Samsung’s new curved monitors are scientifically proven to be better for you but it’s the cool factor that will get you first. Apart from the looks, there is some science behind the new curved screens. Research by Seoul National University Hospital found that Samsung’s curved monitors were more effective in reducing eyestrain than its flat monitors. Interestingly the greater the curvature of the monitor’s screen, the more effective it proved in reducing eyestrain.
For the ultimate in protection for your kit, there is nothing that comes close to a heavy-duty professional case like a Pelican fitted with a custom-made foam liner to snugly hold all your precious kit. And if you are planning on flying with your kit and putting it into the hold as checked luggage, there is nothing that would give you more confidence that it will be in one piece at your destination.
When Manfrotto unveiled the revolutionary N8 Nitrotech fluid head last year with a payload capacity limited to a not-surprising 8kg/17.6lb, it was only going to be a matter of time before a head suitable for larger cameras was introduced. That head is the Nitrotech N12, suitable for payloads up to 12kg/26.5lb. What is surprising is that the head is the same size as the smaller N8 and has the same 75mm flat base rather than a 100mm bowl. So like the N8, it needs an adapter, available separately, to use on bowl-top tripods.
If you love using your new Apple MacBook Pro for editing but just wish it was quicker, then the Aussie filmmaking mavericks at Blackmagic Design have come to the rescue with a Thunderbolt 3 external graphics processor that boosts its performance to rival that of desktops, writes Pro Moviemaker magazine's Krishan Parmar.
LED fixtures that can do more than just put out white or tungsten-coloured light are the new big thing, with lots of manufacturers producing their own versions. Fiilex hasn’t been left behind. Its new Matrix II RGBW, as the name suggests, allows full control of the colour of light from red, green and blue LEDs, plus regular white LEDs that can be fine-tuned in terms of intensity and colour temperature.
One of the biggest issues when using a DSLR or mirrorless camera is the screen. They are small, more often than not lack all the useful tools like waveforms, and they can be hard to see in bright sunlight.
You don’t have to be a genius to work out what the key USPs of Manfrotto’s Pro Light range are. They’re lightweight bags designed for professionals. In the case of the Cinematic Backpack Expand (CBE), said pro is either a one-person operation or a run-and-gunner, while at 2.6kg in unburdened form it’s undoubtedly light given its capacity. Both boxes ticked, then.