Canon XF705 Video Tutorial Series

Canon’s new XF705 4K Camcorder has a new Tutorial Series, Canon XF-705:  From Prep to Post, just released today on YouTube.

The five videos feature Charles Zablan, Senior Trainer for Canon USA, showing how to customize and use the feature settings in the Canon XF705.

Canon has also announced new lease financing promotional interest rates available through Canon Financial Services.

0% 12 Months

0% 24 Months

1.99% 36 Months

 

Canon XF-705: From Prep to Post

Episode 1: XF-705 Function, Form, and Design

Episode 2: Canon LOG 3—Expanding the Possibilities

Episode 3: Advancing Forward – Technology Driving the XF-705

Face Detection, Tracking, Continuous AutoFocus, and Push AF

Episode 4: IP Streaming on the XF-705

Built In Ethernet Port on Camera with Efficient XF-HEVC Codec

Episode 5: Canon XF-705 Custom Picture Menu

CANON XF705 4K 60P 4:2:2 10-BIT PROFESSIONAL CAMCORDER $6,999

 

 

Canon Announces New Canon C300 Mark II Touch Focus Kit

Canon has announced a new kit for the Canon EOS C300 Mark II. And the Canon C300 Mark II Touch Focus Kit is priced at only $9,999! That’s the same price as the traditional C300 Mark II.

C300 Mark II Touch Auto Focus Kit

The new Canon C300 Mark II Touch Focus Kit enables touchscreen auto focus using the 4″ Touchscreen LCD Monitor (LM-V1) that has been shipping with the C200. Also included is the MA-400 XLR accessory, which is a separate XLR unit. Canon spent a lot of time rethinking how the C300 Mark II could be rigged using the LM-V1 Touch Screen LCD and the MA-400 XLR accessory. Using these two accessories instead of the traditional “clamshell” Monitor/XLR unit allows for a more flexible and arguable more streamlined set-up. Additionally, if a user doesn’t need XLR, they can now rig the C300 Mark II with the LCD only for an incredibly small set-up. This also allows easier rigging with Gimbal Stabilizers. And the Top Handle is still included! The LCD and XLR accessory can be configured in many ways with or without the top handle.

New items included in the Canon C300 Mark II Touch Focus Kit include: 
  • Canon LM-V1, Touchscreen LCD (the same unit included with C200)
  • Canon MA-400, XLR accessory
  • Camvate Mount To Shoe Adapter (Item # C0993)
  • Manfrotto 492 LCD Micro Ball Head (Item # 492LCD
  • Does Not Include C300 Clamshell Monitor/XLR Unit

C300 Mark II Touch Auto Focus Kit

In the box:  EOS C300 MK II Body (EF Mount), Grip, Camera Cover, Handle Unit, Handle Bracket, Battery Pack BP-A30, Battery Charger CG-A10, Compact Power Adapter CA-A10, Eye Cup, Hexagon Socket, Allen key, Viewfinder Cap, Thumb rest, Tripod base TB-1, WFT Attachment, Measuring Hook, AC Cable x2, DC Cable(for CA-940), Shoulder Strap SS-1200, LM-V1, MA-400, Mount To Shoe Adapter, 492LCD Micro Ball Head, Instruction Manual

Pre-order the Canon C300 Mark II Touch Focus kit here

Lease to own financing is available for the Canon C300 Mark II Touch Focus Kit. Apply here or click below. 

Online Lease Application

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RED DRAGON-X 5K CAMERA

RED has announced the all-new DSMC2 BRAIN w/ DRAGON-X 5K S35 sensor. Take a look!

WHAT’S NEW

The DSMC2 DRAGON-X™ 5K S35 delivers the same image quality as its predecessor along with these benefits:

  • High frame rates at 5K
  • Blazing fast data speeds
  • Access to RED’s latest image processing pipeline (IPP2).

Don’t worry. In the spirit of “obsolescence obsolete,” owners will have the ability to upgrade to other sensors in the DSMC2 family.

With a compact design, the DSMC2 DRAGON-X allows for all-around adaptability under any circumstance. Whether capturing that once-in-a-lifetime moment, creating content for YouTube, or taking part in a “run-and-gun” style shoot, you can harness the performance and power of RAW knowing your camera can go anywhere and won’t hold you back.

THE SPECS

The RED Digital DSMC2 DRAGON-X has two options available for purchase: 

RED DIGITAL DSMC2 DRAGON-X BRAIN – 710-0317 

$14,995.00

RED DRAGON-X

RED DIGITAL DSMC2 DRAGON-X CAMERA KIT – 710-0318

 $19,995.00

Kit includes: 

  • DRAGON-X 5K S35 BRAIN
  • Canon Lens Mount
  • DSMC2 RED Touch 4.7″ LCD
  • DSMC2 Outrigger Handle
  • DSMC2 V-Lock I/O Expander
  • RED MINI-MAG – 480GB
  • Two IDX DUO C98 batteries with charger
  • G-Technology ev Series RED MINI-MAG Reader
  • Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
  • NANUK heavy-duty camera case
  • 2-Year Standard Warranty

Leasing is available for RED DSMC2 DRAGON-X BRAIN and Kit. 

Online Lease Application

Have questions? Give us a call at 512-440-1400 to speak with a sales rep today!

New Lumix Full Frame Mirrorless Camera!

In what seems like the endless stream of Full-Frame Mirrorless camera announcements this summer a new contender has just entered the ring!

Exciting New Specs

Earlier today at Photokina Panasonic announced the Lumix S1 and S1R. Similar to Sony and Nikon’s recent offerings the new Lumix camera will come in two flavors. The S1 will feature 24 megapixel resolution and the slightly up-spec’d  S1R will have 47 megapixel resolution.

Other key spec’s that Panasonic is touting for the camera is it’s dual image stabilization, 3-axis tilty-flippy LCD screen, Dual XQD/SD card slots, 100% weather sealing and of all things resistance to low temperatures (Panasonic appears to be trying to shake Canon and Nikon’s strangle hold on the nature and adventure photographer market).

One last feature that the New Lumix will feature is 4K 60p recording (50p for all you PAL folks). The S series is the first, and so far only, full-frame mirrorless to feature 4K 60p recording. THE WAIT IS FINALLY OVER!

New Collaborative Mount

Panasonic will also be introducing a new mount to go along with the new cameras. The L-mount is relatively new product of a collaboration between Leica, Sigma and Panasonic. The mount is 51.6mm in diameter and has a 20mm flange distance. The new specs puts it squarely between Sony’s E mount and the new Nikon Z and Canon RF mounts in terms of size and ability to use adapters.

Outside of 4K 60p recording  and 24/47MP sensors not many other details have been released about the new camera’s features. Given the camera’s Lumix lineage it’s safe to assume that the S1 and S1R will have similar max shutter speed and other video modes to the GH5.

Exact Release date and Pricing TBA

Panasonic has announced that the S1 and S1R will be released in early 2019.

Pricing for the camera has not been announced. Going by the competition it is safe to assume the bodies will be around $2000 for the S1 and $3000 for the S1R.

They did not confirm any lenses that will be releasing with the cameras. However, they did announce a commitment to expand the lineup of S-series compatible lenses to more than 10 by 2020. They mentioned 3 lenses in this expanded lineup specifically.

So far a 50mm f1.4, a 24-105mm, and a 70-200mm lens were included in the press release. (No max aperture for the 24-105 and the 70-200 were announced.) Based on some of the photos used during the Photokina presentation, it is safe to assume that these lenses will be released with S1 and S1R. The 24-105mm will likely be a kit option.

Currently, the only L-mount lenses are from Leica. They have 11 full-frame L-mount lenses in production at the time of writing.

Final Thoughts

With Panasonic entering the game it is now undeniable that full-frame mirrorless is (or at least will soon become) the new standard in Photography. Panasonic has lead the way in introducing rock solid video performance in a small package with it’s Lumix GH series cameras.

It’s too soon to say if there will be any major video improvements over the GH5 and GH5s, but the introduction of a full-frame sensor will make the new cameras much more appealing to crossover shooters.

Without official confirmation on pricing and a few other key video features (looking at you 4:2:2 10bit internal) it’s hard to tell how these will stack up against the A7iii and A7riii. If the S1 and S1R come in within a few hundred dollars of the current A7 series lineup, Panasonic will be rocking Sony’s full-frame boat pretty hard.

Overall the Lumix S1 and S1R pack a lot of great features into a single camera which will make Panasonic an increasingly viable alternative for professional photographers who want to switch to mirrorless and videographers who need rock solid video in a full-frame package.

 

The Full Photokina Panel

 

If you have any questions give us a call at 512-440-1400 to speak with a sales rep today or shop Texas Media Systems online here

You’re Invited! Shot on RED Show at AFS Cinema on August 15

 

RED Texas media systems

Date: Wednesday, August 15
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Location: AFS Cinema
Free event with RSVP

SHOT ON RED is your hands on chance to see the DSMC2 Monstro 8K VV, Helium 8K S35 and new Gemini 5K S35. Explore the creative freedom of DSMC2 IPP2, REDCode RAW, HDR, R3D.

Chat with RED team members and Texas Media Systems! Quench your thirst, enjoy some of Austin’s finest food, and get lucky with some RED Swag (while supplies last).

SHOP RED CAMERAS NOW

RED Raven $8,950

RED Scarlet-W $12,500

RED Gemini $19,500

RED Helium $24,500

RED Monstro $54,500

Interested in our RED Leasing program? Apply now by completing the leasing application below. 

Online Lease Application

If you have any questions, please contact us at 512-440-1400 to speak with a sales rep today! 

RED Mini-Mag 480GB Drives In Stock

RED Mini-Mag Drives 480GB In Stock.

$1850 with Free Shipping from Austin Texas.

The RED Mini-Mag 480GB Drive is currently the most popular size Mini-Mag Drive with RED Camera Operators.

RED MINI-MAG 480GB 750-0090

SKU 750-0090 currently Sold Out at the RED Store.

The RED Mini-Mag is compatible with the following RED Digital Cinema cameras:

  • DSMC2 MONSTRO
  • DSMC2 HELIUM
  • DSMC2 GEMINI
  • WEAPON 8K VV
  • WEAPON 8K S35
  • WEAPON 6K EPIC-W
  • SCARLET-W
  • RAVEN 
  • EPIC/SCARLET DRAGON
  • EPIC/SCARLET M-X

You’ll need one RED Station Mini-Mag USB 3.1 Reader SKU# 750-0084 to copy footage from your camera to your computer.  The RED Station is available and in stock for $195 at Texas Media Systems.

 

Canon C200 and Canon C200B Firmware Update Released

Canon USA has just released the Canon C200 and C200B firmware version 1.0.4.100 update that is available now. If you’re an owner of one of the two cameras we highly recommend to update and keep your equipment up to date. Here are a few things on what’s been updated and fixed with this new update.

Firmware Version 1.0.4.1.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements

  • Fixes image quality degradation, such as color misalignment or edge distortion, may occur in the recorded footage when using the following combination of settings:

– recording format XF-AVC

– frame rate 59.94i / 50.00i

– 1920×1080 resolution

  • Optimizes the Black Gamma compensation when Normal 1 to Normal 4 is set for Gamma in the Custom Picture settings.
  • Optimizes color accuracy in areas of high brightness when Normal 1 to Normal 4 is set for Gamma in the Custom Picture settings.

Caution

  • You cannot perform the firmware update using CFast 2.0 cards. Please use a commercially available SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card that is 128MB or more for the firmware update.
  •  Firmware version 1.0.4.1.00 is for updating Cinema EOS C200 cameras running firmware version 1.0.0.1.00 – 1.0.3.1.00. If your camera’s firmware is already version 1.0.4.1.00, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.

Steps for the Firmware Update

After the firmware update has been performed, the camera’s menu and custom picture settings will be reset. It is recommended that users save their menu and custom picture settings as settings data to an SD card, separate from the one that will be used to carry out the update, before starting update operations. This saved data can be loaded into the camera and the settings can be changed after the update has been completed. You can download the firmware update here. The downloaded folder will contain the firmware (file name: VNC4.FIM / file size: 39,287,424 bytes), and instructions on the firmware update procedures.

Before starting the firmware update operations, please be sure to carefully confirm your understanding of these instructions.

The following things are required to perform this firmware update:
1. An EOS C200 or EOS C200B camera body
2. A computer (OS Requirements: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 SP1)
3. A 128 MB or higher-capacity SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card (both commercially available)
4. An SD card reader/writer (commercially available) or an SD card slot built into the computer
5. A fully charged battery pack for the camera
6. Compact power adapter bundled with the camera
7. The firmware (the downloaded file)

Once you have everything ready it’s just a matter of uploading to your camera. For a complete detailed version of how to update the firmware on your camera click here.

Canon C200 C200B firmware

If you have any questions give us a call at 512-440-1400 to speak with a sales rep today or shop Texas Media Systems online here

 

RED HELIUM and RED MONSTRO 0% Financing Available Now

RED Digital Cinema has announced 0% financing on the RED MONSTRO 8K VV and RED HELIUM 8K S35 on camera purchase or upgrade plus accessories. The promotion is available now through September 30, 2018!

(L-R) RED MONSTRO 8K VV and RED HELIUM 8K S35

Leasing Promotion: 

  • 0% available at 24 months
  • $1 Buyout, you own the camera at the end of term
  • Promotion subject to credit approval.

What you’ll pay for 24 months financing: 

RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 BRAIN W/ HELIUM 8K S35 SENSOR – 710-0304 

  • $24,500 total*
  • $1,021 monthly payment*

RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 BRAIN W/ MONSTRO 8K VV AND AI PL MOUNT – 710-0303 

  • $54,500 total*
  • $2,271 monthly payment*

RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 CF BRAIN W/ MONSTRO 8K VV – 710-0306 

  • $59,500 total*
  • $2,479 monthly payment*

Apply now by completing the leasing application below and get same day approval! 

Online Lease Application

*Estimated monthly payments and total. Final amount may vary. Accessories not included in amount listed. 

We will provide  a tax exemption form if applicable in your state of purchase. Insurance will be needed on the camera. You may add to an existing insurance plan that qualifies or get insurance through the leasing company. 

Give us a call at 512-440-1400 to speak with a sales rep today!

“Let People See” Founder Chris Brank talks cameras and lenses

At Texas Media Systems our goal is to help you get the equipment you need, when you need it. Chris Brank is the founder and CEO of Let People See, a video production agency based in South Carolina.  His business has utilized the leasing options we have to get the gear he needs or to simply add another tool to his kit. Let People See just won a Gold American Advertising Federation award for a mini-doc that was shot in the Congo that you can watch here. We took the time to chat with Chris about how he got started, his business and more.

Photo courtesy of Chris Brank/Let People See

What’s your earliest memory of filmmaking or the moment you knew you wanted to pursue this as a career?

Chris: It might not be the earliest moment, but back in 2012 I was planning a trip to Lima, Peru. I had been shooting fun little promos and corporate work, some of them profitable, but I decided it was time to shoot for the moon. Canon announced the Canon C100 and one of the first stores in the U.S. to get one was this place called Texas Media Systems. I struck up a conversation with Leroy and we worked for weeks to get one of the very first Canon C100’s shipped to me before my Peru trip. The giant box was delivered the night before the flight, and the whole week in Lima I only brought it out of the case twice! I said I was terrified to get it dirty, but secretly I didn’t even know how to use the thing. Three Canon C100’s later (along with two Canon 5D Mark IV’s, a Canon 1DX Mark II, two Canon C300 Mark II’s, and four Canon C200’s), I still don’t know how to use them to their full potential. But along the way, I’ve found team members who are way better than I am.

Your company Chris Brank Films started in 2011 and you recently transitioned to a new banner, “Let People See.” Can you talk about some of the projects you started working on and what’s the story behind “Let People See.”

Chris: I never liked working alone! And so even as “Chris Brank Films” it would always be “Hi, I’m Chris, and this is Taylor, David, John, Lauren….” And because of the team approach, nothing was ever just a “Chris Brank” film. I was thrilled to change the name! After many nights on godaddy.com, we finally found something that resonated with what we do. We “let people see” the awesome things our clients are doing! And Let People See was born. Or…registered.

Photo courtesy of Chris Brank/Let People See

As an independent filmmaker with a small team, expenses must be very important. You’ve leased quite a bit of equipment with us, can you talk about how that’s been a benefit to your company and being able to grow?

Chris: Absolutely! Payroll is tough – cash flow is of utmost importance. We’ve often got 2-4 shoots happening at the same time. And as we’ve continued to grow, I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve sent to Leroy along the lines of: “We’ve got 20 shoots over the next 3 months and we need another camera and another set of lenses. Can you get it here by next Tuesday?” The leasing options are fantastic because we usually don’t have the money until after shoots are wrapped, but we need the gear to accomplish the shoots. Leasing gives us no hesitation to grab gear at 0% or incredibly low interest rates. We know we can get the gear and get the job done!

What would you tell people who may be hesitant about the lease to own program?

Chris: Cash flow is what can make or break a business. There’s so many 0% options or incredibly low interest rate options through Texas Media Systems (we’ve found the 36 month with 1.9% interest to be a sweet spot), it’s a no-brainer for us to split up the cost of equipment. “Spend it all now” or “split it up over time”… seriously, it’s a no-brainer when interest rates are ridiculously low.

What’s in your arsenal right now? Do you have any must-have lenses or cameras you can’t live without now? Any favorites to shoot with or your team’s favorites?

Chris: Right now, each of our kits has two Canon C200’s, a Canon 5D Mark IV on a DJI Ronin-M, and a full set of Canon L primes and zooms (24mm 1.4L, 35mm 1.4L, 50mm 1.2L, 85mm 1.4IS, 100mm L Macro, 24-105mm 4.0L II, 70-200mm 4.0L IS, 16-35mm 4.0L IS, 100-400mm II). We’ve got two of those kits, and also two C300 Mark II’s. For stills, we’ve got a 1DX Mark II and we’re working on building another Canon L lens set. We’re also traveling with Quasar Science bulbs that we bought through Texas Media Systems…those have been game-changers!

Quasar Lights in action | Photo courtesy of Chris Brank/Let People See

Can you talk about the approach to a project “Let People See” takes and how having the varied equipment helps you make the best product for a customer.

Chris: We really serve as a video factory for agencies and brands. They tell us what they want, we make it happen. We’re incredibly involved on the execution side, so takes plenty of crew and plenty of gear. With equipment like DSLRS, Canon C200’s, and Canon C300 Mark II’s, we’re able to work on a wide range of production levels. The Canon C200’s are used on 95% of the work (with the .mp4 codec on beautifully inexpensive SD cards), but they have the ability to step up to RAW if the project calls for it.

What are you working on now that you can share with us?

Chris: At any given time we’ve got 10-20 projects in the works, the juggle is half the fun! Some of the most exciting projects right now are an upcoming conference in Minneapolis, some tourism work in the mountains of North Carolina, and a trip to Toronto for an awesome scrap metal company.

Why do you keep coming back to Texas Media Systems?

Chris: The customer service is exceptional. We’ve been able to get everything we need exactly when we need it for seven years straight. The access to a real person on the phone in under 30 seconds is getting harder and harder to find! There are plenty of suppliers closer to us in South Carolina, but when you find someone you trust, it doesn’t matter where they are. I trust Texas Media Systems, and they go above and beyond to retain that trust. That’s what matters!

Take a look at Let People See’s demo reel that was shot on Canon. 

Let People See Hype Reel from Let People See on Vimeo.

You can see more of Let People See’s work by visiting their website www.letpeoplesee.com.  If you’re looking for equipment for your company, give us a call at 512-440-1400 to speak with a sales rep today!