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Testing the Cion

Does AJA’s first camera offering, the Cion, combine good design with functionality? Our resident cinematographer, Harvey Glen, gives us his verdict   Straight out of the box, the AJA Cion 4K camera looks cool! The brown suede shoulder pad and the wooden finish top handle give it an instant...

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Industry heavyweight

Our resident DoP Harvey Glen tests the Blackmagic URSA and gives us his verdict on the camera’s performance   Blackmagic’s URSA camera was hotly anticipated when it was announced at NAB last year, primarily because it seemed to offer a lot of features for a very affordable price range of...

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Fit for purpose

Dubai-based cinematographer Harvey Glen road tests the newly released Sony PXW-FS7 while filming CrossFit athlete coach Carlo Milo at the Smart Fitness gym The Sony PXW-FS7 delivers long-form recording capabilities with 4K resolution in a compact, handheld design. It shoots codec XAVC-I with a...

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Mocha Tracker

Mocha has become the industry standard for motion tracking and rotoscoping but does the new version live up to its reputation, investigates Alistair Rankine Mocha Pro started life as three different products – Mocha, Mokey and Monet – all of which were finally brought together into a comprehensive...

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Sony Alpha 7s

Filmmakers Kamil Roxas and Alison Sheehy test the Sony Alpha 7s and give us their verdict Ever so often, there’s a new feature added on a camera that’s touted as a game-changer for filmmakers. For most of last year, the superior low-light shooting capabilities of the Sony Alpha 7s received...

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Rekindling the Flame

With the arrival of the 2015 version of Flame, Autodesk seems to have brought the software back on track, says Alistair Rankine. He gives us the lowdown on how the new Flame is better than the old one It has been a few years since I last reviewed Autodesk Flame. Since then a great deal has happened...

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DaVinci Resolve 11

When Dubai-based editor, director and filmmaker Jac Mulder needed to correct a specific shot in his film Bordering on Bad Behaviour, he contacted Blackmagic Design to help build an interface that would speed up his workflow. In the process, he was invited to test the pre-release of DaVinci Resolve...

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DaVinci Resolve 10

Alistair Rankine takes an in-depth look at DaVinci Resolve 10 to find out how the software has evolved into an affordable editing and finishing tool It has been just over three years since I last reviewed DaVinci Resolve. Around that time, Resolve had just been acquired by Blackmagic Design, who...

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Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

The local production market has eagerly awaited the arrival of the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, which at the humble price of USD 3,000, comes with high specs and the promise of making 4K shooting affordable. Dubai-based filmmakers Andrew Clemson and Acen Razvi, who were one of the first people...

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Lightworks Pro

Bahrain-based filmmaker Saleh Nass explores the capabilities of the Lightworks Pro while editing his latest short film, Central Market. He shares his experience with BroadcastPro ME I have been using Final Cut Pro for most of my edits for the past 11 years. I’ve dabbled a bit in Avid MC/Symphony...

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Creative Cloud

Adobe introduced the successor to its Creative Suite recently – the Adobe Creative Cloud solution. Adobe expert Renji Mathews brings you the lowdown on the new entrant  A moment of silence for the Adobe Creative Suite please…thank you! And now, meet its successor, Adobe Creative Cloud. It has...

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Teranex

As the demand for higher resolutions in production increases, so does the need for standards converters in post. Blackmagic Design’s recently acquired Teranex is a product to watch out for, says post production specialist Tony Ruthnam In the past few years, Blackmagic Design has slowly and...

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Teranex

As the demand for higher resolutions in production increases, so does the need for standards converters in post. Blackmagic Design’s recently acquired Teranex is a product to watch out for, says post production specialist Tony Ruthnam In the past few years, Blackmagic Design has slowly and...

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Sony on the shoulder

Paul Mongey puts the new SONY PMW-300 XDcam through its paces The new Sony PMW-300 XDcam camcorder replaces Sony’s PMW-EX3. It is essentially a ‘semi-shoulder’ mount camera with an interchangeable lens. The PMW-300 is an evolution of the EX1/EX3 camera, adding 50Mb HD MPEG 4:2:2 recording, quite...

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Sony on the shoulder

Paul Mongey puts the new SONY PMW-300 XDcam through its paces The new Sony PMW-300 XDcam camcorder replaces Sony’s PMW-EX3. It is essentially a ‘semi-shoulder’ mount camera with an interchangeable lens. The PMW-300 is an evolution of the EX1/EX3 camera, adding 50Mb HD MPEG 4:2:2 recording, quite...

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The C100 in focus

Canon C100 from the Canon EOS family has piqued the interest of new filmmakers for a number of reasons. Freelance Director and Filmmaker Kamil Roxas tests the camera for us Being primarily a documentary filmmaker, I have been shooting most of my projects with the Canon line of HDSLRs, 7D, 5D MKII...

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Rigging the Pocket Camera

Andrew Clemson compares the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with other cameras in the market and tests it with various accessories and rigs Acquiring Blackmagic cameras seem to a big saga in itself so no review would be complete without a story on how one got it as well, I suppose. I ordered the...

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Blackmagic in your pocket

Filmmaker Asif Limbada was the first person in the Middle East to receive the much-awaited Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. He shares his experience in an exclusive review with BroadcastPro ME this month.  For filmmaker Asif Limbada it was love at first sight when he saw the Blackmagic pocket...

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Media Composer 7

Avid-certified editor Tony Ruthnam takes a look at the new features of Avid Media Composer 7 to see how the software suite compares with its predecessors and peers Avid Media Composer (MC) has been a staple in the post production field for years. A stable and mature non-linear editing system, over...

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Panasonic GH3

Panasonic GH3 is a compact professional camera offering innumerable shooting options. Andrew Clemson, a Dubai-based cinematographer and digital cinema specialist, checks out the camera’s performance Since professional production-capable cameras became smaller with the advent of the DSLR boom, more...