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The filmmaker/editor's secret weapon

Tested: Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Fitting right between the Indie filmmaker’s DSLR and Hollywood studio’s Arri Alexa, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera ($2,000), with its 13 stops of dynamic range and 2.5K sensor, makes filmmakers jump for joy. We took it on a test drive.

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Today in Gear: April 9, 2014

Today in gear we examine Lightroom’s move to the iPad, Isoara’s take on sweats, a jump rope for cross fit and Black Magic’s new Studio Camera.

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No excuses, just good shots

Kit: Essentials for the Budding Movie Maker

Today’s affordable tools, cameras, classes and copious creative outlets have brought making a film (one of the best story-telling devices) nearly to the everyman. Still, all those advances can’t change a basic fact: sometimes making a movie means going to where the story is rather than waiting for it to come to you. But paying to check 10 Pelican cases of equipment will essentially eat your entire production budget, not to mention it’s tough to sneak into a location if you have a fleet of boxes and bags. This kit can be carried by one or two people in traditional suitcases — which means you get your shots, no matter where those shots may be.

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Today in Gear: April 9, 2013

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera A cinema-grade camera that fits in your pocket? The stuff of myths until now, thanks to the cinematic wizards at Blackmagic Design. Using Micro Four Thirds lenses, the Pocket Cinema Camera captures PreRes-grade or CinemaDNG RAW visuals and boasts 13 stops of dynamic range. All ruggedly built into a tiny body….