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Welcome to the Cinema Summit resources section, a curated list of the tools and websites I strongly recommend for building and optimizing your business. We have tested every recommendation on this page. Many of the resources listed here are crucial to running our business (or were crucial to developing CS to where it is today).
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Adobe Creative Cloud
#1 FOR POST PRODUCTION
We have been using the Adobe Creative Cloud since it started, and the individual software before that.
Premiere has been my preferred editing system since 2006, despite the industry affinity to Avid and FCP.
With After Effects, Photoshop, and everything else that comes along with it, you will be set for most projects that come your way.
Adobe offers many free training options, plus takes care to update their software regularly with new amazing features rolled out every year.
#1 FOR VIDEO HOSTING/COLLABORATION
Vimeo Pro is a big part of our business. We use it for hosting private videos and we utilize the new collaboration and review pages with clients when sending them different versions of projects to review.
We highly recommend it for companies doing a lot of collaboration, or companies that want a professional hosting platform for their videos.
Panasonic Varicam LT
The Next Generation in Digital Cinema Cameras
Boasting the same Super 35 sensor and image quality as its big brother the V35, the LT packs the same punch in a smaller-bodied design that is ideal for handheld, steadicam, jib, and gimbal work.
Professional Cinematic 4K DSLR
The latest in Panasonic's line of DSLRs. The GH5s is the first mirrorless installment with a full frame sensor that packs a punch. Continuing with the Dual-Native ISO and V-Log set forth by the VariCam cinema cameras, the Panasonic GH5s is a formidable participant in cinematic productions.
Canon C300 mkii
The Canon C-line of cinematic camcorders have changed the game in the doc/reality world by providing beautiful cinematic images with an easy to operate form factor that is ideal for running, gunning, and the one-man shooter. The C300 mkii is Canon's latest 4K cinema/camcorder hybrid and it is great at what it does.
Canon 1D X II
4K Cinematic DSLR
The Canon 1D X is our preferred camera for smaller shoots where we want to be agile and have a small footprint. The camera shoots 4K internally and uses standard Canon mount lenses.
Hive Wasp 100-C
Full Spectrum LED Light
The Hive Wasp 100-C is a full spectrum LED - meaning it can create a full range of colors at any saturation level. This along with its compatibility with many professional accessories makes it a top pick.
Kino Flo Select 30 LED
Versatile LED panel for In-Studio or On-Location
The Kino Flo Select LED line of light fixtures is their new soft LED fixture that takes the Kino Flo brand to the next level. With variable color temperatures and hue control, you can dial this light in to match any existing light source on your set.
Remote Phosphor LEDs
Cineo Lighting has become known for their masterful remote phosphor LED technology that creates an even, soft, and powerful light fixture in a small package. The Maverick is a medium sized fixture in their family of lights - perfect for almost any shoot and equivalent to a 1K softlight.
Litepanels Astra 6x
Powerful but Controllable LED
Litepanels was one of the first LED companies on the scene to provide quality fixtures suitable for film and video production. Now, their Astra line of fixtures is taking the productions by storm with up to 6x the power of their original Astra. Meaning, this thing packs a punch!
Get a Grip!
Matthews 6x6 Butterfly Survival Kit
Portable Butterfly Kit
6x6 Butterflies are an amazing piece of kit great for diffusing, bouncing, or stopping down the amount of light hitting a subject. The Matthews 6x6 Butterfly Survival Kit gives you all the pieces to get started, stored inside a hard shipping case for easy transport in even a small car.
Dana Dolly Universal Hi-Hat Kit
Industry Favorite Slider-Dolly with a Twist
The Dana Dolly Universal Hi-Hat Kit is exactly what I love to see in film equipment. It has multiple uses, both as a slider and a detachable hi-hat that can be used without the dolly functionality. These are so handy to achieve great tracking shots on short/portable speedrail tracks, I recommend it to any film production.