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Introducing: VideoMechanic for Mac - Easily batch-convert your videos!

One of the most tedious aspects of working with video is the conversion of video files for editing or sharing. To make matters worse,…

Review: The Fujifilm X-T20 for filmmakers

Apart from their line of Fujinon cinema lenses, Fujifilm hasn’t been a brand you’d readily associate with filmmaking in the past. This all changed…

Panasonic GH5 full specs ahead of launch!

I don't normally post rumors on the blog, but I managed to get my hands on an accidentally published (and quickly retracted) review of…

5 Easy workarounds for the 5D Mark IV's biggest issues

Ok, so the 5D Mark IV didn't exactly live up to the promise of being the perfect hybrid 4K DSLR many had hoped it…

New: The Panasonic LX100 Filmmaking Guide!

Rarely has a Filmkit article gotten so much attention as the Panasonic LX100 review, and our in our recent camera poll the LX100 also…

Review: The Samsung NX1 for filmmakers

I’ll start off with the conclusion: the NX1 is an amazing camera that is technologically ahead of its time. If you need a camera…

New: Filmkit Vintage LUTS

Filmkit proudly presents Filmkit Vintage, a LUT collection designed specifically for cameras that do not have a flat/LOG mode (e.g. LX100, RX100, NX1)!

Video: Double your lens' reach with Sony's ClearImage Zoom function

Hidden deep down in the menu of your Sony A7s (or A7s II) is a zoom feature that allows you to double the reach…

Review: Sennheiser AVX wireless audio system

Having used the Sennheiser G3 wireless systems for years, I was enticed when Sennheiser announced a smaller digital wireless system that promised to solve…

Review: Phantom 3 Professional

As a user of the Phantom 2 with GoPro, I had very much gotten used to lugging around a hefty field monitor, fiddling with…

Getting good audio in noisy environments

We’ve all been there: just when your interview has started, someone nearby thinks it of utmost importance to start inflating their rubber swimming pool…

Review: Canon 50mm f1.8 STM

The old 'nifty fifty' was my first prime lens, and it might as well have been glued to my camera: I never took it…

Video tutorial: how to update the Phantom 3's firmware?

If you power up your Phantom 3 for the first time, you'll get a notice saying you need to update your firmware. This process…

DJI Phantom 3 FAQ

Each DJI release seems to come with lots of questions, and the release of the Phantom 3 this week hasn't been any different. Where's…

Quick tip: white backgrounds for product photography

I've tried paper sheets, but they kept peeling off. I've tried using the back of a white bed, but it was too reflective. I've…

5 Useful and inexpensive filmmaking tools

Filmkit doesn't wait 'till christmas to provide you with a useful list of affordable filmmaking tools. Here's our top 5.

Create an FPV-system: Part 2 - The Receiver and Monitor

When I started putting together an FPV-system for my Phantom 2, I thought the transmitter (see part 1) was the hard part of the…

Create an FPV-system: Part 1 - The Transmitter

While looking in to the possibility of adding a dedicated FPV system to my Phantom 2, I found out that most of these systems…

Getting Started: DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter

Ok, I admit: I've tried numerous times to attach an old camera-equiped phone to a toy helicopter. None of them came off the ground.…

Video review: Motion 9 Cube Alpha A7s cage

A comic review of the Motion Nine Cube cage for the A7s, with guest appearances from our team of experts: Ren & Stimpy, Philip…

Attic shootout: C100 vs C100 Mark II (video)

Introducing the Filmkit Attic Shootouts: a series of totally improvised camera comparisons shot in Filmkit's attic. Paper backdrops, wonky tripods and flickering LED lights!…

Review: the Sony A7s

Let me start off by saying that I haven't had so much fun shooting with a camera in a long time. Working with the…

Review: The Panasonic LX-100 for filmmakers

With the introduction of the RX100 in 2012, Sony invented a new class of cameras: a compact mirrorless camera with a large sensor and…

Shoot 4K on your iPhone: the Vizzywig 8xHD app

Lots of Android phones shoot 4K out of the box, whereas the iPhone tops out at full HD. Just recently a company called i4software…

Røde SmartLav+ review: Wireless audio on a shoestring

While a wireless lav system like the Sennheiser EW100 is a wonderful piece of kit, the price may be a little steep for someone…

Tutorial: Final Cut Pro X for Final Cut 7 users

Are you one of those stubborn editors still sticking to Final Cut 7? In this article I'll show you how you can edit in…

EVF shootout: Zacuto EVF vs SmallHD DP4

While the screens on most DLSRs are actually pretty good, they can quicky become hard to gauge in harsh sunsight, and they lack many…

Canon C100: cinema camera or maxed-out DSLR?

I've been working with DSLRs almost exclusively ever since the Canon 550D was released in 2010, and its been such a great joy. It…

Canon 70D review: A polished video DSLR

Canon has scattered video-centric features throughout their range of DLSRs the last few years. The wonderful 600D had the 3x crop mode, the 650D…

Magic Lantern RAW vs .H264

I've been experimenting with Magic Lanterns RAW recording hack on my 6D for the last few weeks, and while I'm still looking for ways…

Canon 35mm f2 IS USM review: A great lens for video

At the end of 2012 Canon upgraded their eighties-designed 35mm f2 lens by releasing the Canon EF35mm f/2 IS USM . Canon updated the…

Tutorial: Use the iRig PRE as a DSLR preamp

If you're looking to use a phantom-powered microphone with your DSLR, the obvious choice would be to get a XLR interface from JuicedLink or…

Why the 3x crop mode on the Canon 600D is invaluable

The Canon 600D/T3i has a special gem, hidden deep down inside its menu structure. No other model has this feature, not even its successor…

Review: The Canon 17-55 f2.8 IS USM

If there's one lens that stays on my camera most of the time, it must be the Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. It's versatile,…

Tutorial: Getting good in-camera audio on Canon DSLRs

Getting great images on a DSLR is easy, but capturing good audio in-camera is a whole different story. Here's a few tips to help…

DSLR video starter kit

I often get the same question from people who want to start making movies with a DSLR: “which camera should I buy?”. Here’s a…

The LX100 Filmmaking Guide

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