The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – News from NAB 2017

After all the dust has settled from the NAB show of April 22-27, 2017, the world’s largest annual convention produced by the National Association of Broadcasters held in Las Vegas, the following are my lasting impressions, having followed various live streams and reports from a broad range of vloggers on YouTube. According to many, this … More The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – News from NAB 2017

Less is More – Skidproofing the POOLiCAGE

During my last shoot, the work-in-progress entitled The Red Stone, I noticed that my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera moved or spinned slightly inside the POOLiCAGE when I tried to realign the attached lens to the Petroff matte box and follow focus, using the SmallRig top handle. That was somewhat annoying. One of the few downsides … More Less is More – Skidproofing the POOLiCAGE

Steadying my Aim – Completing my DIY Shoulder Rig

Yesterday I finally received my SmallRig 1622 Rubber Non-slip Handle Grip, travelling all the way from China since the beginning of April. My original purpose with this purchase through SmallRig’s ebay store was two-fold: 1. To use the rubber grip as an alternative to the alumium threaded SmallRig 1638 Top Handle, to fit the former … More Steadying my Aim – Completing my DIY Shoulder Rig

A Helping Hand – My first impressions of the SmallRig top handle and lens support (with the POOLiCAGE and POOLi™ base)

Recently I aquired the POOLiCAGE for my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. However, it was delivered without a top handle. And a camera cage isn’t complete without one. Also, my camera rig requires the Meteor 5-1 lens to be supported, to alleviate the burden from the Micro Four Thirds lens mount. So, yesterday, my parcel from … More A Helping Hand – My first impressions of the SmallRig top handle and lens support (with the POOLiCAGE and POOLi™ base)

From Russia with Love – My first impressions of the POOLiCAGE and Bases from POOLi™

On February 24 I finally ordered the POOLiCAGE (half cage version) for my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, together with the S-BASE-2 and D-BASE-2, as well as a pair of 30 cm long 15 mm rods (silver metallic) from Andrey Kramar of POOLi™. It all went for $170 including shipping, which is a virtual steal. Initially, … More From Russia with Love – My first impressions of the POOLiCAGE and Bases from POOLi™

Against High Resolution Large Sensors – Why I prefer to shoot in 2K Super 16

Following the official Blackmagic Forum and unofficial BMCuser forum, I feel that there is to much attention being made on the Blackmagic URSA line of cameras. My qualified guess is that there are a lot more Blackmagic camera users that own and shoot with a Blackmagic Cinema Camera (BMCC), a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC), … More Against High Resolution Large Sensors – Why I prefer to shoot in 2K Super 16

The illusion of Film – Blending my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with Filmstock

I have been told that the closest equivalent of negative filmstock that emulates the image coming from a Blackmagic Cinema Camera, a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, or a Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, that works best for colour grading and matching with these cameras in DaVinci Resolve, is Kodak Vision3 250D 5207 Colour Negative, the successor … More The illusion of Film – Blending my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with Filmstock

Upping my Grade – The DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel

Yesterday, at 21:00 (9 pm) Stockholm time Blackmagic Design held a Camera and DaVinci Resolve Press Conference where the founder and CEO Grant Petty presented three new products, the DaVinci Resolve Micro and Mini Panels, and the Blackmagic Mini URSA Pro camera. Blackmagic Design simultaneously announced that a new version of DaVinci Resolve (12.5.5) had … More Upping my Grade – The DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel

(Not) Fearing the Dark – Using Available or Natural Light

Professional filmmaking makes a huge affair of using good and enough lighting of a scene, in particular with internal shooting. Availability of light is what separates big budget from zero. This stems from the days of shooting with celluloid film stock. Although digtal filmmaking isn’t as sensitive to darkness as photocemicals used to be, this … More (Not) Fearing the Dark – Using Available or Natural Light

Pimping up the BMPCC – My Wish List for 2017 and beyond…

To recapitulate the past year. Autumn of 2016 saw a major investment in a new digital film camera, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, plus two SDXC flash memory cards and a dual USB charger to go with the two EN-EL20 spare batteries. I also aquired a brand new workstation that would match up the CinemaDNG RAW workflow … More Pimping up the BMPCC – My Wish List for 2017 and beyond…