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SmallHD Releases Free Firmware Upgrade

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 12:06 -- Nick Dager

SmallHD has released the first firmware update for its line of 17-inch, 24-inch and 32-inch production monitors. “Based on industry and customer feedback, we created the greatly expanded firmware 1.0,” said company co-founder Wes Phillips. “We’ve integrated a ton of features to customize color and brightness. We believe we have truly unlocked the power of HDR Preview. Our customers will love the convenience and flexibility the new firmware adds.”

Storaro Discusses His First Digital Shoot

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 12:39 -- Nick Dager

“When Woody Allen asked me to do Café Society, he had never done a digital capture before, but I knew that I had to jump completely into this new chance we had,” said Vittorio Storaro. “I wanted to see images on set that would be very close to the final result and afterwards on dailies even closer, almost 90 percent of that way to what we would see at the end.”

A Sound Addition to the Mix

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:59 -- Nick Dager

Scott Farr is one of the busiest and most sought after production sound mixers in Southern California. So he’s quite familiar with the rigors of carrying his audio kit over a long day of work.“The trick”, he explains “is how to best carry the weight in the front, and distribute it evenly so you don’t tear up your back, while keeping your shoulders free. And you have to be able to easily interface with your equipment.” Farr was one of the first to use the new K-Tek Stingray Harness, designed specifically for carrying and working with front-mounted audio bags filled with equipment.

Remote Control Available for Panasonic AG-DVX200PJ 4K Camcorder

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 10:36 -- Nick Dager

Panasonic has announced that an AG Remote Operation Panel application facilitating remote control of the AG-DVX200PJ 4K camcorder from an iPad is immediately available as a free download from the Apple App Store. Installation of a wireless module, AJ-WM30 or ASUS USB-N53 (both sold separately), is required. The firmware in the camcorder may need to be updated to the newest version. With iPad, iOS7.1, iOS8.1, iOS9 are supported. iPhone is not supported.

Documenting an Endangered Spider Monkey

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 11:48 -- Nick Dager

Wildlife cinematographer Danny Schmidt plunged into Colombia’s remote Magdalena River Valley earlier this year to document the plight of the critically endangered brown spider monkey in a project for National Geographic. Schmidt and camera operator Federico Pardo had just eight days to locate the rare albino spider monkeys (their albinism is a genetic abnormality cause by habitat degradation), record their story and capture the fragile environment in which they live.

Cunningham Gives Missy Elliot Video Flair

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 12:30 -- Nick Dager

If you’re one of the 23 million who have seen the Top 10 iTunes WTF ( video of Missy Elliot featuring Pharrell Williams, you likely recognize the signature moves and grooves director Dave Meyers lent to the comeback queen’s rap performance. This year Scott Cunningham, his director of photography and long-time producer, is adding his own visual influence to Elliot’s storied career.


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