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One of the really annoying aspects of choosing a suitable video camera is that the subject is a minefield of terminology.
Unless you are prepared to do a ton of research and work your way through learning another ton of technical terms and words you will get lost.
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Making an Indie Film? HERE are our Top 5 Survival VFX Tips


If you dream of being a movie maker, it’s no longer as hard as it used to be. Today’s amazing technology has brought visual effects (VFX) and film making tools within reach of just about anyone with a creative idea and some time to learn.

VFX lets you, as a film producer, create scenes by manipulating footage and adding effects digitally to create professional films that look very real on a tight budget. If you were creating the same scenes on a live-action set, you may be looking at dangerous situations or a boatload of money.

By taking advantage of the VFX tools available, an indie filmmaker can create independent, professional films that can, at times, rival the motion picture movie houses at a fraction of the cost. Check out tools such as Motion Array video effects that put amazing visual effects, light leaks, and transitions at your fingertips. Here are the top five survival tips for incorporating VFX.

Tip One: Incorporate User Markers

You don’t need to mark every piece of footage that will require VFX. For example, if the camera is not moving, no user marker is needed. Every marker that you use will need to come out during post-production, requiring more labor and expense at that point in the project.

Use markers when you’re shooting something against a bland background with little detail or if you’re tracking a particular moving object. Otherwise, seriously consider leaving them out.

Tip Two: Hire Post-Production Supervisor

If you have a little money for your indie film, spend it here. There’s nothing quite like an expert post-production supervisor to pull your project together in the final stages. You’ll need to rely on this individual to manage all the stages and people involved in post-production including producers, editors, sound professionals, and other facility companies that may be involved.

Post-production supervisors who have experience in organizing all this complex work will save you a great deal of time, money, and headache in the long run. They will be the ones monitoring the deadlines as well as the budget and keeping everyone accountable.

Tip Three: Employ Several Visual Artists

Depending on the length of your indie film, you may want to divide the workload between several VFX artists. Not only will you increase overall efficiency, you’ll get an interesting mix of creative juices flowing into your project as well.

It’s important to use artists who are all familiar with the conventions of your video software and VFX tools. You’ll want one to be able to jump in where another left off without a lot of confusion on what work has been done and what still needs doing.

Your post-production supervisor may be able to recommend some junior VFX artists who are interested in gaining experience. Have them involved early on so you don’t find yourself scrambling at the eleventh hour to meet approaching deadlines.

Tip Four: Use Green on Green

Although it may seem counterintuitive to a less experienced video producer, the best tracking markers on a green screen are green ones.

Why? As long as the green markers are just a bit brighter or darker than the screen and can be seen on the monitor, they can do their job. If you choose a color like red or yellow to make the markers stand out, they will be difficult and sometimes impossible to key out for those incorporating the VFX.

Tip Five: Shoot VFX at High Frame Rate

If you’re incorporating scenes in your indie film that involve blood, dust, smoke or fire, you’ll want to shoot these at a higher frame rate. By doing so, you’ll be providing a great deal of flexibility during the VFX stage. For instance, you will be able to slow down the speed and preserve the quality of the footage during the VFX modifications. Even if you experience some motion blur, your VFX professional should be able to correct this issue by retiming the video.

If you’re in an indie filmmaker with a great idea and a tight budget, these survival tips will help you make that movie making dream a reachable reality.

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Cine Gear Expo 2019: What To Expect

This year, we’ll again be attending Cine Gear 2019 Expo. The show takes place on the Paramount lot in Hollywood, California from May 30 through June 2. We’ll be there to check out what’s new in the world of digital cinema and production gear. What’s particularly nice about this show is that it’s a focused expo that targets filmmakers, instead of broadcasters and television production.

What to See at the Show

Here’s some of what will be taking a close look at this year’s expo:

  • Cutting-edge Trends: We’ll be reporting on what’s trending in film and video. For instance, what formats, lenses and workflows are attracting attention. We’ll also examine if filmmakers are still looking for the larger and heavier full-format cameras. We think some will be opting for smaller, lighter S35-imager cameras.
  • Improvements to Workflow: We’ll investigate if any products or services are improving workflows. That includes backup services, solid state drives (SSDs) and other tech. We’ll also see what manufacturers are repurposing older, existing products. We’ve seen some that are refitting older gear with newer, more efficient technology.
  • New Methods, Techniques and Markets: New products and accessories, like drones, aren’t just driving new ways of filming subjects, but they’re opening new markets in filmmaking, from science to travel. We’ll be sure to cover any emerging methods and techniques at the show, including trends in new media and VR.
  • Latest Cameras, Lenses, Lighting, Accessories and Other Gear: We’ll be sure to report on any announcements in filmmaking hardware, including cameras, lenses, lighting and more. We’ll also be on the lookout for any new rigs or gimbals that stand out as well as newer power supplies that allow you to use your camera or lights for a longer period of time. Plus, we’ll report on any software and apps we see on view.

Events & Awards

Additionally, we’ll also be covering the winners of this year’s Cine Gear Expo awards: We’ll find out which products and services are winners of the Cine Gear Technical Awards, the expo’s annual recognition of the products with the best of the industry’s technical advancements. Product categories include best camera technology, optics, lighting, support, sound and accessories. This year, the Cine Gear Expo has announced its Outstanding Technical Achievement award, which will go to “KinoFlo for the continuing advancement the brand has made to lighting technology.”

Additionally, the Legacy Award will be presented to “George Spiro Dibie, ASC, for his outstanding contribution to the art and generous service to the industry and Claudio Miranda, ASC, will receive the Visionary Award for his outstanding Cinematography.”

We’ll also report on winners of the Film Series, which will receive filmmaking equipment, including cameras, lighting and accessories from the sponsors of the competition. Last year, categories included Best Student Short Film, Independent Short Film, Commercial and Music Video and Award for Visual Excellence.

For more, go to the Cine Gear Expo website.

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Panasonic will unveil new LUMIX Cine products at Cine Gear Expo 2019

Panasonic will reveal new LUMIX Cine products at Cine Gear Expo

The Paramount Theater on Friday, May 31st, at 12:30pm is the place to be to see Panasonic reveal the “exciting new secrets” the company will unveil at Cine Gear Expo 2019.

Cine Gear Expo at the Paramount Studios in Los Angeles is the stage chosen by Panasonic to reveal its  LUMIX Cinema “top secret” camera. Panasonic is not alone, as Sony also has a presentation related to cinema and video, the same day, and also with Cine Gear Expo 2019 as background.

Panasonic’s presentation, though, has kept everyone curious, with lots of rumors and suggestions. It’s clear that no one knows exactly what’s coming, but those using the Micro Four Thirds GH5 series wish there is a GH6 coming, while others believe that since Panasonic went full-format, this can be a video-centric L-mount camera. Others, still, believe a EVA2 can be about to be revealed. Depending on where you read, you’ll get a variety of opinions. There is at least one person that knows and apparently has used the new products and the top secret item or camera: Alicia Robbins, a Los Angeles based DP, “living the dream of working in film and TV”, as she writes on her Instagram.

Panasonic will reveal new LUMIX Cine products at Cine Gear Expo

Alicia Robbins uses EVA1 and GH5

Alicia Robbins uses Panasonic cameras, and the list of gear she uses includes the Panasonic EVA1, so there may be an hint here for some of those asking what’s coming next. But she also uses the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 (2 bodies) so she can be very well familiar with eventual new models from each family. It should be noted, though, that all suggestions point to a LUMIX cinema camera, and that kind of excludes the EVA family. So, could this be the GH6? It can, but it can also be a L-mount cinema camera, as the full frame models also used the LUMIX brand.

The rumors suggest that this L-mount camera will be bigger than the actual LUMIX S1 and S1R, feature 6K video and full built-in log settings. I could be true, but no one knows. Or better,  Alicia Robbins knows, and she wrote on her Instagram “Join me in at Cinegear where I’ll be presenting on stage with Panasonic for their new product announcement! May 31st, 12:30pm, Paramount Theatre!”

The official information from Panasonic states that “Panasonic Lumix has some exciting new secrets they are ready to unveil at Cine Gear!” and invites people to “join Panasonic and Director of Photography Alicia Robbins for a sneak peek at something exciting and new from Lumix.” The product announcement note adds that “Alicia will cover her initial thoughts on the new products and provide a screening that showcases what is possible with this top secret item.”

Panasonic will reveal new LUMIX Cine products at Cine Gear Expo

Is the new LUMIX a L-mount cine camera?

It’s important to note that Panasonic talks about “new products” and mentions that Alicia Robbins will showcase what is possible with this “top secret item”. What this seems to suggest is that Panasonic  will reveal more than one product, of which one is a top secret item. If it is so, can one consider that one of the new items may be the Full V-Log recording promised for the LUMIX S1 mirrorless, due to arrive in July through a paid firmware update, allowing the camera to offer 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 24p/30p internal video recording and 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p HDMI output? Or is a firmware update not a product?

Still, this firmware update is not a secret, so the real news must be something else, a new product that no one seems to know, yet. It is true, though, that announcing a new LUMIX L-mount camera now, when the other models are yet to be available everywhere, does not seem to make much sense… but maybe Panasonic knows something we don’t know. A new EVA2 would make many people happy, but the LUMIX name does not point in that direction, and this is raising a lot of questions. I guess that’s exactly what Panasonic wants. That’s the reason why there is a top secret item. For a couple of days more, as the clock is ticking.

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LaCie 2Big Raid and 2Big Dock Videoguys Product Spotlight

This Videoguys Product Spotlight is all about the LaCie 2Big Dock and 2Big Raid storage solutions!

The LaCie 2Big RAID and 2Big Dock Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C solutions with LaCie RAID Manager software are professional RAID solutions made easy – and built for video production workflows.

Check out the video on YouTube HERE

The 2Big Dock delivers lightning fast speeds in a two bay raid that includes a dual high speed card reader.

The NEW 2Big RAID is the simplified solution with Seagate’s IronWolf Pro enterprise class drives designed specifically for high-speed performance.

The LaCie 2Big RAID and 2Big Dock are available now!

Call today at 1-800-323-2325 for more information and for help finding the best storage solution for your video production workflow.

Learn more about the 2Big Dock and 2Big Raid HERE

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