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Film industry news, product releases and giveaways from DSLR Video Shooter.

Shane Hurlbut’s Illumination Experience Tour

Everything we shoot is affected by light. So why do we know so little about lighting and spend so much time focusing on our cameras and other gear? I’ll be the first to say I don’t know a ton about lighting. While I’ve learned a lot, I still have so much to explore. That said, I can’t tell you how pumped I am about Shane Hurlbut’s upcoming tour called The Illumination Experience.

This tour delivers an intense educational experience about the fundamentals of cinematography. Taught by Shane Hurlbut who has been in the game for 18 Hollywood films—this full-day workshop will teach you powerful principles and techniques you can immediately use in your filmmaking projects.

I’ll be attending the Chicago workshop and hope to see some of you there! Check out the trailer to learn more and make sure you reserve a spot fast.

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Canon 7D Mark II Officially Announced

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The new 7D Mark II is finally here! This is now Canon’s best video DSLR in my opinion thanks to some new video features including clean HDMI out, 60FPS at 1080p, headphone jack, better video auto focus and more.

Now, this isn’t the most innovative camera when you consider the Panasonic GH4 and Sony A7s, but if you’re a Canon shooter and want to stick with their system, this is going to be a killer option.

You can preorder the 7D Mark II for 1,799 at B&H or Amazon.

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New Panasonic HC-X1000 4K Camera

Generally I cover large sensor news and gear here at DSLR Video Shooter, but this new camera from Panasonic deserves a mention. Two things caught my eye with the Panasonic HC-X1000. First, it shoots 4K and UHD from 23.98 all the way up to 60FPS which is pretty amazing. Secondly, the camera can recording 4K downscaled to 1080p in a similar manner to the C100. All this of course is on a 1/2″ sensor which isn’t terribly sexy, but I could see myself renting a couple of these puppies for certain projects. To learn more about the HC-X1000 check out this great video from B&H:

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Movidiam: An Innovative Tool to Help Filmmakers Find Work and Make Films

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Everything has changed in the filmmaking world over the past decade. Years ago you had to go to school and spend a lot of time and money working up the hollywood ladder. But in today’s world, things are different. Low budget equipment and the internet has made filmmaking a lot easier to do. Heck, I even got a couple gigs through twitter! But with these great tools came hordes of new filmmakers without a good way to find work and other artists to collaborate with. We need to think differently about how films get made. And that is where Movidiam comes in…

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Metabones Finally Releases Canon Speedbooster for MFT Cameras

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After a very very long wait, we can finally get our hands on a Canon EF to MFT Speedbooster! This tool will allow you to not only use Canon EF lenses on your MFT camera, but also reduce crop by 0.71x and will allow you to use IS and change aperture. You can get the new Canon EF Lens to MFT Speed Booster on the Metabones website for $599.

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The Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine Lens is Finally Here

 

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The Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine lens has just been announced, and it is about time! We’ve had a full line of cine lenses available to us from Rokinon for quite some time, but we haven’t been given a fast 50mm from them until now. You can pre-order the new Rokinon 50mm T1.5 (f/1.4) Cine lens for $549 at B&H Photo Video with either a Canon, Nikon, Sony A/E or a MFT mount.

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The New DJI Ronin 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer

Ever since FREEFLY announced the Movi, manufacturers have been scrambling to make similar models at lower prices. One of the more popular knock offs was the CAME 5000 which can be had for around $1000. In the past few weeks though, DJI has announced they 3-axis gimbal system called Ronin. The DJI Ronin has a few new cool features that other 3-axis gimbal stabilizers don’t have.

Check out this video to learn more about the new $2,999 Ronin stabilizer from DJI:

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Super Slow Motion on a Budget

Joey Shanks sent me a video a couple weeks showing me how he rented a Casio EX-F1 for $100 and was able to get some pretty cool slow motion shots over the course of the week. While the resolution isn’t the best, you can still get some pretty great results. I think this footage would definitely work for a lot of documentaries where 300-1200FPS are needed. Check out Joey’s video to see some budget slow motion footage:

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Video: Custom Rigs Used by VICE Shooters

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Great video done by VICE DP’s Jake Burghart and Jerry Ricciotti showing us their custom rigs. While they use C300 cameras, a lot of this rigging could be applied to other cameras.

What do you think of their setup? What modifications have you made to your rig? Or do you stick to standard rig kits from manufacturers?

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Walimex Pro Cage: Great Alternative to the Wooden Camera Cage

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I love my Wooden Camera Quick Cage, but the cost of shooting with one is pretty steep. A complete WC cage setup that can be use with or without rods will set you back $839 (cage + extra plate for non-rod use) which is pretty painful.

Recently I discovered the Walimex Pro Cage which I’ll be reviewing in the upcoming weeks. In short, this is a killer, super strong, flexible alternative to the WC cage. For the same setup mentioned above, you’ll pay $608 or $399 for the cage without rod support. You could also pick up an entire shoulder rig system from Walimex Pro for $899 which is close to the price of the WC cage system. Oh, and you can also add on a ton of different accessories from Walimex Pro.

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A Week of Filmmaking Training in Scotland? Yes Please

I’ve followed and respected Jem Schofield’s C47 videos since he started them over 3 years ago. In just a few short weeks Jem is going to be running The Filmmakers Intensive in Scotland for a week. Yeah… Scotland… There you will have an opportunity to learn the craft of lighting and shooting for documentary as well as corporate and narrative filmmaking.

If you’re looking to really dive into film production and want to get your hands dirty, you can’t miss this opportunity. Check out the promo video and visit thefilmmakersintensive.com to learn more. The deadline is July 2014 at 18:00!

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