Production

The popularity of large chip cameras has often meant the sidelining of smaller sensor devices. But if documentary is your focus, a camera with a large sensor can be more a hinderance than a benefit. Here, Roland Denning tells of his experiences using a Sony PXW-Z90 as an Aaton style documentary rig. Can it cut the mustard?
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Years ago, the question “How are we shooting this?” could be answered with a phrase such as “On digibeta.” Even then, though, we started to encounter terms like “hypergamma”, “Rec. 709” and “compression.” Since then, things have become increasingly complicated, to the point where we regularly need a quick reference guide.
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Monitors are one of the best pieces of kit you can have for small camera shooting. We take a good look at one of the most popular devices of late, the Atomos Ninja V monitor/recorder. A system that can expand the capabilities of your camera, and at a very attractive price point.
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There's no getting away from it, if you want that big budget cinema look there is often no substitute for simply having a really big light source.
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The Nikon Z 6 is one of the most important camera releases of recent times, being the first full-frame mirrorless camera to promise 4K ProRes RAW output via HDMI. We have one to review, but for now here are our first impressions.
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Replay: Showing the best side. Lighting a face well can be one of the most difficult aspects of cinematography. But there are also a few guidelines you can always bear in mind to help you along the way. Here Neil Oseman shares one of the secrets to lighting a face well, and also how to break with convention when required.
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Tilt Shift is a rather niche technique but when it's used effectively the result can be magical, as it is here, in this film shot in the little known European country of Albania
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We are becoming spoilt for choice when it comes to bright, portable set monitors. Phil Rhodes takes a look at what would appear to be one of the brightest yet. The 2500nit Cinemartin Katherine.
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Review: Landscape Pro 3 is an app that makes bold claims to be able to transform otherwise dull landscape photographs into masterpieces. We find out if it really works.
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Fed up with all the stress of setting up a live stream? We review the LiveU Solo, a live streaming device that is powerful enough to be used by professionals, and easy enough to be used by technophobes.
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Blackmagic Design just set the video world alight once more. In some major news the company has announced not just that it has released BRAW capabilities for the BMPCC 4K, but an entirely new generation of URSA Mini Pro is nearly ready to go, too! Hold onto your hats!
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