Magic Lantern raw video: How I shoot and edit on the run

Last year, the wizards at Magic Lantern enabled raw recording on Canon DSLR’s.  Raw is the same lossless format used by the highest-end cinema cameras like RED and Arri Alexa.  It’s a breakthrough in image quality, but the painfully tedious workflow and

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Why you probably don’t need the amazing MoVI camera stabilizer

The blogosphere is blowing up with talk of the new “game changing” stabilizer from FreeFly Systems: the MoVI.  It is a camera stabilizer based on the latest technology used for cameras on quadcopters.  It’s a smaller, lighter, and easier-to-use version of the

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Ultra Low Light Video with Metabones Speed Booster

Last night I had a ball filming  at a very dimly lit bar in Santa Monica.  There was a magical, convivial vibe in the air, and I wanted to capture the mood of the place the way I felt it, without attracting

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How to film your Vegas fling and get away with it

Last fall, I was approached by VivaVegas.tv, a Las Vegas events promotion company, to create a branded video about one of their nightclub parties at Haze.  I’ve never had a particular interest in shooting at clubs, or events of any kind, because

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The $350 docu-filmmaking kit: Depreciation is Wonderful

Last week, I went out with some friends for yet another night on the town.  I brought along my Sony NEX-5n with a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 pancake lens and made the short “Tuesday”. I recently discovered that this combo can be bought

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Wider, Brighter, Cheaper? Metabones Speed Booster + Nikon Manual Lenses

Last night I hit the town to test out the Metabones Speed Booster on my Sony NEX-5n with some old Nikon manual lenses.  For the uninitiated, the Speed Booster is the “Holy Grail” adapter that allows any NEX camera to accept full-frame Canon

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Your Sony RX100 can go aerial for about $700 with the DJI Phantom

Quadcopters, those mini-helicopters that fly cameras with amazing fluidity, have been around for a while.  But their cost and complicated operation has kept them out of the reach of non-helicopter experts until recently . Enter the DJI Phantom: a low-cost, backpack-sized, pre-built

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Handheld Filmmaking with Dual Cameras, Part One: Production Gear

I’ve been doing a lot of “dual-cam” documentary shooting over the last several months. By dual-cam, I mean filming two angles at once by operating two handheld cameras.  The main advantage of this is being able to record both characters in a

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Sony’s sexiest camera ever? Full-frame sensor, 1080p and almost pocket-sized

The full-frame big brother of my favorite pocket photo/video camera, the Sony RX100, is arriving around December 14th. The RX1 will feature the same massive sensor used in Sony’s top-of-the-line SLT-A99, but it will weigh one pound and be small enough to fit in

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Sony RX100: Pocket Cinema Camera

I have long dreamt of the ability to video-blog my life in a cinematic yet low-profile way.  To me, this means the ability to attain shallow depth-of-field, clean low light performance, and full manual controls.  And everything has to be able to

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