Statement on SmallHD 501 and 502 monitors

Update 9/01: Firmware patch 1.3.2 has been released and is available for download. You must use this firmware version or higher for your camera to be compatible with the SmallHD 501 and 502 monitors.

Update 8/27: The bug and resolution have been found, and new firmware will be released for the D16 on 8/31 to accept the SmallHD signal.

Earlier this year, SmallHD released a wonderful line of new HD EVFs with fantastic color and display technology, namely the 501 (HDMI) and 502 (SDI/HDMI) models.


Unfortunately, after a handful of Digital Bolex users complained in the last two months of SSDs dismounting, frozen cameras, and potential footage loss, we have discovered that these new monitors have an incompatibility with the current D16 firmware, resulting from SmallHD using a newer EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) data standard in their HDMI signal not used in most other EVF products on the market, a standard that the D16’s firmware is not currently set up to accept. This incompatibility causes a problem with the D16’s internal SSD drive that effects its ability to record and playback footage.

SmallHD provided us with samples of their new monitors so our engineers could help to diagnose the problem and has been active in helping them solve the issue. While a recent update to the SmallHD firmware was recently released, it did not solve these critical issues. For the time being, we are currently recommending that users of the Digital Bolex do not use the new SmallHD 500 series EVFs with our camera until the newest D16 firmware patch is released. With the current D16 firmware configuration, the 500 series monitors may damage your camera after continuous use, and we will not be able to provide warranty repair for issues resulting from the use of a 500 series monitor at this time.

We thank SmallHD for working with us on resolving this issue, and additionally enthusiastically recommend their DP4, DP7, and AC7 monitors as reliable accessories for the Digital Bolex, and also support the similar products of other manufacturers like Cineroid, Zacuto, TVLogic, and F&V, whose EVFs have shown no compatibility issues.

#VOTW! Ryot, B-movies, Coca Cola, Melting, and more!


An authentic, fun 1950’s B-movie homage with practical and digital effects.

Director: Alex Italics
Cinematographer: Brody Anderson
Art Direction: Robert Suchy
Art Assistants: Joshua Zientarski & Megan Lopez
Grip: Cullen Hamblen



Each year, thousands of potential immigrants scale the border fence between Tijuana and San Diego. Crossing miles of arid desert, many have made it to the US, while thousands have perished in the process. We’ve all heard about the immigration journey, but none of us has ever seen it like this. RYOT teleports you to the Tijuana-San Diego border in virtual reality, where you’ll get the chance to live on the other side of the fence, and stare through the wire back at the USA. Experience Tijuana from a totally new perspective, and you’ll understand what it feels like to come face to face with iron bars separating you from another country. Seeing the border like this might surprise you, but it’s the reality that over a million people live with every day.

The first VR piece to incorporate Digital Bolex footage.


Director/DP: Evan T. Perry

Annabel is a very soulful, powerful siren that is definitely destined for fantastic things. This teaser video was shot at a slightly rundown greenhouse in Watertown, MA. It was conceived as far back as April and took time to collect over 50 gallons of light corn syrup and a claw foot bath tub.


Commercial spots for Coca Cola’s 2015 Copa Coca Cola event.

Director: Marc Wilkins
DP: Burak Turan


DP/Director: AJ Molle

AJ Molle is back with another luscious view of youthful summer, featuring vivid colors, unbelievable sunsets, and rippling fireworks.


DP/Director: Carlos Lamas

This music video for Oaks follows a daytime drive and a soulful exploration.

No Budget Film Festival accepting submissions!

For the third year, we’re happy to be sponsors of the No Budget Film Festival, a celebration of resourceful filmmaking and filmmakers, with screenings, workshops, and very cool events that bring indie filmmakers together.

This year’s festival takes places in October, and all films with the #shotonbolex logo in their credits qualify for FREE submission! That’s right—if you shot your no budget film on D16, you don’t have to pay a submission fee to enter the festival.

How to enter:

It’s our 6th year of celebrating the ‘maker’ in filmmaker. From Iowa to Iran, our entries hail from around the globe. Last year alone, we showcased 50 of the world’s most daring new indie voices from  India, Brazil, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Switzerland, England, Portugal, Taiwan, New Zealand and more.

This sold out, red carpet, eclectic industry-heavy yet community based festival still packs the same punch it has for the last half-decade with some new-to-2015 surprises: A-list panels, networking for the non-stuffy set, parties parties parties, and of course, screenings showcasing the best in cutting-edge innovative work from a collection of daring emerging international filmmakers.

Some No Budget Facts to Remember:

NO! Bloated Entry Fee.*
NO! Films over 30 minutes.^

Films must not rely on a budget. Beg, borrow, collaborate to get your work done!

So pick up a camera, grab your buddies, and get to work! Early bird submission deadline extended to August 25 at 6pm PST. Late submissions will remain open until September 1 at 6pm PST.

*Each initial submission is $10. Late submissions and multiple submissions from the same filmmaking team incur a fee of $15. Still cheaper than your last latte. Film shots on a Digital Bolex may submit without paying the submission fee. Please mention the code Digital Bolex in the Paypal Confirmation Number field to have your submission fee waived. Films must have “Shot on Digital Bolex” in their credits to take advantage of this offer.

We’re also working with NBFF and Department4 to create some great tips for now budget filmmaking, with guests from Hipsterhood, 5secondfilms, and more! Stay tuned for those videos as they come out!