Filmmaker and Cinematographer
Corey Steib
by Corey Steib on January 16th, 2017

This question was asked of me last week about my thoughts on where the industry is going in the next 5 years. Well if you were to ask me that 5 years ago I would of said 3D and 4K. 

But now it's 2017 and a new year for some interesting products coming out. My thoughts might differ from yours depending on what part of the industry you are in but I think it comes full circle in the end. 4K has been around for 10 years now and it's only starting to be used more and more on productions. 

I am sure you have seen Red make an announcement on a new 8K Camera just last week with an super 35 sensor. So of course I think things will be going to 8K but we don't have enough 4K tvs' and consumers who are wanting that just yet. 

Of course there are drones up the yin yang now a days that are shooting videos in 4K. Everyone wants to know how well any camera does in low light. And does it shoot slow motion. 

So what are my thoughts?

I do believe that we will continue to have 4K and it will become the normal but for the time being clients are happy with 1080. 

Sensors are getting better and better and it will be a matter of time before every camera will be able to handle low light situations better. 

Slow Motion is hit or miss as you have cameras design specificity for that because you are not going to have that many shots that need it and if it does it's only for 5 maybe 10 seconds.

Drones are in the same plate as slow motion cameras as they are not needed for every shot, just like a wide shot is not needed for every shot unless that's the directors vision.

So please post your own in the comments below and let me know what you think and what your thoughts are. 



by Gannon Burgett (DigitalTrends.com) on December 22nd, 2016

Polarizing filters have long been used as a tool to reduce glare, minimize reflections, and improve the color of the sky in photographs by absorbing certain wavelengths of light before they hit the sensor (or film) inside a camera.

Traditionally, these filters have been placed in front of the lens via screw-on and drop-in setups, but there have been attempts to add polarizers directly inside the camera to reduce the need for fragile external components. The technology has yet to go mainstream though, due to complicated designs, limited capabilities, and cost efficiency. Soon though, that might not be the case.

Sony has announced that it is working on a new backside-illuminated CMOS sensor with an integrated polarizing filter. Instead of placing a glass polarizing filter in front of your lens, Sony’s prototype sensor uses a metal grid atop the sensor’s photodiodes that acts as a polarizer to selectively reduce unwanted glare and reflections in an image.
To achieve this, Sony angles the metal grid into four distinct polarization directions: 0, 45, 90, and 135 degrees. Such a setup allows each of the polarizers to be used selectively and block out only certain light, a vital component since this leaves more creative control in the hands of the photographer holding the camera.
In the example images shared by Sony, seen above, we can see the prototype sensor was able to capture objects inside a glass box both with and without reflections, all in-body and without the need to fiddle with a circular polarizing filter.

The sensor is also capable of capturing photos with minimal “ghosting,” a phenomenon that occurs when the polarizer acts as a mirror and reflects its own image onto the sensor. To do this, Sony uses an anti-reflection layer above the gridded polarizers.
By using this new design, Sony should be able to develop smaller, more affordable polarization sensors that could some day make it into consumer cameras. According to data that Sony presented, this method of polarizing proved to be more effective and efficient than what is offered by previously developed polarization cameras.

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by Corey Steib on December 19th, 2016

Note: I am in no way paid by blueshape to write this blog. Yes I am a Technical Advisor for them on a volunteer bases which means when they ask for my input and or suggestions it is on my own free time.  

History

BLUESHAPE was launched internationally in 2004. The initial product range simply consisted of battery products, resulting from the fact that the BLUESHAPE manufacturers were authentic battery makers with several years of experience and ISO 9001 certification in battery design, concepts and assembly. BLUESHAPE is native European brand with its base in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Following an encouragingly good international acclamation, the BLUESHAPE management ventured in further investments to produce other useful broadcast products ranging from chargers to accessories such as camera mounting plates and innovative software systems for battery monitoring and testing. The mission of the company is to provide end-users with a selection of products that never fail to reach or exceed the expected levels in terms of quality performance and lifetime.

Blueshape engineers are continually studying cameramen requirements in order to further improve the merits and efficacy of the existing product range and contemporarily, design new ones to better cater for their needs. Today, BLUESHAPE manufactures some of the best performing V-lock batteries and some of the fastest chargers available on the market.

BLUESHAPE’s obsession is to pack higher value and innovative features within its products. The product range is steadily on the increase with new cutting edge products introduced on a regular basis. A worldwide dealer network controls the presence and availability of BLUESHAPE products in all continents.

In future years, it is expected that BLUESHAPE will continue to expand and diffuse further into more countries world wide, as the demand, popularity and reputation of its products continues to increase. BLUESHAPE is rapidly becoming a familiar name in the world of professional broadcast and cinema production.

The Brains Behind BlueShape

Pietro Vignali
Melchior Busuttil 
Enrico Ferretti
These three gentleman are what drives the machine that is blueshape. I adore and respect them both personally and professionally as they are good hard working people. 

Director of Operations in the United States

John Morgan 
John is the back bone that really helps Blueshape in the United States. I am proud and honored to call john my friend both personally and professionally.  

So what is BlueShape

​BLUESHAPE is a product brand emerging from our experience in the fields of rechargeable battery technologies like NICD, NIMH, LI-ION and LI-Polymer.

They are battery pack designers and manufacturers. The BLUESHAPE team in fact supplies complete solutions in the design and manufacture of rechargeable battery products and accessories.

Services include:
  • Battery package design and engineering development
  • Battery cell selection and evaluation
  • Component evaluation
  • Assembly and testing
  • Technical specification definition
  • Technical 2D and 3D design
  • Plastic case injection
  • Electronic design
  • Materials research and selection
  • Process engineering
  • Dedicated assembly lines
  • Quality control

They have over 20 years experience in the field of rechargeable batteries. Other areas of involvement include:
  • Batteries for telecommunication applications
  • Batteries for professional portable tools
  • OEM battery pack for renowned European and worldwide customers
  • Batteries for LEV

How did I come to get to know them 

I was first approached by John Morgan back in January of 2012 and he asked me if I wanted to test out some new batteries, I said sure why not. Myself and a few other freelance cameraman tested out their batteries. At that time blueshape was not really well known in the US.

It was not until March of 2013 when it became clear that blueshape was the only camera battery for me after working on two reality shows back to back for a month and a half strait shooting 8 hours a day in the hot summer fun and getting three sun burns on top of that. We had everything thrown at us except cold weather and the batteries held up like a champ.
 
My video review for BlueShape at NAB 2014 shot by Ryan AKA IamFilmGuy
It was not to long after NAB 2014 that Shane Hurlbut got a hold of some BlueShape batteries and they took off like a rocket. Shane sure did put it through it paces for sure as you can see in the video in his blog here.

Present Day 2016

I am sure by now you are sick of me talking about how awesome BlueShape is but if you missed my big announcement for 2017 then you can see it here. and in the video below.
I have a wonderful personal and professional relationship with the guys at BlueShape because they care about making the best product they can with their consumers in mind. One of the best things that I love is that you are able to check the cells of  batteries before spending money on shipping. Other battery products you have to send it in to have it diagnosed which cost you more time and money then just installing the software from blueshape so that you can be sure before sending it off which saves you money.

Blueshape is a small company that builds products on a big scale. They are always trying to figure out the next best thing for the filmmaker in mind but not hurting your wallet in the process. They truly do stand behind their product 100%. Give their product a shot and I am sure you will be thanking me when you do because you will never go back to your old brand.
 

by Corey Steib on December 14th, 2016


On the heels before the end of 2016 BlueShape (not officially announce on their website yet) said that in March of 2017 they will be coming out with a 3 stud mount (also known as a gold mount) across all of their line of batteries.

This is exciting news as we have all known that Anton Baure has had a patent on it for years and has recently expired allowing blueshape to use it on their product.  I will have more news on it in the coming months so stay tuned.   

by Corey Steib on December 13th, 2016

So for the past year or so I have been hearing more and more about electric camera cars. If you were to google electric camera cars you will see many different types of them. But my good friend Michael Bernstein with A Production House Audio Visual took it a step further.
Michael comes from an engineering and steadicam background which means he is pretty smart (Cocky New Yorker :) ) but if someone says to him it can't be done then he sets out to prove you wrong. Some people don't like that but some do, me I do as that's just Mike for you and that's who he is as a person which I love. He gives it to you strait and to the point.
Ok so what makes this electric camera car different from all the rest? Well first Michael wanted to provide a safe moving camera platform for productions both inside and outside. Second, it's not a golf cart design with parts thrown on it. This design was from the ground up as he spent 3 years working hard on it.

Specs

  • Tops out at 90mph (Driver Only)
  • Tops out at 45mph (with Steadicam Op)
  • Steadicam mount on both front and back
  • Driven both indoors and outdoors as it's 100% electric
  • The car also come with a gyro stabilized camera mount that can hold just about any camera up 15lbs in weight.
  • A on board video recorder will also record a backup in 4K.
  • Wireless video transmitter is also available for this car so others can see what the car is shooting
  • On board batteries can also supply power to what ever camera is being used
  • It has a 3000watt inverter built in it for battery power to the cameras, monitors etc..
  • It can hold up to a 24 foot jib (not in motion) and a 10 foot jib (while in motion).
One of the things you will see in the video (below) and what you can see in the photos (above) is that it has many different mounting points and has a low center of gravity. Michael is gearing this towards the indie film market but he has used it on national tv shows and other projects.