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NAS: New Solutions for Creative Professionals

After the MyBook series and some initial My Cloud NAS, Western Digital is in full swing with new NAS solutions: 4 of them now.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | February 26, 2015

Western Digital has expanded its suite of network attached storage (NAS) solutions with four new products that address the increasing demands for content storage, management, protection and streaming among prosumers, creative professionals and small businesses.

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Edelkrone: New PocketRig2 Optimized for DSLRs

Presented as the World’s lightest and most portable DSLR rig, the PocketRig 2 is a “swiss army knife” for videographers.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | February 23, 2015

The recent clearance sale from edelkrone, suggesting the end of their PocketSeries, was presented with a note stating that “every ending is a new beginning”. Well, the PocketRig 2 is that beginning, a multiple solution for DSLR videographers – and others too.

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Canon’s Extreme Wide-angle for Cinematographers

The new Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM may look like a lens for stills, but it also works for video.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | February 17, 2015

The EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is Canon’s widest ever full-frame ultra-wide zoom lens, and apparently the widest available in the world at the moment.  Photographers have a special interest in this lens, but cinematographers may be surprised with the results the lens offers.

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Tokina: the New 50-135mm Cinema Lens

Tokina is clearly expanding their lens line. Now they have a Tokina Cinema AT-X 50-135mm T3.0 in Canon and PL Mount.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | February 16, 2015

Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. announced their new lens for the Tokina Cinema ATX line. The Tokina Cinema AT-X 50-135mm T3.0 lens created by the engineers from the company offers a highly versatile zoom range in a compact design that is 4K ready.

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KEEP CALM: The FAA and sUAVs/Drone Rules UPDATED

Filtering-out the Facts from Fiction & Paranoia (UPDATED 2/15/2015)

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | February 15, 2015

With the publishing of Jack Nicas and Andy Pasztor's speculative and interpretive article in the Wall Street Journal in the fall of 2014, it seems every news agency, media outlet and publication has totally lost their minds in a fit of hysteria liken to Chicken Little proportions; sparking "end of days" tweets and forum discussions throughout the social mediasphere that has brought on an industry-wide panic akin to Orson Wells' War of the Worlds live broadcast radio play. Let's just stop right there and breathe for a moment - turn off the TV, put down that paper and let's look at some facts... (UPDATED 2/15/2015 with FAA Rule Proposal at bottom of article)

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BVE 2015: Canon’s 4K Future Starts in London

NAB 2015 may be the stage for the arrival of the 4K Canon cameras, but this February they look at the future of 4K, in London.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | February 13, 2015

Canon will be at the BVE 2015 or Broadcast Video Expo 2015, in London, taking place on the 24th-26th February at the ExCeL London, to showcase their line of Cinema EOS, offer a hands-on live shoot and talk about the future.

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Edelkrone: The End of the PocketSERIES

Edelkrone is putting an end to their PocketSERIES, and they’ve a clearance sale on products for cinematographers.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | February 12, 2015

Every ending is a new beginning... The cryptic message from Edelkrone on social media is now explained. The company has a clearance sale on their PocketSERIES.

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Flex-Tilt Head, a Tripod Head for DSLRs

Conceived with DSLRs in mind, the Edelkrone Flex-Tilt Head is, according to the company, the ultimate camera head solution.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | February 12, 2015

Presented as a new product in Edelkrone’s line, and available from the end of February at a price of $99, the Edelkrone Flex-Tilt Head is a small tripod head with a difference. It allows to lift, flex and tilt cameras the size of a professional DSLR or similar (up to 2.5 Kg) easily and can be used on its own. Edelkrone says it is the world's first camera head that can do more!

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Nikon Creates D750 Filmmaker’s Kit

After testing waters with their D810 Cinema Filmmaker’s Kit, Nikon now releases a similar kit for their D750 DSLR.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | February 11, 2015

For users who are looking to take advantage of the Nikon D750’s advanced video capabilities, Nikon is now offering a Filmmaker’s Kit that includes everything needed to get started in the world of cinema, as they did with the Nikon D810.

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Firmware Upgrade for the GoPro HERO4 Announced (and Reviewed!)

HERO4 Black and Silver get New Features and Performance Boost!

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | February 09, 2015

GoPro recently unlocked a host of new features for the HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver that will amp the performance, capabilities and convenience of the cameras even higher. Run a quick update on your HERO4 software to enable even more dynamic content capture. 

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Canon’s New EOS Rebel T6s Offers HDR Movie

Along with the two new professional EOS 5DS models Canon introduced two new Rebels, one featuring HDR movie.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | February 06, 2015

The new Rebel options from Canon, the EOS Rebel T6s and EOS Rebel T6i cameras (EOS 760D and EOS 750D in some markets), may well be models that videographers should look at with some attention. They still only offer Full HD, but for those users that do video, there are some aspects to consider if looking for an accessible camera.

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Canon EOS 5Dsi: More Pixels, Same Video

Canon did not enhance the video features of their new DSLRs, EOS 5Dsi and Canon EOS 5DS Ri. In fact they have less features.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | February 06, 2015

One could almost say that cinematographers can pass this one: Canon slimmed down the video and enhanced the photographic aspects of their new camera(s). But it is not quite as simple as that.

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Tokina: New Lens Has Interlocking Follow Focus

The new offering from Tokina is a lens for video. Their Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II reappears ready to use a follow focus gear.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | February 04, 2015

The industry never ceases to amaze us. Kenko Tokina Co. Ltd. decided to pick one of their most popular lenses, the Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 lens available for Canon, Nikon and Sony, and build it with an interlocking follow focus gear, transforming it in a lens that may become the choice for those that use Tokina and do video on a regular basis. The AT-X 116 PRO DX V (V is for Video, I presume) may well become a trend, if this works.

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Canon EOS-1D C Now Costs $4,000 Less

From February on Canon reduces the price of their EOS-1D C, the first DSLR with 4K capability recording internally since 2012.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | January 31, 2015

With a series of announcements for the 6th of February which have made the rumour mill work at full speed the last couple of weeks, Canon may be well preparing  the path for their future cameras. The drop in price for the EOS-1D C, which on the 1st  of February, a few hours from now, will cost $7,999 instead of $11,999, is a sign of things to come. And soon the market will have cameras offering three formats in the same body: Full Frame, APS-H and APS-C.

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Lens Technology the Canon Way

Canon’s new video about their lenses is an interesting lesson on glass technology, whether you use Canon or not. Have a look.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | January 15, 2015

Do you know all about your lenses? Are you aware of the technologies recently applied in the design of lenses? Take 12 minutes of your time and discover what Canon does with their glass for you to have better images.

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Samyang/Rokinon New 135mm T2.2 Cine Lens

A manual focus lens is not the choice for many, but a lens conceived for follow focus systems may be exactly what some want.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | January 13, 2015

The new Samyang 135mm T2.2 ED UMC VDSLR Cine Lens (also known in some markets as Rokinon) may not be the lens for everybody, but the truth is that Samyang tried hard to make it interesting for video. Besides launching it for multiple mounts or bayonets, the company has built the lens so it offers integrated gearing for video rigs with follow focus systems.

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Carrying Solutions for Videographers

MindShift Gear has new additions to its line-up for videographers: two cases for filters and a memory card wallet.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | January 08, 2015

Keeping memory cards safe and easily accessible is important if you’re depending on them for your video productions. A wallet that holds and protects your images of the day is an important asset while in the field.  At the same time, having your filters well protected but ready to be used in seconds is paramount. Mindshift Gear has launched some products that cover those needs of photographers and videographers working outdoors.

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Breaking: The TAYZU 720 Quadcopter at CES 2015

Utilizing the ICRealtime 720-degree Camera Technology for Spherical Aerial Imaging

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | January 05, 2015

There's something truly groundbreaking (skybreaking?) getting a sneak preview at CES this week in Las Vegas. It's a quadcopter that has two hemispherical cameras that take a full 720-degree 1080p/30fps video of the area you fly it in. This.... is going to be huge!

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Airport Helipak, the Backpack for Your Drone

Think Tank Photo have a new bag: the Airport Helipak, made on purpose for the new drone Santa will give you this Christmas.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | December 17, 2014

Go everywhere with the Airport Helipak, and be ready to fly your Phantom Quadcopter anywhere you need it! That’s the promise that comes with the new product from Think Tank Photo, a Airport Helipak – the name fits the concept – that will be great value for DJI Phantom 2 users.

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The Photographic Market in Motion

Mixing photos, 4K videos and interactive images to create unique imaging products with Hollywood appeal.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | December 16, 2014

New technologies need new business models, and that’s what’s going to be in discussion in Cologne, Germany, on the 28 and 29 January 2015. True to the motto of the new Photokina congress, “Memories and markets in motion”, those two days will have top notch speakers talking about the issue of how innovative technologies are sustaining momentum in the photographic sector and how changing distribution structures are confronting all market participants with new challenges.

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