CMOS Rolling Shutter Removal – Plugin Shootout!

I’m getting away with whip pans like these. Or just about, anyway. That said, I’m not going to bore you with an explanation of what rolling shutter is. Chances are that – before you reached this blog – you already went through the torture of a few hundred posts and videos of everyone else demonstrating rolling shutter – without the slightest suggestion of a good CMOS skew and jello removal tool. You can relax now, for I’m going to show you a comparison between the five filters that are available…

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Mounting Nikon lenses on the Canon 5D Mark II, EOS, M43 and others

Amongst the trends of DSLR videomakers is to mount older, manual Nikon/Nikkor F-mount lenses (amongst others) to the front of their Canon EOS cameras. It is a good trend; one that keeps you from the aperture flicker nightmares described in yesterday’s post. These older Nikons are also known for their buttery smooth, long-throw focus rings, as opposed to the ultra-minimal throw of most Canon EF lenses (those that are not outrageously priced, anyway). Nikon’s Series E 50mm f/1.4 (with Nikon-EOS adapter) and Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 – two fantastic lenses. For…

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Compact-Macros for DSLR filmmaking

Of the various Canon EF lenses I’ve experimented with for video use, the only one that has consistently impressed me (surprise) as an unusually good value – as a used lens on eBay – is the Compact-Macro 50mm f/2.5: No, Canon did not pay me to say this (sadly). Granted, we’re still referring to a lens that has aperture limitations for cine use, as – like all Canon EF lenses – the iris is controlled electronically from the camera body and cannot be de-clicked. Yet, the lens has a beautiful…

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Follow focus jumping teeth? 5D Mark II won’t sit straight? Try this.

First of all, let’s get the legally-binding blog disclaimer over with: Nobody sent me this doo-dad free (or paid me) to review it. Too bad. Bleeding pocketbooks aside, one of the other endless oddities about DSLR filmmaking is that us fellows in the 5D Mark II camp have only one 1/4″-20tpi threaded boss at the bottom of the camera to work with. It doesn’t even have a recess to accept the pin supplied on basic tripod plates either. That’s where CoolLCD came in and designed this handy little solution for…

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Powering a BeachTek audio adapter with an external battery source

I run my rig off an Anton-Bauer Dionic 90 battery (through a 3rd-party battery adapter), a 3-hour-rated lithium-ion setup which has more stored power than I know what to do with. Given this convenient power source (with 5v, 7.2v, 12v and 15v connections on the adapter), I prefer that all the accessories on the rig run off the same power source to avoid last-minute confusion as to what on the camera has fresh batteries and what doesn’t. That, and it sure saves on batteries. Amongst the accessories on my rig…

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The Top 5 DSLR Video Accessories You Need, Mr. Beer Budget Filmmaker

Lots of articles have been written online about what gear you “need” as a DSLR filmmaker, most of them quite useless, e.g.: “Buy a memory card!” Yes, dear, we will. Hence, I present the following list of what will truly help you as a budget DSLR filmmaker, and – most importantly – the reasoning behind these suggestions so you may make an informed decision. FYI – the following items are related to camera accessories only. You should already have a good lighting kit. Drumroll, please. 1. A good fluid head…

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