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Voting for our Gear of the Year competition has now closed and we’re currently compiling the results. These will appear in full in the Spring issue of Pro Moviemaker, which is on sale on March 1.
One of the most popular editing and colour grading software packages has been upgraded and can be downloaded free today. Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 15.2, is a major update to its editing, colour correction, visual effects and professional audio post production software. It can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design website at www.blackmagicdesign.com. It includes over 30 new features that simplify and streamline everyday tasks so editors, colourists and sound engineers can work even faster.
Legendary British lens maker Cooke is catering to the growing trend of full frame cinema cameras by expanding its acclaimed anamorphic lens family with a new Full Frame Plus range. The first lens to be released in the series has a focal length of 50mm and was unveiled at the IBC show in Amsterdam last week. There are six more lenses to be released over the next 12 months.
Sponsored promotion: While camera sensors are already in the 8K resolution range, the demand for lenses with a unique character is increasing. Many cinematographers don’t want the clinical look of today's optics, as they want a more classic look.
Nikon has released two full-frame mirrorless cameras that have lots of spec to tempt filmmakers away from Sony – the only other full-frame mirrorless manufacturer. Nikon’s new cameras are the high-resolution 45.7-megapixel Z7 and low-res 24.5-megapixel Z6 which use Nikon’s all-new Z lens mount. An adapter to use existing Nikon F-mount lenses will also be available at launch, along with 24-70mm f/4, 35mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/1.8.
RED has slimmed down its confusing range of cameras and cut prices across the board, but has dropped the cheapest camera, the Raven. Although the Raven is still available as a £15,000/ $15,000 kit through Apple stores, RED’s own line-up will have just one camera three sensor options - Monstro 8K VV, Helium 8K S35 and Gemini 5K S35.