In making the jump to HD video produced with dslr cameras (HDSLR, HDslr, hdSLR -> I don’t think there is a consensus yet) the field is changing daily. In many ways it reminds me of the early years of digital still photography (dslr, Dslr, dSLR, ?…) A time when you had to keep on your toes and keep your nose to the computer screen to stay on top of new information, announcements, equipment, updates, and workflows.
To combat this B&H has just published one of the most comprehensive guides I have seen: The HDSLR Guide. It’s seventeen chapters of everything you need to know. Sure, it has convenient links to B&H’s site to buy equipment but it’s not all about that or even subtly about that. It has frank assessments of the strengths and weaknesses of equipment; it dives deep, probably going deeper than many will need, into the technical aspects of video capture and production; and it is free online. Kudos to B&H!
Not to be outdone but certainly way way way smaller in scale, Abel Cine Tech recently created an online Field of View Comparator. Simple, well designed, it’s a great way to get a sense of motion film and video formats or to figure out equivalent focal lengths.
In making the jump to HDSLRs I’ve come to love Abel Cine Tech. They have a small but very well equipped showroom where you can try everything out. It is a soothing, calm, and quiet place compared to some of the other photo stores. They excel in personal service and their prices are more than competitive. They run a blog, too, CineTechnica. In NYC they are downtown, very close to the Holland Tunnel.
While we are at it, a shout out to some other sources of online information:
The C47, Jem Schofield’s resource for all things video. He posts almost daily with quick to the point tips and information.
Philip Bloom, well, it’s Philip Bloom – the one man HDSLR juggernaut. Philip is pushing a lot of product at this point but there is a lot of great information here as well.
Ken Stone, lots of articles if you are trying to wrap your head around Final Cut Pro.
10-05-10: B&H sent a nice comment below to let me know about their blog, B&H Insights.