Astera NYX Bulb

Astera has announced the NYX Bulb, which they are claiming is the first color-tunable LED bulb for professional film, stage and event productions. It may not be the first color-tunable bulb, but it is the first one you can actually buy. Aputure’s MC7 Light Bulb was announced more than a year ago and it still … Continued

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ProRes Studio for Mac & Flat Color Camera for iPhone

ProRes Studio for Mac allows users to convert common video formats to high-quality HD or 4K ProRes-videos for professional applications such as video editing and for uploading to stock video sites such as Shutterstock and iStockphoto. Users may convert MXF to ProRes with up to 8 channels audio, in 1080P or 4K. ProRes video files … Continued

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Wedding Photographer Charged With Violating Coronavirus Emergency Order After Shooting Ceremony

Wedding Photographer Charged With Violating Coronavirus Emergency Order After Shooting Ceremony

A New Jersey wedding photographer was charged with violating a coronavirus emergency order after police caught him photographing a ceremony, with a penalty of up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.

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When Does Gear Actually Matter?

When Does Gear Actually Matter?

We often tell beginners that gear does not matter for the sake of preventing people from falling into a trap of spending money on equipment instead of improving their technique, but it is not a simple black and white issue. This great video discusses the situations in which the gear you are using actually does make a difference.

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Cheap and Fast: A Review of the Viltrox AF 33mm f/1.4 Lens

Cheap and Fast: A Review of the Viltrox AF 33mm f/1.4 Lens

A wide aperture 50mm (or equivalent) lens is a workhorse for lots of photographers in many genres, offering a versatile focal length and useful low-light and depth of field capabilities for a variety of applications. If you are looking for such a lens for your Fuji camera, this excellent video review takes a great look at the ultra-affordable Viltrox 33mm f/1.4 lens.

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Aputure 600D Updates Plus Nova Pricing and Availability

The cinema5D Virtual Show catches back up with Ted Sim for Aputure 600D updates as well as pricing and availability for the new Aputure Nova RGB panel.

The Aputure 600D is their most powerful light to date. Announced back in 2019, it is a 600W Bowens mount LED lamp with battery/AC control box.

Check out our coverage on the initial announcement here, or here is a TDLR breakdown of the existing key features:

600W Single LED, 720W draw package (including control unit)
Battery or AC powered
Separate Control unit
Equivalent output to 5K Tungsten/ 1.2K HMI
Bowens Mount
S-Curve on Dimmer to control a smooth ease in/out of dimming
App Controllable
Wireless DMX
Built in effects (Strobe, Lightning, Paparazzi)

New to the Aputure 600D is a smaller control unit. Ted mentioned on the initial announcement that they could probably halve the size of it, and here it is. Probably not half the size, but definitely smaller in design.

The reduction in size changes the power options slightly. On board battery support is now for dual 26V and 28V V-lock batteries.

This is becoming more common for high-output modern light fixtures. For those more invested in 14V batteries, there is still a solution. There is a separate power box that will support X4 14V batteries. If plugged in these can also charge batteries at the same time as powering.Further on updates to power, block batteries are also support directly with the new control box.

The Aputure 600D is now also weather proofed all-round – lamp, control box, connectors.

The yolk is slightly re-designed to accommodate large modifiers.

Speaking of large modifiers, Aputure has announced a true 10” glass fresnel lens for the 600D.This attaches via the Bowens mount and there is also a set of large barn doors to accompany it.

Last in the Aputure 600D updates is a set of negative reflector dish barn doors.
These connect directly to the bare bulb, meaning you get a harder shaft of light to control.

This is due to the fact that the aperture of the bare LED is much smaller in comparison to the 10” Fresnel attachment.

Last but not least, there is also an update to their RGB panel light. The Aputure Nova now has pricing and availability.

You can pre-order units from 27th May, and pricing for the Aputure Nova is $1699 for fixture only, and $1899 with rolling case.

What do you think about the new light? Are you already using Aputure products? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Core SWX NEO 150 Mini Battery Packs and GP-X2 Mini Chargers Introduced

Core SWX introduced new NEO 150 Mini battery packs that offer 147Wh capacity with 16A peak and 12A continuous load. These mini form factor packs come in both V-Mount and 3-Stud (Gold Mount) versions and offer a handful of smart features like camera communications, storage and sleep modes, LCD display, or RFID. The company also announced new GP-X2 Mini chargers to go with these compact batteries.

The US-based company Core SWX has been offering powering solutions for filmmaking gear for years. They sell various battery packs, battery plates, chargers, and so on. They recently announced the new NEO 150 Mini battery packs and the GP-X2 Mini chargers. As part of the cinema5D Virtual Show, Nino talked about these new products with Zac Shannon from Core SWX.

Core SWX NEO 150 Mini Battery Pack

Core SWX NEO 150 Mini battery packs. Source: Core SWX

The new Core SWX NEO 150 Mini lithium-ion battery packs offer 147Wh (9.9Ah) capacity (14.8v). They are capable of 16A peak load and 12A continuous load which should be enough to power any cinema camera. According to Core SWX, normal Runtime with 25W draw is around 5.9 hours per battery pack. They come in both V-Mount and 3-Stud (Gold Mount) versions.

As Zac told us, the mini form factor of these battery packs is beneficial for use with cinema cameras. The weight of each pack is 1.8 lbs and the size is 3.54” x 4.65” x 2.38”. They have a high-resolution LCD display for useful information like remaining runtime, remaining charging time, etc.

Core SWX NEO 150 Mini battery packs. Source: Core SWX

The NEO 150 Mini packs can communicate with cameras and chargers with both one-wire and two-wire protocols. The hibernate/sleep mode is activated after 48 hours of no movement or battery usage. There is a smart 12VDC p-tap as well as a 5V USB port integrated with the battery.

Through the RFID functionality, users can now check the battery pack’s health and status via smartphone with any NFC reader app (both iOS and Android).

Core SWX NEO 150 Mini battery packs. Source: Core SWX

When it comes to the warranty for these battery packs, Core SWX offers 2.000 cycles plus two years warranty (whichever comes first). According to Zac, these are the best conditions offered in the industry.

Core SWX GP-X2 Mini Charger

This dual-channel charger is basically the smaller version of the Core SWX GP-X2 charger. It can charge two battery packs simultaneously. When charging two packs, the charger outputs 1.5A per channel. As an example, with one battery mounted it charges 3A, which can charge one 98wh pack in under 2.5hrs.

The size is very compact at 4.5″ x 5.5.” x 3″ and it weighs only 1 lb. The charger comes in both V-Mount and 3-Stud (Gold Mount) version. Trickle charge maintenance program ensures the batteries are always at maximum capacity.

Price and Availability

The Core SWX NEO 150 Mini battery packs are already available and shipping for around $485 per piece. The GP-X2 Mini chargers are available as well for around $250.

Do you use Core SWX battery packs? How do you like them? What do you think of the new NEO 150 Mini and GP-X2 Mini chargers? Let us know in the comment section underneath the article.

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New ProGrade MicroSDXC V60 Memory Cards Introduced – Enhanced Write and Read Speeds

ProGrade MicroSDXC Memory Cards introduced with a maximum read speed of 250MBps, maximum burst write speed of 130MBps, and minimum sustained write speed of 60MBps which gave them the V60 rating. The cards come in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB versions and with the UHS-II full-size SD adapter included.

ProGrade Digital microSDXC V60 cards. Source: ProGrade Digital

MicroSD memory cards have been around since 2005 and since then they significantly improved in both speed and capacity. They represent the most compact form factor among memory cards and are therefore being used in devices where size and weight really matters – smartphones, drones, action cameras, and so on.

ProGrade Digital is a company focusing on memory card development and production. Their products include a full line of USB 3.1/3.2 Gen 2 card readers, CFast 2.0, SDXC UHS-II, and CFexpress Type B cards in various capacities. This time the company announced improvements to its microSDXC V60 line of memory cards.

ProGrade Digital MicroSDXC UHS-II U3 V60 Memory Cards

The new ProGrade Digital microSDXC UHS-II cards support U3, Class 10, and V60 performance ratings. While the ratings can sometimes be confusing – especially when it comes to SD memory cards – for us filmmakers the most important rating is the V-class. In this case, V60 means that the card’s write speed never drops under 60MBps. In other words – the minimum sustained write speed is 60MBps. That roughly translates to the constant video bitrate of 480Mbps that this card should continuously handle without any issues.

Right now I can’t think of devices that natively work with MicroSD cards and are capable to produce such high bitrates. Smartphones, drones, action cameras, 360 cameras, and other small devices, however, improve so quickly, that a V60 microSD card might soon be a requirement. The speeds of these cards certainly make them quite future-proof at the moment.

Even though I am not a big fan of doing this, you can also use the included UHS-II microSD-SD adapter which transforms these cards to full-size SD cards. ProGrade claims the adapter does not limit the transfer rate speeds in any way. That opens up a new area of possible uses with devices that are certainly able to test (and sometimes exceed) the write speed limits of these new cards (for example the BMPCC 4K and 6K cameras).

Dual microSDXC reader with USB-C. Source: ProGrade Digital

The main improvements over the last generation of ProGrade microSDXC V60 cards are higher maximum read and write speeds. The maximum sustained read speed is now 250MBps (previously 200MBps), and burst write speed is 130MBps (previously 80MBps). The good news is also that the new faster cards are actually more affordable than the previous generation.

The cards offer ProGrade’s Refresh Pro capability that is supposed to quickly refresh cards back to factory conditions as well as monitor the health of the cards before an important shoot.

ProGrade Digital MicroSDXC V60 Cards – Key Features

  • Maximum sustained read speed 250MB/s
  • Burst write speed 130MB/s
  • Minimum sustained write speed 60MB/s
  • Available capacities: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Video tested and certified to perform at a minimum sustained recording rate of 60MB/second
  • Full-size, full-speed, SD UHS-II adapter included
  • Refresh Pro support to monitor card health and refresh the card back to factory-fresh performance levels
  • Packaging: jewel case in a sleeve
  • 1 and 2 pack options available in select channels
  • 3-year warranty

Price and Availability

The new memory cards are available for pre-order now. They can be purchased separately or in a 2-pack box with a better price. The 64GB and 128GB capacities should start shipping soon, and the 256GB version will start shipping by the end of Q2. Prices have been set quite competitively at $34.99 for the 64GB version, $54.99 for the 128GB version, and $99.99 for the 256GB version.

Do you use microSD cards often for your work? Do you need very fast microSD cards to adapt to a full-size SD slot? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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How You Can Practice Lighting Without Ever Touching a Light

How You Can Practice Lighting Without Ever Touching a Light

With many of us unable to work or even practice right now, it can be both difficult and frustrating trying to keep our skills sharp and the creative juices flowing. Would you practice lighting within a virtual studio? This fantastic video shows you how you can learn about lighting and create setups you can use in the future without ever touching a light.

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