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Red One Unboxing - Part 1

Red One Unboxing - Part 1

Pics and details of what you get when your Red One arrives

By Mike Curtis | March 02, 2008

Fedex delivered my Red, #417, on Monday to my friend's house since I was out of town (as pre-arranged with Red). The plan had been for me to drive over, set it up, and shoot some 4K footage of his kids (twin boys). Didn't quite work out that way, but read on.I got over there and started unpacking everything - and there's lots to it! I had three boxes of stuff from Red. Read More

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NAB 2012: Motion Control Systems - CamBLOCK

NAB 2012: Motion Control Systems - CamBLOCK

Video Interview showing CamBLOCK's Awesome Lightweight Motion Control Rig

By Mike Curtis | May 03, 2012

I'd already heard about CamBLOCK before NAB, and sought out some information, but I never expected them to come seeking ME at NAB. {C} Read More

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BlackMagic Design’s Cinema Camera - Supermodel Backrub with Ninja Claws?

BlackMagic Design’s Cinema Camera - Supermodel Backrub with Ninja Claws?

What to make of 2.5K RAW for $3000

By Mike Curtis | April 17, 2012

So Blackmagic Design, maker of post production hardware and software, introduced their first camera at NAB 2012 - the Blackmagic Design Digital Cinema Camera. What to make of it? Read More

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Top Ten Trends of NAB 2012

Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad NAB 2012 - here's why

By Mike Curtis | April 18, 2012

Lots of change this year - not just new products, but new KINDS of new products from companies we didn't expect them from. Here's some new tech, trends, and an attention seeking Top Ten List of my take on the show so far. Read More

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So…where’ve I been?

So…where’ve I been?

What I've been up to, besides not publishing here. Links to new stuff follow.

By Mike Curtis | March 08, 2012

So, where did I go? Where've I been? What have I been up to? (And does anyone care?) Here's what I've been up to, and some links to what I've been doing lately. Read More

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Red (finally) takes the wraps off new camera - Scarlet-X

Red (finally) takes the wraps off new camera - Scarlet-X

Think of it as Epic's little sister - who kicks butt at 1/3 the price

By Mike Curtis | November 04, 2011

Jim Jannard of Red (finally) revealed their next camera - 3K for $3K is long gone - now it is 5K stills & 4K motion for a sub-$10K "brain." It is everything you wanted in an Epic...but less. Read More

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Canon’s new EOS C300 digital cinema line - competition for Red or Sony?

Canon’s new EOS C300 digital cinema line - competition for Red or Sony?

Canon's new camera is huge news....for Canon.

By Mike Curtis | November 03, 2011

Today in Hollywood Canon announced their first truly professional cinema class camera - a Super35mm sized 4K sensor in a small, 3.6 lb body available with either EOS or PL mounts, recording to CF cards with an ISO range of 320 to 20,000. That is the good news. Everything else is either as expected or disappointing, depending on how fanboy hyped up you were about it. Is it a competitor for Red One? Scarlet-X? Epic? Sony's F3? Read on and see. Read More

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Arri Booth NAB 2012

Arri Booth NAB 2012

Alexa updates and goodies and a tantalizing teaser concept

By Mike Curtis | April 17, 2012

Swung by the Arri booth and ran into Stephan Ukas-Bradley who gave me the rundown on what is new in their booth: Read More

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Miss me? I hope so. Here’s what I stayed up all night writing.

Miss me? I hope so. Here’s what I stayed up all night writing.

ProPhotoCoalition front page domination? Like A Boss.

By Mike Curtis | March 08, 2012

So if you read this article about how and to what my passions have shifted, you'll know I'm kinda into DSLRs now. Not for the video like most everyone else, but for timelapse. Huh? Yup. And not just any kind of timelapse, but HDR (High Dynamic Range) timelapse. So when Nikon and Canon announced new mid-range and top end full frame DSLRs this year, I was kinda Into It. Read More

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New Quad Cores: iMac or Mac Pro?

New Quad Cores: iMac or Mac Pro?

As an editor, should you get an iMac or Mac Pro? How different in price and performance?

By Mike Curtis | July 27, 2010

New Quad core Macs: high end iMac or low end Mac Pro?Apple today announced new Mac Pros (coming sometime in August) and new iMacs (available now). Both have available Quad Core (4 processor) models. The iMac has a built in screen which the Mac Pro lacks, but the tower has scads of easy expandability. Which to buy?Read on for the deets and analysis. Read More

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