News & Events
On May 31st, Zacuto will head to the Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles, California! Cine gear was created by the professional for the professional and remains focused on the needs of the production and post production community. This annual expo will offer exhibits, Premiere and Master Class Seminars, Film Series Competition & Finalist screenings, new product announcements, demonstrations, VIP Awards Ceremony, special events and more.
From May 31st-June 1st look for the big red Zacuto balloon and stop by the Zacuto booth so you can check out our new products that were recently showcased at NAB. Some that you won’t want to miss out on are the DSLR Enforcer Rig and DSLR Marauder Rig. These rigs are a totally new rod less design. They are adjustable with the flip of the lever and click into place. Some other products include the Half Cage, Scissor EVF Mount, C100 Z-Finder, Z-Drive, Tornado and more!
Gear & Tools
Written by Kristian Day
When the first DSLR cameras were discovered to have outstanding HD video capturing capabilities, the door to a whole new world opened for filmmakers. Today, we have another world to explore with the iPhone 4S and its abilities to both capture 1080 HD video at a variety of frame rates and to encode at bitrates up to 50mb per second (Cannon 5d Mark II encodes at 38mb per second/Blu-Ray disc has a maximum bit-rate of 40mb per second). The number one hurdle to filmmaking on an iPhone is the stigma of shooting with a phone.
It is hard to convince others that you are a professional using top-rate technology when your equipment appears to be the same as a squealing teenager snapping a shot of a pop star at a concert or a father trying to capture his baby’s first steps in the park. The number one thing that separates the pros from the amateurs, however, is gear that enhances the iPhone’s capabilities and provides filmmakers with the flexibility and adaptability that they need. However, there are some benefits for filmmaking on an iPhone.
In the News
Every year at NAB is a success for Zacuto! This year was no different. We brought home the Best Light Award from Videomaker for our PlaZma Light, introduced 15+ new products, and had various presenters on the Kessler-Zacuto stage such as Philip Bloom, Vincent Laforet and more- it’s safe to say that this year was another accomplishment!
Our Indie Filmmaking lounge was also a hit! Who wouldn’t want to hang out on the Zacuto sofas and prop their feet? With tons of industry professionals networking over coffee in the morning and cocktails in the afternoon, we can’t think of a better place to be! Check out some of our BTS of the lounge!
Relive NAB 2013
Tips & Tricks
Written by: Ryan E. Walters
Part 3: How To Location Scout
Welcome to part 3 of this ten part series on how to bring a cinematic look to a small budget commercial. In this series I am sharing with you the behind the scenes process of how we at Bleeding Thorn Films make a project happen – warts and all from script to screen.
In Part 2, I covered budgeting and creating the proposal. In Part 3 I begin the process of pre-production through location scouting.
Z-Kudos Award Winners
Written by: Shirley Baugher
What do you do when you’re eight years old, a runt, with no friends, and are constantly being bullied by the big boys on the playground? What do you do when you have hair that sticks out in every direction, protruding teeth, and you are hopelessly in love with the prettiest girl in class? What do you do when you live your young life creating comic book art and writing stories that no one appreciates? What do you do when even your teacher is out to get you and makes your life miserable in class?
In, The Six Million Dollar Man, directed by Kiwi A-Team boys Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland, their goal was to create an alternate life where looks don’t matter and bullies don’t exist. Andy, a young New Zealand boy in the The Six Dollar Fifty Man, packed his art and stories in his nerdy brown satchel and imagined himself a super hero able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and rescue lost treasure.
New In Rentals
Zacuto Rentals has done it yet again! We have improved our inventory with some great new upgrades and equipment! Some new rentals that you can now take advantage of now include the Sony PMW-FS700, the PL-mount version of the Canon C300, Arri’s new L7-C LED lights, and two upgrades to the Sony’s PMW-F3 camera: the S-log firmware update, as well as Canon and Nikon lens mount adapters.
The Sony PMW-F3 camera has a new update, the F3 S-Log, which is an optional camera software upgrade that allows the Sony F3 to record footage in the fully uncompressed 4:4:4 color space and allows users to turn on the S-Log feature in the profile menu. With the upgrade you can make adjustments to other camera settings such as black level, color, and white balance. Without recording at 4:4:4, “S-Log” adds a full two stops of dynamic range to the F3, allowing the camera to perform better in low-light situations.
Check Out Rentals New Inventory
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