Light Craft Workshop’s Variable ND Filter

Olivia Esparanza explores Light Craft Workshop’s Variable ND filter which can alter the the amount of light allowed to pass through with a simple lever. Olivia also shares a simple trick of using step up rings to get all your lenses to match diameters.

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JVC Unveils World’s First 4k Handheld Camera at CES

It’s official, folks with resolution fetish have reason to rejoice. JVC has announced the world’s first 4K (that’s 3840×2160 pixels) camcorder. It’s a fixed lens on a 1/2 inch chip so you’re not going to get the kind of bokeh that DSLR shooters come to love but this could be a harbinger of things to come. The camera will be shipping in March and will be priced at just under $5k.

Press release to follow below:

WAYNE, NJ (January 10, 2012) – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced the GY-HMQ10, the world’s first handheld 4K camcorder, which captures, records, and plays video images at four times the resolution of high definition television. Powered by JVC’s Falconbrid large-scale integration (LSI) chip for high-speed signal processing and a 1/2-inch CMOS imager with 8.3 million active pixels, it delivers real-time 3840×2160 footage at 24p, 50p, or 60p.

“We’re witnessing the birth of what is destined to become a broad market for full 4K end-to-end production,” said Edgar Shane, general manager of engineering. “The GY-HMQ10 is a breakthrough product that opens up 4K imaging to users who previously wouldn’t have considered it.”

High resolution 4K still picture imaging has been around for several years in DSLR cameras. Motion video capture with these cameras has always been done at a lower video resolution because of lack of processing power. Likewise, high end digital motion picture cameras may capture 4K images, but often provide a raw data output to an external storage array for later processing—again due to lack of processing power in the camera. There just hasn’t been the ability to capture, process, display and record full 4K images in real time until now.

JVC’s exclusive Falconbrid LSI processing takes raw image data from the camera’s CMOS device and dematrixes (deBayers) it in real time. Unlike many high end 4K cameras, the GY-HMQ10 is able to output 4K images to a monitor or projection system in real time with virtually no latency. This capability opens up applications in cinematography, medical microscopy, telepresence, specialized observation / surveillance, and live wide-view event coverage.

Using MPEG-4 technology and a variable bit rate H.264 codec operating at up to 144 Mbps, the GY-HMQ10 records up to two hours of 4K video to economical SDHC or SDXC memory cards.

In addition to 4K imaging, the GY-HMQ10 also captures and records astonishing 1080i or 1080/60p full HD, with extraordinary detail provided by its 8.3 megapixel imager and superior lens. HD is recorded on a single memory card in a format compatible with most editing systems. This combination of superb 4K and HD imaging was requested by attendees of JVC’s 4K forums, conducted throughout North America last year, and is unique in the camera industry.

Another feature requested by forum attendees was the ability to crop an HD image from a 4K frame. This can be accomplished in post production, or in real time during camera playback. The “trimming” feature makes HD cropping easy using the camera’s touch panel LCD monitor.

Similar in size to JVC’s popular GY-HM150 ProHD camcorder, the GY-HMQ10 includes a build-in F2.8 10x zoom lens with optical image stabilizer, as well as a color viewfinder and 3.5-inch touch LCD monitor with a new, intuitive user interface. The GY-HMQ10 is built in a familiar, comfortable and lightweight form factor for hours of field production with minimum fatigue.

The GY-HMQ10 is equipped with manual level controls for audio, with audio metering in the LCD and viewfinder displays. A microphone holder and two balanced XLR connectors with phantom power are located on the handle. The camera is equipped with a built-in stereo mic for ambient sound pickup.

Other features include JVC’s patented Focus Assist, as well as manual and auto control of focus, iris, gain, shutter, gamma, color matrix, and white balance. Plus, the camera has the unusual capability of live 4K output via four HDMI terminals.
“Historically, JVC has been a leader in camcorder and display technology, and the GY-HMQ10 is our latest breakthrough,” added Shane. “It’s part of a larger move at JVC to bring 4K technology to a wide range of customers.” In September 2011, JVC introduced an affordable line of 4K projectors to the home theater market. The company’s high-end 4K projectors are widely used in commercial flight simulators and planetariums. “4K is the logical step beyond HD,” said Shane. “And JVC is uniquely positioned to lead the industry in this new direction.”

JVC’s innovative approach to professional 4K will be unveiled in a series of industry announcements beginning at CES and continuing throughout 2012.

At a retail selling price of $4,995, the GY-HMQ10 launches today, with market deliveries beginning in March, 2012.


Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, security products including IP network cameras and recorders, premium front projection systems for home theater use, and projection displays and optics used in aviation simulators. The JVC Technology Center provides advanced technology in support of major JVC business alliances. For further product information, visit JVC Professional’s Web site at or call (800)582-5825

Does ‘Devil Inside’ suggest a new studio-filmmaker relationship?

“The Devil Inside” topped the box office despite being universally panned by critics and audiences alike. Steven Zeitchik takes a look at this low budget film that had the muscle of Paramount Studios behind it.

“Devil,” an exorcism tale that an obscure filmmaker named William Brent Bell made on a shoestring before a pair of Hollywood producers helped him sell it to Paramount, featured no stars. Nor did it boast any festival-enabled grass-roots support a la “Saw” or “Paranormal Activity.” And critics? Forget about them. They gave the film — which uses the shopworn “Blair Witch”-like found-footage conceit to tell of a woman who travels to Italy to explore the mystery of her murderous and possessed mother — a 7% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Yet the film attracted a constituent base that would make any Republican nominee envious. So robust was its audience, in fact, that “Devil” not only won the weekend with an eye-popping $34.5 million — it became the third-biggest January opening in history.

That would have been an astonishing feat even if the movie hadn’t been so vehemently disliked; as it was, the numbers were even more impressive. (By comparison, the 2009 Cameron Diaz thriller “The Box,” the last wide release to be given the scarlet “F” by CinemaScore respondents, opened only to $7.5 million.)

The “Devil” base was not only strong, it was hidden — so much so that pre-release projections underestimated the total audience by as much as half.

— LA Times Blog | Read The Full Article

The Value of a Name (the Wrap)

Filmmaker IQ’s John Hess looks at the reality of getting the name and what that celebrity following means to filmmakers.

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We cover articles from the first week of January (1-7), 2012 as well as a few thrown in there from last year.

7. Ed Burns on How to Make a Feature for $9,000

Returning to as grass roots as you can get, Director/actor Ed Burns offers some tips on how he shot a film with the Canon 5d in New York City for just nine grand.

6. Ev Hazelton Lighting and Greenscreen Tutorials

The Cinematographer for our favorite Underwater Short Film and Blog (the Underwater Realm), Eve Hazelton, put together three basic lighting tips and tutorials for to illuminate a few basic concepts:

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5. So… You Want to buy a RED Scarlet

Ready to ditch the DSLR and move up to a RED Scarlet? Or an Alexa? Or even a Canon C300? Read this article on what you absolutely must keep in mind before sinking a small fortune into a camera system that, well, may cost a lot more than you think:

4. Around the World in 289 Seconds

Kien Lam quit his day job and spent a year traveling around the world. 17 countries and 6237 photos later, he put together a 5 minute series of timelapses that documents his journeys around the globe:

3. Dancing Nazis – A Political Remix Video from 1941

In 1941, Charles A. Ridley of the British Ministry of Information put out a film entitled the “Lambeth Walk – Nazi Style“. This piece of “counter-propaganda” re-purposed the Nazi film “Triumph of the Will” and set it a popular dance craze at the time. This short remix was then distributed and picked up by newsreels all around the world.

2. Epic Review of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull

The sick twisted mind of Harry Plinkett and Red Letter Media (responsible for the most epic reviews of Phantom Menace and Revenge of the Sith) and back with moar commentary, this time aimed at the awkward fourth installment in the Indiana Jones tetrology, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.

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1. Meet VIKTOR, the Automated Robot Editor

VIKTOR is an app for iPhones and Andriod devices that takes the videos from your media library and automatically creates a 1 or 2 minuted edited video using one of the currently 14 available themes. Videos are free and share for now but it will cost you up to $1.99 to export and share your 2 minute Robot Creation in the future.

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