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Panasonic AG-AF100

Panasonic’s AG-AF100 AVCCAM HD camcorder is now available for rental at Moving Picture.  As the first high-end 4/3” video camcorder that’s been optimized for high-definition video recording, the AF100 offers the desired aesthetics of popular DSLR cameras without the myriad of functionality issues that are inherent with the DSLR line. The newest addition to Panasonic’s AVCCAM series, the AG-AF100 is targeted at video and film professionals.  With more than two years since the release of the Canon 5D, the AF100 exhibits Panasonic’s commitment to learning from the DSLR revolution and bringing their own improvements to the table. Three key factors in the success of Canon’s DSLR cameras have been consumer accessibility, interchangeable lenses, and sheer image quality.  Targeted directly at the DLSR market, the AF100 comes with a purchase price of less than $5,000, making its rental price similar to that of a Canon 5D or Canon 7D.  With a 4/3” sensor, the AF-100 promises shallow depth of field and a rich film-like image quality. The AF-100 comes out of the box with a micro 4/3” lens mount.  While this is great for folks who invested in Lumix and Olympus lenses in the past, it’s also highly adaptable for use with other lenses.  Both Hot Rod and MTF Services offer 4/3” to PL mount adapters.  As a result, the AF-100 can be used with professional film quality lenses such as the Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 series. The fully HD capable AF-100 boasts a number of additional features that increase its functionally.  This includes: – Two XLR inputs with +48V Phantom Power capability – An HD-SDI out, making HD monitoring a breeze – Time code recording – Waveform monitoring – Zebras – Ergonomic body design Rent the new Panasonic AG-AF100 from Moving Picture today! Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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Production Tip: Emailing Large Files

A frustrating moment for many of us, in the constantly mobile environment that is the film and television industry, is finding yourself in some remote location and needing to send or receive emails with over-sized attachments. Sometimes your editor has a roughcut that needs to be approved on set, the music video’s soundtrack has changed or the template you use to storyboard has gone missing – but with the limits imposed by your email provider, you can’t always get what you need. There are several programs available to help circumvent the process and help you distribute and receive the files quicker and safer. YouSendIt is one such program and it is incredibly useful and user friendly. With a much higher limit than most emails, YouSendIt can upload 2GB worth of data, package it so that any other email can receive it with no additional software needed on their end, and allow you to track who has opened your email to ensure its arrival. Add-ons to the service include password protection, setting an expiration date, and return-receipt emails. The program offers free trials, an online interface, and a variety of plans to suit your needs. Check them out at YouSendIt.com. There are several other similar products available on the web, all with different service options, so browse the competition and see which one works best for you. Keep in mind, some of these applications require that both the sender AND receiver download the program first, and each has their own size, security and time limits: Pando.com offers secure P2P file transfers quickly and easily, but requires an app to be downloaded by the sender AND the recipient. Sendthisfile.com provides secure transfer and storage with NO size limit, but offers NO virus scanning. Send6.com can send files up to 100MB with NO registration necessary. Tonsho.com can send 100MB directly to a recipient’s POP email account, but cannot send to a list. TransferBigFiles.com offers up to 1000MB support, but files are only available for 5 days. MailBigFile.com sends files up to 512MB (pro version offers more) to a single email account. To learn more, visit MovingPicture.com Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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Litepanels Miniplus Lighting

The Litepanels Miniplus series offers shooters extremely efficient and versatile on-camera lighting.  This dimmable LED softlight system is available in both tungsten and daylight models.  The Litepanels Miniplus system is ideal for ENG and documentary work.  Whether you need to fill in the shadows on a daylight exterior or illuminate your subject in a dark club setting, Miniplus on-camera LED lighting is reliable and proficient.  Featuring nearly 20 fitted gels and fully operable on battery power, the Miniplus lighting systems will adapt to your specific needs in a moment’s notice.   Rent Litepanels Miniplus lighting from Moving Picture today! Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens is the successor to the long respected telezoom lens that contributed greatly in making this Canon lens line a favorite among directors of photography and home consumers alike.  Dust and drip-proof, the Canon L series lenses offer stunning image technology paired with robust engineering. With a reduction of the minimum focus distance to 1.2m and an increase in the maximum magnification to .21x, the Canon EF 70-200mm II captures a rich depth of field that allows shooters a great deal of versatility in image selection.  News photographers and commercial DPs will love this lens for the same reason – flexibility paired with spectacular image quality. Furthering their commitment to improving upon original designs, Canon engineers rehashed the internal optical system to include 23 elements in 19 groups.  The end result is high contrast images with edge-to-edge definition.  Adding greatly to this redesign, the EF 70-200mm II features a major reduction in the protrusion of exterior parts and switches along with a new high-speed Auto Focus (AF) system.  A ring-type USM AF motor combined with a new high-speed CPU and optimized AF algorithm is at the core of the EF 70-200mm II AF system, making it both faster and quieter than previous systems. This lens is an excellent addition to any Canon 5D or Canon 7D package.  Rent the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens from Moving Picture today! Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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The Zoom H4n Audio Recorder

The Zoom H4n makes recording audio simple.  While this portable device is not nearly as robust as professional recorders such as the Sound Devices 744T, it’s an ideal answer for those out there who don’t have the experience or budget to capture professional location sound. Designed to be accessible and easy to navigate, the Zoom H4n brings a lot to the table without becoming overly complicated or confusing.  With two onboard X/Y stereo condenser mics, the H4n can capture solid audio right out of the box.  These mics, aligned on the same axis to ensure uniform audio (no phase shifting), are adjustable from 90 degrees to 120 degrees to control the range and spread of what is being recorded. With a 3-pin XLR and ¼” input, the H4n accepts line output sources (guitar amps, mixing consoles, etc) and is also capable of sending phantom power to external mics.  What’s more is the ability to record four channels of audio simultaneously.  The H4n is the only handheld recorder capable of capturing four channels – this can be done by using the onboard mics along with two of your own external mics.  A built in mixer allows you to blend the channels to generate a master that optimizes the quality of your audio. When you’re ready to transfer audio files to your computer, simply plug into the H4n’s USB 2.0 Hi-Speed port.  It doesn’t get much easier!  With the Zoom H4n recorder, you’ll be on your way to great audio in no time.  Rent the Zoom H4n from Moving Picture today, we’re here to give your next production a professional edge! Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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