Cinevate News Archives

The Stories That Are Hardest to Hear…

Refugees in Northen Iraq

The stories that are hardest to hear, are often the hardest to tell, but have the greatest need to be told. A man by the name of Gary Dowd is telling these stories. Here is one of them… Northern Iraq … Continue reading

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Shipping Updates, a Photo, 4 Videos and More Weight Configs

Morpheus Stabilizer Update

For those of you who have yet to receive your Morpheus Stabilizer, I wanted to let you know that we’re expecting another 300 Morpheus units early next week. If that shipment arrives on time, we’ll have those units all packed … Continue reading

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New 30 Second TV Spot from Westfort Productions

Westfort Films 30 Second TV Spot

Westfort Productions‘ latest piece is a 30 second tv spot for Confederation College. It’s really well done, so I thought I’d share it as filmmaking inspiration The following is a list of the gear that they used on the shoot… … Continue reading

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Designing Your Visuals to Serve the Story

Garsc Ziemi

As a cinematographer it’s important to design a visual approach and aesthetic well before pressing the record button on set. After all, film is a visual medium and how you ‘show’ the story on screen has tremendous impact on the … Continue reading

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Testify! A Hedron Slider Testimonial

Hedron Slider Testimonial

In the coming weeks we’ll be sharing a story about the short film Garsc Ziemi, which is the passion project (7+ years in the making) from Imaginarium Studios. Stay tuned for that. In the meantime we’ll share this testimonial from … Continue reading

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Gear Love and Crowdfunding Advice for Your Indie Film

The Maltese Guinea Pig

Back in June we published a post about a short film called The Maltese Guinea Pig. At the time, Writer and Director, Luke Grandmont, was raising funds via his Indiegogo campaign. It should be noted that Luke used to work … Continue reading

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Graduating from Zoom-ins and Outs

Camera Movement

A zoom lens is incredibly practical when you are framing up a shot. It gives you a tremendous amount of flexibility to capture a variety of focal lengths from a fixed position. But how often have you actually seen a … Continue reading

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV To Feature 4K Video?

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

The good folks over at Canon Watch have recently posted an article about the 5D Mark IV possibly featuring 4K video. I find the prospect of this intriguing, however, I remain skeptical until more information is officially announced by Canon … Continue reading

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Hedron Camera Slider Review

Hedron Slider Review

Our friend Alan Auld, of Imagine Photo Cinema, recently produced this video critiquing his Hedron Slider. Have a watch to find out what Alan liked, and didn’t like, about the slider. You can also watch the video, and read Alan’s … Continue reading

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Morpheus Stabilizer Update – Sooo close!

Morpheus Stabilizer

Here is the latest update from our Morpheus Stabilizer Kickstarter project, as originally written and posted by Cinevate owner, Dennis Wood. A very exciting day here. The modified top arch and wobble wheel mount bits arrived today. You’ll see the … Continue reading

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The Maltese Guinea Pig

The Maltese Guinea Pig

Cinevate alumnus Luke Grandmont, who you may recognize from our Ask Cinevate series, stopped by the office recently to let us know about his latest project, a short film titled, The Maltese Guinea Pig. The film is a story of … Continue reading

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The Hedron Camera Slider – For the Storyteller

Hedron Camera Slider

Filmmakers are storytellers, and how they choose to tell a story is conceived as a unique vision. In realizing this vision, creativity and innovation abound. Over the years Cinevate has been blessed to know many of you in the filmmaking … Continue reading

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Confessions Of A 10 GbE Newbie – Part 6: Breaking the 10GB Data Barrier

10GB Networking

Breaking the 750 MB/s barrier In parts 1 through 5 of this series, we discussed 10GbE networking basics, built up a software toolkit, reviewed 10GbE NAS performance, discussed why you should consider a NAS, and took a close look at … Continue reading

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Confessions Of A 10 GbE Network Newbie – Part 5: SMB3

Confessions Of A 10 GbE Network Newbie – Part 5: SMB3 - See more at: http://www.cinevate.com/blog/?p=7380&preview=true#sthash.Kx7pKnoe.dpuf

Last time, I wrote about how I believe every small to medium sized business should consider a NAS. In this installment, I’ll be focusing on SMB3. SMB3 SMB (server message block) is the core of Microsoft’s and, more recently, Apple’s … Continue reading

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Where To Get Cinevate Gear

Certified Cinevate Resellers Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to partner with companies that are as passionate about filmmaking and helping customers, as we are here at Cinevate. Below you will find a list of select certified Cinevate resellers. … Continue reading

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Confessions Of A 10 GbE Network Newbie – Part 4: Why You Should Consider NAS

QNAP XBMC

In Part 1 of this series I spoke about NAS units, and the fact that Cinevate has four in service, some for as long as 5 years. In this installment I’ll discuss why, as well as share some collaborative tips … Continue reading

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Confessions Of A 10 GbE Network Newbie – Part 3: A 10GbE Enabled NAS

Confessions Of A 10 GbE Network Newbie

In my last post, I outlined a toolkit of programs to help test, configure and verify your 10GbE LAN’s performance. In this installment, I’m going to show how I put some of them to work, testing out QNAP’s TS-470 Pro NAS. Over … Continue reading

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Filming The Mysterious 7th Continent

Tony Wannamaker CSC

In this edition of the Cinevate Customer Showcase, we have the pleasure of introducing Rhonda and Tony Wannamaker csc, and share with you their journey to the 7th continent. Rhonda and Tony Wannamaker csc are a husband and wife film … Continue reading

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Confessions Of A 10 GbE Network Newbie – Part 2: Test Toolkit

Confessions Of A 10 GbE Network Newbie

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Part 1 of this series where we cover some of the basics of 10G networking. Before you build up a 10G network, you’ll want to assemble a toolkit of programs to … Continue reading

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Confessions Of A 10 GbE Network Newbie – Part 1: Basics

Intel X540 10GbE Adapters

In the recent article Cinevate’s Quest for an Adobe CC 10Gb/s Network we outlined Cinevate’s need for a shared network workflow, that would enable us to manage various types of media, compatible with Adobe CC, and our goal to achieve … Continue reading

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Cinevate’s Quest for an Adobe CC 10Gb/s Network

Adobe CC 10GB Network

Always exploring new business options, Cinevate launched a Kickstarter Campaign in December 2013, and were amazed at the response to our first foray into the world of crowd sourcing. During this project we shot, edited and uploaded footage almost daily. … Continue reading

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Corporate Shoot Uses Drone to Capture Impossible Jib Shots

Cinevate Customer Showcase

Long time customer and friend of Cinevate, Clint Regehr of CERVIDEO, is featured in this edition of the Cinevate Customer Showcase. Clint, like many of Cinevate’s customers, makes his living as a filmmaker shooting corporate commercial projects. Clint’s most recent … Continue reading

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8 Hours That Will Make You A Better Filmmaker

Event Cinema Workshop

Cinevate friends and filmmakers Joe Simon and Kevin Shahinian present an all new full-day Event Cinema Workshop open to professional and aspiring event filmmakers of all skill levels at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on Sunday, March 2, … Continue reading

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Telegram from Sri Lanka – A Visual ‘Trip’

Cinevate Customer Showcase

A huge perk here at Cinevate is getting to watch all the amazing stories unfold through our customers’ videos. These stories not only entertain and educate us, they inspire us to be more creative, more honest, and more constructive in … Continue reading

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New Rails Kit For The Morpheus Stabilizer

New Rails Kit for the Morpheus Stabilizer

Since successfully reaching our Kickstarter goal back in December, we’ve had some of you suggest that we’re long overdue for an update on the status of the Morpheus Stabilizer for GoPro, smartphone and small cameras – and we agree. Our … Continue reading

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Commercial Shoot With Canon EOS 1D C

Canon EOS 1D C

Whether you’re certain that 4k video is the next essential format, or that it’s a technology that’s pre-maturely ahead of the supporting output devices, there are filmmakers and photographers that are embracing it. The Canon EOS 1D C is a … Continue reading

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Duzi Slider Reviewed in -45 Degrees

Duzi Camera Slider in -45 Degrees

Our local filmmaking friend Matt Popowich, of Westfort Films, recently had the opportunity to take the Duzi Camera Slider with him on a shoot up north to Fort Severn. For those of you unfamiliar with Fort Severn, it’s the most … Continue reading

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#standwithme Trailer – A Stillmotion Originals Documentary

#standwithme Trailer - A Stillmotion Originals Documentary

Patrick and I first came to know each other ten years back as he waited (impatiently!) for our first product to be shipped to him. The Brevis35 that Patrick subsequently strapped to his Canon XH-A1 video camera was about to … Continue reading

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Amazing Production Value…From Just An iPhone?

Morpheus Stabilizer

As part of our Morpheus Kickstarter campaign, Dan (our media man) and I decided to capture the installation of an Elua water filter system, here at Cinevate. The challenge was to shoot it in just a few hours, with no … Continue reading

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New Website Makes Renting Gear Even Easier

LensProToGo

As a company who’s job it is to get gear into the hands of the filmmakers that need it, we’re aware of the countless challenges that can arise when you complicate that process with shoot schedules and travelling. It’s that … Continue reading

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