi control, and a relatively compact size. It's currently available for pre-order and is expected to begin shipping in October 2021. It is available in a limited edition white ST (Storm Trooper) version directly from RED and other retailers. A black version is expected to follow shortly after, just as RED did with the KOMODO. The V-RAPTOR comes in at $24,500.00 for the base camera and $29,579.99 for the starter pack which includes the following.
  • 1x V-RAPTOR ST 8K VV Camera System
  • 1x DSMC3 RED Touch 7” LCD
  • 1x RED PRO CFexpress 660GB
  • 1x RED CFexpress Card Reader​
  • 2x REDVOLT MICRO-V
  • 1x RED Compact Dual V-Lock Charger
  • 2x V-RAPTOR Wing Grip
  • 1x RED EXT-to-Timecode Cable 3'
RED Digital Cinema announced their next generation digital cinema camera, the V-RAPTOR. It boasts a large format 8K (8192 x 4320) 35.4 Megapixel CMOS sensor with numerous frame rate and resolution options up to 600 frames per second. Jarred Land, the president and co-owner of RED, had been teasing photos of the new camera over the last couple of days. The new V-RAPTOR camera follows the lizard naming scheme like the DRAGON and KOMODO cameras. Just like the KOMODO, the new V-RAPTOR has a Canon RF mount, 12G SDI outputs, wifi control, and a relatively compact size. It's currently available for pre-order and is expected to begin shipping in October 2021. It is available in a limited edition white ST (Storm Trooper) version directly from RED and other retailers. A black version is expected to follow shortly after, just as RED did with the KOMODO. The V-RAPTOR comes in at $24,500.00 for the base camera and $29,579.99 for the starter pack which includes the following.
  • 1x V-RAPTOR ST 8K VV Camera System
  • 1x DSMC3 RED Touch 7” LCD
  • 1x RED PRO CFexpress 660GB
  • 1x RED CFexpress Card Reader​
  • 2x REDVOLT MICRO-V
  • 1x RED Compact Dual V-Lock Charger
  • 2x V-RAPTOR Wing Grip
  • 1x RED EXT-to-Timecode Cable 3'