Category: Reviews

22
Apr

Boudoir Shoot with Small HD and Zeiss

We can’t wait to share with you the demo shoot we did last month! The video will show how Zeiss and SmallHD performs in a naturally lit room, along with some of our thoughts and feedback. Follow us to stay tuned on when the review video is released!
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14
Mar

SmallHD 502 + SmallHD 702 On-Camera Monitor Review!

Now at $1200 for the 502 and $1500 for the 702, why spend such a big chunk of change on an external monitor? Well with most cameras, the size, resolution and features of their built in monitors just don’t cut it for nailing focus, exposure, composition, etc. These sleek and sexy SmallHD monitors are just chock full of the tools you need to nail your shots – at a full 1080p!

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14
Sep

The Must-Have Lens Gear … by Cool-Lux?

Let’s face it. Buying a set of professional cinema lenses is a hefty investment. You can easily spend five-digit figures and even in the six-digit figures for the very high end lenses from the likes of ARRI, Cooke, and Leica.

 ARRI Ultra Primes       

Of course, the more budget-friendly alternative would be still photography lenses. Whether it is a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 or a classic Zeiss 50mm, there are many reasons why people opt to use still lenses for filming.

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03
Jun

Sony A7s vs. GH4 vs. C100 vs. 5D Mark III Camera Test

Hi guys! So about 10 months ago our team decided to review some cameras that we had recently acquired and wanted to see how well each of them performed in dynamic range, low light, and slow motion. We wanted to see the strengths of each camera and how we can effectively use our gear to our advantage. One thing we really believe in is understanding our equipment so well that we wouldn’t be hindered by the limitations of what we have (or don’t have). We also wanted to share everything we’ve learned, hence the inspiration of our gear reviews. It was just so much fun for our team and collaborators to get together and just talk geek! We loved it so much that we continued to create videos of gear that we WANTED to learn more about, and today we want to take a moment to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for inspiring us to share everything we’ve learned and starting awesome discussions with us. Thank you for all the support and comments.

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17
Apr

NAB 2015 and Special Shoutouts!

Hi everyone! Michael, Georgia, Marcus and Emily just got back from NAB 2015. This experience was a little unique for the team as our very own Michael Shu was invited to give a talk at the Atomos Dome. Atomos really outdid themselves at NAB; it was bigger and greater than last year. Here is a quick summary of some of the booths we said HI to.

Freddie Wong gave a presentation, “How to Be a Success on Youtube and Beyond,” at the Adobe platform on Tuesday, April 2015. Of course, we dropped in to support one of our fellow filmmaker/content creator! Here’s a snapshot of Video Game High School. Check out the series here.

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08
Apr

Technicolor Color Assist on FCPX

So we’ve been great friends with Technicolor since summer of last year. They’ve made leaps and bounds with helping indie filmmakers grab ahold of the power of 100+ years of experience and technology for their color grading projects.

They helped us bring together the first public releases of Technicolor projects with our Asian EDM Concert Promo and our wedding company’s Wedding Reel. These were both in Premiere Pro CS6, which we jumped ship to when Apple went to Final Cut Pro X – which was missing a lot of features we needed at time of launch.

We’ve been keeping an eye on Apple and it looks like they have definitely added more pro features, but we remained pretty hesitant about using their workflow. But now with Technicolor adding support for the controversial editing software, FCPX deserves a second look.

Whether we love it or hate it will largely depend on us taking it for a test spin on one of our current projects. We’ll report back with our thoughts :-)

-MS

30
Nov

Hands-on Intro to Cinestyle and Color Assist

So if you’ve watched our videos on the Technicolor Cinestyle Website as well as on our blog post, you’re probably wondering WHAT exactly did the picture style and software actually DO for our projects and HOW. We run you through the process with an intro to the Cinestyle picture style and how it marries with the Color Assist software within our projects in the video below.

Read on for more details.
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30
Jun

GoPro HD Hero 1 vs 2 // Streets of Los Angeles

GoPro HD Hero vs Hero 2 // Los Angeles City Streets from Onyx Cinema, Inc. on Vimeo.

After recently upgrading to the GoPro HD Hero 2, I was excited about testing the practical improvements made with version 2. We are about to embark on a trip to Taipei, Taiwan and wanted to test what we can get off the city streets.
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