Heath McKnight

Heath McKnight

Heath McKnight has been writing about film and video production gear and software for over 16 years, as an editor and writer for doddleNEWS, plus as a writer for Videomaker, TopTenREVIEWS, MacWorld and many others. He has directed several indie movies, and taught film production. He lives with his wife and dog in the U.S., enjoys training for and racing triathlons, and recently finished an IRONMAN.

With the latest LumaFusion update you can now shoot and edit on your iOS device and then export and finish in FCP X. Mobile editing just took another step forward.

Vazen is a new cinema lens manufacturer, and has introduced two anamorphic cinema lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras (MFT), such as the Panasonic GH5. It recently unveiled a new 28mm T2.2 1.8x anamorphic lens, its widest available so far, which pairs nicely with its 40mm cinema prime.

Nikon revealed two new Nikkor lenses for its line of Z series of mirrorless cameras, including a very wide angle lens and a versatile zoom lens. 

Panasonic's offer to try out its S1H for a week at low cost is one of the best ways to try out the camera.

Edelkrone has made a name for itself with its famous camera sliders, giving filmmakers and videographers professional quality results. Now, the company has introduced JibONE, a motion control jib promising “silky smooth motion,” perfect for DSLRs and small cinema cameras, and can be controlled by a mobile device.

Cinema Grade: Is this as easy as grading can get?

Published in Post & VFX

Review: When it comes to color grading software and plugins, Cinema Grade stands above most of the rest. Denver Riddle, founder of Color Grading Central, wanted to develop a plugin that can go beyond most color grading functionality: Grade directly on screen, with professional tools and looks, and without the complexity of traditional color graders. 

SmallHD has made a name for itself with its rugged and quality production monitors. It offers a variety of monitor options, from the very affordable FOCUS HDMI and SDI ($299), to its upcoming 4K HDR field monitors. And now the company has announced what it's saying is the world’s brightest 24-inch production monitor, the SmallHD 2403 High Bright.

For live event video producers, a new collaboration has been announced by Atomos and Roland that can really help streamline live event, multi-camera workflows. You’ll be able to trigger recording up to 3 Atomos monitor-recorders directly from the switcher, helping to save time, so you can focus on the production.

FiLMiC Pro is arguably one of the best cinematography apps for iPhone and Android devices, transforming your phone into a cinema camera. After previewing a multi-camera option during the iPhone 11 keynote, FilMiC Pro has released a new standalone app called DoubleTake, which takes advantage of the multiple cameras iPhone offers. 

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