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Red Digital Cinema’s new camera?

By Gear

Red's new camera announcement

There is something in the air. Stirrings and rumours sweeping film and TV shoots worldwide. And it was started by Jim Jannard the founder of Red Digital Cinema posted on RedUser “July 6th. 9am PST. Right here. You need to be online. You need to tell everyone you know to be online. Have your credit card ready. This is a new product category. It does not impact your RED camera.”

Jim Jannard later posted its “Much bigger than a codec and much smaller than curing cancer.”
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Making great Videos

By Gear

Great cameraman and gear

What is the secret to making a great video? A great cameraman.
While having all the gear you will need on set is always that best option, Gear does not make the cameraman, the cameraman makes the gear. Don’t forget Gear is good, but vision, know-how and creativity is better.
If you know how to properly use your gear, you can produce beautiful work. Does using professional camera gear perform better? Yes. But simply having the best camera isn’t enough you need to know-how to use it.
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Top tips on how to light for an Interview

By Gear

It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out using lighting in your stills and video or an industry veteran, these tips will help you consistently achieve great results when shooting people. Even with only two or three lights anyone can achieve great looking images on video or stills. A typical starting point for professional camera people is always the basic three point lighting setup. From there you can adapt the light setup to achieve the mood you like on your shoot.

When three point lighting, the lights used are normally Key, Fill and Backlight (Hair light). The Key Light is the strongest light hitting your subject (or Talent), and the main source of light in the shot.

The Fill light is from the opposite side to the Key light and is there to reduce contrast and lighten shadows on the subject. Depending on how much contrast or shadow and definition you want on your subject, the Fill light can be moved closer or further away to vary the intensity (brightness). For a soft Fill light it can be filtered or bounced to diffuse it, or placed further away reduce the light’s brightness hitting the subject.

The Backlight (Hair Light) hits your subject from behind and or above which separates the subject from the background by making the edges of the subject’s body pop.
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Shoot Data Back Up

By Gear, Tech

Sydney DOP cameraman data check

There are many ways to copy the shoot’s data, but unless you use software with a checksum you may not be copying everything every time.

I have bought and tried many different data transfer software apps and have recently found the best one yet, Hedge for Mac. Some of the others that I have bought and used are DoubleData, R3Data and Offload. While each has it good points they also fail in what I want them to do in some other ways.

The reasons why I think Hedge is the head of the pack is its speed. Basically it does what the others do but it does it faster . Its really only a little slower than using Finder, but does a checksum and writes transfer logs, meaning you have proof of the transfer being 100% correct. The speed of transfers and the ability to do simultaneous transfers to multiple locations is a huge plus!

So if you have had a data issue in the past or want to make sure you don’t have one in the future go check out Hedge for Mac. And if you like it, you can get a $10 discount by clicking here


Gear, gear, gear …..

By Gear, Tech

Does it ever end ? No, when it comes to film and TV gear. So with that in mind I have a bunch of new gear. New lighting frames 10 x 10, 6 x 6 and 4 x 4. Also a new Chromakey green 10 x 10 screen as well as some new new textiles for my other frames.

I also have a new monitor stand setup to make having a monitor on set in the right place easier and faster. This is a combination of a few Mathews products specially designed for onset monitors.

I now have a “low boy ” attachment for my Wally dolly kit. This enables the tripod head to be mounted to the T frame on the dolly, making for some really nice low angle dolly shots.

Then there is a load of other new gear, including a heap of Shot bags, C stands and more light stands.

All this new gear comes included with all my existing gear as part of my shooting package which means I can handle any shoot. Check out my gear list to see all my gear.