New York City’s School of Visual Arts Buys 30 EVA1 5.7K Cameras

New York City’s School of Visual Arts (SVA) has purchased 30 AU-EVA1 5.7K cinema cameras for instruction/production throughout its BFA Film program. The cameras are allocated to all cinematography and production classes for second- and third-year students, as well as to a master class for fourth-year thesis students.
Faculty member and award-winning director/cinematographer Dejan Georgevich ASC utilizes the AU-EVA1s in his Advanced Cinematography class, and was an advocate for SVA’s investment in the Panasonic cameras.
“The EVA1 closely resembles the VariCam LT in its feature set, and in terms of ergonomics is ideal for beginning filmmakers,” he said. “The game-changing dual native sensor means that the students can operate with significantly less light. The menus are very user-friendly, and the camera’s lightweight makes it ideal for documentary shoots as well as narrative.”EVA1
Georgevich has used the VariCam 35/LT extensively in his own work, including as tandem Director of Photography on the NBC prime-time thriller, “The Enemy Within,” for specialty night work on the upcoming feature “The Virtuoso” (with Anthony Hopkins, Abbie Cornish), as well as for various TV pilots.
“As a teacher at SVA and a working professional, I strive to present our students with a continuity in craft development,” Georgevich said. “The EVA1—so similar to the higher-end VariCams—is a genuine bridge to motion picture production practices—it’s a real introduction to state-of-the-art cinema tools.”
Mary Lee Grisanti, acting chair of BFA Film, said the purchase of the AU-EVA1s represented SVA’s first large-scale commitment to Panasonic cinema cameras. “The upgrade to the EVA1s was a consensus decision and reflected both competitive research and the input of many of the working cinematographers on our staff,” she said. “Our students now routinely shoot and edit in 4K, and they love the camera. We see the EVA1 making a huge contribution to the curriculum.”
Grisanti noted that SVA is making the EVA1s available to advanced students to shoot outside films and that projects shot by third-year students with EVA1s will be posted on the SVA website later in the 2019-2020 school year. She said that the department is evaluating using AU-EVA1 cameras in first-year courses next year.EVA 1

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

Blackmagic Design’s new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is highly capable Super35 cinema camera “hiding” in a DSLM body (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless). There are many things to like. For many, it is the new, larger, 6144 x 3456 Super35 sensor. The effective image area is 23.10mm x 12.99mm. It has an EF lens mount.

How does the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K compare to the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K? The 4K model, shown below, was introduced last year. It has a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) size 18.96 x 10 mm sensor. The MFT lens mount’s Flange Focal Depth is 19.25mm and its inside diameter is 21.64 mm Ø. read more…

Lightcore – Compact One-Point-Source LED Light With 5800 Lumen Output – Now on Kickstarter

Lightcore is a portable one-source LED light designed by the Swedish company Approach Design studios and it is promoted now in a Kickstarter campaign. The light produces 5800 lumen of 5000K color temperature light with a 120° spread. It is flicker-free, 1-100% dimmable, and multiple units can be controlled with a smartphone app via Bluetooth mesh. Lightcore has active cooling and it comes with two 1/4″ UNC screw mounts and it is compatible with custom made light modifiers. There is still a chance to pledge and get the light.

Lightcore – Compact LED light. Source: Approach Design

The Swedish company Approach Design studios is based in Stockholm. They launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new product – a compact LED light called LightCore. It has not been fully funded yet, but there is still enough time to meet the funding goal. What are the features of this tiny LED light?

Lightcore – Compact LED Light

Lightcore is an ultra-portable video light with patent pending tech which fits most existing Bowens S-mount adapters to accept a wide range of light modifiers. With the dimensions of 51 x 110 x 51 mm (~2″ x 2″ x 4″) and the weight of ~250g (~9oz) really is very compact.

At 5800 lumen (480W tungsten equivalent) the Lightcore is also quite strong. It has a 120° spread that works great with softboxes. The color temperature is a balanced daylight 5000K. The Japanese custom made LED COB is good for a minimum of CRI 97. The light is dimmable between 1% and 100% and it is flicker-free along the whole intensity scale, even at 1% power and in 120fps slow motion.

There is no built-in battery to keep the compact size. Lightcore can be used with any 60W USB-C power adapter. Users can use one from a laptop, a power bank or a compact adapter which is included with every Lightcore.

Lightcore USB-C adapter. Source: Approach Design

To deal with the heat produced by the powerful LED, Lightcore has an active cooling system with a fan that transports the heat away from the LED and prevents the case from getting too hot to handle. The heat is constantly monitored by the Lightcore’s microcontroller and the fan speed is adjusted to suit the output power and ambient temperature.

To enable users to easily shape the light, Lightcore creators designed compact and stackable light modifiers that snap on to the Lightcore with magnets. These currently include a Fresnel lens, color filters, and a dome attachment. Further light modifiers are in development. The light modifiers can be bought at the time of shipping.

Lightcore – Magnetic light modifiers. Source: Approach Design

Lightcore has two standard 1/4″ UNC screw mounts so that the Lightcore can be easily attached to a camera, cage, tripods, light stands, etc. Since there are two screw mounts, it can be stacked with monitors, mics, or additional Lightcores. It comes in a standard purple color, but more colors like black and green can be unlocked as stretch goals if the funding goes really well. Lightcore is designed in Sweeden and it will be manufactured in Japan.

Light Control App and Bluetooth Mesh

Approach Design studios also made a light control app for iOS and Android, that controls the LED units, remembers settings and self connects after turning off. Lightcore LED lights communicate with the smartphone through Bluetooth Mesh, which allows users to connect as many Lightcores as they like and not all units need a direct connection to the phone, they can connect via another Lightcore unit.

Lightcore Color ID. Source: Approach Design

Every Lightcore unit has a thin Color ID LED stripe at the back which is visible from any angle. Color ID is used for grouping so users can instantly see which group which Lightcore belongs to. Users can also switch groups and control the power of the group directly on the control panel of the Lightcore.

Lightcore Key Specifications

  • Light output: 5800 lumen (480W tungsten equivalent)
  • Color accuracy: 97 CRI minimum
  • Color temperature: 5000K
  • Light spread: 120°
  • Power range: 1%–100%
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 51 x 110 x 51 mm (~2″ x 2″ x 4″)
  • Weight: ~250g (~9oz)
  • Wireless control: Bluetooth 5, Bluetooth mesh
  • Microcontroller: ARM Cortex-M4
  • Power delivery: USB-C PD (20V 3A)
  • Power consumption: <50W

Kickstarter Rewards

The rewards on the Lightcore Kickstarter campaign start at $229 for the limited super early bird kit. After these are gone (at the time of writing there are only 12 pieces left), the early bird price for one kit is $250. There is also an option for a two-piece set for $478 or four-piece set for $914. One set always includes one Lightcore LED light with a 60W USB-C power adapter and a 3m USB C PD Cable.

Lightcore – Compact LED light. Source: Approach Design

In case this campaign gets successfully funded, the creators of Lightcore are aiming to start sending out the rewards to all Kickstarter backers in March 2020.

We are saying this at the end of every crowdfunding-related article: Please be aware of the risks when backing a project on a crowdfunding platform. Please read Kickstarter’s terms of use – especially Section 5, “How funding works”. Keep in mind that there can be significant delays when delivering the product. Some projects even don’t get delivered at all.

What do you think of the new Lightcore LED light? Do you use some portable LED light for your productions? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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Art Directors Guild To Honor Stephen Myles Berger

The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) has announced that Production Designer Stephen Myles Berger will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Set Designers and Model Makers (SDMM) Council at the 24th Annual ADG “Excellence un Production Design” Awards. The 2020 ADG Awards will be held at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown in […]

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RØDECaster honors iconic RE20 mic with a preset

Some may ask: “Has hell frozen over?” when they hear that the worldwide known mic manufacturer from Australia (RØDE) has just announced that it has added a dedicated equalization preset for the iconic RE20 dynamic microphone from Electro-Voice (from the United States) to the multifaceted RØDECaster Pro mixer/recorder. In fact, RØDE indicates that they made the preset in in collaboration with the Electro-Voice team. Ahead is the full press release and a video statement from Peter Freedman, chairman and founder of RØDE Microphones.

The original RE20 is the personal favorite of my friend Chris Curran of Podcast Engineering School who has been a guest on my BeyondPodcasting show several times, as I have been on his.

Link to my many articles on the RØDECaster Pro

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Full press release, with authentic Australian spellings

RØDE Microphones today announces a very special addition to the RØDECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio ­– a brand new preset tailored specifically to the iconic broadcast microphone, the Electro-Voice RE20. As part of the ongoing enhancement of the RØDECaster Pro’s firmware (which has already seen the addition of multitrack recording and many other powerful features since its release in 2018), the new preset further cements the console as the ultimate production tool for podcasters. Electro-Voice is a legendary company with a lauded history creating microphones for broadcast and studio use, and we are proud to have them on-board.

First introduced in 1968, the RE20 is a classic dynamic mic that has been used in countless broadcasts and studio recordings. Its smooth tone and immunity to the bass-boosting proximity effect has made it a favourite amongst radio hosts, podcasters, and other broadcasters.

A long-time fan of Electro-Voice, RØDE Founder and Chairman Peter Freedman AM is thrilled to announce the partnership:

“Electro-Voice is a company that I have known and respected since I started in the audio game, and the RE20 is certainly an iconic microphone,” he says. “I’ve been an avid collector of microphones for many years, so you can imagine our excitement when some of the engineers at Electro-Voice recently approached us and asked if we’d be interested in putting a preset for the RE20 on the RØDECaster console.”

Developed in collaboration with the Electro-Voice team, the preset was designed to make the RE20 shine in vocal applications on the console and interact seamlessly with the RØDECaster’s audio processing. It can be found in the RØDECaster Pro’s audio settings alongside presets for RØDE mics (the PodMic, Procaster, Broadcaster, NT1, and NT1-A), as well as the universal presets for dynamic and condenser microphones.

The preset is available in firmware version 2.0.4, which can be downloaded from the RØDECaster downloads page. Keep your ears peeled for more RØDECaster Pro firmware updates in the future!

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Mavic Mini: DJI’s lightest and smallest foldable drone offers 2.7K video at 30fps

Mavic Mini: DJI’s lightest and smallest foldable drone

Almost as light as a smartphone, the new DJI Mavic Mini drone captures high-quality footage including 2.7K video at 30fps, 1080p at 60 frames per second, or 12-megapixel photographs.

Designed to be the everyday FlyCam, the new DJI Mavic Mini takes the company into direct competion with solutions from other companies. Portable, easy to fly, designed for safety and perfect for everyone who wants to experience the fun of flying, the drone may look like a family toy, but may well be an attractive solution for travellers who need/want to take a drone with them but aspire to a solution that is easy to fit inside a backpack.

The DJI Mavic Mini seems to fit the bill, while offering, says DJI, a high-grade camera able to capture “compelling footage in high definition”. If you don’t need 4K, the new drone “offers pilots the ability to capture high-quality footage including 2.7K video at 30fps, 1080p at 60 frames per second, or 12-megapixel photographs using the 1/2.3-inch sensor. A three-axis motorized gimbal supports and stabilizes the camera, ensuring the footage is smooth and cinematic, making it perfect for sharing on social media.”

Mavic Mini: DJI’s lightest and smallest foldable drone

QuickShots and a CineSmooth mode

The new DJI Fly app is intuitively designed, simplifying the flying and content capturing experience so that pilots of all skill levels can make the most of Mavic Mini. Dedicated tutorials are included to help new pilots learn about flying, and pre-set editing templates add a new level of creativity to the footage. New pilots can choose to fly in Position (P) mode for basic operation, more experienced pilots can unlock more capabilities in Sport (S) mode, and content creators can choose CineSmooth (C) mode to lengthen braking time for smoother shots and more cinematic footage.

It doesn’t end there, though. To make it easier to capture high-quality footage the drone features a series of pre-programmed flight maneuvers known as QuickShots that allow users to explore some of the techniques used in Hollywood films,  with just a few taps. Just select your QuickShot and Mavic Mini will execute an elaborate preset motion while recording. The series includes:

  • Rocket – the drone flies straight up into the air with the camera pointing downward following your subject. Set a height limit of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 feet.
  • Circle – the drone will circle around your subject at a constant altitude and distance.
  • Dronie – the drone flies backward and upward, with the camera tracking your subject. Set a height limit of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 feet.
  • Helix – the drone flies upward and away, spiraling around your subject. Set a height limit of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 feet.

Mavic Mini: a challenging project

Mavic Mini builds on the technological innovations in DJI’s series of folding Mavic drones, from the original Mavic Pro through Mavic Air and Mavic 2, to pack professional-quality drone features into the lightest possible frame. That puts it in the safest drone category, which in many areas exempts it from regulations that apply to other, heavier drones. Still, DJI notes that “drone pilots must always understand and follow local laws and regulations.”

“To design a drone as lightweight, compact yet capable as Mavic Mini was one of the most challenging projects we’ve ever tackled at DJI,” said Roger Luo, President, DJI. “Distilling top-of-the-line features into a palm-of-your-hand drone is the culmination of years of work, and we are ecstatic to bring a new class of drone to the DJI lineup. Mavic Mini’s long flight time, ultra-light weight and high-quality camera makes it DJI’s everyday drone – and most importantly, it’s easy to fly, no matter your experience level with drones.”

New accessories available

A series of new accessories will allow pilots to get the most out of their Mavic Mini. Customers can choose from options including:

  • 360° Propeller Guard: Provides a 360° guard for added safety.
  • Charging Base: Charge and display the drone with this unique, illuminated station.
  • Propeller Holder: Travel easier with the drone with the propeller holder that locks the props into place.
  • DIY Creative Kit: Personalize your the drone with custom stickers or draw your own design.
  • Snap Adapter: Attach a toy building brick or a mini LED display to the drone to write custom messages.
  • Mini Travel Bag: Bring the drone everywhere with the custom bag that fits Mavic Mini and the controller perfectly.
  • Two Way Charging Hub: Charge up to three Mavic Mini batteries or use the charging hub as a power bank.

Mavic Mini is now available for pre-order at, flagship stores and authorized retailers and partners. Mavic Mini will come in two purchase options, the standard version which includes Mavic Mini, remote controller, one battery, extra propellers and all necessary tools and wires for $399, or the Mavic Mini Fly More Combo which includes all of the components from the standard version with the addition of the 360° Propeller Cage, Two-Way charging Hub, three batteries in total, three sets of extra propellers and a carrying case for the price of $499. Mavic Mini will begin shipping on November 11.

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DJI Mavic Mini

DJI has announced the Mavic Mini, an ultra-lightweight folding drone that weighs just 249 grams. Mavic Mini builds on the fundamental principles of the DJI’s series of folding Mavic drones; to build professional-quality drones features with the lightest possible frame. With its small size and weight, Mavic Mini falls into the safest drone category, which … Continued

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