BirdDog Release Firmware 3.1 for Mini & Studio NDI

BirdDog has just released firmware version 3.1 for the BirdDog MINI & Studio NDI converters which adds a number of new features and improvements to the units. The MINI & Studio units from BirdDog convert the incoming video signal and convert it to an NDI signal onto the connected network. If you’re looking to setup … Continued

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Apple Introduces ‘Breakthrough’ iPad Pro, Magic Keyboard

Apple Introduces 'Breakthrough' iPad Pro, Magic Keyboard

Apple has announced the fastest, most cutting-edge iPad Pro it has ever produced, alongside a new, more capable keyboard. The latest iteration of Apple’s flagship tablet also boasts a dual-camera setup and LIDAR scanner that expand the possibilities for creatives.

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Atomos AtomOS 10.3 update for the Ninja V

Atomos has announced the AtomOS 10.3 update for the Ninja V that adds new functionality that has finally addressed a few key problems. The biggest two for me are the legalized HDMI output and the addition of an IRE scale when using false color. New Features Legalize HDMI inputThe update provides Ninja V users with … Continued

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Is It Worth Upgrading to the Canon 1D X Mark III?

Is It Worth Upgrading to the Canon 1D X Mark III?

The Canon 1D X is usually considered as Canon’s flagship camera, so is the latest iteration worth a purchase? This video is a hands-on review to help you decide.

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NAB Show Definitely Not Happening Later in 2020, Repackaging to Online Event

NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith today issued a letter to the NAB Show community providing an update about plans for NAB Show activities in 2020. In the letter, Smith announced that rather than rescheduling NAB Show for later this year, NAB would be unveiling a new digital alternative called “NAB Show Express”. They will also enhance the NAB Show in New York in October this year.

cinema5D is planning to hold a “Virtual Trade Show” as well to bring fresh new announcements to our readers even without the traditional NAB taking place.

Photo credit: Macau Photo Agency on Unsplash, Graphic adjustment: Jakub Han

When the news originally came out that the NAB Show 2020 in Las Vegas is canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was still a small chance that the show might happen later in 2020. In light of the newest development around the virus, it is now certain that there won’t be a NAB Show in Las Vegas this year anymore.

Update on NAB Show Activities in 2020

NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith today issued a letter providing an update about plans for NAB Show activities in 2020. He announced that rather than rescheduling NAB Show for later this year, NAB would be unveiling a new digital alternative called “NAB Show Express“. They will also enhance NAB Show New York, which is scheduled to happen in October 2020.

Here is the full text of Gordon Smith’s letter to the NAB community:

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a truly unprecedented situation around the world. Our thoughts are with those who have been directly affected by the virus, and all of those who are struggling with the ramifications of this global health crisis.

At the National Association of Broadcasters, we believe it is our responsibility to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and put the health and safety of our show community first. In the week since announcing that we will not move forward with the NAB Show in April, the landscape has continued to shift dramatically with major sports leagues, school districts, and other businesses around the country suspending operations. The governor of Nevada has also made the decision to close all nonessential business operations in the state. National authorities are imploring Americans to telework wherever possible.

While we recognize that much of our show community is focused on other issues at the moment, we have heard from many of you over the last week who are eager for an update on our plans. For that reason, we wanted to convey now that, in light of the current circumstances, it is impossible to hold a rescheduled 2020 NAB Show this year. We will instead proceed with a two-pronged approach to deliver as much value as possible under these circumstances to our exhibitors, partners, and the broadcast industry as a whole.

First, we are exploring a number of ways to bring the industry together online, both in the short and long term. We know from many years of serving the community with face-to-face events, that connectivity is vital to the health and success of the industry. That’s why we are excited to announce NAB Show Express, targeted to launch in April 2020. This digital experience will provide a conduit for our exhibitors to share product information, announcements and demos, as well as deliver educational content from the original selection of programming slated for the live show in Las Vegas, and create opportunities for the community to interact virtually—all of which adds up to something that brings the NAB Show community together in a new way.

Second, we will be enhancing NAB Show New York with new programs, partners, and experiences. We have already had numerous conversations with show partners about expanding their participation, and have heard from numerous exhibitors interested in enhancing their presence at this fall’s show. NAB Show New York represents the best opportunity for companies to announce and showcase their latest innovations and comes at a perfect time for the industry to gather face-to-face to restart, refocus, and reengage as we move forward together.

We will have more to say about these efforts in the coming weeks. This is a unique and challenging situation, but we are committed to working hard to deliver as much value as possible.

We’re also committed to being an active part of the solution to the current crisis in the months ahead. Last week we launched a new public service announcement campaign on radio and television that will provide crucial information to keep communities safe. The PSAs are part of a comprehensive Coronavirus Response Toolkit that we have made available online to help broadcasters accurately cover the pandemic and prepare for the threat it poses to their staff, communities, and businesses. We’ll be doing more in the weeks to come to harness the power of our industry as a force for good in these difficult times.

As we move forward, we will keep an open line of communication with our show community, and look forward to engaging with you throughout the year. We’ve already begun planning for our 2021 NAB Show in Las Vegas, which will take place April 11-14th, and we hope you’ll join us then, as well as this fall.

cinema5D “Virtual Trade Show

As we already informed you, cinema5D is planning a “Virtual Show“. We started approaching manufacturers with this proposal in order to present our readers with an alternative “virtual show coverage” through recorded videos and live streaming, and there’s a lot of interest from manufacturers already. We are currently working hard on the planning of this. Soon, you will be able to find out more about this initiative.

Were you planning to attend this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas? Are you going to follow new releases online instead? How has the Coronavirus affected your business so far in 2020? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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Free 8-Hour Shane Hurlbut Academy Illumination Experience Workshop

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a lot of countries in the world are in complete lockdown. Hurlbut Academy is helping you spend these long days with the release of the Illumination Experience Workshop, for free. This 8-hour filmmaking and lighting course is pure gold, so let’s take a closer look at it!


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Hurlbut Academy – Illumination Experience Workshop Free for Three Months

In the last days, we have seen companies trying to help the filmmaking community, like Adobe with a free Creative Cloud “at home” access for schools and students impacted by Covid-19. These are great initiatives, and to help, the Hurlbut Academy just released their 8-hour Illumination Experience Workshop free of charge, for three months. This course is lighting oriented, and the least we can say is that it’s a wealth of information.


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The Illumination Experience Workshop is divided into six parts:

  • Key light: where, when, and why.
  • How to prep narrative storytelling.
  • How to rehearse, block, light, and shoot a scene.
  • Back light: where, when, and why.
  • Fill light: where, when, and why.
  • How to light urban night car chases.

For more than 8 hours, the director of photography Shane Hurlbut, ASC, will be your instructor. With over 30 years of industry experience and dozens of feature films including “Need For Speed”, “Terminator Salvation”, or “There’s No Place Like Home” to list a few, Shane Hurlbut shares all his lighting tips with you.

Having the opportunity to learn directly from Mr. Hurlbut is a gift for every film student or filmmaker. If you’ve been in the industry for one month or ten years, there are no doubts that you’ll learn something in this lighting course.


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Price and Availability

The Hurlbut Academy Illumination Experience Workshop is free until June 16th, and if you don’t have time to watch it now, don’t hesitate to bookmark it.

What do you think of the Hurlbut Academy Illumination Experience Workshop? Does this course interest you? What skills/software are you trying to learn during this lockdown? Let us know in the comments below!

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Movmax MUTO3000 and Movmax N2 Arm Announced

Movmax has just introduced two products: the MUTO3000, an electric film tricycle, and the N2 Arm, an air/hydraulic shock-absorbing system. If you combine these two products, you can move your camera at speeds up to 80 km/h (50 mph) while getting rocksteady footage using the N2 Arm. Let’s take a closer look at it!

If you’ve never heard of Movmax before, this is normal; it is a new Chinese grip-specialized brand that is part of the GMCine group. The wireless video system company VAXIS is also part of GMCine. According to GMCine, Movmax ” will fully focus on developing and providing great moving shooting equipment solutions for the professional cinema market. Movmax will always launch products with a global vision, top quality, and super high-cost performance.”


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Movmax MUTO3000 Features

The Movmax MUTO3000 is an electric tricycle that is specifically designed for video production. This scooter runs off one big 72V 40.000 mAh lithium polymer battery that gives juice to a 3000-watts high torque motor. According to Movmax, that gives you reach for over 100km.

Three driving modes are available: Low speed, High speed with a maximum speed of 80 km/h, and sudden violent acceleration. And of course, there is a reverse gear.

Going fast is great, but having good brakes while you’re carrying a 5-figures camera package is crucial. The Movmax MUTO3000 features front and rear wheel linkage brakes, as well as a double front wheel brake. A left swing brake lock and rear-wheel lock ensure safe parking in all kinds of terrains.


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The three-wheel independent suspension system features 18 damping adjustable hinge shock absorbers so that the Movmax MUTO3000 can adapt to a variety of roads. To mount your camera to the scooter, there are universal mounting clamps that fit 42-55mm tubes. Your camera or isolation system is then mounted to one of the tubes, allowing you to adjust the height of the camera from 40cm up to 150cm.


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At the front of the scooter, there is a wireless system bracket to attach any video transmitter you want. At the back of the MUTO3000, there is a large mudguard to prevent dust/rocks from the road to hit the camera.

This tricycle from Movmax looks excellent. However, whether you need a driving license or license plate to drive it on the road is dependent on your local regulations. Of course, local laws will also determine what kind of permissions you need to drive with this scooter and the N2 arm.


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Movmax N2 Arm

The Movmax N2 Arm is an air/hydraulic shock absorbs system that is pretty similar to the Flowcine Black Arm. The N2 Arm consists of two main parts:

  • A shock-absorbing arm that attaches via two clamps to any standard pole. This arm is the “hydraulic part” of the N2 Arm. You can adjust the horizontal and vertical hydraulic compensation depending on the payload at the end of the arm and the terrain you’re shooting on.
  • An isolator that is mounted at the end of the arm. Your gimbal and camera are then attached to the isolator. The isolator is the “air part” of the N2 Arm. It consists of two plates that are attached together by wires. These wires will isolate your gimbal and camera from the vibrations/bumps of the road. The isolator is attached to the arm via a Mitchell mount, which is of course industry-standard on film sets.

The Movmax N2 Arm can take a payload of up to 90lbs/40kg. It is made from CNC aluminum alloy, it is 100% weatherproof, and it “fears neither cold nor heat,” according to Movmax. Below is some sample footage that looks promising so far.

Pricing and Availability

The Movmax MUTO3000 retails for $6980.00. It comes with the tricycle, a 72V charger, a 72V/5000mAh lithium battery, an adapter cable for the battery charger, two rear view mirrors, two keys, one rear fender bracket, a set of three support rods (front/rear/up), and one wireless system bracket.

The Movmax N2 Arm is $4980.00. In the included flight case, there is the N2 Arm, a wireless system bracket, one inflator, a Ronin 2 battery mount, and all the wrenches to mount it.

Both products are available now. For more information, you can visit Movmax’s website here.

What do you think of the Movmax MUTO 3000 and N2 Arm? Have you ever driven a “movie vehicle” like this or are you interested in doing so? Let us know in the comments below!

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How to Write Subtext in a Screenplay

How do you write subtext inside a screenplay? We take you through some essential tips.

Ever want to say something but not blurt it out? Your way around it was probably talking about something that mimicked the situation at hand without being too obvious about what was really going on.

That was you using subtext, you passive-aggressive lunatic.

In life, it’s good to say what you mean, but in screenwriting for film and television, you want to use subtext.

Today, we’re going to define subtext, examine its use in entertainment, and look at how it bolsters the themes of the story.

Okay, let’s go!

The Definition of ‘Subtext’

Subtext is the content of an idea or feeling that is not highlighted explicitly by the characters, but is implicit or becomes understood by the viewer as the story unfolds. It’s what people are really talking about when they’re actually speaking about something else.

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Is Titantic the Perfect Quarantine Movie?

Remember when the only pandemic we had to worry about was Leomania?

Okay, a bad joke, sure. But there’s something about this nationwide quarantine that’s throwing a lot of us into nostalgia mode, and many of us are turning to disaster films. My Twitter feed has been full of film geeks watching Contagion or 28 Days Later. A few nights ago, my husband and I threw on Armageddon. (I gotta say—that movie is not as good as I remember it. Fun, but a bit jingoistic for my tastes. Also, why is Michael Bay’s version of Middle America stuck in the 1950s? Every child is in overalls. Why?)

Perhaps the very real prospect of having no new movies both big and small for a long time is making us look backward and seek escape, even into the worlds of 12 Monkeys or Pandemic.

So today, when a fellow NFS writer sent me the link to an old BuzzFeed News article about the making of Titanic, I immediately thought, “Oh, man, I should watch Titanic.”

You probably also now want to watch Titanic, but stay with me a second.

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