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Filmmaking

Mobile Technology

Camera chassis converts iPhones into mobile journalism rigs

Smartphones can pack substantial optical power, at least for their slight forms, so it's no wonder they're a favored way of capturing life's images. While many photography-enhancing iPhone accessories already exist, the latest is designed to offer a pro-level experience. The Helium Core case allows users to customize iPhones with industry standard 1/4-inch-20 mountable accessories and 37 mm threaded lenses.Read More

Digital Cameras

Kodak brings back the Super 8 movie camera, in analog/digital form

Fifty years ago, Kodak introduced its first Super 8mm movie camera. More recently, we've seen devices with a retro form factor and "organic" picture quality inspired by classic Super 8 cameras, but that still record on modern digital video. This week at CES, however, Kodak revealed a prototype of its first new Super 8 film camera in over 30 years. Known simply as the Kodak Super 8 camera (for now), it combines analog and digital features.Read More

Computers

Disney software lets directors change actors' expressions in post-production

Already, audio engineers can use software such as Pro Tools to change the inflection of a person's voice after it's been recorded. Soon, however, movie directors may likewise be able to alter an actor's facial expressions after their performance has been shot. They could do so using FaceDirector, a program created through a collaboration between Disney Research Zurich and the University of Surrey.Read More

Digital Cameras

Slick motorized GoPro stabilizer is ready to get wet

Although the GoPro Hero’s wide-angle lens already does a good job at smoothing footage out, some shakes do still make it through when shooting particularly "bumpy" activities. There are plenty of counterweight-style devices to help in that regard, along with a few motorized stabilizing rigs and the new Slick stabilizer falls into the latter family. It fits all GoPro models with their waterproof housing, plus it's waterproof itself.Read More

Digital Cameras

Lumenati CS1 uses retro design to improve your iPhone videography

Smartphone cameras are increasingly taking the place of stand-alone consumer video cameras, and in a lot of ways that makes sense. A phone, however, isn't nearly as easy to hold onto while shooting – its screen can also be difficult to see in bright sunlight. Well, that's where the Lumenati CS1 comes in. It's a videography case for the iPhone 6, and it has the same form factor as a classic Super 8mm movie camera.Read More

Bicycles

Roll Play is a multi-camera quiz show – shot from a bike

It's now pretty common for people to use an actioncam to record their bicycle trips. Some people even wear one, with another mounted somewhere on their bike. What isn't so common, however, is to see someone cycling with up to nine cameras going at once. That's just what Emmy-award winning producer Rich Collier does on a regular basis, however, in the production of his Roll Play TV quiz show.Read More

New Padcaster will fit any mobile device

The Padcaster is kind of a neat product, if you’re an iPad videographer. It’s an anti-vibration-padded aluminum iPad frame with threaded holes that allow users to add accessories such as a shotgun mic, light, lens or tripod. Soon, however, it’ll be getting a sister device that can be used with any tablet or smartphone.Read More

SoloCam is the big boys' selfie stick

Ah, the selfie stick ... perhaps one of the most made-fun-of inventions of the past few years. The SoloCam takes the basic idea and adds to it, however, creating a tool that could actually be useful to video bloggers or even serious journalists whose camera operators have been laid off.Read More

Drones

High-end Freefly Alta drone flips aerial photography on its head

If you're in the business of making drones for photography, it takes a bit to stand out from the crowd these days. Drone-mounted cameras are only getting better, and the vehicles themselves are only becoming more capable of accommodating higher quality lenses and equipment. Freefly Systems is looking to add another element to the airborne filmmaking mix with a professional-grade UAV that can fly with a camera above its body.Read More

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