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Panasonic Ships AG-UMR20 Recorder/AG-UCK20 Compact Camera

Panasonic Ships AG-UMR20 Recorder/AG-UCK20 Compact Camera

Panasonic has begun deliveries of the AG-UMR20 compact field recorder and companion AG-UCK20 4K camera head, facilitating ultra-flexible, high-quality 4K image capture and advanced IP control and IP streaming.

Netflix's Anne with an E Shot with VariCam 35s

Netflix's Anne with an E Shot with VariCam 35s

Anne with an E is a filmed adaptation of the classic coming-of-age 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables, by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. The series was shot by cinematographer Bobby Shore, CSC with VariCam 35 cinema cameras.

Blackmagic Design Ships Remote Bluetooth Camera Control App for URSA Mini Pro

Blackmagic Design Ships Remote Bluetooth Camera Control App for URSA Mini Pro

Blackmagic Design today released Blackmagic Camera Control, a free iPad app that lets customers remotely control their URSA Mini Pro cameras via Bluetooth, along with Camera 4.4 Update for URSA Mini Pro cameras. The new Blackmagic Camera Control app is based on the open protocol for URSA Mini Pro cameras that Blackmagic Design demonstrated at NAB earlier this year. 

New Firmware Upgrades for Panasonic VariCam Cameras Offer Greater Speed and Versatility

New Firmware Upgrades for Panasonic VariCam Cameras Offer Greater Speed and Versatility

Panasonic has announced free firmware upgrades for the VariCam 35, HS, LT, and Pure cinema cameras that includes several new features and added functions. 

Cineo Lights the Way for the Stars of America’s Got Talent

Cineo Lights the Way for the Stars of America’s Got Talent

America’s Got Talent, the acclaimed nationwide talent show that has become a mainstay on NBC, is set to premier its twelfth season this year. Cineo Lighting has been with us since the beginning, helping ensure judges, hosts and performers always look their best for the camera. 

The Sword and The cineSync: VFX of King Arthur

The Sword and The cineSync: VFX of King Arthur

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword feels like the logical next step in Guy Ritchie’s career – after all, who better to direct a modern reimagining of King Arthur than British film royalty? Ritchie has spent years moulding rough and rugged England into whip-smart stories of sleazy charm, and Ancient Albion feels like home turf. 

4K Opinions & Interviews

DP Benjamin Gaskell Shoots the Latest Installment of the Witness Project Documentary Series with a Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K

In late 2015, Smock Media, a Venice Beach-based film and VR production company, and the Victims of Communism (VOC), a Washington, D.C.-based human rights organization, came together and started The Witness Project. DP Benjamin Gaskell was brought on to tackle the first episode of the second installment, which would set the tone for the rest of the documentary series. The episode focused on Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada 2015 and 2016, and her story.

How did you get involved with "Witness Project: The Story of Anastasia Lin"?
The director / editor of the project, Adam Hawk-Jensen, asked me to come on board as his director of photography. As I understand it, the nonprofit organization “Victims of Communism,” approached him to helm a new series of documentaries that would tell the stories of these survivors. I knew going into the project that Adam needed me to bring a strong vision with a lot of creative autonomy on my end as his DP - he’s a great collaborator in that regard. I’ve worked a lot as a cinematographer on projects that explore themes of liberty and what it takes to sustain a free and prosperous society, as well as the inverse. While I have only shot three videos for the Witness Project, it’s been an absolute honor to capture the story of these heroic and inspiring individuals.
Taking a Look at Upcoming 4K Video Trends

StarTech takes a look at upcoming 4K video trends including how it's being adopted, what barriers exist, true 4K ecosystem and more. Learn more about StarTech at: https://www.startech.com/.

4K: A Revolution in Resolution
Display technology has considerably advanced over the last decade. The 2K-to-4K UHD transition represents a giant leap forward in video realism and has created a lot of buzz with content creators. The industry’s demand for higher image fidelity and an immersive cinematic experience has catalyzed the technological advances required for a true 4K experience. When viewed from 3.5 to 5 feet away, 4K images on a 50 inch 4K TV are life-like, with more depth and color. Desktop displays at only 18 to 36 inches away display sharper and significantly more detailed images.