Post NAB Updates: Firmware & Lenses

NAB was a whirlwind this year. With 10 cameras on the show floor in 9 different booths, there were a ton of configurations to see, from Matthews' car mount to Ikan and Wooden Camera's shoulder rigs, to the Syrp Genie. We're excited to announce that the winner of our NAB Photo Contest was Kickstarter backer Marsio Juwono, who will be receiving a second camera. Thanks to everyone who entered, and you can check out all the entrants' photos on Facebook!

Now that we've had a few days to recover from NAB, we know everyone is curious about the status of the lenses and new firmware update. Continue reading “Post NAB Updates: Firmware & Lenses” »

NABShow: Digital Bolex announces partnership with Røde

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Digital Bolex is happy to announce a new partnership with Røde microphones to deliver quality audio accessories to new D16 buyers and existing customers through our online store.

Røde's professional audio devices make the most of the D16's advanced audio recording capability, and capture the highest sound quality to match the D16's uncompressed raw footage. Røde mics and mounts fit perfectly with the D16's ergonomic body shape, enabling the use of pro audio equipment in both a stripped-down, run and gun configuration or a professionally rigged tripod setup.

Products are available to order starting today:

Bundles also will be available to purchase soon, with a limited time $20 coupon 'bolexrode' available to use when purchasing any Rode item with a D16!

NABShow: What camera moves you?

To celebrate the unique CCD sensor and native global shutter of the D16, we are excited to unveil two new video pieces focusing on the important of accurate motion, The Dancer and the D16 and What Camera Moves You?

Even high-end CMOS cameras often have trouble delivering smooth, reliably timed movement, free of choppy action, smeary motion blur, and of course jello and rolling shutter problems. As a CCD camera, the D16 is free of these issues, and its true 24fps  captures motion with the fidelity and accuracy of a traditional film camera.

The Dancer and the D16

Dancer Olga Sokolova has been featured in numerous television commercials, feature films, and recorded performances, but never felt the cameras used on these productions truly captured the timing and nuance of her body movements. Learn how she feels about the D16 in this documentary portrait.

The Dancer and the D16 was shot on three D16s with PL cinema primes and Kish Series I primes.

What Camera Moves You?

Many independent and big-budget filmmakers find themselves in a special dilemma when shooting car chases, crashes, and fast motion scenes—forced to resort to unflattering wide-angled cameras to get into tight corners, excessive rigging or camera cars to keep jello at bay, and warping stabilization filters to fix unavoidable slanting and fisheye. In this spot, done with no post-stabilization or motion correction, we show how the D16 is the perfect small camera for your car and action sequences.

What Camera Moves You utilizes lightweight and unobtrusive suction-based car mounts and the Polly Dolly by Matthews Studio Equipment, which creates a natural feel of movement that isn't as aggressively shaky as most hard-rigged motion shots, and not as unnaturally fluid as a gimbal. The spot was shot on one D16 PL-mount with 16mm Zeiss Super Speeds, and two D16 C-mounts with Kish Series I primes.

If you're at NAB in Las Vegas, stop by the Matthews booth (#C5437) to see the behind the scenes video of this commercial. And don't forget to enter our NAB Photo Contest for a chance to win a 512GB camera!

Does your story require fast motion or crucially accurate timing? When you need to get that perfect moving shot, what camera moves you?

NABShow: Digital Bolex reveals first European retail locations

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Digital Bolex is excited to finally announce the availability of the D16 camera locally in Europe. Since the camera was announced in 2012, there has been extremely high demand from filmmakers across Europe and the rest of the world, and we're excited to provide local service to our customers outside of North America for the first time through three excellent camera retailers in the EU:

For European visitors to NAB2015, a Digital Bolex monochrome camera will be on display at the MC Manios booth, #C9039 in the Central Hall. For up to date listings of where our products are available to purchase or rent, please check out our Rentals & Resellers page. If you are interested in becoming a reseller or distributor, please contact us.

Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove shot on D16

Congratulations to Joe Bailey Jr, associate producer of feature documentary Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove, which used Kickstarter camera #28 to shoot first-person segments of the film. Sir Doug premieres at the Paramount Theater on 3/19 as part of the 24 Beats Per Minute category of the SXSW Film Festival.


Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove tells the story of Doug Sahm, the wild man musicians' musician and unsung hero of Texas music. A country music child prodigy and teenage rhythm & blues dynamo who caused a riot at his San Antonio high school, Sahm emerged as an international rock star leading the Sir Douglas Quintet. He landed in San Francisco just in time for the Summer of Love in 1967. He returned to Texas as the cowboy hippie rocker who built a burgeoning music scene in Austin before forming the Tex-Mex super group The Texas Tornados. A kinetic, quirky character with a solid sense of place as well as an innate wanderlust, Doug Sahm’s story is the story of Texas music.

All 5 SXSW 2015 Film Bumpers Shot on D16

Congratulations to Saschka Unseld, Kyle Ranson-Walsh, and their team for the excellent film bumpers they created for this year's festival. All five bumpers, which play before each screening of the 146 features and 7 shorts programs selected, were shot during December and January on the D16 and used vintage c-mount lenses. Says Ranson-Walsh, "We’ve been looking for a project to shoot with Digital Bolex and this seemed like the perfect way to use the camera to shoot a wide variety of footage."

The bumpers will be available online following the festival.



Lior Molcho directs Ceasefire’s latest music video

Lior Molcho is an LA based video director who has directed dozens of music videos for prominent and emerging artists.

I recently had the pleasure to direct the video for one of L.A.’s most popular local indie bands Ceasefire. The song No Tomorrow is an inspirational rock anthem about living life to the fullest and about the sacrifices you make when following your dreams.In the video, the band members star as astronauts chosen to go on a “one way ticket” to Mars,  I imagined the video to be a sweeping, epic story, contrasting each band member’s personal goodbye with the grandeur of space flight.

Even though we had three days to shoot the video, we storyboarded over 100 set-ups so I was a bit worried about our ability to capture all the shots with one camera so Joe and Elle were kind enough to supply us with two fully packed D16’s, the prototype Kish lenses as well as PL mounts for both cameras. (exact technical info can be found on DP Danit Sigler’s upcoming blog of the shoot) Continue reading “Lior Molcho directs Ceasefire’s latest music video” »

Recipients of the Women Cinematographers Grant!

We're happy to share that Indiewire's Women in Hollywood blog broke the news right before the ASC Awards that we've announced the first five winners of our rolling Women Cinematographers Grant, presented by Hive Lighting!

The grant is the first of its kind, offering support of more than $10,000 in camera gear and accessories from Digital Bolex, Hive Lighting, Hot Rod Cameras, and other sponsors to films hiring a female cinematographer.

Of the five selected projects, three are features and two are short films, including a student production from the Savannah College of Art and Design. The five narrative projects selected to launch the grant will film starting this spring, with more projects slated throughout the year. Continue reading “Recipients of the Women Cinematographers Grant!” »