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Testing the Canon 5D2: RAW vs. H264

I can’t sit on the sidelines when something like RAW video functionality on a DSLR comes out. There are a lot of nice test videos out now, but I needed to shoot my own. So, here it is! My first…

Canon 5D Hacked for RAW Video

Just when you thought that Blackmagic had made it safe to write off DSLR video as a transitional form in the evolution of filmmaking, the wizards toiling in obscurity on the “Magic Lantern” Canon firmware hack have revealed footage shot…

Competition for the MoVi?

While most of the attention at NAB was focused on the high-dollar MoVi camera gimbal, this also happened: Yes, that’s a very similar concept, for $1,800 compared to $15,000 for the MoVi. Granted, this one is constructed largely from Redrock…

The Real Deal on Redrock’s “One Man Crew”

Last week, I compared two recently-announced products: Redrock Micro’s “One Man Crew,” and Kessler Crane’s “Parallax.” Based on the information available at that time (basically, just the sales page & promo videos on the respective companies’ websites), it was a…

Battle of the Robot Dollies

No, I’m not talking about killer Barbies here … I mean camera sliders that work by themselves. At NAB, Redrock Micro announced a product they called “One Man Crew” (kinda sexist, don’t you think? But I guess they realized that…

“Lost Memories” Is Unforgettable

There are a lot of short films that are clever, entertaining, or interesting. There are only a few that are remarkable. “Lost Memories,” a two-minute story by French auteur Francois Ferracci is one of the remarkable ones. Indeed, “Lost Memories”…

Blackmagic Makes 16mm Look Good

I worked with 16mm film back in film school (back when film students used actual film), and I was always somewhat disappointed with how it looked. It was drastically better than the video of that era, but the footage always…