The 2013 Cine Gear Expo took place at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles this year, and it was simply spectacular. For filmmakers, going from one booth to the next and experiencing cutting edge film technology was like being kids in a candy store. The only thing missing from this nerd fest was Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

The most exciting piece of technology I saw at the expo, based on an excitement to price ratio, was the new Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition. Check out the clarity of this $400 camera!!! Make sure to select 1080p in the little gear shift:

At a whopping 12 megapixels and crisp 1080p HD capture, the end result makes the viewer feel like they’re literally riding that wave or that motorcycle. With a frame rate as high as 120 frames/second, you can slow down high-speed action sports in post production with ease. Oh, and it also comes with a wi-fi remote. No big deal. I reached out to Go Pro’s PR team to try and get one to test out, but they declined. The nerve…


Another highlight of the expo was a presentation on the quality, documentary practicality, and budget friendliness of Sony’s new PMW F5 and F55 camera. Both cameras shoot in 4k, which is the new HD, and both cameras offer a Super 35mm, CMOS image sensor, wide dynamic range, high sensitivity, and an extensive variety of internal recording options. Technology is evolving so quickly it’s mind boggling.

My Cine Gear Expo keepsake is this picture of me that was taken at the NY Times booth and made into into a word cluster based on current headlines. Check it out:


What can I say, I’m kind of a super star…