When you set up to shoot an interview, the angles and frames you choose can make or break the video. In this post, we will go over ten different angles that you can use when shooting interviews. You can think of it as a personal cheat sheet for interviews. Some of the ideas are for your A-camera, and some are for B-cam. We used a RED Dragon on a Manfrotto 645 FAST and 504x head as our A-cam, and a BMPCC 4K on a Manfrotto 635 FAST and an old MVH500AH head.
Remember that flip-up LCD modification somebody made to their Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K last year? Well, Tilta showed off a similar modification for the Pocket 4K and Pocket 6K at IBC last September. At the time, there was no word on exactly when it would become available.
Now, though, it’s listed on the Tilta website for customers in the USA. It’s called the Tiltaing and it’ll cost you $279-299 for a self-install kit or $528-548 to have Tilta install it for you. Although, at the moment, the latter is the only option.
I stumbled across this video by LA-based Italian filmmaker Alessandro Serra last night while browsing through social media – as one tends to do a lot more these days. It leapt out at me as I’ve seen a lot of my female friends on Facebook posting that ex-boyfriends they haven’t spoken to for several years have been randomly getting in touch with them since lockdowns have started to come into place around the world.
That’s how Alessandro’s short film, Breaking Social Distancing, begins, with a phone call from a guy to his ex-girlfriend who ultimately agrees to break the “social distancing” guidelines currently in place just about everywhere. What happens after that… Well, you’ll just have to watch.
Some of us have had ants in the kitchen, or maybe we had to deal with these little creatures while camping. But have you ever had your camera swarmed by ants? Dakota McLearn was unpleasantly surprised recently when he saw that his Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K had become home to a colony of ants. He shared his experience in a video and it’s as fascinating as it is scary.
When it comes to custom power solutions, Indipro Tools is one of the names that’s been popping up more and more lately. They offer a range of batteries and connectors for powering a whole bunch of different devices. Something on their stand at PhotoPlus 2019 caught our eye, though, so we stopped by to have a chat.
It’s a top cage handle for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K. Sure, top handles are nothing new, but this one contains a battery that can actually power the Pocket 4K and 6K cameras for up to five hours of use.
Blackmagic just dropped a big update for the Pocket 4K and Pocket 6K cameras. It comes as part of the Blackmagic Camera 6.6 update, which also includes updates for Blackmagic RAW support in Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro.
The update brings 2.4:1 4K 75fps, 2.6K 120fps and 2880×2160 up to 80fps for anamorphic lenses with 2x and 1.33x desqueeze preview options. Both cameras also receive USB PTP control support (yes, it should finally talk to your gimbal!), a built-in horizon levelling tool and an up to 8x pinch-zoom function for the touchscreen LCD.[Read More…]
DaVinci Resolve has come a very long way over the last few years. From its humble existing as the colour grading tool of choice, it’s grown into a full-blown editor that now easily competes with the established big boys in the non-linear editing world, like Premiere Pro, Final Cut and Avid. After several months of beta testing, Blackmagic has now announced the final release of version 16.1, including a lot of updates.
This is about ten-minute read where we dive into all the dos and dons approaching a gimbal and balancing. If you’re interested in how to balance your gimbal as fast as possible jump to the actual balance process section towards the end.
When the P4K first hit customers hands, there was a borderline backlash in the forums. Proud owners of their new camera were disappointed to find out they couldn’t mount their cameras onto their Crane 2 gimbals. At first glance, it seems borderline irrelevant to even want to balance such a powerful camera on a gimbal that has been updated already to its big brother, the Crane Lab 3, but there are a lot of advantages to being able to take up less space and carry less weight (especially if you don’t need the extra weight).
With the many tradeshows we cover, a constant question that comes up is what gear we are using to cover each show and why. Some of the gear has been with us for a long time and some of it changes as we go. For now, though, this is the optimal setup we use to cover tradeshows.
Starting with probably what is our first decision when we plan our coverage is the camera. We have grown quite fond of the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (or BMPCC4K). The footage quality is great and the low light performance are fantastic, especially when it comes to shooting on the tradeshow floor were light can be pretty unpredictable.
The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is a really good camera with some amazing features. But one of the challenges that the camera presents is, it’s physical size and weight. In order to really get the best out of it, you really do need to put it in a cage.
Lanparte kindly sent me their cage for the BMPCC 4K to try out. Here are some observations.